Who we are as a charity, and why we do what we do 

OPEN MINDS Counselling Service Ltd. is a Charity and a Not-For-Profit Social Enterprise limited by guarantee.


Our Registered Office is 28 Christchurch Road,  Doncaster,  DN1 2QL


Our Company Number is 06695828,  our Charity Number is 1155119 


Our main premises are at Haywake House,  28 Christchurch Road,  Doncaster,  DN1 2QL 


We began providing services in 2006,  becoming full time from Haywake House in May 2008 and since then have become popular throughout Doncaster. 


All of our income is invested towards keeping the service going.   


To protect all of our clients and beneficiaries we have special insurances and systems in place to monitor both the finances and our general activities.   


Our client work is confidential unless someone is in danger 

The Parable of the Starfish


Once upon a time there was a philosopher who would walk along the beach each morning,  thinking about how to help the world. 


One day as he was walking along the shore, he looked down the beach and saw a figure moving back and forth, rhythmically dancing to the day. 


This gave him great pleasure, so he began to walk faster to catch up. As he got closer, he saw that it was a young woman and the young woman wasn't dancing, but instead she was reaching down to the shore, picking up something and very gently throwing it into the ocean. 


When he got closer he called out, 'Good morning! What are you doing?' 


The young woman looked up and replied with simple joy; 'Throwing starfish in the ocean.' 


The man looked puzzled and said:

'I guess I should have asked, why are you throwing starfish in the ocean?' 


The young woman replied 'The sun is up and the tide is going out. And if I don't throw them in they'll die.' 


'But, don't you realize that there are miles and miles of beach and starfish all along it.

You can't possibly make a difference!' said the man. 


The young woman listened politely.


She then bent down, picked up another starfish and threw it gently into the sea past the breaking waves and said with a smile...


'... but I made a difference to that one'. 


Open Minds Counselling Service have a simple vision and a simple mission;


We cannot save all of the ‘starfish’ but we make a difference to each and every one we can. 


We work to prevent exclusion from therapeutic services by prioritising accessibility and

client-centredness in our services.


We do this by providing one to one and group counselling,  and personal development training and volunteering opportunities to adults and children aged 8 and over who would otherwise be excluded from such services.


Our clients are among the most vulnerable and disadvantaged people in the Doncaster borough and we can say with confidence,  and a smile in our hearts,  that we do make a difference. 


Please help us to continue to do so. 

The downloadable PDFs below show 2017's and 2018's audits into our work. 

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 



07765 224564 


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07765 224564 
01302 344192 


We do not have a fax 



Monday - Thursday

10am to 7pm 


Friday and Saturday:      10am - 3pm 

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


Charity no. 1155119 

Company no. 06695828 


​If you would like to make a referral to Open Minds please follow the link below to complete our online referral form. 








Thank you for your time and we look forward to receiving the referral. 

We are very sorry but we are not accepting new referrals for 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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