The Daylight helpline and counselling service officially opened on 12 October 2005. Daylight has its origins in the Searchlight mission which involved several Leigh churches in 2001. As a result of the churches working together at that time, it was recognised that there were a number of needs in the community that the church was in a unique position to address. However, none of the churches involved had the resources to meet those needs. In discussing and praying together it became clear that we might begin to meet these needs by continuing to work together, bringing together resources and strengths which none of the churches could provide alone. Thus the vision for Daylight was born.
The churches involved are very different from each other but have recognised that what we have in common is much greater than our differences. This common understanding and faith is the foundation on which we intend to build a service to the community with a distinctly Christian approach based on sensitivity to people's needs and acceptance of them as people.
In the first instance Daylight provided counselling, help and advice to those who found themselves facing an unplanned pregnancy or who were concerned after an abortion. At the end of October 2006, Daylight services were extended to cover bereavement support. More recently, we have extended the service we offer to cover general counselling and other specific needs, such as debt.
The Daylight helpline and counselling service offers a specialist service giving unconditional care and acceptance to those in need. The aim is to provide time and space in which people can explore all the options available to them and to provide complete, appropriate information and sensitive support.
Other services which will hopefully follow fairly quickly and will be based on the same ethos of unconditional care and acceptance and the provision of information and support so that clients can make informed choices affecting their futures.