Counselling Services and Charities

This is a collection of support services that may be useful. If you see any errors or have suggestions for additional organisations please email (link on contact page).

Action for Sick Children Action for Sick Children
36 Jacksons Edge Road,
Disley, Stockport SK12 2JL

Freephone: 0800 0744519
For over 40 years Action for Sick Children have championed the cause of sick children, involving Children and Young People in the Planning and Provision of Healthcare.
Alzheimer's Research Trust Alzheimer's Research Trust
The Stables, Station Road, Great Shelford Cambridge CB22 5LR
Telephone: 01223 843899
Fax: 01223 843325
The Alzheimer's Research Trust is funding world-class research to find ways to cure, prevent or treat Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. We also provide free information on dementia and the treatments available.
Age Concern Age Concern
National Number 0208 679 8000
High Wycombe 01494 535890
Aylesbury 01296 431127
The UK's largest charity working with and for older people.
Bereavement Advice Centre Helpline Mon~Fri 9~5: 0800 634 9494

Bereavement Advice Centre
Ryon Hill House, Ryon Hill Park
Warwick Road, Stratford upon Avon
CV37 0UX
A not for profit organisation established in response to requests from funeral directors, registrars and hospital bereavement officers. We provide a single contact number to help with the practical issues of what to do when someone dies.
32 Bond House, Bond Street
Wolverhampton, WV2 4AS
Tel: 0870 116 1325
Bereavement Information aim to provide comprehensive independent practical help and guidance about what to do when someone has passed away - and for planning ahead to make the inevitable easier for your family and friends.
The Bereavement Register  
The Bereavement Register is a service with one simple aim: To reduce the amount of direct mail to those who have died.
BrakeCare BrakeCare helpline for road crash victims: 01484 421611
PO Box 548, Huddersfield HD1 2XZ
Tel: 01484 559909
Fax: 01484 559983
To prevent death and injury on the roads through education of all road users and campaigning for Government improvements to road safety. To care for people who are bereaved or affected by serious injury in a road crash through support services, including a helpline and literature distributed through police officers.
Tel: 01223 893636
This site covers topics on organ donation and transplantation, both in the UK and Worldwide.
CADD Campaign Against Drinking and Driving
Helpline: 0845 124 5542

PO Box 62, Brighouse,
West Yorkshire, HD6 3YY
Campaign Against Drinking and Driving (CADD) provide support to the families of victims killed or injured by drunk and/or drugged drivers. To provide victims of drink/drugged drivers with emotional and practical support, advice and information.
Carers UK Carers UK
20 Great Dover Street
London   SE1 4LX

T: 020 7378 4999
F: 020 7378 9781
The voice of carers who provide unpaid care by looking after an ill, frail or disabled family member, friend or partner.
C-diff Email:
The site gives documentation and information on helping to prevent transmission of Clostridium difficile or CDF/cdf'. Also many links to further explanations of the condition.
The Child Bereavement Charity Child Bereavement Charity
Support & Information Service
The Saunderton Estate
Wycombe Road
HP14 4BF

Tel: 01494 568900
The charity provides support and information to all affected by the death of a baby or child or when children are bereaved and accessible training for the professionals who work with these families and children.
Circulation Foundation The Circulation Foundation
35-43 Lincoln's Inn Fields

T: 020 7304 4779
Pioneering research into the causes, prevention and treatment of vascular disease. Support and information for vascular disease patients and their families.
The service helps people resolve their legal, money and other problems by providing free information and advice from nearly 3,400 locations.
Colostomy Association Colostomy Association
2 London Court
East Street
Reading RG1 4QL

Tel: 0118 939 1537
Dedicated to colostomates, their families and their carers
Compassionate Friends

Compassionate Friends
Helpline: 0845 123 2304
National Office: 08451 20 37 85
53 North Street, Bristol BS3 1EN

The Compassionate Friends is an organisation of bereaved parents and their families offering understanding, support and encouragement to others after the death of a child or children. We also offer support, advice and information to other relatives, friends and professionals who are helping the family.
Counselling Directory

Counselling Directory

Customer Service Team:
0844 8030 240

Counselling Directory lists counsellors and psychotherapists
who are members of a recognised professional body or those who have sent us copies of their qualifications and insurance cover.

