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Counselling is a talking therapy that involves a trained therapist listening to you and helping you find ways to deal with emotional issues.
Sometimes the term “counselling” is used to refer to talking therapies in general, but counselling is also a type of therapy in its own right.

What can counselling help with?
Counselling can help you cope with:
* a mental health condition, such as depression, anxiety or an eating disorder
* an upsetting physical health condition, such as infertility
* a difficult life event, such as a bereavement, a relationship breakdown or work-related stress
* difficult emotions – for example, low self-esteem or anger
* other issues, such as sexual identity

What to expect from counselling
At your appointment, you’ll be encouraged to talk about your feelings and emotions with a trained therapist, who’ll listen and support you without judging or criticising.
The therapist can help you gain a better understanding of your feelings and thought processes, and find your own solutions to problems. But they won’t usually give advice or tell you what to do.
Counselling can take place:
* face to face
* in a group
* over the phone
* by email
* online through live chat services (learn more about online tools for mental health)

You may be offered a single session of counselling, a short course of sessions over a few weeks or months, or a longer course that lasts for several months or years.
It can take a number of sessions before you start to see progress, but you should gradually start to feel better with the help and support of a therapist.


What is mindfulness? Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us. While mindfulness is something we all naturally possess, it’s more readily available to us when we practice on a daily basis.

Thankful Tuesday


We are always full of thanks and appreciation when anybody supports us. Today our thanks go to our regular givers, that’s Heart families and charity supporters (you know who you are) but especially today for two lovely ladies who have been saving up and decided to donate £400 to us to cover the cost of an iPad, cover and case. Unbelievably kind and selfless, thank you just isn’t enough!!

‘It’s not about how much you give or what you give, it’s about the heart you have behind it all’ ❤️


Heart Heroes Teddy Hugs

Gloucester heart charity finds furry way to raise awareness

If you go down to the woods in Gloucester – or any location in the city for that matter – you are sure of a big surprise!

Because to raise awareness for the work it does, Gloucester charity Heart Heroes is leaving knitted teddies out and about in area, and anyone who finds them can keep them and is then encouraged to post on social media.

The teddies are all safely wrapped, and have been donated by two keen knitters in Gloucester. Each teddy comes with information about Heart Heroes, which supports families with children who have heart conditions. There is also a little poem inside:

You have found a Heart Heroes hug bear,

Please can you go onto our Facebook page and share,

We all need a hug during this crisis

These little things are priceless.

Amy Ely, who has just joined Heart Heroes to help with admin and raising awareness, dreamed up the idea of leaving the teddies out and about, and also wrote the poem.

“The teddies were all knitted by a friend of mine and her sister,” said Amy. “When they found out I was joining Heart Heroes they asked if we would like them – we said yes please! They’d rather remain anonymous, but we would like to say a big thank you to them.”

The keen knitters have donated around 70 bears to Heart Heroes. Most will be kept back to give to the heart families and to the children while they are in hospital. The rest are being left around and about in Gloucester.

Kelly Cornish, who founded Heart Heroes, added: “We had a call from a jogger who had found a teddy and she said it had really made her smile. This is really about bringing a bit of awareness about what we do, and to share a little happiness in these difficult times.”

Amy is not the only new addition to the Heart Heroes team. Also joining the charity, as patron, is Zoe Trotman, Cardiac Ward Sister at Bristol Children’s Hospital, which cares for many of the region’s young heart patients. Zoe will also be able to spread awareness of Heart Heroes and connect families who need support.

Zoe said: “I was delighted to be asked to be part of Heart Heroes as their passion for improving the lives of children and their families who have to live with congenital heart disease is amazing. Heart Heroes is a great resource for me as a ward sister as I know I can contact them if there is anything the ward needs or I would like, to help bring a smile to a patient’s face or just make their stay in hospital a little more fun. 

“For many of the children I look after they will have to come in to hospital many times in their lives and it’s a key part of their journey, but the support needs to carry on once they go home. Being part of Heart Heroes helps me to build that link as it’s great to receive feedback and ideas on how I can make the hospital stays better.”

For more information about Heart Heroes and the work they do to support families in Gloucestershire and throughout the South West,  email to Kelly at email@heartheroes.co.uk.

Written By Jo Symth- Word worker


National Suicide Prevention Day

We observe World Suicide Prevention Day each year on September 10. It’s a growing problem and the numbers tell a shocking story. Every 40 seconds someone takes their own life according to the World Health Organization (WHO). That’s about 800,000 people worldwide every year — although some estimates put that number closer to 1 million.


Heart Heroes is always here 💚

Hidden Disabilities Scheme

A hidden disability is a disability that may not be immediately obvious

Hidden disabilities don’t have physical signs and include learning difficulties, mental health as well as mobility, speech, visual or hearing impairments. They can also include HEART CONDITIONS, asthma, COPD, and other lung conditions as well as chronic illnesses such as renal failure, diabetes, and sleep disorders when those diseases significantly impact day-to-day life.

Living with these conditions can make daily life more demanding for many people. They affect each person in different ways and can be painful, exhausting, and isolating. Without visible evidence of the hidden disability, it is frequently difficult for others to acknowledge the challenges faced and as a consequence, sympathy and understanding can often be in short supply.

We are pleased to be supporting the Hidden Disabilities scheme 🌻💚


Heart Heroes first employee

Welcome Amy.

Starting her working life at a day nursery with Heart Heroes founder Kelly when she was 16, Amy Victoria Ely love of working with children soon became her passion.

Amy then continued onto other childcare jobs including nannying, after school club deputy manager to becoming a children’s holiday rep based in Majorca. Amy also had a job as an events deputy manager at a Gloucester hotel.

For the past 15 years Amy has worked in a Creche and nursery becoming children’s services manager at Nuffield Health.

We are all very excited for her to be joining the Heart Heroes team where she is looking forward to getting to know the Heart families better and carrying on with her bingo calling!!!!

Employing somebody part time to help with the running of Heart Heroes has always been our aim and even more so now as we  continue to grow and support more and more families !!