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JUNE 2020

MTCIC has been awarded a grant from Big Lottery to support peoples mental health due to COVID 19. This grant is for people who now do not have the ability to pay for our Acorn Service. To access this funding please contact 01284 750096.


JUNE 2017

We have moved!!

From the 1st June MTCIC moved our Bury St Edmunds base into our own premises at Acorn House, 8a Looms Lane, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 1HE.

We would like to thank the Big Lottery, St Edmundsbury Borough Council and Suffolk Foundation Trust for grants to enable us to equip our therapy and training rooms.

All client areas are on the ground floor, with easy disable access.

contact numbers and emails remain unchanged


January 2017

Big Issue Invest announces launch of Impact Loans England

New investment programme managed by Big Issue Invest, the social investment arm of The Big Issue

Impact Loans England programme is funded by Access - The Foundation for Social Investment and is designed to help charities and social enterprises

Big Issue Invest has launched Impact Loans England, a new £5 million lending scheme aimed at enabling social enterprises to access loan funding of between £20,000 and £150,000. The programme is funded by Access - The Foundation for Social Investment, with finance being provided by its partners Big Lottery Fund and Big Society Capital.

The Impact Loans England programme is now available to organisations across England with the £5 million to lend over the next three years. The funding is available to organisations keen to do more of the good work they do - whether it's buying equipment, hiring new talent, or progressing with business development plans.

Daniel Wilson-Dodd, Head of Lending at Big Issue Invest says, "A lot of great organisations struggle to access small and medium-sized loans, so we wanted to provide support for those exciting social enterprises and charities."

One of the first organisations to take advantage of the new finance scheme is MTCIC, a community Interest company, that provide counselling and mental health therapies to the population of East Anglia. It also provides training learning and development opportunities for individuals wanting employment within the field of wellbeing and mental health.

"This loan has given us the opportunity to develop our business plan to providing digital online services. It will enable us to expand our workforce so that we are better placed to work collaboratively with partner organisations, not only with social enterprises and charities, but with the private and statutory sector too. This offers MTCIC the security to build for the future." says Sue Jay MBE, Managing Director at MTCIC.

The Impact Loans England programme is a continuation of what Big Issue Invest has been doing over the past few years in other schemes aimed at helping social enterprises grow, often by accessing finance for the very first time.

Big Issue Invest anticipates the popularity of this programme and is planning to deliver a deal a week for the first six months after launch. Applications for Impact Loans England are now open. Visit bigissueinvest.com or email impactloansengland@bigissueinvest.com. A Twitter Q&A with @BigIssueInvest will be held in February, using the tag #ADealAWeek.







August 2015

People that have suffered sexual abuse can now be offered therapy within our Acorn Counselling Service. Volunteer Counsellors have been trained using money provided by Safer Suffolk Fund. To find out more call 01284 750096


July 2015

Awards for All from the Big Lottery have awarded MTCIC £9,000 to support people needing Longer Term Counselling on low income. This work will be delivered by our Acorn Counselling Service.

If you are on a low income and would like to find out more please contact us on 01284 750096 appointments are being offered in Bury St Edmunds and Ipswich.






April 2015

Safer Suffolk Fund award MTCIC £15,800 to train our volunteer counsellors in specific sexual abuse counselling and to offer 30 clients this therapy.


9th November 2014

Come and see MTCIC at the Bury St Edmunds Christmas light switch on on 20th November.

We will have lots of useful information from us and other local organisations to.


28th August 2014

The Autumn sees the start of the CPD Lectures and training on offer from MTCIC

An Indroduction to working with Gender identity presented by Madison Amy Webb Tuesday 23rd Sept 2-4pm Ipswich

Human Toolbox Practitioner training in association with Lindy Wheeler 27th & 28th September Bury St Edmunds

How to work with Eating Disorder presented by Yvonne Green Tuesday 14th October 2-4pm Ipswich

Find out more from our Lecture page LECTURES

20th November 2013

We have just completed the first year of a new project for young people, How I Feel. This is an online support and information service for 11 to 25 year olds funded by Children in Need and Suffolk County Council check it out at www.howifeel.org.uk

