Support Us

Women today can face many issues that are complex and challenging; from crises of illness, bereavement or parenthood, complicated families, trauma from domestic violence or childhood abuse, to uncertain or stressful work and low incomes to deal with. These can sometimes lead to difficulties such as anxiety, low self-esteem and depression or even eating disorders and self-harm. 

Mental stress plays a role in personal and family breakdown, with women often feeling they have nowhere to turn for help.

Counselling helps women to find a way through.

With the right support at the right time, women can turn corners, begin to believe in themselves and develop resilience and strategies to cope that will get their lives back on track and prevent family breakdown.

The York Women’s Counselling Service has provided this support through its network of qualified volunteer counsellors for twenty years to women whose needs cannot be met by public health services because of a lack of availability and who cannot afford private counselling.

There is little public money available for essential support and counselling. But without this support, challenges and crises can rapidly become catastrophic, and we are seeing a significant increase in the number of women coming forward in a serious state of emotional crisis. 

Other free or low-cost provision in York is stretched to a maximum with lengthy, or even closed, waiting lists and in the last financial year alone, we had over 230 requests to start counselling.

Never has our work been more important. Women should find help when they ask for it, but YWCS cannot meet the demand for the service, and we currently have over 30 women in need awaiting support.

We long for the day when we no longer have to say to a new client, who’s desperate, lonely and maybe self-harming and/or has suicidal thoughts, that we are putting her on the waiting list.

With your support, we can help more women than ever before realise their potential, contribute their talents back into society, and develop confidence to move forward and live more fulfilling lives.

Play your part in this our 20th year to help increase counselling hours and ensure we never have to turn women away.

Choose the way that suits you best.

Ways to support us

2020 anniversary appeal

2020 is our 20th year and York women need our vital service more than ever. Play your part to help increase counselling hours and ensure we never have to turn women away.


Gifts of all sizes are vital to continuing our service and help us to be there when women need us.


You can join our team of counsellors if you’re female and either a qualified counsellor who wants more or a different experience, or are working towards your accreditation…. apply here


Planning your own event, or taking part in someone else’s, with friends, workmates, or your organisation, or simply by taking on your own challenge to help – whichever you choose you’ll make a difference.

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Tell your story

Share your experience of counselling support to help other women to get the help that they need…

Leaving a legacy

Leaving a gift in your Will helps support more vulnerable women for years to come. Just about everyone can help in this way. Find out more…