Who We Are
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 Vision is a society where everyone is able to cope with distress and has the opportunity to enjoy a happy life
We build resilience in communities by supporting adults, young people and children experiencing mental and emotional distress
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.
We do not judge; we listen and understand
We are accessible to everyone and treat everyone as an individual
We’re warm, caring and we’ll support you
We care about the quality of what we do and we are committed to self-development
We are proactive, passionate and find the best way to support you
We practice what we preach, taking care of each other and ourselves
Best Not-for-Profit Stockport Business Award 2021
Member of BACP
NCVO Winifred Tumim Memorial Prize 2013
GlaxoSmithKline IMPACT Award 2012
Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2008
Each year we support
We have a highly qualified and experienced team therapists and well-being workers. All counselling work is rigorously supervised by a team of clinical supervisors working to the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy’s (BACP’s) Ethical Framework and meets the top level of the NHS Information Governance Toolkit. We follow NSPCC Safer Recruitment guidance and DBS checks for staff and volunteers alike.
We believe that everyone should have an equal chance of good emotional well-being. For that reason, we offer one-to-one counselling and group programmes either free of charge or on a donation basis. We believe that someone’s financial situation shouldn’t limit their access to high quality help and support.
Anyone at any point during their life may face mental and emotional health problems. Our services can help individuals dealing with trauma or those struggling to cope with the stresses of life. People can transform and grow through counselling and our team has the expertise to respond to a range of situations and support clients in a way that suits them.
We can shape our counselling to reach those who need help the most by using national, regional and local trends and data. Our work is outward facing; we design our services to meet the needs of the communities in Stockport and beyond
We believe that help should be readily available and easily accessible. Over the years we have been able to extend our reach into the community by counselling in a range of community centres across the borough, making help more accessible to Stockport’s diverse communities. We continue to find new ways to improve accessibility, opening access to new groups that were without therapeutic support. Some of our facilities have disability access
We work in collaboration with other services to deliver our services. Collaborating with other organisations allows us to help more people and to reach a wider community across the borough. It also helps us to increase and sustain the benefits of support. For these reasons, we have a diverse range of partners across the community with whom we work with to deliver our services.