In 2017 Open Minds celebrated our 10th anniversary! 

Since then our work has expanded even further

and you can learn more about the numbers of people we have helped so far here in the diagrams in the gallery below, or in the PDFs   

This information is correct as of July 2018 

We celebrated our anniversary and our big birthday with a fund raising escape room adventure. 

We raised nearly £500 and used this to increase the hours of counselling we provided to children and young people. 

We were also gifted a 10th anniversary logo by one of our volunteers, Alan Morgan, for which we are very grateful. 

We also celebrated by putting on 3 months of subsidized training on specialist counselling skills and ways of working with people with complex trauma.

Our team of specialist, highly experienced counsellors wrote and delivered half of this training, on working on anger-management, on working with people who are suicidal and self-harming, and on working with people who have experienced bereavement, or who are in palliative care. 

The other half of the training was provided by Healing Our Way (HOW), a team of trainers who specialise in helping professionals improve their trauma informed care. HOW taught our counsellors and other local professionals about ways of understanding and improving our working with people who have experienced childhood sexual abuse, sexual exploitation, or who experience dissociative disorders. 

Healing Our Way are an amazing training organisation, and we recommend them to all professionals working with vulnerable people. 

Open Minds is a Registered Charity no. 1155119 and a not-for- profit Company no. 06695828 



We have more than 50 volunteer counsellors but despite the wonderful The National Lottery Community Fund we cannot employ enough children's counsellors to meet demand, and are very short staffed for office volunteers so please be patient;

we will get back to you as soon as we can 


28 Christchurch Road 


​DN1 2QL


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07765 224564 
07765 224564 

Counselling, Training and more for adults, children, couples and families 


Charity no. 1155119 

Company no. 06695828 




Monday - Thursday

10am to 7pm 


Friday and Saturday:      10am - 3pm 

As a result of COVID19 measures we are only able to answer the phone Monday to Friday 10am to 3pm.

Thank you for your patience while we adapt to these difficult times.  

We are only able to offer telephone or online therapy to adults during the pandemic  

Because we cannot see everyone at this difficult time we have collected together 100s of resources, activities and links to help you at 

We are very sorry but we are not accepting new referrals for children's counselling during this period of pandemic as we are not in a position to triage, assess and allocate clients to therapy at present.

We are very sorry for any delay in contacting us. 


We have 2 telephones and are also frequently contacted by e-mail for appointments,

this does mean that it can take a while to get through to us. 


If you phone us on 07765 224564 and leave a message (or text that number) we are likely to respond sooner. 


If you have left us an answerphone message,  text or e-mail and not heard back within a week we suggest phoning again. 


Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. 


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