Counselling service open day

The counselling area at Stop and Talk Fife in Anstruther
The counselling area at Stop and Talk Fife in Anstruther
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Stop & Talk (Fife) Limited, a counselling charity established last year, has new premises in Anstruther.

When it first began, its sole counsellor, Sylvia Hillman, was determined to offer affordable counselling to local people around north east Fife.

And an open day is being held this Friday at the office in Anstruther’s High Street, to allow local people to pop in and meet the team.

Stop and Talk Fife is a confidential service, in which difficulties and issues are discussed with sensitivity and respect.

Counselling is an opportunity to talk in confidence to a person outside your situation, according to the team.

It gives you space and time to explore thoughts and feelings and. most importantly, gives you time to concentrate on your needs.

Sylvia explained that Families First and St Andrews Community Hospital initially provided free space for counselling to take place and, one year on, with the help of funding from the Big Lottery, they have been able to open the Anstruther counselling area (pictured above).

It has a development worker, who was made redundant from Remploy last year, and four volunteer counsellors. “They hope to fundraise and find donations to keep this charity running, as it has proved invaluable for many so far,” said Sylvia.

The Open Day is on October 31 from 10.30 a.m. and 3.30 p.m. at 38A High Street, Anstruther. More details are available at