1990 Bradford Counselling Services started life as Off the Record to meet the need for confidential counselling services for young people in Bradford. Services were delivered at the Community Centre in Shipley and the Wool Exchange throughout the 90’s. Off the Record was funded by the Tudor Trust and Rank Foundation and counselling was provided through volunteers.
1995 Off the Record moved to new premises in Barry Street.
1997 With help from Lottery funding the organisation was able to employ part-time counsellors.
2006 Off the Record became Bradford Counselling Services and began offering counselling to adults as well as young people.
2007 to date: Our main funding has been from the NHS which has allowed us to consolidate our organisation and offer more services to a wider client group.
2015 Bradford Counselling Services moved to its current premises in Dale Street.
2020 We employ 5 part-time core staff who manage and co-ordinate services. Our counselling services are delivered by a team of qualified paid and volunteer counsellors, and clinically supervised student placements. We are a trusted centre for counselling excellence and this has enabled us to establish strong relationships with counselling training courses across Bradford and Leeds. This makes us a key placement provider for student counsellors.
For 30 years we have been supporting the diverse communities of Bradford and the surrounding area. We work to ensure positive change, and for some clients the interventions are life saving. Each year over 800 people access our services with a wide range of presenting issues. We are proud to hold the status of one of the most trusted and well-respected counselling charities in Bradford. This is an exciting time for us as we continue to develop our counselling offer through innovative service delivery, seeking always to meet the counselling needs of the people in our area.
BCS is a member organisation of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and works to the principles set out in their Ethical Framework.
For everyone in our area to get the counselling help they need
To provide a professional, safe and confidential service for all, regardless of ability to pay
Respect: for our clients, our staff and our partner organisations
Inclusion: we work with everyone who needs our services
Excellence: we maintain the highest levels of practice, believing people work best in a culture of mutual support with professional oversight
Empowerment: we will help you find your own solutions
Partnership: we are working with commissioners and other agencies to develop a network of services to meet the range of needs throughout the Bradford area