The Linden Centre provides counselling and support to adults, children and young people living in Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre who have, or are caring for, someone with a non-curative or life-limiting illness, which is not responding to medical treatment. Also those who are bereaved due to a non-curative or life-limiting illness. Some of our services are unique – Schools Link, for example, which trains local teachers to support pupils who are struggling to cope after a major loss.
We offer a compassionate and comfortable environment that gives adults and children the help they need – or points them towards another service, if what will help them best is outside our scope. We are an Organisational Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and work in accordance with its ethical framework.
How can we help?
We know some people are reluctant to ask for support, and others wonder how counselling or simply talking through a problem can possibly help them. But the anxiety of looking after someone who is very ill, or the grief at their death, can be hard to bear. A listening ear can make such a difference.
A counsellor can help people explore their feelings in a way that friends and relatives perhaps cannot; especially at a time of loss.
The Linden Centre can take self-referrals from direct family members of patients who have been supported by Trinity's family of services. Just call or email to request an appointment and we will arrange an initial assessment. This will explore your current situation, talk about how you are feeling, and explain what kind of support is available.
Our referral criteria
- Anyone currently receiving care or support from Trinity's family of services
- Anyone living with or caring for someone who is being supported by Trinity's family of services
- A direct family member who is bereaved after the loss of someone who has been cared for by Trinity's family of services
Bereavements of more than two years ago require a GP referral.
Our friendly staff will guide and advise you at each step, explaining what Trinity can provide and helping you choose the best available support. There’s no charge for any of our counselling services.
Anyone who feels anxious, overwhelmed or who is struggling to cope whilst caring for a terminally ill person, or after bereavement, can use the Linden Centre and will always receive a warm welcome
We have skilled and experienced therapists and counsellors. We also have counsellors on placement who are working towards qualification.
As a local charity we rely on funding from the community, but do our best to keep our waiting list as short as possible. However, the demand on our service is very high, so you will probably have a wait before your assessment appointment, and before therapy can start.
Our counselling services are free of charge for those who need them, however it costs the hospice £5,400 per week (£1,080 per day) to provide them. If you would like to make a donation to help support the Linden Centre, click here.