Counselling for people facing death, dying and bereavement
Are you facing death or dying?
Is someone close to you facing death or dying?
Have you been bereaved through illness?
About The Harbour
talk to when you need it most
We are a Bristol based independent registered charity (charity number: 1008360) with over 25 years’ experience of delivering professional counselling, free of charge, to people facing death, dying and bereavement. Each year we support more than 300 people from Bristol and the South West, carrying out in the region of 2,500 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.
Sam Thomas, CEO at The Harbour, has written the following statement about how the charity is responding to the COVID-19 outbreak. “The global COVID-19 pandemic came with little warning. On a global and local level, all of us are struggling to come to terms with what it means from a psychological, physical and economic perspective.[…]
As an organisation we have been working hard to adapt to the changing times we find ourselves in. The Harbour’s senior management team and board of trustees have been monitoring the situation regarding coronavirus (COVID-19) on an ongoing basis, continually ensuring that clients and our staff are at the heart of any decisions we make.[…]
In light of the new Coronavirus (COVID-19) social distancing guidance issued by Public Health England, The Harbour is, at present, making a transition from offering face to face appointments to sessions over the telephone and online, over Zoom. We will be contacting our clients to discuss these changes in due course. The Harbour’s senior management[…]
We are looking for an organised, efficient and friendly Office Manager to ensure the smooth-running of our office function and non-clinical administration. This will include liaising with suppliers and contractors, managing our premises, and co-ordinating our internal communications, and our social media and website activity. If you are looking to make a difference to people[…]
We are recruiting for a Couple and Individual Counsellor / Psychotherapist. This is a newly funded post to help us develop our couples therapy service, focussing in particular on supporting couples facing the death of a child. The deadline for applications is 9am on Friday 11th May – read more about it and download the[…]
Generous Bristol City fans gave The Harbour a new year boost last weekend, donating over £500 at the match against QPR. Our volunteers braved the chilly weather to shake buckets before and after the game and were delighted with the generous response from fans. A big thank you to Bristol City and the Bristol Sport[…]
We are delighted to have been shortlisted as Charity of the Year at the 2018 South West Business and Community Awards! It means a great deal to us and gives us a chance to promote our work and reach more people who may need our support. The awards ceremony takes place on Thursday 18th January[…]
Saturday 25th November 2017 at The Co-op, High Kingsdown, Bristol… A great day for The Harbour, as Linda and Colin are presented with a cheque from The Co-op’s Local Causes campaign. Two local stores near our offices adopted us as one of their local causes this year, which means that our collection boxes have been[…]
We are delighted to have launched our crowdfunding appeal, which aims to raise £3,000 between now and November 25th 2017. Every £1 raised during the appeal will be matched by our friends at Comic Relief, so there’s never been a better time to donate and double the impact of your support! The appeal will raise[…]
Saturday 14th October saw us celebrate our 25th anniversary in style with our conference ‘On Being Alive to Death’. Supported by the Brigstow Institute at the University of Bristol, over 80 delegates were present to hear a fascinating range of speakers from The Harbour and elsewhere, all talking about the theme of working with people[…]