Alternatives is a charity registered in England and Wales (no. 1100024). We were launched officially in 2002 and a timeline of events can be viewed on our dedicated history page. Our ‘raison d'être’ is outlined here:
The name Alternatives was chosen to highlight that, for those facing pregnancy-related challenges, we exist to provide alternatives. We provide an alternative to suffering alone; we provide an alternative to long or non-existent waiting lists for statutory counselling; we discuss the alternative options that are available to those facing a pregnancy-related crisis; and we provide alternatives to unaffordable maternity and baby items.
Our Mission is to offer life-changing emotional and practical support for anyone facing pregnancy-related challenges.
We fulfil our mission through the following day-to-day activities (please click on the headings below for further details and information about referrals):
Counselling for those facing any of the following challenges:
Post Abortion (no matter how long ago)
We have no lower or upper age limit for counselling. In practice, we support people from the age of puberty and upwards.
We serve people regardless of race, colour or creed
We uphold freedom of choice
We are non-judgemental
We are confidential, trustworthy and professional
We are unconditionally supportive of those using our services
The principles of Alternatives reflect core elements of the Christian faith – the faith from which the charity was birthed. These values are shared by our staff and volunteers – Christian and otherwise. However, for clarity, we are not a member of a Christian denomination, nor affiliated to any political organisation, nor engaged with the ‘pro life’ or ‘pro choice’ debates.