Are you affected by life-threatening illness?
The Harbour, a Bristol-based charity, offers free counselling and psychotherapy to people affected by life-threatening illness
Are you ill?
We provide support to adults with a diagnosis of any life-threatening illness.
Are you caring for, or close to, someone who is ill?
We support those caring for someone who is ill, and those close to someone who is ill.
Have you been bereaved through illness?
We support people who have been recently bereaved through illness.
About The Harbour
talk to when you need it most
We are a charity with over 20 years’ experience of delivering professional counselling and psychotherapy, free of charge, to people affected by life-threatening illness. Each year we support more than 200 people from Bristol and the South West, carrying out in the region of 2,000 counselling sessions per year.
You don’t need to live in Bristol to access our services, and you can refer yourself or be referred to us by another organisation – please contact us if you have any questions about how to do this.
We focus on making the most of limited resources – we are a small yet professional team who are supported by passionate volunteers. Our services are free, so it is vital that we raise the money we need to deliver them each year. The more we raise, the more people we can help.
Click here if you would like to help us support more people affected by life-threatening illness.
With an opening address from our founder, Jill Brown, and several confirmed speakers working in psychotherapy, healthcare, philosophy and chaplaincy, The Harbour’s 25th Anniversary Conference will be a day of great enrichment for those working with life-threatening illness, dying and loss. Tickets are now available: for more information please click here.
We’d like to say a big thank you to all our runners in yesterday’s Bristol 10K – pictured here outside our offices after the run. The team have now raised over £2,000 which is an amazing achievement – and it’s not too late to sponsor them if you haven’t already: https://www.justgiving.com/campaigns/charity/the-harbour/harbour25
This Sunday a team of staff and supporters from The Harbour will run the Bristol 10K to raise money for our work. It’s not too late to sponsor them if haven’t already: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/BristolHarbour. If you’re in Bristol on Sunday then look out for us and please give us a cheer!
We are delighted to have been chosen as Bristol Management Centre’s charity of the year for 2017! We will be working with them throughout the year to raise funds and awareness of our services. Thanks for the support BMC and we look forward to working with you over the year!
We are delighted to be the beneficiaries of the latest Small Stories event which takes place on Sunday 11th September at The Lantern in Colston Hall. Small Stories are a Bristol-based group of performers who are passionate about giving a platform to people and causes, giving them a voice and offering an opportunity for them[…]
Jason Victory starts his Coast to Coast walk today in support of The Harbour. Over the next two weeks Jason will walk over 180 miles over The Lakes, Dales and Moors, raising money for The Harbour in the process. If you’d like to show your support you can donate and leave a message here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Jason-Victory.[…]
Yesterday we visited ‘death: the human experience’, an exhibition currently running at Bristol Museum, it is about the most universal of experiences that we will encounter. Including hundreds of incredibly diverse objects – from a Ghanaian fantasy coffin to a Victorian mourning dress – it reveals captivating stories from cultures across the world, from the[…]
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We are very excited to have Philippa Bayley join The Harbour as a new Trustee. Philippa moved from a career in neuroscience research (earning her PhD from UCL in 2004) to public engagement, science communication and research management. Philippa now manages the University of Bristol’s environmental research institute, the Cabot Institute, and has worked at the University since[…]
4th February 2016 will mark World Cancer Day, a truly global event taking place every year, World Cancer Day unites the world’s population in the fight against cancer Currently, 8.2 million people die from cancer worldwide every year, out of which, 4 million people die prematurely (aged 30 to 69 years). This is a devastating figure[…]