Caravan Counselling

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A free drop-in counselling service in the St James’s courtyard

  • Who We Are

    The CCPE (Centre for Counselling & Psychotherapy Education) in partnership with St James’s Church. Counselling is offered by volunteers undergoing professional accredited training.

  • What We Do

    Offer a drop in service of listening and emotional support, which can – by arrangement – evolve into counselling.

  • Getting Involved

    This is a drop in service, with no need to book in advance.

  • The Caravan is a free drop in counselling service run by the CCPE (Centre for Counselling & Psychotherapy Education) in partnership with St James’s Church, which has provided a home for the Caravan since 1982.

    The Caravan is open Monday to Friday, offering a core service of listening and emotional support, which can – by arrangement – evolve into counselling.

    For some people, just a little human warmth and a chat can hit the spot. Others may wish to talk more deeply about what is troubling them.

    Sessions are 20 to 50 minutes long, at the discretion of the volunteer.

    Volunteers work at the same time each week. If they are already with someone, they will tell you when they will be free or when the next volunteer’s slot begins.

    Clients are free to continue using the drop-in, seeing whoever is on duty at the time. Or they may choose to see a particular volunteer again.

    A client who has been seeing a volunteer regularly can apply for a counselling relationship with that volunteer, entailing agreements as to the focus and commitment to the sessions.

    The volunteers adhere to the BACP Code of Ethics and Practice in all aspects of the work, including confidentiality.