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The Caravan

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

The Caravan is a free drop and 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 seven-days-a-week, offering a core service of listening and emotional support, which can – by arrangement – evolve into counselling.

Monday and Tuesday 10am-7pm

Wednesday to Sunday 10am-5pm (Saturday until 4pm)

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

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 20-50 minutes long, at the discretion of the volunteer. If they are already with someone, they will tell clients 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. Volunteers work at the same time each week.

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.

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


The Caravan Phone Counselling Service

The Caravan Phone Counselling Service can be reached on 020 7183 1802, every day 10am-7pm.