History of Help Counselling
Help was founded in 1968 by Richard Branson and started out as a student phoneline, Student Help. Putting young people in touch with professionals who could give guidance on an array of issues, it was inundated. For many young people it was the first time they had easy access to a non-judgmental adult who could talk them through some of life’s questions and difficulties.
In the 1970s, the Helpline became available to adults of all ages and changed its name to the Help Advisory Centre, evolving into a drop-in centre based in Notting Hill. In the 1980s, Help began to offer face-to-face counselling to the local community from 57 Portobello Road.
Help Counselling Centre became a registered charity (no. 1140721) and gained independence from the original founder in June 2011.
For over 40 years, Help has brought positive change to the lives of thousands of individuals and, in turn, to the community. Our aim continues to be the active promotion of mental health and well-being in the west London community.