Our Work

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Who We Are

At the heart of all our work is our purpose, empowering people towards positive mental health. 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 Values


We’re warm, welcoming and approachable.


We’re all different and we respect that; we listen and never judge.


We are accessible to everyone and treat everyone as an individual.


We’re committed to making a positive different to people’s lives.


We push ourselves and each other to go the extra mile.


We work in partnership and value everybody’s input.

Best Not-for-Profit Stockport Business Award 2021
Member of BACP
NCVO Winifred Tumim Memorial Prize 2013
The GlaxoSmithKline Impact Awards badge
GlaxoSmithKline IMPACT Award 2012
The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service Logo
Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2008

We want to live in a society where everyone is able to enjoy positive mental health and wellbeing.

Our Mission

We combine our passion for people with our mental health expertise, in a way that empowers the people of Stockport and beyond to live their best possible life, enjoying good mental health, emotional resilience, and the confidence to make life affirming decisions.

Our Work

We do this by providing a range of accessible mental health and wellbeing services, including counselling, groupwork, training and community projects.

Where we work

We deliver on-site counselling at Beacon House, located in Stockport, provide remote therapy online and deliver across 20+ schools and community locations across the region.

Beacon Counselling is a mental health and wellbeing 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 3,000 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 practitioners enables us to help people address a broad spectrum of mental or emotional health issues. Our team responds to a wide range of challenges, 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.

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Why Beacon?

We have a highly qualified and experienced team of 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 carry out DBS checks for staff and volunteers alike.

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"It has made me realise that I am of value, and I can go forward as a strong individual."
Simon, Adult Services

Our Approach

Equality Focus

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.


Building Resilience

Improving Lives

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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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