Are you affected by life-threatening illness?
The Harbour, an independent 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
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We are an independent registered charity (charity number: 1008360) with over 25 years’ experience of delivering professional counselling and psychotherapy, free of charge, to people affected by life-threatening illness. 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.
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[…]
Huge thanks to everybody at Thornbury Nursing Services (thornbury-nursing.com) in Long Ashton for donating the proceeds of their Dress Down Day to The Harbour. What a great picture! We are delighted to know that we have supporters out there. If you work for a Bristol company, maybe you and your colleagues would have fun while[…]
This weekend Rosie Clayton is taking part in one of the toughest challenge events out there – the Ironman Triathlon. Rosie will swim 2.4 miles, cycle 112 miles, before finishing with the small matter of a 26.2 mile run – an astonishing feat of endurance. So far Rosie has raised almost £1,500 for The Harbour,[…]
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