Who are Respect For All Counselling?

At Respect for All we offer counselling for autistic people, for people with learning disabilities, and for their families, throughout the whole of Greater Manchester.

We serve the ten boroughs of Greater Manchester: Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside (Ashton-under-Lyne, Audenshaw, Denton, Droylsden, Dukinfield, Hyde, Mossley and Stalybridge), Trafford, and Wigan. All our counsellors have either personal or professional experience of being with our client group. We offer counselling in English and British Sign Language. We also have specialist counsellors: for example, some have expertise in play therapy.

We believe that each person is unique and has potential. We show our respect through taking the time and effort to communicate with clients at a pace and in a way that is both helpful and empowering.

A Message Regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19)

In response to the coronavirus outbreak (sometimes referred to as COVID-19) the government is issuing regular advice. The latest advice can be found by clicking here.

In order to protect the safety and wellbeing of our clients and staff as much as possible, Respect for All have moved all our counselling support services to Telephone and Video support. If you require any information, contact us by email at counselling@respectforall.org.uk or phone us on 0161 532 4070.

Phone or text us on 0161 532 4070 or Contact Us using the contact form.

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Recruiting New Treasurer/Trustee

We are now seeking a new Trustee/Treasurer, to help us to grow the work of our charity across Greater Manchester. The new Trustee will add capacity and expertise to our team. As a Trustee at RfA you will have the opportunity to make a real difference to the lives of our clients, their families and carers.

To find out more about the role, please click the link below:

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There currently are no support groups sessions scheduled.

Annual report 2019-2020

In 2019-2020, we served 318 clients. Clients saw marked improvements in all areas, including: Ability to lead a fuller life in their community, Improved social skills, Increased assertiveness, Improved mental health, Increased self-esteem, Increased personal independence, and Improved family relationships.96% (19 in 20) of clients would recommend our service to a friend. In response to lockdown, we successfully shifted much of our counselling to phone or video counselling.

Download the annual report for 2019-2020 by clicking this link.

Past Annual Reports

Read more about our past annual reports by clicking here.

What we offer to our clients

All our counsellors have experience of learning disability, autism, or being a carer. This might be from their personal life or from the work they have done.

We will travel to a place that suits the client. This may be someone’s home or a place like a day service, school, or community centre. We also have counselling rooms in some boroughs.

There are many different kinds of counselling. We can offer person-centred, integrative, hypnotherapy/relaxation therapy and CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy).

To learn more about different approaches click here,
To learn more about the skills and approaches of our counsellors click here,

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We can offer a male or female counsellor and we do our best to match the client with the counsellor who has the best skills for that individual’s needs.

Most of our counselling work happens during the day-time however some counsellors can work evenings and weekends.

How to book counselling sessions with Respect for All

We have a mix of funding – grants, contracts with the NHS and other organisations, and Self-funding. We welcome one-off contracts from GP’s, social care services, mental health teams, and other agencies.

Rochdale, Heywood and Middleton - Currently we can offer fully funded counselling to all our clients including their carers within this specific Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) boundary.

Stockport - The NHS will fund counselling for people on the autism spectrum and people with learning difficulties, but not carers. You need your GP or another health professional to apply to Stockport Clinical Commissioning Group.

These details are liable to change – Please Contact us for current details. You can also Self refer, please state which borough you live in.

A brief history

Respect for All [RFA] was created in 2002 when a core group of four counsellors came together and advertised a counselling service for people with a learning disability, autism including Aspergers, and their parents/carers.

RFA recognised not only was there a “gap” in counselling services for this client group but also that despite an interest in the service the cost was an issue for many clients.

By 2003 RFA had become a voluntary body and so able to apply for funding from local authorities and charitable organizations. RFA have been successful in much of our bid writing and have secured funding over the years from such places as LloydsTSB, The Trusthouse Forte Foundation and notably The Big Lottery. Those funds allowed RfA to offer fully funded services to people living within the ten boroughs of Greater Manchester. (See above for current details.)

In 2009 RFA achieved charitable status and in that same year were chosen by a branch of the CIS to be their Charity of the Year. £3,050 was raised alongside in-valuable advice and support.

Along-side the counsellors is a Board of Trustees who work hard to support the charity and bring many various and useful skills.

Today we are a group of counsellors including students, all of whom bring with them a wealth experience and skills.

Call us on 0161 532 4070 or email us at counselling@respectforall.org.uk