Off The Record was founded in 1992 to meet the needs of young people by providing a high quality counselling service. Since then we’ve grown to incorporate training services and other projects targeted at young people. We believe that all young people have the right to free and accessible advice, information and counselling to help alleviate the burden of social, cultural and economic oppression.

We are striving to achieve this by maintaining an independent, free, confidential counselling service that is centrally based for all young people between the ages of 10 and 25 who live in Tameside and 13 to 25 in Oldham. As members of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy we follow their code of ethics and practice for counsellors. All our counsellors are trained and will treat young people as individuals; respect their opinions and not judge them.

Please Note – Due to the coronavirus outbreak – 

We have taken the difficult decision to CANCEL all face to face appointments. We can only offer telephone counselling in place of face-to-face sessions. 

We will update all clients as and when we can return to normal ‘face-to-face’ counselling, in line with government guidelines.

Office HoursOff The Record’s office will now be staffed on a part-time basis.  Please call during these hours (see below) or leave a message and a member of staff will ring you back.

Office Hours:  Mondays and Tuesdays  – 12 noon to 2.30pm

                           Wednesdays (Drop-in) – 2.30 pm to 5.30 pm

                           Thursdays 12 noon to 2.30pm

                            Friday 10.30 am to 12.30 pm

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We are now offering face to face counselling at the Drop In.




 You can ring the office from Tuesday’s 12.00pm onwards to book a time slot for the Wednesday Drop In.

It runs, every Wednesday 2.30pm to 5.30pm to see a counsellor face to face.

We will be observing strict social distancing rules, and are only able to have one client/family in the building at any time – we ask that you keep to your time for arrival, so that you can safely come into the building. 


Telephone Counselling – Our telephone counselling service now has a short waiting time.  If you require telephone counselling, then please call:  0161 355 3553 (see times above) or email – and leave a message and someone will get back to you.

If you need help or support when our office is closed, please click on the following link for local telephone numbers; EMERGENCY NUMBERS 2020.

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We also have a Child Sexual Exploitation project, offering counselling for 11 –21 year olds living in Tameside. 

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