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Age UK Manchester Counselling Service is for residents of Manchester aged 60 years and over and their carers. 

Home visits (subject to risk assessment) are offered to housebound clients at times and locations suitable to client needs. This is particularly important for older clients with transport and mobility problems as many clients are age 80 years and over.

The service is free and confidential.

Counselling sessions are held at:

Counsellors approved by Age UK Manchester are available to help older people and carers of older people to explore and understand problems such as anxiety/stress, depression, bereavement, loneliness, self-esteem, trauma/abuse and ill health.

Access the service

To find out more and make an appointment call free on 0161 833 3944 or contact us leaving us your details. You can also complete our referral form (download below) and send this to counselling@ageukmanchester.org.uk.

Become a volunteer Counsellor 

Our next intake of Volunteer Counsellors will be in June 2022.

Click here for more information about becoming a volunteer counsellor.

To apply for a placement with us please email counselling@ageukmanchester.org.uk or phone to speak to a member of the counselling team on 0161 302 4122.


Photograph of Dr May Duddle Age UK Manchester’s counselling service was originally the brainchild of Dr. May Duddle, a retired psychiatrist who worked mainly in the Manchester area. Amongst other things she had set up the Rape Crisis Centre at St. Mary’s Hospital.