The Caravan Drop-in and Counselling Service

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‘The Caravan Drop In’ is a drop-in counselling service situated in St. James’s Church, Piccadilly, London. It is run by the CCPE (Centre for Counselling & Psychotherapy Education) in partnership with St. James’s Church, which has provided a home for the Caravan since 1982.  See website
The service is open seven days a week and they offer a free service to users – but donations are kindly accepted.  The drop-in offers a core service of listening and emotional support, which can – by arrangement – evolve into counselling.
The service is available daily on a drop-in basis. Volunteers work at the same time each week. If they are already with someone, they will tell you when they will be free or when the next volunteer’s slot begins.
For some people, just a little human warmth and a chat can hit the spot. Others may wish to talk more deeply about what is troubling them. The sessions are 20 to 50 minutes long, at the discretion of the volunteer.
Clients are free to continue using the drop-in, seeing whoever is on duty at the time. Or they may choose to see a particular volunteer again. A client who has been seeing a volunteer regularly can apply for a counselling relationship with that volunteer, entailing agreements as to the focus and commitment to the sessions.
The volunteers adhere to the BACP Code of Ethics and Practice in all aspects of the work, including confidentiality.

Contact Details

Voicemail 020 3137 9984



The Caravan Drop-In and Counselling Service, St James's Church, 197 Piccadilly, London W1J 9LL

Other Info

Opening times:
Mon-Fri 11am - 7pm, Sat & Sun 10am - 7pm.

Disabled Access:
No wheelchair access - based in a caravan with steps

Tube: Piccadilly Circus. Buses: 6, 14, 19, 22, 38.

Other information:
Drop in service - an on duty counsellor will see individuals or advise when individuals can be seen.

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