What We Do:

We deliver a menu of specialist training programmes designed specifically to meet the needs of individuals facing certain issues. We offer individually tailored programmes, structured interventions and 1:1 mentoring designed to deal with an array of issues to help empower individuals to overcome barriers and to turn their lives around.

Young People’s Programmes

Targeted Youth Support Programme

At Rochdale Connections Trust we accept referrals for any young person who needs additional support and intervention. Referrals can be taken directly from young people, their parents/carers and family members and from a range of statutory and voluntary services such as education, health and Children’s Social Care. We are open to receiving referrals from any source. Referrals can be taken over the phone or sent via email or post by downloading our referral form (above). If you would like to discuss a possible referral please contact us and we can talk this through with you.

The Recovery Toolkit for CYP

This new, exciting 8 week programme is specifically for children and young people who have experienced or witnessed domestic abuse/violence and are no longer with the abusive parent or whose abusive parent is on a recognised perpetrator programme. Living with domestic abuse/violence forces children and young people to develop unconscious coping strategies that keep them safe within the context of unequal power divides and extremely controlling behaviour by the perpetrator. This is likely to be particularly influential in how the young person develops beliefs and attitudes about themselves, the world around them and differences with gender roles. Referrals can be taken directly from parents/carers, families or from a range of statutory and voluntary services such as education, health and Social Services.

Youth Aspiration

This 8 week programme for young people who are struggling with their anger. It focuses on helping the young person to understand their behaviour and providing support for the young person and their parents/carers.

Adult Programmes

Women’s Freedom

At Rochdale Connections Trust we deliver a range of programmes for adults dealing with or at risk of Domestic Violence and Abuse. Our flagship programme Freedom is an 11 week rolling course for Females run at various locations across Rochdale, Middleton and Heywood. The course helps individuals to recognise their own behaviour and to recognise when they are being controlled. Referrals can be taken directly from those suffering abuse, their families or from a range of statutory and voluntary services such as health and Social Services. We are open to receiving referrals from any source. Referrals can be taken over the phone or sent via fax or post by downloading our referral form (above). If you would like to discuss a possible referral please contact us and we can talk this through with you.

Men’s Freedom

The Freedom Programme for Men is an awareness raising course and NOT a perpetrator programme. Rather, the course explores various aspects of the “Dominator’s” abusive behaviours and encourages participants to reflect on how these can impact upon their partners and children. It is essential that participants are clear as to why they have been referred to the course or have chosen to attend and are willing to fully engage and participate in group discussions.

The Recovery Toolkit

This 12 week programme is for women who are no longer in an abusive relationship and are not receiving Counselling.

Strength To Change

Strength to Change is an innovative 12 month male perpetrator programme, for individuals wanting to change their lives. The programme explores where controlling behaviour has evolved from and provides strategies and encouragement to alter and improve their situation. Individuals are required to self-refer to the programme in order to demonstrate their commitment to making positive changes.

Counselling Service

Are you feeling isolated, lonely or have been affected by domestic abuse?
Do you need support through recovery, bereavement issues, loss or grief?
Or are you generally just finding life difficult and need someone to talk to?


We have a dedicated In-house Counselling Team consisting of 2 fully qualified Counsellors(1 male and 1 female), 3 part qualified counsellors and 5 fully trained volunteer “Listeners” and several student counsellors, based at our central Rochdale base. The team operate across the Borough and are available to clients in Middleton, Castleton and Heywood in addition to Rochdale.

Our Service

We are member of the Rochdale Boroughwide Let’s Talk initiative and under the header of the Well-Being service we offer Counselling and Listening which is available to anyone referred through the Let’s Talk partnership or referred directly from an RCT delivered programme.


The aim of the Well-Being Service is to: “Help improve the psychological well-being of our service users through counselling, listening and engagement.”
The different programmes of support offered through our Well-Being Service are documented below.

Listening and Engagement

RCT provide a service of volunteer listeners who will provide you with a friendly, non-judgemental and confidential environment. These sessions are available to people who need to talk about their issues in a more relaxed way. The sessions can often be a gateway to accessing the counselling service if need proves to be greater.

Counselling

Counselling sessions are offered on a weekly basis to clients. Counselling is a completely confidential type of therapy which allows an individual to talk about their problems and feelings. The sessions are friendly, informal and non-judgemental and each session is done at the individual’s own pace allowing emotional issues to be sensitively explored.

What is the benefit of these services?

It is sometimes easier to talk to a stranger, rather than a relative or friend. The Well-Being Service at RCT provides individuals with an opportunity to look at problems in a different way with someone who will respect and encourage the decisions made.

How to access or make a referral

If you are not registered with us, please acess the Let's Talk Rochdale website
to make a referral and for more information.

If you are registered with and need access to the service or for more information simply call
the counselling team on: 01706 345111

What then?

We operate as a service where individuals come to the centre to discover more about what counselling entails and what they can potentially get from it. Upon referral to the service one of the fully qualified Counsellors will arrange a meeting, where an initial assessment is conducted to ascertain the required level of need and the most appropriate member of the team can be assigned to begin work.