Since 1982 we’ve offered therapy, care and additional support to women and girls in the Leeds area. We’ve now grown into a pioneering organisation, playing an integral part in mental health provision for the city and beyond.
Today, we offer a full and varied programme of community and educational initiatives, as well as free or low-cost psychotherapy for the most marginalised individuals. Staffed entirely by women and working only with women and families, we provide safe, supportive environments as well as the expertise and sensitivity our clients really need.
Our goals are ambitious but clear:
- We want to continue providing a trusted, relevant and highly effective therapeutic service to the hardest-to-reach women and girls in Leeds.
- We want to improve awareness and understanding of women’s mental health issues among the public, employers and policymakers.
- We want to reduce stigma, improve education and shape local and national strategy around this subject.
Partner with us
We believe that collaboration is one of the keys to tackling mental illness and distress, and we’re always keen to hear from any organisation, charity or business looking for partners to either work or share information with.
Work at WCTS
We’re a dynamic organisation on the lookout for women with skills, energy and sensitivity to join our team. This includes full and part-time paid staff, volunteers and sessional workers too. In return for your commitment, we provide a friendly and supportive environment where you’ll carry out rewarding work, and we also offer excellent opportunities for developing your skills. We’re a family-friendly employer too, so we understand the demands placed on working mothers and accommodate their needs whenever we can.
For current job opportunities visit the How to get involved page
BAME and inclusion
As an organisation, we fully support the principles of Black Lives Matter, and our therapists and support staff are carefully recruited and continually trained with this in mind.
We welcome women from every section of every Leeds community, and around one third of those we help are from the BAME community. In response, a significant proportion of our staff are from the BAME community, and all of our practitioners have specialist knowledge of issues affecting different ethnic, cultural and economic groups, and we can provide interpreters too.
Internally, we’re committed to caring in a way that is inclusive, sensitive and in line with the very latest best practice. We’ve made anti-racist practice a compulsory agenda item at our board meetings, and we’re now actively reviewing our work to create a service free from unconscious racism. Improving the mental health of black women is the official focus of our 40th anniversary research project.
In line with the Equality Act 2012 it is the policy of WCTS that we will not discriminate, or give less favourable treatment, to service users, employees, visitors and job applicants in respect to age, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, disability, pregnancy or maternity and marital status or civil partnership.
We are ensuring access to opportunities to all.
Meet the team
From our therapists and support staff to the volunteers who sit on our board; everyone in the organisation cares deeply about the women we work with.