Known as the “Silent Killer” Ovarian cancer will affect around 6,600 women in the UK every year. Of these, 4,400 will not survive. Notoriously hard to diagnose, Ovarian cancer is the fourth most common cancer in women, but as GP’s will only see an average of one case a year, and because symptoms are difficult to pick up upon, a proper diagnosis is often missed.
There are almost as many different types of counselling as there are issues to counsel people on, with the list growing each year as different counsellors train to specialise in more and more unusual topics. This is arguably a good thing, as it means that more people can get specialised care, but at the same time the sheer amount of different types can be very confusing at times, especially for the people that the counselling is aimed at.
If you are thinking about going into counselling as a career choice, then you also need to bear all the different types in mind, and apply for jobs accordingly. Some types of counselling are more popular and widespread than others, so it may be easier to get a job in those types of counselling. For others who have either recently been created, or are perhaps less popular, it may paradoxically be both harder and easier to get those jobs, because demand for workers will be low but the company may want to expand.
As well as the different types of counselling available, there are also different intensities, ranging from hotlines to one to one personalised services every day. Each intensity is suited to a different problem, or range of problems, but it is also relative to how the person themselves is affected by the problem. The more affected they are, the more intense the counselling may need to be, though this is not always the case: it is therefore most important to take individual needs into account.
One of the best ways you can be seen to be helping your community, and indeed actually help it, is by volunteering. It can be useful in all kinds of situations, particularly if you are looking to impress potential employers or to get into a specific industry. For example if you are looking to get into adult social care, a good way of gaining experience in the industry, as well as discovering how the sector works, is to volunteer for a nursing home or age related charity like Age UK. This would not only give you an insight into how the day to day running of a home or charity works, it will also give you an insight into what it takes to do the job, and whether it’s the right career path for you.
A good way to start volunteering if you have never done it before is to think about what kind of job you would like to do, what or who you want to work with, and how much work you want to do. If you are interested in animals for example, but you do not want to get physically involved with them, then you could apply to do some volunteering as a receptionist for an animal shelter or a vet’s.
Volunteering always looks good on a CV, so if you lack work experience, do not be hesitant to try out volunteering. You will also find immense gratification in knowing that you have helped to make a difference to your local community. Who knows, you may even gain some friends or even find yourself a rewarding job in the process.
A charity is a type of non-profit, voluntary organisation which is set up and required to use any profits only for the organisations purpose, rather than that of an individual. The whole purpose of the organisation must be charitable and we can see a large list of charitable purposes under the Charities Act 2006, including, amongst others, the prevention and relief of poverty, the advancement of education and religion, the advancement of human rights, environmental protection or animal welfare and the advancement of the arts and crafts.
It is likely that we could all name a whole host of varying charitable organisations, ranging from those giving assistance to those with terminal illness, and in addition researching new methods to treat these, through to local community groups with the aim of keeping children occupied and away from the streets.
Charities often receive no government funding and are left completely to themselves to raise required funds through a variety of fundraising events of all types. Those who do receive funding often receive it from independent bodies such as the National Lottery Fund, who allocate a percentage of their profits to help charitable causes. Another form of income for charities is donations from the public; however with so many charities seeking donations, these can often be low, depending on the type of charity. People will often donate to a charity which they have a particular link with, due to family ties or the like, and it is common for the elderly to leave a small donation to a charity of their choice in their will.