Re­late to the job of coun­sel­lor

Harefield Gazette - - OPINION - JUNE REYNER Via email CAROL ED­WARDS Re­late London North-West Mil­ton Road Har­row

15 (to­mor­row) to see, at first hand, some of the ar­eas and roads which will be ad­versely af­fected by both the con­struc­tion and even­tual op­er­a­tion of HS2.

As you are aware, we will suf­fer heavy traf­fic con­ges­tion, pol­lu­tion and noise from three ma­jor con­struc­tion sites in the area for up to 10 years and the line, when built, will run very close to a num­ber of streets in Ick­en­ham.

When par­lia­ment de­cided to go ahead with HS2, us­ing a process called the Hy­brid Bill, our only route to get our is­sues ad­dressed was to sub­mit pe­ti­tions for mit­i­ga­tion.

Our prime de­mand, sup­ported by the coun­cil and our MP, is to ex­tend the tun­nel to beyond the Colne Val­ley, thereby re­duc­ing the blight to thou­sands of res­i­dents.

Within Ick­en­ham, we raised 25 street pe­ti­tions with 1,300 sig­na­tures.

We have yet to re­ceive no­tice when we will go to par­lia­ment to present our pe­ti­tions, but the visit by the se­lect com­mit­tee is a pream­ble to th­ese pre­sen­ta­tions.

The fi­nal itin­er­ary is yet to be agreed and is chang­ing daily.

We are ex­pect­ing the group to visit the Ruis­lip Golf Club, The Green­way, Ick­en­ham High Road, Swake­leys Road, Break­s­pear Road South and Harvil Road. We are hop­ing there will be some stops to meet res­i­dents.

We would like to use the op­por­tu­nity to demon­strate that the blight to ev­ery­one in our com­mu­nity is un­ac­cept­able and they have to im­prove their plans.

If you live on the route de­scribed above please put a ‘Stop HS2’ poster in your win­dow. There are stocks in Ick­en­ham Li­brary.

We will be putting up ban­ners and posters along the route.

We ap­pre­ci­ate that peo­ple in the past have ob­jected to such sign­ing, but it will only be for 24 hours.

Although many of us are angry at HS2 Ltd and the way we have been treated, the se­lect com­mit­tee is po­ten­tially our friend as they have the pow­ers to rec­om­mend changes – we do not want to show any hos­til­ity to the com­mit­tee.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion please look at our web­site www. ick­en­ham­res­i­dents.co.uk. RE­LATE is of­fer­ing four-day in­tro­duc­tion to the skills of the coun­sel­lor, which of­fers learn­ers a chance to de­velop the coun­selling skills of com­mu­ni­ca­tion and em­pa­thy in a straight­for­ward and prac­ti­cal way.

Any­one look­ing to de­velop their com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills for work, in­clud­ing those want­ing to be more ef­fec­tive in in­ter­views, would find this course use­ful, and it is also help­ful to those work­ing with fam­i­lies and vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple in the com­mu­nity. It is im­por­tant to at­tend on all four days.

No for­mal qual­i­fi­ca­tions are needed to join the course, but you must be able to read and write English.

The course in­cludes un­der­stand­ing coun­selling and com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills; in­ter­view man­age­ment and time keep­ing; the need for clear bound­aries; and eth­i­cal is­sues and the lim­i­ta­tions of the use of coun­selling skills.

The course is ac­cred­ited by the Open Col­lege Net­work at level three and to com­plete the ac­cred­i­ta­tion you will need to com­plete a short writ­ten port­fo­lio and be tested on your prac­ti­cal skills.

This course does not al­low par­tic­i­pants to prac­tice as a coun­sel­lor but can be an in­tro­duc­tory step to­wards coun­selling as a ca­reer.

The course runs on four con­sec­u­tive Mon­days, on Fe­bru­ary 23, and then March 2, 9 and 16, at the Re­late of­fices in Mil­ton Road, Har­row HA1 1XX, from 9.30am to 4pm. The course costs £300.

Some free places are avail­able. For de­tails of qual­i­fy­ing groups, please email re­late_­train­ing@ ya­hoo.co.uk.

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