In May this year, Network launched a survey asking people to tell us about the impact that Covid crisis was having on their wellbeing and emotional needs.

The responses have told us that there has been a significant impact on people’s mental health and wellbeing. Related issues are occupying a prominent space in terms of what is causing difficulties and what kind of support people need.

The unusual aspect of the many and varied wellbeing challenges that lockdown has created for people is that they are being experienced by a lot of people at the same time. Interestingly, the variety and even extremes of people’s experiences of lockdown show. For around one fifth of respondents practical challenges are leaving them with little space to deal with emotional challenges. For more people, the stay-at-home measures are creating a space to address issues that might not have been available before.

Three quarters of people feel that they would be able to access listening support and counselling over the phone or online, even if it wasn’t ideal. A small but important 4% of respondents don’t have the privacy or technology to access help in this way.

The findings will feed into our service development as we support people through the medium and longer term mental health impacts of the crisis. You can read a report of the full findings here.

Network has been here for clients throughout the Covid crisis.

We are welcoming new clients, and continue to deliver high quality training.

From the 13th July we are enabling clients and counsellors to return to our building at Elm Park for face-to-face counselling. Many clients and counsellors have been able to continue their work remotely. However, for some this either hasn’t been practically possible or conducive to an effective counselling relationship. It is very important to us that we create a safe space for clients who need their counselling work to be undertaken face-to-face.

The building will be open to counsellors and clients who are not experiencing Covid symptoms, and who choose to return to face-to-face work. Initially, a limited number of counselling rooms will be available between Monday to Thursday from 9am to 5pm, with spacing and hygiene measures in place.


To help you care for your mental health whilst staying at home during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, see information  provided by the National Health Service, the Mental Health Foundation and Mind.

We know that our mental health and wellbeing is facing new pressures. Whatever your experience of the stay at home measures and virus, please take two minutes to complete our survey help inform our service response. Your answers are completely anonymous.

Thank you.

To help you care for your mental health whilst staying at home during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, see information  provided by the National Health Service, the Mental Health Foundation and Mind.

16 03 2020

Service update

Network’s counselling service is at present open as usual. We provide a service to clients who come to us in serious distress as well as training to increase the capacity of the profession, and have a duty of care to continue to provide much needed support in a difficult time. We recognise that we have a responsibility to balance this with the need to maintain a safe environment for all who come to Network.

As such, we are asking all staff, students, counsellors, clients and visitors not to come to Network if they are showing suspected symptoms of the coronavirus. Please use the 111 online service, and let us know if you will not be coming in.

We are asking all people who come to the building to wash their hands upon entering and to observe guidance on infection control from the NHS. We are cleaning door handles regularly and taking other precautions to minimise risk of contact with the virus.

Our Certificate and Diploma courses will be taught online as of week commencing 23rd March, and current students can expect further information from their tutors. Other future courses will be updated nearer the time, and any people currently booked onto CPD, EPPG or introductory courses will be kept up to date by email should any decisions to change plans be made.

Network is delighted to have been chosen as the charity for this year’s Downend Round Table Fireworks. As the best show in Bristol the fireworks will be entertaining 10,000 people on 1st November. Funds raised from ticket sales and collections on the night will support our work with clients on low incomes who would otherwise be unable to access the support they need.

Join us on the night and book your tickets here.

Could you lead our Counselling team as Network’s new Head of Counselling?

18.75 hours per week@ £13,905 (£27,810 p.a. pro rata); workplace pension.

Network is looking for an experienced counsellor with supervision experience, energy, enthusiasm and passion. You will support our team of counsellors, supervisors and student counsellors in training. You will also have some management responsibility for staff and work collaboratively with other members of the Management Team in the day to day running and the strategic development of the organisation.

Network was established over 30 years ago and has a reputation for the quality and professionalism of the counselling and training it provides; and for its warm environment and sense of community. Network has a Christian, person-centred ethos which is inclusive and welcoming to people of all faiths and none.

Candidates should be qualified to Diploma level (NQF level 5 or above) with at least 500 post qualifying hours experience as a counsellor, and with supervision experience. Previous management experience, particularly in a voluntary setting, would also be an advantage. Consistent with its charitable objectives, it is an occupational requirement that the holder of this position be a Christian.

Application for a DBS certificate will be submitted in the event of a job offer for this position being made.

Call 0117 950 7271 or email for further information and to request an application pack.

Deadline for applications Monday 28 January 2019.

Network is now closed for Christmas and New Year.  We will re-open on Wednesday 2nd January 2018. Calls and emails will not be monitored during this period.

If you are in distress please contact your GP or the Samaritans on 116 123. We will respond to your message as soon we are able from 2nd January onwards.  Thank you for your understanding and patience.

The Network Team.

Interested in applying to be our next General Manager? Application pack available from

Do you want to know that what you do makes such a difference to people who are in crisis/need. Then why not start 2019 by joining the team at our charity.

For over 30 years, Network Counselling and Training has been at the forefront of delivering affordable counselling in and around Bristol. Our training courses run from introductory level through to nationally accredited diploma level.

You would be responsible for the financial, legal, strategic and operational delivery of the charity, working collaboratively with the Heads of Counselling and Training along with the Trustees.

You will have proven business skills, strategic vision and the ability to maintain and develop this successful charity as it continues to provide an essential service.

The post is a part-time, permanent post for 2.5 days (18.75 hours) a week based at Elm Park, Filton, Bristol BS34 7PS. Salary is £16,500 per annum (full time equivalent of £33,000 p.a.)


Application closing date: 5pm, 14th January 2019

This role has a Christian Occupational Requirement.

Could you be our new Bookkeeper and Accounts Assistant?  Network is looking for a capable bookkeeper who can be part of our administration team in support of our counselling and training services. You will be part of the General Manager’s team and the hours could be worked over 2 or 3 days a week by agreement.

Please email for application details.

Fancy a night out of great music and dancing . The Hip Replacements are hosting an event for us at the King’s Arms on Friday 28th September from 8pm. Tickets £5 via facebook page as below or speak to Yvette/Anne/Louise at Network.

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