About Beacon

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Each year we support

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Empowering Connection

At the heart of all our work is our purpose, empowering connection. We build strong connections with the people we support, and empower them to continue benefiting from the help we provide in the long term. ​

Our History

Beacon counselling has been helping people lead fuller and more rewarding lives for 34 years. It was founded in 1984, with counselling initially conducted in doctors’ surgeries by volunteers. To this day a large proportion of our professional counsellors volunteer their time and expertise to help Beacon reach out to more people every year. 

The founding members of the charity who were a part of the ‘Churches Together’ in Bramhall wanted to create an organisation which provided a services to the local community, ensuring that everyone had an equal opportunity to access high quality counselling, regardless of their financial circumstance. From the start Beacon has prided itself on the quality of all it has done; from monitoring and evaluation, to training and self-development. As a result, it has been sought after for placements by students on counselling courses. In 2008, Beacon Counselling won a Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, recognition of its contribution to the community over the years and in 2012 Beacon was awarded the prestigious GSK Impact award.

Our Vision is a society where everyone is able to cope with distress and has the opportunity to enjoy a happy life

Our Mission

We build resilience in communities by supporting adults, young people and children experiencing mental and emotional distress

Our Work

We do this by providing one to one counselling, group programmes and through community projects

Where we work

We deliver on-site counselling at Beacon House, located in Stockport, provide remote therapy online and deliver accross 30+ schools and workplaces in the North West.

Beacon Counselling is a mental health charity (1109545) dedicated to improving the mental health and emotional resilience of our community. We believe everyone should have an equal chance of good emotional well-being; this is at the core of everything we do.


Founded in 1984 to ensure everyone in the local community had somewhere to turn in times of trouble, regardless of their financial circumstances, we support over 2,000 adults, young people and children each year to improve their mental health and emotional wellbeing and deliver a range of therapy, wellbeing services, group support and targeted projects that empower people with the tools and skills they need to recover and thrive now and in the future. 


Beacon is a leading provider of psychological therapies in Greater Manchester and beyond. The extensive range of skills and experience offered by our pool of qualified paid and volunteer counsellors mean we help people address a broad spectrum of harmful behaviours and underlying mental or emotional health issues. Our team responds to a wide range of issues, supporting people in a way that suits them – we don’t believe in choosing a quick fix over a lasting change and like to get to the root of a problem. 

The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service Logo
The GlaxoSmithKline Impact Awards badge
The Disability Confident Employer Badge
The Living Wage Employer Badge
The Registered with Fundraising Regulator Badge
Best Not for Profit Organisation Winner Badge at the 2021 Stockport Business Awards

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0161 440 0055

50-52 Middle Hillgate Stockport SK1 3DL
Registered charity (1109545)
Company Limited by Guarantee (05429473)
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