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About Us

Beacon Counselling Trust (BCT) is a North West wide counselling charity (1140011), which employs fully qualified counsellors who have extensive experience working comprehensively in the area of mild to moderate mental health issues and was awarded charitable status in 2010.

BCT works in a strictly confidential manner and adheres to strict professional guidelines that include a Code of Ethics as set out by the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapy (BACP). All our therapists hold enhanced DBS certificates.

What we offer

Our services

Free treatment and support to those affected by problematic gambling

One of our core services is to offer free treatment and support to those affected by problematic gambling, including partners, family members and friends. Our main office and training facility is based in Liverpool. However, we also provide this service from 17 satellite bases across the Region. Areas that we cover include; Liverpool, Manchester, Wirral, Blackpool, Wigan, Leigh, Preston, Tameside and Cumbria. 

Paul’s Place specialist suicide bereavement programme

We provide the Paul’s Place specialist suicide bereavement programme. The largest of its kind in the UK, offering much needed and immediate support to those bereaved by the catastrophic issue of suicide. This is a special, unique and essential service, available to service users in the Merseyside area.

Free educational workshops

At Beacon we offer free educational workshops to any organisations that work with young people aged 11 - 19 years. This includes schools and youth organisations within the statutory and voluntary sectors as well as free bespoke CPD accredited training. To professionals who engage young people from a range of disciplines, with an emphasis on safeguarding children and young people. 

Where we are heading

Our purpose

We aim to make life better for individuals and families who access our services because we believe passionately that people can change their behaviour and their lives through professionally delivered structured support and experience and embrace a different way of living even after the most catastrophic of life changing events.

what we plan to do

Our objectives

To work with people from all backgrounds and ages to deal with their individual mental health problems

To offer support through face to face, telephone, group work and therapeutic intervention

To offer an individually tailored approach to dealing with an individual’s mental health issues

What drives us

Our values

We are...

SAFE

Effective

Caring

Responsive to people’s needs

Well-lead

How we see the future

Our vision

We are a vibrant organisation and by 2023 we aim to be working with 30% more beneficiaries; financially robust with income from a diverse range of sources; increasingly collaborate with like-minded partners; be recognised nationally for excellence and continue to be an employer of choice. As an organisation we will strive to innovate in all areas of service delivery and we will expand our client base geographically.

Frank Doran MBE
Life President

Our most important people

Top 10 Influencers

Lauren Campbell

Lauren Campbell

Lauren Campbell is the Treatment Co-ordinator at Beacon Counselling Trust and has been an integral part of the team for 5 years. Lauren triages and assesses clients when they first access the service for treatment and support. Lauren provides a lead role and has responsibilities in ensuring client safeguarding and clinical risk management. Lauren is currently studying for an MA in Counselling and Psychotherapy, so alongside her main role as Treatment Co-ordinator she also works as a volunteer therapist, supporting individuals with a range of mental health and emotional issues during their engagement in service.

Ian Whiteside

Ian Whiteside is a Programme Manager at BCT heading up our Education and Training and Youth Outreach Programmes. Ian is a professional Youth and Community Worker with a MSc in Drug Use and Addictions with over 20 years’ experience. In the past Ian has worked to engage with and lead on projects, aimed at supporting vulnerable young people involved in risk taking behaviours within the Statutory and Voluntary sectors and Substance Misuse treatment provision. Ian has a focus in supporting services and partner agencies to develop their understanding and awareness of harmful gambling issues whilst promoting its inclusion as a safeguarding theme within their practice frameworks.

Ian Whiteside

Jacki Wild

Jacki Wild is an experienced therapist and the clinical supervisor at Beacon Counselling Trust. Jacki supports patients presenting with various addictions, along with obesity and eating disorders. Jacki delivers these interventions through individual therapy, and ‘Cognitive Behavioural Therapy’ group sessions, effecting behavioural change. Jacki has also worked with young people and professionals, via schools, colleges, and clinical settings, raising awareness of the risks and implications of harmful gambling. Jacki is integral in shaping the facilitation of clinically safe practices and effective intervention programmes at BCT.

