Alternative Support Services

It is with great sadness to inform you that Willow Project will be permanently closing at the end of July 2022, after long and careful consideration by the charity’s Trustees. We have put together a list of alternate support organisations.

To access the organisation website, please click the button and follow the link.


We offer an extensive range of support services designed to help you to control your anxiety rather than letting it control you.

Helpline: 03444 775 774 | Text Service: 07537 416 905

Beat is the UK’s leading eating disorder charity.

Helpline: 0808 801 0677

Youthline: 0808 801 0711

Student line: 0808 801 0811

Opening hours are 5pm – midnight every day.

CALM offer an accredited, confidential, anonymous and free support, information and signposting to men anywhere in the UK through our webchat service.

Or Call: 0800 58 58 58

Childline is here to help anyone under 19 in the UK with any issue they’re going through. Childline is free, confidential and available any time, day or night. Childline Art box is also a space to write and/ore draw your feelings, which you can choose to keep to yourself or share.

Child bereavement UK supports families and educates professionals both when a baby or child of any age dies or is dying, and when a child is facing bereavement.

Helpline: 0800 02 888 40

Live Chat 9-5pm

A user-led charity dedicated to supporting disabled people and their families. We have a range of projects that aim to enhance the lives of the people we support.

01942 233323 | info@embracewiganandleigh.org.uk

Empathy North West is a non-profit organisation based in Wigan that offers therapeutic intervention to individuals, couples, families, and children. We offer confidential counselling sessions to individuals and groups tailored to suit your needs.

0303 303 1333

You can contact Family Welfare about any counselling or Advocacy support you think you might benefit from.

01942 867 888 | admin@familywelfare.co.uk

MindOut is a mental health service run by and for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and queer people, working to improve the mental health and wellbeing of LGBTQ communities and to make mental health a community concern.

All services are offered online, by phone and by email: 01273 234839 | info@mindout.org.uk

CAMHS is a specialist service, which means that referrals need to be made by someone who has met you and thinks that CAMHS might be able to help. That person might be your GP, health visitor, school health advisor, social worker or a paediatrician (a specialist children’s doctor). 

PAPYRUS is the national charity dedicated to the prevention of young suicide.

  • Call: 0800 068 4141
  • Text: 07786209697 or
  • Email: pat@papyrus-uk.org

The Samaritans offer a safe place to talk any time you like, in your own way – about whatever is getting to you.

Call: 116 123

“We exist to meet the needs and overcome the isolation experienced by people over 18 who have been bereaved by suicide.”

National Helpline
0300 111 5065

Support Forum

Delivers a range of community and offender healthcare services including, but not limited to, sexual health services, substance misuse services, and health services.

SH:ARP (Wigan & Leigh Sexual Health Services)

Wigan – The Galleries Shopping Centre, 1st Floor, Wigan, WN1 1PX

Leigh – Leigh Health Centre, Entrance C, The Avenue, Leigh, WN7 1HR

Tel: : 01942 483188 Email: wigan.leigh@spectrum-cic.nhs.uk 

Supporting positive mental health in teenagers

Calm Harm App & Calm Cards 

If you have been raped or sexually assaulted, St Mary’s are here to help you. We will help you recover from both the physical and emotional effects of the assault.

24 hour helpline: 0161 276 6515

We are a safe space for anyone to discuss anything, including sexuality, gender identity, sexual health and emotional well-being. We support people to explore the right options for themselves. We aspire to a society where all LGBT+ people are informed and empowered.

0300 330 0630 | Open 10:00-22:00 every day | chris@switchboard.lgbt | Emails are typically replied to within 72 hours

Formed in early 2020, Tackling Minds has quickly become established as a trusted provider of angling events within the UK and offers support to people from all walks of life that are struggling with a range mental health issues.

Call: 07425 411502 | Email: fishing@tacklingminds.org

Join Jam and the gang at Patrick House in Leigh every week for fun, free social sessions for 13-19 year olds.

​Say hello to Jam at jam.explorers@yahoo.com for more information!

  • Whole family support and advice
  • After school groups
  • Counselling and befriending support
  • Cookery classes
  • Holiday lodges

01942 679352

Working with youngsters aged 8-16, the initiative has helped to improve their health, mental wellbeing and self-confidence

For more information on the programme, please contact Steve Eastwood s.eastwood@wiganathletic.com or calling 01942 318090.

Wigan STEAM is an independent community arts organisation working in Wigan and the surrounding areas. We provide our community with a safe, inclusive space to access creative and cultural experiences, to enable them to lead rich, fulfilling and empowered lives. 

hello@wigansteam.co.uk

WYZ offers young people from across Wigan the opportunity to meet friends, have new experiences, learn new skills and access the support they need to develop and achieve their potential.

01942 612061

Text YM to 85258.

Provides free, 24/7 text support for young people across the UK experiencing a mental health crisis.

Call the Parents Helpline: 0808 802 5544 (Monday to Friday 9.30am – 4pm for free)