Alternatives Watford 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:
- Antenatal anxiety and depression
- Postnatal Depression
- Post Abortion (no matter how long ago)
- Unplanned Pregnancy
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.