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The Harbour Availability Over Christmas

The Harbour Counselling Service will close for Christmas from Friday 24th December. The service will re-open on Tuesday 4th January. We will taking a complete break. We will not be checking our telephones or emails, or the website contact form. The Harbour is not a crisis service, so if you feel you are in immediate…

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Good Grief Festival Returns

On the 30th and 31st of October, the Good Grief Festival will return for its third year. As ever, the line-up promises insightful and interesting conversations around love and loss, with a range of speakers and workshops. The festival strives to start conversations around grief, breaking the taboo around such discussions and allowing people space…

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Remembering Our Mums

Creative Expressions of Love and Loss “By being creative…there was the space and freedom to be honest.” We are proud to partner with Expressions of Love and Loss and their video project ‘Remembering Our Mums: Creative Expressions of Love and Loss.’ This project comes from people who have all lost their mums and aims to…

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Returning to Frogmore Street

This week, we will invite the first clients through our doors in the past year and a half. We approach this milestone with care and consideration for both our clients and staff.  In March 2020, as the UK locked down in response to Covid-19, we reacted quickly to move our services online and over the phone….

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Welcoming Natasha Davies, Our New CEO

This month, we said goodbye to our CEO Sam Thomas, who leaves behind a lasting legacy. We were sad to see him go but are overjoyed to welcome Natasha Davies. She brings with her a wealth of experience and passion, and we cannot wait to see her plans for The Harbour. “I am absolutely delighted…

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As Restrictions Ease…

Today, the 19th of July, is the day that many have termed “Freedom Day.” It is the day that restrictions across England are lifted and, whilst some will have been looking forward to this day, for others it will bring up a whole wealth of emotions. For many people, this day will bring with it…

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“I Felt a Great Freedom to Explore the Territory of my Grief”

A former client, Tom, shares his experience about his time with The Harbour. “Let me be clear at the offset that what I write takes as its starting point the skill, professionalism and humanity of the organisation as I experienced it, and more immediately the therapist I was allocated to work with. He and they…

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Mental Health Awareness Week

Connecting With Nature This week marks Mental Health Awareness Week. The theme this year is nature, exploring the benefits of connecting with nature for our mental health. Research has shown that nature can have a positive impact on some mental health problems and, according to the Mental Health Foundation, 45% of people surveyed reported that…

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Work With Us: Couple and Individual Counsellor/ Psychotherapist

The Harbour is a local charity which supports people facing death, dying and bereavement. We are looking for a couple counsellor or psychotherapist to join our team of therapists and be part of a friendly and dynamic therapy service. The Harbour works within a psychodynamic approach and any candidate must have an interest in and…

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Work With Us: Fundraising Officer (Grantmaking Trusts)

We are looking for an experienced trusts fundraiser to join our dedicated team. This is an exciting opportunity for an ambitious and proactive trusts fundraiser to work within a small, friendly and dynamic charity that makes a genuine difference to thousands of people in Bristol each year. The role will involve the strategic development of…

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The Good Grief Festival Returns

Last October, the Good Grief Festival ran for the first time, providing a space for people to come together and have conversations about grief and bereavement, love and loss. Following the success of the festival, which attracted attendees from around the world, the free festival will be returning on the 27th and 28th of March,…

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The Ripple Effect: Reflecting on The Harbour

Our CEO, Sam Thomas, and Chair of Trustees, Philippa Bayley recently took some time to talk about working with The Harbour. Sam has recently announced that he is leaving The Harbour, after over 8 years at the helm, and we thought it would be a perfect opportunity to find out more about what it is…

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