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Work With Us: Couples and Individuals Counsellor/Psychotherapist

The Harbour is a small charity with a huge vision, that people in Bristol and the surrounding areas are supported as they face death, dying and bereavement. We provide individuals, couples and group counselling sessions to people with a serious or life-threatening illness, their carers and loved ones, and people who have been bereaved. We…

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Trustee Opportunities

An opportunity has arrived to join our team at The Harbour as a Trustee. Since 1991, The Harbour have offered more than 40,000 counselling sessions to people facing a life-threatening illness, their carers and loved ones, and to people who have been bereaved. Our work is more vital than ever as we address the consequences…

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Festive Cheer in Aid of The Harbour

Every year, a group of friends gather in Montpelier to raise money for The Harbour, bringing in the festive season with a round of carol singing. This year, they raised an incredible £349.94, all of which will go towards helping us continue to be there for people when they are facing some of the most…

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Help Keep The Harbour Afloat

In the wake of Covid-19 our work is more important than ever. However, we currently face a serious funding shortfall. Covid-19 has been especially difficult for those facing death, dying and bereavement: People have had to grieve in isolation, without the usual grieving rituals and support networks.Many of those experiencing, or caring for someone with,…

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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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