A COUNSELLING service at the University of Huddersfield has celebrated its 25th anniversary.
Staff past and present gathered for a reunion and to mark the retirement of counsellor Maggie Forbes, who clocked up 23 years, starting when the service was in its infancy.
She was reunited with the services’s original counsellors Gabrielle Syne and Susie Lendrum. The pair introduced Maggie to one of her most-treasured work tools, the day-book.
The diary of cases became one of Maggie’s most effective possessions and she confessed that only recently could she be forced to relinquish it.
“Emails just don’t cut it in the same way,” said Maggie. “They have to be opened, and answered and filed or deleted. The day-book could be seen at a glance. Someday, someone will invent it again.”
Maggie, who lives in Leeds, had many successes as a counsellor and she looks back with pride on the Counsellors’ Northern Support Group which she set up – the group started with six people, it now has 130 members.
In her retirement, she plans to tend her allotment.