Centre 33

Centre 33

At a glance


  • Counselling / advice
  • Mental health
  • Young people

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Centre 33 believes that every young person in Cambridgeshire can fulfil their potential. We support and empower young people to overcome their problems through a range of free and confidential services.

Centre 33 is a well-respected Cambridgeshire charity working to support young people aged 8 to 25.  We have been working in Cambridge and the surrounding areas for over 30 years, and have recently expanded our services to meet need across the whole county. 

We offer:

  • Information and support through drop-ins, assessment of need and onward referral
  • Support around sexual health, housing, and finance
  • Support to young carers
  • Mental health and counselling service


Centre 33’s Mental Health & Counselling Service

  • Centre 33 offers a free and confidential counselling service to young people
  • Young people can come to us with any issues. 
  • We have up to 40 volunteer counsellors at a time, from a range of modalities and backgrounds, many of whom are fully qualified. 
  • We also have Mental Health & Counselling Project Workers who undertake assessments, work with more complex cases and support the team with referrals and joint-working with other agencies.
  • Centre 33 are an Organisational member of BACP

Centre 33’s Community-based Counselling Provision

Centre 33 supports young people aged 13-25, living in Cambridgeshire in our hubs in Cambridge City, Ely, Wisbech and Huntingdon and through some satellite sites.

We have a self-referral policy – young people need to make contact with us themselves, although they can be supported to do this by professionals or family/friends.  We have a short-term counselling model – we usually offer 6 weekly sessions of ongoing counselling, and in particular circumstances this may be extended up to a maximum of 12 sessions.

We also offer some sessions of drop-in counselling– young people can come for one-off sessions, or for extra support when they are in crisis.

Centre 33’s School-based Counselling Provision

Centre 33 has been delivering counselling in Secondary Schools across South and East Cambridgeshire since September 2012 (initially in 9 schools, and due to the project’s success we are now working in 13 schools).  This project is funded by a partnership of schools.  Our Project Workers co-ordinate this project, as well as working with more complex cases and supporting the team with referrals and joint-working with other organisations.  We are now expanding this provision to other areas of Cambridgeshire.

This counselling provision is for 11-16 year olds.  We use a very similar counselling model to our core counselling service.  However, young people are referred for counselling, usually by a member of school staff (although they need to want to engage in counselling).  Our Project Workers complete the initial assessments, and then the schools counsellors usually work with them for 6 weekly sessions of ongoing counselling, and in certain cases this may be extended.  Very occasionally we do see clients for longer-term support in schools – where this feels necessary and both the school and young person want this to happen.

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