Giving Advice and Support for People in Emotional Distress


Raising awareness about addictive behaviours, suicide, mental health and domestic abuse.

Providing non-judgemental supportive services guided by those with lived experience to help people grow in confidence and raise to the challenges they face.

We do this by supporting people in emotional distress and their families with practical support and counselling services.


Our Team

Volunteers, counsellors and therapists give support to a wide range of people struggling with issues such as unemployment, homelessness, domestic violence, low self esteem, suicide, poverty and substance misuse.


Our Services

Face to face and telephone counselling, peer group support groups and practical support with benefits, job applications, finding shelter and signposting to other services.

Over the years we have established an excellent reputation locally for providing confidential, non-judgemental advice and support.  We have worked independently and with a number of partners to deliver successful projects supporting local people in Wakefield, Castleford and surrounding areas.

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“Our Mission is to deliver person centred, bespoke and cost-effective mental health programmes to vulnerable people in our community, helping them to develop emotional resilience to face life’s challenges. “

How we work

Gasped has an excellent reputation for delivering counselling services in the community and the evidence is that demand for these services will continue to grow. Our person centred approach empowers our service users to shape their own recovery with the support of volunteers who often have lived experience.

The future for Gasped is to continue to develop initiatives to deliver support for vulnerable members of our Community, and to develop partnership arrangements with organisations to deliver those initiatives.

Our Mission

Delivering person centred, bespoke and cost-effective mental health programmes to vulnerable people in our community, helping them to develop emotional resilience to face life’s challenges.

Our Vision

To develop bespoke mental health programmes for vulnerable people in our community and providing support for those who have been unable to access mainstream services in the past. Working to avoid mental health crisis by listening, advising, and empowering people to make positive change in their lives.

Our Story

How We Got Started

GASPED was established in 1995. The service was created as a result of one parent’s experience of living, caring for and supporting her son who was addicted to drugs. As a result of recognising the isolation, fear, guilt, shame and stigma, a support group and helpline were established to help and support others in similar circumstances.

This service and support expanded to providing peer group support meetings, a grandparent’s support group a well being centre offering complimentary therapies, creative workshops and one to one sessions of counselling.

Where We Are Now

Over the years supporting families in crisis in Wakefield and surrounding areas has meant that GASPED have developed a wealth of experience supporting people with the wide range of practical and emotional issues that are linked to alcohol and substance misuse.  These include domestic violence, low self-esteem, unemployment, suicide and homelessness to mention a few.

Today the charity remit is much broader, and we work with local people to help them build emotional resilience, self-esteem, improve their health, wellbeing and education.

Become a Volunteer Today

GASPED relies on the hard work and dedication of volunteers. With over 20 counsellors providing support free of charge to people in need and many others offering their time to support the charity with marketing, administration and leadership.  If you would like to join our team click on the link below to find out more.


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Empowering People and  Families Since 1995


People Supported

Years of Service

Helping People in Wakefield, Castleford and Surrounding areas.

GASPED is dedicated to improving the lives of people locally.  Through our team of counsellors and our partnerships with other organisations we work hard to reach out to those struggling with mental health issues and offer them a safe space to talk.

Donate Today! Any amount is appreciated

Is your service free?

Yes, you can access all our services free of charge.  We are a charity so you can make a donation by visiting our donations page.

Is your service Confidential?

Absolutely and non judgemental.  We want you to feel safe when you talk to us so anything you disclose will not be shared with any other person or organisation. If you use our helpline you do not even have to give your name.

If you decide to access our service on a regular basis we will ask you if it is ok to contact you by email, letter or phone call. You can decline all of these if you wish. However if you do decide to say yes to phone calls our number comes up as a blocked number and if someone else picks up the phone we do not leave any details of where we are calling from unless you are happy for us to do so.

When we may break confidentiality:-

If you directly ask us to pass on some information to persons or an organisation or any safeguarding issue that we feel puts you or someone else in danger.

How do I make the first appointment?

You can self refer, or if you are already involved in a service based in Wakefield they can refer you if you would prefer. We know that sometimes it is hard making taking that initial step. All you have to do is call our office on 01924 787501 to make an appointment or use our contacts page and e-mail us your details and we will get in touch with you.

Are you just based in Wakefield city centre?

No. We have a number of services that can be accessed across the district. If you wish to have your first appointment in the area you live then that isn’t a problem when you call us just ask. We also have our support groups based in Wakefield, Castleford and South Kirkby and we can offer counselling and one to one appointments in any community base across Wakefield.

I feel nervous about getting in touch and making that first step.

This is perfectly normal and a lot of people feel nervous on that first appointment.  Your first appointment will be with one of our specially trained members of staff and it will allow you to talk about your circumstances, it’s up to you how much information you want to share at this stage and you may feel better sharing more as you access our service more regularly. We will talk to you about all our services and you can access as many as you want or none at all.

Get in Touch. Get Involved.

To find out more about the work of GASPED or to get involved please contact us.

5a Cheapside, Wakefield, WF1 2SD

01924 787501

Contact Us

If you would like to contact the team at Gasped to find out more about the work we do or volunteer to help.   Please use the contact form or visit us on any of our social media pages.

    GASPED Office