In the early 1980’s a group of women in York opened a women’s aid centre run by volunteers offering help and services to women in need. Two of the volunteers, themselves professional counsellors, identified the need for many women to receive professional counselling and so started an informal counselling service within the centre; this developed into the York Women’s Counselling Service, established independently in 2000. As the demand for counselling grew, so did the number of counsellors. After a period in various temporary accommodations, the service moved to its current premises at the Centre for Voluntary Services (CVS) in 2006 where it remains, with two counselling rooms and an office.
For twenty years, York Women’s Counselling Service has provided support through its network of qualified volunteer counsellors to women whose needs cannot be met by public health services because of a lack of availability and who cannot afford private counselling. We have established a reputation as a well-known and well respected voluntary agency in York. The experience of our qualified volunteer counsellors and their commitment and dedication to the women they serve, freely given, results in a counselling service in York which is second to none.