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Who are we? 

Essential Space Community 

Welcome to ESCC, we are a mental health therapy service supporting adults and young people living in Gloucestershire.  We operate as a Community Interest Company (CIC) to support us in offering part-funded projects in our community.  We have two buildings, one in Cheltenham town centre, next door to the RSPCA on Knapp Road and one at Kingsley House just off the Shurdington Road between Cheltenham and Gloucester.  Our building on Knapp Road is owned by the RSPCA, we like this aspect of our service, as a percentage of our rental income is given to a charity for using their beautiful premises.  Our CIC projects are held in the community as well as within our therapy rooms.  We aim to provide an inclusive, easy-to-access service, where the fee is an agreed amount, accounting for everyone's circumstances.   

In 2019 we opened as a therapy centre and in early 2020 we became a community interest company.  Our team is supported by qualified Counsellors, who are also Supervisors, volunteers, and mentors with extensive experience in supporting people in our community. We are a diverse team with a breadth of knowledge between us.  We are very aware that for some the cost of the support and counselling may stop someone from having the therapeutic service they need, we listened to what people needed, and this is how our services grew into what we offer today.   

Meet our Founders

Being part of ESCC means I get to share my passion for supporting people in the community to access counselling and emotional support. I am keen to work alongside our next generation of counsellors, to not only support those they work with but invest in their own well-being too – this is something I am immensely

passionate about.

Leann is also a Counsellor, Clinical Supervisor and Registered Nurse.


Leann Huntley


Sarah (SJ) Bolton-Locke 

My role within ESCC is to bring creativity and inclusion to the heart of what we do, and embrace diversity within our community.

We acknowledge that each of us has different therapeutic needs.  However, I believe that we all share a desire for, respect, safety, and compassion.  It is important to me that our agency's values and visions for our service continue to thrive and benefit all of our visitors, clients, counsellors and our community.  SJ is also a Clinical Supervisor and a Counsellor for Children and Adults.

Essential Space News 

CBC_NCLB_team photo
Thankyou to the sponsors
Runner up for Good mental Health
Runner up for Stronger Families
Leann Huntley Director & Counsellor
Cheltenham Town Hall
SJ and Reece
Essential Space CIC Team
Supporting our Community
Essential Space Mentoring
Essential Space Counselling
2022 Goals!
Our mentoring groups
Positive Changes
Big Smiles!
Thank you NCLB
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