Do you want time to talk? We are here for you.
North Lancashire Counselling Service celebrates 30 years of service this year. We have been offering a free and reduced-cost counselling service, entirely led by volunteers, since we were founded in 1991 by the Rev. Arthur Longworth. Today we are a secular, person-centred organisation, whilst still embracing our founders core values of empathy, respect and reaching out to those who need support.
This last year has felt particularly challenging for many of us and continues to do so – we have adapted our service to incorporate an offer of counselling via telephone or video-link, as well as our usual face-to-face service (when Government guidelines allow). We consider the safety and wellbeing of our clients and volunteers as paramount and are doing everything we can to work effectively and within appropriate safety measures.
Although we now offer a counselling service via different means, we are still a small charity with the capacity to serve our local community. Therefore, we can only provide a service to those within a reasonable driving distance of Lancaster town centre. This includes Preston, Morecambe, the South Lakes, Kirkby Lonsdale and any areas within that geographical area.
We appreciate it is not only recent global events that may make you feel anxious, depressed or wishing for a space to retreat to. Our day-to-day lives continue through the restrictions of a pandemic and there are many factors that affect the way we think and feel. By providing time to talk we aim to be here for you, facilitating improved wellbeing and working towards alleviating some of those symptoms by offering a non-judgemental, respectful, and empathic space in which to explore them further.
All NLCS volunteer counsellors are registered with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) or a similar regulated body, as either qualified professionals or experienced trainees. Our service is offered for free, but as with all not-for-profit charities we have essential costs so ask for a donation where possible. Part of our ethos is to offer longer term counselling for those that need it, valuing the time it may take for some individuals to explore their experiences.
If you need time to talk, we are here.
2021: Happy 30th birthday NLCS!
Thank you to all our wonderful volunteers from the last 30 years, who have dedicated their time to keep our service going, supporting our local community.
As a small charity, it is important for us to keep fundraising, if you can donate £30 or any amount to help us continue our 30 years of service we would really appreciate it. Thank you.