Drop In Service

Drop In Service

The Drop In Service – please note the Drop-In Service will not be running during August and will resume in September

*Our drop-in services are still going ahead via telephone

Drop In Telephone Service for Adults 18+ in South Oxfordshire

Are you feeling sad, lonely or stressed or not quite sure what is the matter?  Would you like to talk to someone about this?

The Drop-In service is available on a Tuesday morning and our counsellor can offer up to 3 separate sessions to talk with you, there is no charge for this service

To book an appointment on a Tuesday morning you will need to email  who will then email you an appointment time.  At the time of your appointment, our counsellor will call you from a withheld number. The calls are anonymous and confidential and are not recorded.

Drop-Ins in Berinsfield

For adults living in Berinsfield, our face to face Drop-Ins at the Berinsfield Health Centre and the Berinsfield Information and Volunteer Centre are currently going ahead via telephone at the following times:

Berinsfield Health Centre:

Time:  9.30am – 10.30am every Monday (except the first Monday in every month)

If you are a patient at the health centre, please book an appointment via the health centre. 

Berinsfield Information and Volunteer Centre (BIVC):

Time:- 9.30am – 10.30am – 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month

If you are a client of the BIVC, please ask staff at the BIVC to make a referral.  

Or to book an appointment with our counsellor direct, please email  who will email you back with an appointment time.

(Please note this service will not be running during August and will start again week commencing 7th September).

Please note that Riverside Counselling Service is not an emergency service.

If your need is urgent, please call your GP, dial 111 or contact the emergency services at 999.

This is the contact number for the Samaritans: 116 123

Confidentiality Statement for the Drop In Service

Riverside can offer a confidential space for 20 minutes on the telephone for young people aged 12-17 years old to talk about anything that might be on your mind. The drop in service is offered for up to 3 separate sessions and our Counsellor John is available on a Wednesday at 5.30pm-7.00pm.

To book an appointment with John you need to email   He will email you back with an appointment time. John will call you from a withheld number and we do not record the calls. We do need to take your name, date of birth and your GP details before we can start a conversation with you as the law says we have to tell another adult if-

  • We believe either you or another young person/child is at risk of being hurt by someone else
  • We believe that yours or another young person’s life may be at risk
  • We believe that you may be a risk to others or yourself

We will not share your name or GP details with anyone else, and would only use your details if any of the things above were happening. John will tell you if we need to contact other adults using your name or GP details.