Supporting those affected by fertility or pregnancy issues, traumatic birth or baby loss
Gloucester based charity serving Gloucestershire
supporting those affected by pregnancy-related issues & loss
footsteps counselling & care
Footsteps Counselling & Care is a charitable organisation offering compassionate counselling and care for anyone in the Gloucestershire area affected by pregnancy-related issues, the loss of a baby for any reason, traumatic birth, fertility problems and pregnancy-related mental health issues.
Our vision is that anyone affected by fertility or pregnancy-related issues, traumatic birth or baby loss can access compassionate personalised support on the journey of coping with their traumatic experiences.
We can provide dedicated one to one or couples counselling support to anyone in Gloucestershire struggling with pregnancy-related issues or loss. We do not charge for our counselling service.
In order to carry out our work, we rely on the generosity of our supporters and fundraisers, grant and funding organisations and our own charity shop.
What we do
Talking to a counsellor
Counselling offers people a chance to talk through issues and problems that are having an impact on their life in a safe, neutral environment. Our counsellors will not make any assumptions or judgements about you as a person or about what you share with them. They will help you to explore what is happening to you and support you to find ways of moving forwards. Our counsellors do not offer opinions, advice or guidance.
How can counselling help?
Our experience has shown that people who are struggling to come to terms with a loss such as miscarriage or stillbirth have found that being able to talk about them in a safe space has helped them with the grieving process. Before starting counselling we ask new clients to attend an initial assessment session which gives you an opportunity to find out more about Footsteps Counselling & Care and how counselling might be of help.
Is there a waiting list?
We do have a waiting list. Due to the nature of our work it is hard to know how long the wait will be. If we put you on our list we will see you as soon as we possibly can and let you know roughly how long that wait will be.
How many sessions can I have?
At this time we are able to offer you up to 12 counselling sessions. This is to enable us to minimise the waiting time for our service. Of course, you can come for less than 12 sessions, and should you find you need more than 12, your counsellor will explain what your options are.
What is the cost of our services?
How do I refer for counselling?
How can I donate to your work?
How can I get involved?
Are you open during the pandemic?
Our charity shop is open too, visit our shop page to find out our opening hours and how to donate items for sale.
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Ways to donate
Donate to our shop
Donations of good quality baby clothes, kitchen equipment, clothes, books, DVDs and bric-a-brac are always welcome.
Ways to volunteer
People choose to volunteer for a variety of reasons. For some it offers the chance to give something back to the community or make a difference to the people around them. For others it provides an opportunity to develop new skills or build on existing experience and knowledge. It is a great way to meet new people and have fun too!
We are currently looking for retail assistants, administrative support and qualified counsellors but we are always more than happy to hear from anyone that has a skill or idea that could help our charity, do get in touch
Visit our shop
Our charity shop on Westgate Street, Gloucester offers a wide range of items from books and clothes to kitchen equipment and small items of furniture.
We have strict COVID safe procedures in place to keep you and our team safe. All items are quarantined before being put out for sale and you will be required to wear a mask and sanitise your hands.
We also have an eBay shop with items added regularly.
Where we are
You can find us at
51 Westgate Street, Gloucester GL1 2NW
Mon, Wed, Fri & Sat:
10am - 5pm.
We are always very grateful for donations to our shop. We are happy to accept most items, but do give us a call if you’re not sure, our shop team will be happy to help.
Small donations can be made any time during shop opening hours. If you have a large donation or heavy or bulky items please give us a call to arrange a suitable time to drop off.