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Queens Award for Voluntary Service - MBE for Companies (2022)

We are delighted and honoured to have been awarded The Queens Award for Voluntary Service in her Majesty's Jubilee year.

The highest award given in the U.K for voluntary groups and equivalent of an MBE!

We are honoured that our work and volunteers has been recognised for the work we do within our community, helping people with their emotional and mental wellbeing.

Without all our volunteers, we could not continue our work, so to every volunteer both past and present and to everyone within the community that continue to support us. We thank you and receive this award in honour of you. 


The Listening Post C.I.C

The Listening Post C.I.C ( Community Interest Company)is a not for profit business.

We exist to improve the mental health and emotional well being of the local community living within the Basildon District, through the provision of accessible and appropriate counselling.

Our goals are simple we want to offer a counselling services to the local community that is accessible to all individuals. We at The Listening Post, understand that everyone is completely unique and will be treated as so.

We believe in enabling people the opportunity to understand, develop and grow, regardless of age, gender, sexuality, or circumstance.

We are 100% committed to the provision of one to one personal counselling to the local Essex community. To empower people to grow and develop their own mental health and well-being.

We offer a safe space for this change to happen, showing each individual unconditional positive regard.

By providing a safe space, people are able to discuss. look at and explore their emotions.

Why Counselling is needed:

Everybody needs to talk and more importantly to be heard, truly heard without fear of being judged.

Many different reasons can bring somebody to counselling and every reason is valid.

Mental & Emotional well being

1 in 4 people suffer from a mental health issue, these can be triggered at any stage.

The most common are Anxiety and depression, but stress, bereavement and traumatic events can also affect a person’s mental & emotional well being as well as many others.

Mental & Emotional well being can greatly affect a person day to day life in all aspects, e.g. work productivity, physical health, relationships and the wider community and economy.


Society is constantly changing, growing and developing at an ever increasing rate, with pressure to fit into the “accepted norm” .

This can create conflict, as we are either striving to gain more or feel lost and left behind when we cannot keep up. It can feel even worse, if we do not feel accepted by others .

The society we live in affects every part of our lives, some are more visual than others, e.g. job, salary, education, residence and material items.

Others are less visual e.g. religion, ethnic back ground, sexuality, and gender.


Your background can affect you both positively and negatively.

Looking at why and how you react to situations,  can enable you to challenging those behaviours and repeating patterns that are creating conflict in any aspect of your life.


We take referrals from every area.

  • Local Organisations

  • Local services

  • G.P's

  • Self referrals

Please feel free to contact us to discuss arranging booking or referring for counselling.
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