Welcome to Side by Side

Counselling Services

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About Side by Side

Side by Side was formed in 2007, We are a person-centred organisation with an encouraging, supportive and friendly approach to all its volunteers and clients. Side by Side offers free counselling to all without judgement or prejudice.

In 2011, a committee was formed by elected volunteers to best serve the needs of the service and to enable the service to grow and evolve. Side by Side now runs three days per week and has a staff of 16 dedicated, volunteer counsellors.

What is offered at Side by Side

As a service, Side by Side offers Counselling for clients who are 17 years and above, and counsellors work with any and all issues the client wishes to bring into the session.

People come for counselling for many different reasons. Sometimes, people come for counselling with specific issues such as anxiety, depression, bereavement & loss, addictions, sexuality & relationship problems. Sometimes we know something is wrong but we can't find a way to put it right. We don’t specialise in specific “issues”, but the type of counselling we offer works with you to address whatever is troubling you.

  Assessment process
  Unlimited sessions
  Choice of counsellor – qualified/training, male/female
  Choice of nights and times
  Option to change counsellors


All of our counsellors, both qualified and trainee, are volunteers.

Side by Side currently receives no external funding and relies solely on voluntary client donations and fund raising events. With this income the service aims to provide training for its volunteers as well as covering all overheads (excluding individual insurance which is funded by the volunteers themselves). As a trainee, Side by Side aims to provide you with the facility to acquire your required counselling hours as well as helping you to grow in a person centred manner. We hope to enhance your counselling skills during your time with us. Upon starting with the service volunteers will be eased into counselling, at first taking on one client and then, as they feel ready, being given a second client to work with. Volunteers will be placed under the mentorship of one of our facilitators throughout their time with us to help them as they grow within the profession.


Is counselling right for me?

We are here for you, side by side, for whatever is troubling you. This is a therapy which takes place between the counsellor and the client in a safe, confidential environment. The client must be willing to enter into the relationship, and not feel pressured or ‘forced’ to attend counselling sessions by anyone.

Whatever the reason you’re thinking about counselling, we believe that everyone has the potential to change and grow as a person and counselling can be a way to help you discover your full potential.

Request an appointment



Alternatively, please call us on 07376 799 797.
24 hour voice message - We will return your call as soon as possible.

Appointments are available on:
- Mondays (Hourly appointments from 5pm - 8pm)
- Wednesdays  (Hourly appointments from 5pm - 8pm)

Unfortunately, we are unable to see clients under the age of 17.
If you are 17 or under please contact your Doctor, who will be
able to support you further.

Click here to request an appointment online

How to find us

Side by Side Counselling Services
Link Centre
140 Union Street

449 Middleton Road

07376 799 797 (24hr answer machine)


Side by Side is a non-profit making organisation, staffed by volunteers and funded entirely by client donations.


A small number of disabled parking bays are available behind the Link Centre which can be used after 5pm. Other parking is available on Horsedge Street, Roscoe Street, Bow Street and after 6pm on Union Street.

Side by Side takes no responsibility for any loss or damage to your car or belongings if you choose to park in these locations.