Mothertongue multi-ethnic counselling service will be closing in March 2018

We wish to communicate that Mothertongue multi-ethnic counselling service has taken the decision to complete its work in 2018. Over the past 17 years we have supported over 3,000 clients and it is now time for others to develop the work.

Mothertongue multi-ethnic counselling service will cease seeing clients in December 2017. We will not be starting a new course of counselling with any client from September 15th 2017. Any new clients should be referred on to Talking Therapies Berkshire at

In accordance with data protection legislation, we will not be retaining any personal data on anyone who has used our services after we close. Client notes will be retained until February 1st 2018. Should you wish to request copies of your notes before January 31st 2018, please refer to our Data Protection Policy and Confidentiality Policy in the Downloads section and contact our office at 22-24 Cross Street, Reading RG1 1SN.
We are grateful to all those who have supported us with time, work, finances, care and commitment over the years.
Many of our interventions have been small but they have had a big impact on the quality of people's lives.

The learning and the knowledge achieved through the work of Mothertongue will continue to be disseminated by a new NGO called Pasalo CIC

Beverley Costa | CEO and Clinical Director of Mothertongue

Queen's Award for Volunteering

Queen's Award for Volunteering

On June 2nd 2009 it was announced that Mothertongue had been awarded the Queen's Award for Volunteering. The prestigious National Honour, which is equivalent to the MBE, sets the national benchmark for excellence in volunteering, and the activities of those awarded are judged to be of the highest standard.

Mothertongue was selected form 406 voluntary organisations across the UK. A certificate signed by the Queen and a commerative crystal will be presented by Her Majesty's representative in Berkshire, Mary Bayliss at a special ceremony arranged by the Lieutenancy office.

Speaking of Mothertongue's success, Beverley said: "We are all thrilled to have received this prestigious award. It is a wonderful recognition of what our clients tell us: that they feel understood from the heart at Mothertongue and that from the opportunities to contribute that we provide, they have a greater sense of belonging and of being valued by the wider community."