30th July 2012

The Suffolk Wellbeing Service (SWS) is a new service designed to enable people in Suffolk to experience improved emotional wellbeing and promote early recovery from emotional health problems e.g. low mood, stress, and anxiety. The service includes Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust Clinical Link Workers and Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) joined by partner organisations from the 3rd sector (voluntary and charitable organisations).
We are one of the partners and we join The Shaw Trust, VoiceAbility, local Mind organisation, Big White Wall, Suffolk Family Carers and 4YP together we will be providing support for people in Suffolk who want to experience improved emotional wellbeing
The Service Wellbeing Service will offer a range of supports and brief interventions to people who feel ready to make changes to improve thier emotional wellbeing and learn to manage stress, anxiety and depression.
New Offices in Ipswich! 1st July 2012
Mentis Tree are delighted to announce that they are spreading their wings and can now offer their services in Ipswich from their new offices in The Business Hub 2 Civic Drive IP1 2QA. Please contact us on either our Bury number -  01284 750096 or Ipswich numbers 01473 381403  for further details.
MTCIC is delighted to announce that they are one of the partner organisations of The Suffolk Wellbeing Service and will be responsible for providing counselling services for the people of Suffolk. Sue Jay, Managing Director, of Mentis Tree CIC, said "We are delighted to be a part of this exciting new service and very much look forward to working with our partners to provide essential care for those using the service".
Social Enterprise Mark Awarded
MTCIC, based in Bury St Edmunds, has recently been recognised for its work in improving society and protecting the environment; the MTCIC team were presented with the prestigious Social Enterprise Mark at their offices in Whiting Street.
Sue Jay MBE, Managing Director at MTCIC said, “We are thrilled to be awarded the Social Enterprise Mark. The Company is very much in its infancy as it was only set up in April. This recognition will enable us to forge forward. Our passion at MTCIC is being in business to bring benefits to society and the environment by offering low cost counselling to the population of East Anglia and opportunities for Counsellors to become accredited. That’s why receiving the Social Enterprise Mark is a great honour for MTCIC. It is an independent certification of why we’re in business and a testament for our future direction”.
MTCIC is a social enterprise providing quality services in Mental Health and Wellbeing. They provide a range of Psychological Therapies, Counselling, Coaching and Training for Counsellors to enable continued professional development.
The Government defines social enterprises as “businesses with primarily social objectives whose surpluses are principally reinvested for that purpose in the business or in the community, rather than being driven by the need to maximise profit for shareholders and owners.”
Hazel Pidsley, Chief Officer of Bury Volunteer Centre and chair of VASP (Voluntary and Statutory Partnership for Mental Health in Suffolk) presented the MTCIC team with the Mark at their offices at 86 Whiting Street Bury St Edmunds.

Anne Mountjoy, Marketing Manager from the Social Enterprise Mark Co. said “As the only certification for genuine social enterprises, the Mark guarantees businesses which meet defined criteria, proving they trade for people and planet. The Mark helps those businesses promote their business ethics and values. We are delighted to welcome MTCIC as the first Suffolk based Mental Health business to receive this award and have no doubt they will inspire others to follow this great example of social enterprise.”

Social Enterprise Mark Company
  1. The Social Enterprise Mark is the only certification authority for social enterprises. The Mark identifies businesses which meet defined criteria for social enterprise, and consumers recognise that businesses displaying the Mark are trading to benefit people and planet. Visit www.socialenterprisemark.org.uk to find out more

  2. The most widely adopted definition of social enterprise, used by organisations such as Social Enterprise UK and Rise, is from the Government's Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (previously Department for Trade and Industry): "Social enterprises are businesses with primarily social objectives whose surpluses are principally reinvested for that purpose in the business or in the community, rather than being driven by the need to maximise profit for shareholders and owners." Social Enterprise: a strategy for success, 2001
  3. The Social Enterprise Mark Company is a Community Interest Company (CIC) Limited by shares. It is owned by Rise.
  4. Rise aims to establish a favourable environment for social enterprises to develop and flourish. www.riseforsocent.org.uk