We are open for face to face appointments and remote appointments are still available. Our Dove Buddies groups are up and running in multiple locations and we have a new weekly Bereavement Support Group in Burslem

Adult Services & Group Support


We offer counselling and other support to people of all ages who have experienced a bereavement, significant loss, or life changing or limiting illness.  We also work with people who are trying to cope with anticipatory grief, i.e. you or someone you love has been diagnosed with a terminal illness. We recognise that bereavement impacts everyone differently, and that some bereavements can feel a lot harder to talk about than others, such as those associated with suicide, or a traumatic incident.  We also know that the impact of bereavement isn’t always immediate, sometimes people start to struggle months or even years down the line, or just feel very stuck in their grief when it feels as though everyone else has moved on.


Accessing counselling can help you to make sense of what you are experiencing, regaining a sense of control, express your emotions, and empower you to make the changes you want to see in your life.


To access our FREE adult counselling support in Staffordshire contact NHS Staffordshire & Stoke on Trent Talking Therapies on 0300 3030 923 

Our free to access NHS bereavement and loss counselling service across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent is provided in partnership with Talking Therapies.  To make a new referral please call 0300 3030923 or visit Talking Therapies website by clicking HERE, you must be registered with a GP in Staffordshire. If your GP is located in Stoke on Trent this service is available from November 2023 onwards. 

NHS Talking Therapies also provide support to those struggling with depression, stress, anxiety, low mood, worry, phobias and other mental and emotional issues and to those adjusting to living with a long-term health condition.

Alternatively please telephone us on 01782 683153 if you would like to discuss/access counselling and you either:

  • work for Stoke on Trent City Council, Staffordshire County Council or Newcastle under Lyme Borough Council or;
  • live in the Cheshire East area and wish to access bereavement and loss counselling or;
  • are interested in our self-funded bereavement and loss counselling service.  Our sessions start from £25 each and there is no waiting list for self-funded counselling. 

Leaflets and Resources

Please download our leaflets here:


We recognise that not everyone who experiences a bereavement or loss needs specialist counselling in order to be able to feel like themselves again, and because of that we have started to offer support groups where you can meet other people in a similar position to yourself and learn some skills to help you to cope with your own circumstances.

Our support group meets weekly in Burslem, for more information or to register please follow the register link below or call us on our Head Office number 01782 683155.


We recognised that not everyone who experiences a bereavement or loss needs specialist counselling in order to feel like themselves again and because of that we offer social groups across North Staffordshire and Cheshire.

Dove Buddies is our social friendship group for adults who have experienced bereavement and who may be struggling with social connections, loneliness and isolation.  The aim of Dove Buddies is to forge those connections and organise activities that will engage group members, encouraging socialisation and re-engagement.

We organise quizzes, taster exercise classes, talks from local groups, plus visits to local attractions and places of interest.  We run Dove Buddies groups within Stoke-on-TrentNorth Staffordshire and Cheshire


Virtual Dove Buddies 

Our Dove Buddies social/friendship groups also take place ONLINE, the group runs every Tuesday from 10.30 to 11.30am via Zoom. Once you’ve registered with us we then email you a link to join the group via Zoom call. 


To register for any of these groups, please call us on 01782 683155 or email us at [email protected] and leave your contact details, along with which date you are looking to join the group, or follow the register link below.