All about ESCAYP

All about ESCAYP

We will offer a Counselling and Therapeutic Play service to the children and young people in West Yorkshire between the ages of three and twenty one years of age. We are more than happy to work with organisations, however a fee will be charged (to be negotiated) so that this service can continue to offer support. Please see our Professional services page for further detail.

Our Counsellors will work with all issues including: sexual/physical abuse, bereavement, bullying, disruptive/difficult behaviours, low self esteem/ confidence, cyber trauma and self harm etc. 

Escayp initially offers 8 sessions the first is an ‘Ice Breaker’ this visit will give the child or young person a chance to meet us and look around the premises and complete the relevant paper work required. 

There will also be the opportunity to answer any questions and give the relevant information. ESCAYP will accept all children and young people living in West Yorkshire aged between three and twenty one years of age and not currently undergoing any other form of psychological therapy.

At ESCAYP we are working very closely with Barnardo’s, Leeds & Wakefield Victim Support, Ossett Police Station C.P.U, Police HQ Wakefield STAR Project and local schools.

We are currently operating in the following areas: Dewsbury, Bradford, Wakefield, Cleckheaton, Pontefract, Calderdale and Leeds and we will expand our counselling services to meet the children and young people across West Yorkshire and will set up rooms as the need is identified.

Intro to constitution - read it here

ESCAYP was established in October 2008. The work and development of the service was carried out in a voluntary capacity for the first three years until we received Lottery funding with a five year grant in 2012.

ESCAYP was also successful in their application to Children in Need in 2013 for a three year grant.

Our organisations office is based in Gomersal, West Yorkshire, however we do not counsel from these offices, we use satellite rooms across West Yorkshire which are ‘young people friendly’  Our venues include: Sports Centres, Libraries, Schools, children’s etc.

ESCAYP has a team of 37 counsellors, some of whom are Child & Adolescent Psychotherapists. All Counsellors working with young people below the age of 14 years hold the additional Diploma in Child & Adolescent Counselling.

We pride ourselves on the ‘personal’ approach that we offer and our aim is to offer support when the young person needs it. We may sadly at times have a waiting list which is due to funding availability.

The ESCAYP team

Our current and wonderful team are listed below, but we are always looking for new voluntary Counsellors & Trustees - if you are a qualified Counsellor and have experience of counselling children and young people, please get in touch…








  • Peter Lorimer              Chair Person

  • Pauline Jones             Treasurer

  • John Mc Kernaghan     Ex Officio

  • Ross Bennett              Ex Officio

  • Jackie Bould               Director

  • Heather Pearce           Service Manager
  • Hayley Crawford          Coordinator
  • Sarah Walkin               Administrator