Wellspring began as a God-inspired dream or vision in 2003 when two counsellors (Elaine & Steve) discovered that they had the same dream.
They believed God was calling them to establish a new charity that would:
- Provide affordable counselling for the community, asking only for a donation according to means and so removing any financial barriers.
- Provide both short and long-term counselling, enabling people to reach a place of wholeness before ending.
- Provide a spiritual element to the counselling for those who request it.
Elaine and Steve started in faith and prayer with the encouragement and support of many praying and giving friends. By October 2003 they had chosen a name, designed a logo, become a company limited by guarantee and a charity with 6 trustees. Initially they were welcomed into the Hope Centre in Harrogate Town and began to see clients there and build the team; however, they soon needed to find larger premises.
The next major step of faith was to put in an offer (as a sealed bid) on the first premises which could provide 3 counselling rooms, an office, and a welcome area. In spite of having little money in the bank, no guaranteed income, and no mortgage the trustees made an offer – it felt “risky” – and amazingly it was accepted.
God then provided in many different ways through many people, allowing for the building to be refurbished over the next year as provision came in. Wellspring’s centre was opened with great joy in 2005 at 2 Prospect Road, Starbeck.
Since then, Wellspring has grown and developed to have not only an adult counselling service but also its youth and training services. With an increasing demand for our service and over 40 staff and volunteers, we have outgrown the premises at 2 Prospect Road.
At the end of 2016, Wellspring was bought a building on 78 High Street, Starbeck by the Liz & Terry Bramall Foundation. We are currently raising funds for the renovations and hope to move into our new home in early 2018. Read more about our building project here.
In March 2017, Rt Rev Nick Baines, the Bishop of Leeds, became Wellspring’s sole patron: “For many people with mental health issues, timely access to good quality talking therapy is essential. And at a time when access to that provision is at a premium, charities like Wellspring provide a crucial service, so I am very glad to offer my support by becoming their patron.”