Our team

We’re a small but effective team of people who share a belief that the mental health issues many families experience are largely caused by external factors such as historic abuse and trauma in childhood and present day stresses like poverty, conflictual relationships and institutional pressures. Our focus is on offering free and locally delivered counselling and play therapy to low income families- children, young people and adults experiencing poor mental health and social disadvantage.


Our Patron

David Briggs was Managing Director of Dawsons Music from 1979 and sold the business on 2018. He has been Lord-Lieutenant of Cheshire since 2010 – The Queen’s representative in the County.  In addition to the ceremonial  role he setup Cheshire Community Foundation which has become a significant donor to Cheshire charities and also Cheshire Connect which gets local business and professional people to give of their time and skills to help local charities. Following his role as Chair of The Poverty Truth Commission in West Cheshire, he has started an initiative called Community Connectors, helping people in need find the help and support they require by joining up services which do exist but which can be difficult to find without help. 

“I have been very impressed with the work which Platform for Life does to help those with mental challenges in their life. It would be impossible to exaggerate the importance of their work which for many of their clients is life changing.”


Our operational team

We have a small management team responsible for the smooth running of the charity and a very experienced mix of employed and sessional counsellors and play therapists, responsible for delivery of our service. Our counsellors and play therapists are trained to degree level and above in their chosen area of expertise and have experience of working successfully with clients who are living with chaos and trauma.


We are very fortunate to have a committed Board of Trustees, with a mix of backgrounds and experience to provide governance, strategic direction and oversee the effective running of the charity. The Board formally meets four times a year. Find out more about our Board of Trustees.