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The Market Place: What we offer

The Market Place offers a range of free, confidential services from their base in Leeds City Centre.

*Update 22.12.23* Unfortunately we are having to temporarily close new referrals for long and short-term counselling. 

  • We are sorry that we are having to close referrals for long (6 month) and short term (12 week) counselling. Our charity is overwhelmed by the demand for help from young people in Leeds and insufficiently funded to meet that demand.  With current funding we will only be able to support those young people (75) already on our counselling waiting list in the coming months.
  • We are still taking referrals for Fast Access Counselling Support (4 sessions) and Bereavement counselling (6 sessions) and all of our youth work services remain open to referrals as normal.

Read Chloe’s interview with a counselling manager at The Market Place about their different services for young people.

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Telephone Support Service

Tuesday and Wednesday 3.00pm – 6.00pm

Bookable slots for 11- 17 year olds only.

11-25’s can ring on the day to see if there are still any available slots (booking in advance recommended for 11-17’s)

An experienced worker from The Market Place will call you back in your chosen slot and offer 30 minutes of support.

Face to Face Drop-in

Monday & Thursday 2.30pm – 5.30pm 11-25 year olds

Friday 2.30pm – 5.30pm 11-17 year olds

Saturday 2.00pm – 4.00pm 11-17 year olds

30 mins of support is offered with an experienced worker from The Market Place. We are currently offering the choice of face to face or phone appointments.

11-25’s can ring on the day to see if there are any available slots although booking in advance is recommended.


To make a booking for either of the services above  please visit

If ringing for an ‘on the day’ appointment please ring 0113 246 1659. Telephone line is open 11.30am – 5.00pm.

Please read the following  helpful information before booking a telephone slot.


We offer weekly counselling appointments for young people aged 11-23. Short term counselling is up to 12 weeks and Long term from 6-12 months.  11-17 year olds can refer at any time by phoning 0113 2461659.  18-23 year olds need to phone us on the first  Wednesday of the calendar month.

If you are a Care Leaver aged 18-23 years old you can refer at any time.

If you are aged 11-17 years and cannot phone us, ask someone else to do it for you, or book a telephone or face to face ‘drop-in’ support session through our website and let us know you want to refer for Counselling.

You will have a choice of face to face, video and telephone counselling, but there may be a longer wait for some than others.

Once you have made a referral you will need to attend a one-off telephone Intro session.  If this is not suitable, for example due to a hearing impairment or safety issue then please let us know.

So that we can offer more Counselling after school and at weekends, the one-off Intro Session before your Counselling starts will usually be during the school/work day.

We only have a limited amount of referral slots available for 18 -23 year olds, and once these are full we can only take new referrals on the next referral day. To get immediate support please use our Drop-in support service.

Bereavement Counselling

Bereavement counselling will be offered via 6 sessions of video counselling. This service is for 11-19 year olds only. Please call 0113 246 1659 at any time to make a referral.

FACS (Fast Access Counselling and Support)

FACS offers 4 sessions of crisis counselling for ages 11 to 25, with a special focus on 11-17 year olds. The aim of this service is to provide fast access to 4 sessions of Counselling when a young person is really struggling to cope.  This service can help with things like managing and understanding feelings or look at coping strategies but is not suitable for exploring long-term problems.

Young people need to use the telephone/face to face ‘drop-in’ support service first and be identified as being an appropriate referral before being able to access FACS.

My Plan

This is one to one support for young people aged 11-17 with a youth worker. Support is for 8-12 weeks. Currently My Plan sessions are being offered face to face, or through video or phone support. Please get in touch on 0113 246 1659 to make a referral for My Plan.


Online Anxiety workshop for 11-17 year olds. If interested please call 0113 246 1659 or email

Here’s a short animation explaining more about The Market Place.

The Market Place website

Find out drop in times, how to make an appointment and more here.

The Market Place