If you're in need of support, search their network to be connected with a professional counsellor or psychotherapist.


Cruse Bereavement Care
Helpline: 0870 167 1677
Young Person's Helpline: 0808 808 1677

Cruse House, 126 Sheen Road,
Richmond, Surrey TW9 1UR

Admin Tel: 020 8939 9530
Fax 020 8940 7638

Cruse Bereavement Care exists to promote the well-being of bereaved people and to enable anyone bereaved by death to understand their grief and cope with their loss. The organisation provides counselling and support. It offers information, advice, education and training services.
CRY Cardiac Risk in the Young
CRY, Unit 7, Epsom Downs Metro Centre, Waterfield, Tadworth, Surrey, KT20 5LR

Helpline: 01737 363 222
CRY was founded in 1995 to raise awareness of conditions that can lead to Sudden Cardiac Death (SCD); Sudden Death Syndrome (SDS, SADS
DPS Deceased Preference Service
Helpline: 0800 068 44 33
The Deceased Preference Service is a free service to help you stop unwelcome post addressed to your deceased loved one, and to assist companies in combating criminal fraud which may be committed in the name of the deceased.

24hr Helpline 0207 235 1721
General Enquiries 0207 235 0965

14 Halkin Street
London. SW1 7DP

Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths, working to prevent sudden deaths and promote health. FSID funds research, supports bereaved families and promotes safe baby care advice.

Help the Hospices Help the Hospices
Hospice House
34-44 Britannia Street
London   WC1X 9JG

Tel: 020 7520 8222
The national charity for hospice care. If you are a patient, carer or have an interest in hospice and palliative care explore this site for information, support and more on how to get involved.
Institute of Family Therapies Institute of Family Therapy
24-32 Stephenson Way

Tel: 020 7391 9150
Since its inception in 1977, the Institute has established a national and international reputation for its work and become the largest family therapy organisation in the UK
Children with Leukaemia

Children with Leukaemia
51 Great Ormond Street
London WC1N 3JQ

T: 020 7404 0808
F: 020 7404 3666
The UK's leading charity dedicated to fighting Britain's biggest childhood cancer. For more than 20 years, we have been helping children affected by leukaemia. We fund research into causes and treatments, support families through welfare programmes and campaign on their behalf.

Thrombosis Charity

Life Blood
PO Box 1050
PE12 6YF
Tel: 01406 381017

Lifeblood, the Thrombosis Charity, provides detailed information about all aspects of thrombosis. We aim to 'Stop the Clots' through a programme of education and research.

Marie Curie

Marie Curie Cancer Care
89 Albert Embankment

020 7599 7777
We mainly care for people with cancer but we also care for people with other life limiting illnesses. Our services are always free of charge to patients and their families.


Tel: 01623 556255


The mission of MRSA Action UK is to raise public awareness and to influence Government and healthcare providers in the fight to prevent MRSA and all healthcare associated infections.
Miscarriage Association

Helpline: 01924 200799 (Mon-Fri, 9am - 4pm)

The Miscarriage Association
c/o Clayton Hospital
West Yorkshire WF1 3JS

The Miscarriage Association - Acknowledging pregnancy loss.

National Association of Widows National Association of Widows
3rd Floor, 48
Queens Road, Coventry
Tel/fax: 0845 838 2261
The National Association of Widows is run by widows for widows. that offers comfort, friendship and a listening ear to widows and unmarried women who have lost a partner through bereavement. Unmarried women who have lost a partner through bereavement are also welcome to join.
Neuroblastoma Society Neuroblastoma Society
Help Line: 020 8940 4353
Neuroblastoma is a rare and aggressive childhood cancer. The Society works exclusively for children by raising funds for British research into the disease, and offering information and support for anyone affected by neuroblastoma.
Ovarian Cancer Action Ovarian Cancer Action
Bush House, The Waterfront, Elstree Road,
Elstree, Herts WD6 3BS,
Tel 020 8238 7605
Fax 020 8238 7620

Ovarian Cancer Action - Taking steps to improve the survival of women with ovarian cancer, by raising awareness of symptoms and risk factors, funding research and giving women a voice.


