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Community Help Service is committed to the health and safety of our staff, volunteers and clients. During the current coronavirus situation, we have put in place guidelines which protect our community whilst reducing the impact on our services. This includes reducing our in-office staff and using video conferencing for our meetings and training.

If you visit the Centre as a client, we ask you to follow these rules:

1) Clients must wear a mask at all times whilst visiting the Centre unless explicitly stated by their therapist. They must also sanitise their hands upon entry.

2) Clients should arrive as close to their appointment time as possible and will be greeted at the door by their therapist. The waiting room is not in use.

3) Do not attend your appointment if you develop flu symptoms or respiratory complaints.

4) It is important that should you experience any COVID symptoms or test positive following a visit to our Centre, you notify CHS in writing, especially if your visit occurred within the 2 days prior to your symptoms appearing, so that appropriate action can be taken promptly.

https://www.chsbelgium.org/en/index.php/mental-health-coronavirus

CHS News & Events

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CHS - OPEN POSITIONS:
CHS is currently looking for Psychiatrists and Clinical Psychologists/Psychotherapists, both in the Adults' team, as well as the Children, Adolescents and Family team. Please take a look at the "Centre - Open Positions" page on our website for more information. CLICK HERE

A New Administrator for CHS

The Community Help Service depends on three teams of volunteers who give their time for free: those who act as Board members, those who staff the Help Line and those who run the office. A key role in the office is that of administrator and CHS has recently welcomed Anne Arthur to that position. Anne is British and finds herself in Brussels for family reasons – her daughter and granddaughter live here, so being closer to them was an attractive idea once she retired from full-time work in the UK.

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Generous Support for Community Help Service

Rex Parker, Chair of CHS, accepted with pleasure a cheque for €8000 at the recent Christmas Cocktail held by the British Chamber and the Brussels British Community Association (BBCA). Thanks are due to the Duchess of Richmond Ball, BBCA and Britcham for this very welcome donation.

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A New Patron for Community Help Service

CHS is delighted that Alison Rose, the recently appointed  British Ambassador to Belgium has taken on the role of Patron to our organisation. Despite her busy life, with its wide-ranging responsibilities, she has already fulfilled one role on our behalf by acting as the introductory speaker at the CHS Burnout Conference in October.

As an EU specialist Alison is no stranger to Brussels, having previously spent four years here with the UK Permanent Representation to the European Union.  She has also worked in London and Paris and had a spell in the Cabinet Office, during the preparation for and running of the UK Presidency of the EU in 2005.

"Alison has not known us for long but has already shown a keen interest in and commitment to the work that we do, both on the Help Line and at our Mental Health Centre”. Rex Parker, Chair of the CHS Board.

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Vlerick Expat Event: November 19 2014

Entitled "Dances with Wolves" this event, organised by Vlerick Business School, offered a new look on managing intercultural conflict. The two keynote speakers were both professors at the School - Smaranda Boros and Ralf Wetzel. It was billed as "a vibrant and congenial expat evening" with plenty of opportunity to meet and exchange views.

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CHS 45th Anniversary Year - Conference on Burnout

To mark its 45th anniversary year, the Community Help Service held a conference on the topical subject of burnout – a state of mental and physical exhaustion induced by stress. (Click here to view the Conference Programme). The conference was designed to be directly helpful to those managing stress reduction in the workplace, whether from a human resource, therapeutic or personal standpoint. The focus of discussions was on identifying best practices for preventing and/or treating burnout. Special emphasis was placed on the expat community.

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