Nathan Quarless

Nathan Quarless is a Liverpool based professional boxer and has been involved with BCT for several years. The team at BCT helped support Nathan overcome his own personal issues as a compulsive gambler, which lead to the development of joined up projects such as ‘Nathan Quarless knocking out the harm in harmful gambling’.  Nathan has been instrumental in ensuring that the lived experiences of service users are an inclusive reflection of the BCT ethos in supporting problematic gamblers. Nathan was a keynote speaker concerning the issues of those with lived experiences during the launch of the North West Gambling Harms Alliance due to his involvement in shaping its creation in 2019.

Nathan Quarless
Suhayl Patel

Suhayl Patel

Suhayl Patel is an Ethnic Minorities ‘Community Connector’ at Beacon Counselling Trust. He is primarily responsible for the development of culturally appropriate support and resources at BCT. This has been fundamental in helping to reduce the stigma around gambling related harm and facilitate treatment referrals from the BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnicities) communities. Through his energetic stewardship BCT has consistently continued to grow its BAME focused interventions year on year.

Kylie Windle

Kylie Windle is a Youth Outreach Officer with BCT. Kylie has previously worked in educational settings, helping to support vulnerable young people and their families, with emotional and learning needs. Kylie is a trained Restorative Justice Practitioner and is currently studying to qualify as a Therapist. Kylie operates in the community, delivering our Education and Training Programme to Young People and Professionals. This vital work raises awareness of Gambling Related Harms (GRH) with an emphasis on safeguarding children and young people and access to treatment provision. Kylie is particularly passionate about supporting young people with Adverse Childhood Experiences and is working with Ian Whiteside to help grow our Young Peoples Services.

Kylie Windle

Mike Hurst

Mike Hurst is Chair of Trustees’ at BCT. Mike brings a wealth of experience to BCT from his commercial background in health and safety and risk management. Mike Chairs our Central Leadership Group and is actively involved in helping design the work and strategic development at BCT. Mike is currently helping the team to prepare for CQC framework implementation due in 2021.

Brian Faint

Brian Faint is a former Detective Inspector with 30 years’ service with Cheshire Police. Brian is the Criminal Justice and Gambling Related Harm Programme Manager at BCT. The criminal justice expertise that Brian brings to Beacon Counselling Trust provides a vast array of options for criminal justice programmes and initiatives. The work being delivered by Brian has helped forge partnership engagement and collaboration with 20% (12) of UK Police Forces. The innovative approach that he provides to the delivery of gambling related harm pathways is nationally recognised and respected. Brian is an invaluable addition to the Beacon team helping to shape our Criminal Justice Programme.

Brain Faint
Sian McLear Dyer

Sian McLear-Dyer

Sian McLear-Dyer is an ambassador for Beacon Counselling Trust. Her aim is to share her own experiences to help and support those suffering from problematic gambling addiction including affected others and their families. Sian wants to assist in the changing of laws and perceptions people have of gambling as an addiction through her own knowledge and experiences. Sian is a valued contributor to our lived experience group helping BCT to deliver service user shaped interventions.   

Paul’s Place Team

Kathy Devlin, Joe, and Agnes Williams are Paul’s Place Co-Founders, (see our Paul’s Place page) and Group Facilitators (weekly meetings) at Beacon Counselling Trust.

Kathy Devlin

Joe Williams

Joe Williams

Agnes Williams

Agnes Williams

Jen Heston Kellet

Jen Heston-Kellett

Jen is our Group Facilitator and provides both meditation and aromatherapy at our monthly held Paul’s Place meetings.

Jo McLauglin

Jo McLaughlin

Jo works with Paul’s Place, on a part time basis as an Advocacy Worker. She can offer help and support with practical matters.

All our Paul’s Place team members help shape our services as they share a lived experience of losing a loved one to suicide. Because of this, they fully understand the complete devastation that this type of bereavement brings. The time span of our losses varies greatly and while we know that we are all travelling that same road; each of us are at different stages of our journey.