Lodge House, Thompson Park
Ormerod Road
BB11 2RU
Hope Line UK:  0870 170 4000


PAPYRUS offer UK resources and support for those dealing with suicide, depression or emotional distress - particularly teenagers and young adults. PAPYRUS is a voluntary UK organisation committed to the prevention of young suicide and the promotion of mental health and emotional wellbeing.

Road Peace

PO Box 2579
London NW10 3PW

Helpline: 0845 4500 355
Office Tel: 020 8838 5102

RoadPeace is a UK National Charity for Road Crash Victims. Supporting those bereaved or injured in a road crash. Working for Real Road Safety.


The Upper Mill, Kingston Road
Ewell, Surrey, KT17 2AF

Helpline: 08457 90 90 90

Samaritans feel strongly that no person should have to deal with suicidal feelings by themselves. This also applies for any person having to deal with the unexpected loss of a friend or family member through suicide.

Cranmer House
39 Brixton Road
London, SW9 6DZ

Helpline: 020 7735 3838
Support After Murder or Manslaughter offer a confidential telephone help line where you can talk to someone who has experienced the devastating effects of this most distressing crime. Support, a listening ear, a shoulder and a safety net in times of severe emotional crisis.

Helpline: 0845 123 5542
PO Box 62, Brighouse,
West Yorkshire, HD6 3YY
Office: 0845 123 5541
Fax: 0845 123 5543

Support and Care After Road Death and Injury - Supporting all people affected by road death and injury. To help relieve distress among people who have been bereaved, injured or affected by road death or injury.


Level 2 Women’s Centre
John Radcliffe Hospital
Headley Way
Oxford OX3 9D

Tel: 01865 221359 (answer phone outside hours)

Support for the Sick Newborn And their Parents is a locally based charity which supports the Special Care Nursery at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford.

Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Society Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Society
28 Portland Place
London W1N 4DE
Tel: 020 7436 7940

Helpline: 020 7436 5881

Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Society - Working to support bereaved parents and families, and to press for improvements in care during pregnancy and when a baby has died

The Stroke Association

The Stroke Association
240 City Road

helpline 0845 3033 100 (Mon/Fri 9am to 5pm)

The Stroke Association gives information and support when you need it most If you have had a stroke, or have been affected by a stroke in any way.

Sue Ryder Care Sue Ryder Care
2nd Floor
114-118 Southampton Row
London  WC1B 5AA

T: 020 7400 0440
F: 020 7400 0441
Sue Ryder Care is a leading healthcare charity providing specialist palliative, neurological and community based services. We provide expert and compassionate care and support for people living with serious illnesses and conditions, as well as their families and loved ones.

Volserve House
14-18 West Bar Green
Sheffield S1 2DA

Helpline: 0870 241 3337 9am - 9pm Daily
Tel: 0114 272 5955


Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide - You don't have to face it alone. We exist to meet the needs and break the isolation of those bereaved by the suicide of a close relative or friend.

Terrence Higgins Trust

Terrence Higgins Trust
Helpline: 0845 1221 200

52-54 Gray's Inn Road

Terrence Higgins Trust - Whatever your sexuality, HIV status, gender, cultural background or ethnic origin, THT has services set up with your needs in mind. If you’re affected by HIV, then we’ll try to help.

WAY Foundation

The Way Foundation
Suite 35, St Loyes House,
20 St Loyes Street
Bedford MK40 1ZL

Tel: 0870 011 3450
The Wy Foundation - To provide a social and support network for those widowed up to the age of 50. To offer support for members' children (by liaising with counselling and therapy schemes already in operation).
Winston's Wish

Helpline: 08452 03 04 05
Tel: 01242 515157

Winston's Wish
The Clara Burgess Centre,
Westmoreland House, 80-86 Bath Road, Cheltenham, GL53 7JT

Winston’s Wish helps bereaved children and young people rebuild their lives after a family death. We offer practical support and guidance to families, to professionals and to anyone concerned about a grieving child