About Us

Willow Project is a registered charity supporting children, young people, and their families in the Wigan Borough who are affected by mental health and emotional issues.


IMPORTANT – The young person referral is currently closed

We’ve experienced a 67% increase in children and young people needing our support this year compared to 2019, and sadly don’t have enough money coming into the charity to reduce our waiting list of 10 months fast enough. Therefore, it is with great sadness that we are having to close our system to any new referral forms being completed until we have reduced this waiting list. Please note that we can still accept parents and adult referral forms, as the waiting time for adults is only a few weeks. Please ring 01942 679300 to make an adult referral.

Counselling for Children and Young People

Information for Young People

It can be hard asking for, and getting help when you’re struggling, so you’ve made the first step in helping yourself by visiting our website. Before you make the next step, here’s a little bit about what counselling is and how Willow Project works.

  • We are a confidential service
  • If we think that you’re old enough (around the age of 13) and counselling is the right type of help for you, then you can get help from us without your parents/carers or anyone else knowing.
  • If we don’t think that you’re old enough, then we would need permission from whoever looks after you before you could start getting help from us.
  • When you start seeing a counsellor, it will just be you and them, with the counselling session lasting for 40 minutes.
  • Same day and time each week
  • Counselling is about talking about the things that are important to you without judgment or us telling you what to do
  • Please note that at the moment, the waiting list is 9/10 months long for our free service.

Information for Parents/Carers

The referral service is currently closed to children and young people, but our adult service remains open. If you are a parent/carer please ring the office on 01942 679300 to make an adult referral for yourself.


Counselling for Adults

Emotional and mental health issues can impact on others in the family and if you are struggling yourself, then as a parent/carer or adult family member of a young person that has been referred to us, you can access our adult service.

This would be with a different counsellor and on a separate evening to the young person, if preferred, so that confidentiality can be maintained, which means that your child wouldn’t know that you are accessing us, unless you choose to tell them.

All counselling sessions are one-to-one, last 40 minutes, and are at the same time and day every week. We only offer individual counselling, so families can’t be seen together.

Please note that at the moment, the waiting list is 2/3 months long for the adult service.

The referral service is currently closed to children and young people, but our adult service remains open. If you are a parent/carer please ring the office on 01942 679300 to make an adult referral for yourself.

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