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York St John Communities Centre

Mental health, wellbeing, and community facing services, groups, and projects for communities within York and North Yorkshire.

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If you are a York St John student please use the student wellbeing services. If you are a York St John staff member please use the Care First service.

Founded in 2016, we are based on the York St John University campus.

We offer high quality and affordable counselling, coaching and different mental health and wellbeing services to communities outside York St John University, as well as free groups, drop-ins, and community projects such as our Community Language School.

We are part of the Research and Training Clinic Consortium (RTCC).

Leaflets and resources

Our general Communities Centre leaflet and two support resource leaflets are available to download.

More detailed leaflets on each of our individual services can be found further below in their relevant pages.

Communities Centre Leaflet (PDF, 2.2MB) - Our general Centre leaflet, providing an overview of the different services, projects, and resources we offer.

Signposting and Support - York St John Communities Centre (PDF, 1MB)- Sharing external support and resources on a range of different wellbeing, mental health, and personal and societal matters.

Bereavement support information (PDF, 1.8MB) - Compiled by Dr John Wilson, our Director of Bereavement Services, sharing some insight, resources, and guidance.

If you would like a physical copy of any of our leaflets, please visit our Centre in York.

If you would like a bulk order to display or share at your workplace, community centre, or similar, please email us at We will be happy to print copies for you to collect, or depending on how many are printed we may be able to send these to you by Royal Mail.

Services offered by the Centre



Counselling for a range of difficulties including depression, anxiety, stress, trauma, relationship problems, bereavement and loss.

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Coaching for wellbeing to help you make the desired changes to your life.

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Bereavement services

A range of options to support people who are bereaved or experiencing grief.

Groups and programmes

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Children and young people

Find out more about our free Community Language School and Creative Literacies Hub.

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Drop-in sessions

Find out more about the various drop-in services we have partnered with or host.

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Lauren's Ladies

Free weekly group that provides a space for students who identify as female, who may be experiencing suicidal thoughts.

Our work

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Centre research

As well as our community facing services and programmes, the York St John Communities Centre also conducts research into current issues in mental health.

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Newsletter and columns

Explore our insightful news articles, newsletter, and columns for information and our activity highlights.

Events and training

Discover a range of engaging events and training sessions, from in-person to online.

Connecting with the Centre

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Room hire

Find out more about our rooms to hire at the Communities Centre.

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Opportunities at the Centre

Find out about paid, volunteering, student placement and partnership opportunities.

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Support the Centre

Find out more about how you or your organisation can support the work we do.

Supporting York St John Communities Centre

Your donation makes a great difference!

Your gift helps cover the cost of providing free services such as our community language school, bereavement group and cafes, student suicide support group 'Lauren's Ladies' and various drop-ins.

As our income grows, so too does our staff team of receptionists, administrators, coordinators, assessors, supervisors, counsellors, coaches, and group facilitators. Your support is needed to ensure they are actively involved in service delivery and are remunerated for their work. Anything you are able to donate can help support the work we do and the services that we offer to our community.

Make a donation through JustGiving

Get in touch

York St John Communities Centre

32-34 Clarence Street, York, YO31 7EW

Get directions

01904 876 072

This number is in use from 6.00pm to 8.00pm on Mondays and Wednesdays. You can leave a message on our confidential telephone line and we will return your call as soon as possible.

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