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We specialise in working with children, young people and families, but also provide counselling for adults

  • TTL not for profit
  • Highly effective therapy
  • Highly valued service
  • Understands the needs
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Important Announcement

Announcement update: 05/01/2021

Time to Listen remains an essential therapeutic service. Therefore through the current national lockdown we remain open to new referrals and continue to provide face to face (in-the-room) sessions within stringent COVID-19 safety measures. We also provide remote/online sessions if preferred.

COVID-19 resources for children, young people and families

COVID-19 guidance on supporting children and young people

An educational story for children and young people to help them understand safety during the pandemic.

Coronavirus Trauma Dynamics — information regarding the dynamics and avoidance of trauma from Coronavirus – pdf format.

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An Invitation to Become an Associate Member of Time to Listen CIC

Time to Listen, is a ‘not for profit’ organisation that has recently become a Community Interest Company (CIC).

Time to Listen CIC provides essential counselling and therapeutic services for those living across Hull and neighbouring areas. The service specialises in supporting children, young people, adults and families with their emotional difficulties and mental health, offering early, specialised therapeutic intervention to enable, maintain and improve wellbeing and life opportunities.

Time to Listen CIC is based at:
Marvell House Children’s Centre, Cranbourne Street, Hull HU3 1PP


Time to Listen CIC is registered with Ofsted as an Adoption Support Agency and rated as a ‘Good’ provider at our last inspection.

Time to Listen CIC would warmly welcome applications from members of the local community to become Associate Members and therefore become part of Time to Listen’s leadership team.

Associate Members are entitled to attend quarterly meetings (to be held on an evening at Marvell House Children’s Centre) and will be invited to participate in, and comment upon, the continuous development of all aspects of the company. Free access to any training events delivered by, and resources produced by, Time to Listen will be shared with the Associate Members.

All applications will be considered by the Board of Directors (Full Members) and Associate Membership will become effective at the beginning of the quarter that follows the relevant CIC Board meetings in February, May, August and November. 

Meetings will encourage an informal, welcoming, open, friendly atmosphere with refreshments available.

Time to Listen CIC intends to attract a membership group that brings people with different experiences and backgrounds together to reflect its key stakeholders i.e., the diverse range of people who are likely to benefit from Time to Listen’s activities. This includes but is not limited to:

  • Children and young people
  • Parents and carers including adoptive parents, foster carers, special guardians
  • The local LGBTQ community
  • People of various cultural, racial and ethnic groups
  • Staff, Associate Counsellors and Trainee Counsellors
  • Local health and social care providers and commissioners
  • Third sector companies
  • Schools and colleges
  • Local businesses / employers

Should you wish to be considered for an Associate Member role within Time to Listen CIC, please contact:

Gail Thornton

Time to Listen
Marvell House Children’s Centre
Cranbourne Street

Tel:  07810 503830
Email: info@timetolisten.co.uk

Further information regarding the services provided by Time to Listen CIC can be found on this website.


Time to Listen are dependant upon charitable funds and fundraising to ensure counselling and therapeutic services are accessible to local children, young people and families who would otherwise be unable to access such support.

This is particularly important as demand upon our services is ever-growing. You can read more about our fundraising campaign and donate here:


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Time to Listen Videos

UPDATE 27-04-2021 — four new videos available

Gail Thornton of Time to Listen hosts a series of videos which explain and add context to the counselling methods and thoughts that underpin the therapy they undertake. There is a pay to view video, 'Understanding, Helping and Supporting Children and Adolescents who Self-Harm' and a series of free to view videos all to be found here

We are here to help you.

So, what is Time To Listen?

We are here to help you with your worries, troubles, anger and anything else that is getting in the way of you just being happy. It is a place to talk about the big things that might be causing you to get upset or feel bad. Sometimes the big things might be because of school, family or friends.
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Adoption Support Service

Time to Listen is here to help you talk about your feelings, thoughts and troubles and help you make good choices for yourself, all the way through the adoption process.
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We employ a wide range of therapy and counselling methods.

Counselling & Therapy

Time to Listen employs a wide range of Counselling and Therapy models, each adapted to the client, be it child, young person, adult, family or a situation such as a school. From EMDR to Family Systems Therapy to Anger Management Workshops amongst others, we are able to use the most appropriate pathway to get to the destination.

We offer training to both individuals and organisations.


Our expertise, developed by Time to Listen members over many years, enables us to offer training to individuals and organisations, including schools. The benefit of sound training is to be found in the confidence of subsequent working methods, and helps in being both effective in outcome and in terms of cost.

Our support adds value to your efforts.


By offering effective support, we can help magnify the efforts of others. From individual clients, to families and organisations, good support bridges potential crisis points, and adds value to work being done. This allows each person to concentrate on what really matters, without distractions and unnecessary worry.

Funding grants successfully awarded from the following have enabled Time to Listen to thrive and grow as an essential therapeutic service despite the COVID-19 pandemic. This funding has enabled Time to Listen to continue being responsive to the needs of our local communities.

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