Young People’s Counsellor

Key Facts

Closing Date
3 July 2022
£17,297pa (£32,000 FTE, £16.63 per hour)
20 hours per week
  • 21 days (FTE) paid holiday + bank holidays (pro-rata) increasing to 25 days after 5 years service
  • Employer pension contribution
  • Cost of professional supervision to cover hours worked for 4Youth
The Canberra Centre, Melksham
Responsible To
Counselling Coordinator
Responsible For

Delivery of counselling service to young people

Liaison With
  • Local voluntary organisations & associated providers including schools and the Local Youth Networks
  • Youth work colleagues locally
  • Related organisations and other professional staff
  • Local councils including parish, town, county and Area Boards
  • Other stakeholders including funding partners
  • Trustees

A little bit more about this post


Through our popular TeenTalk service we have been providing early help and counselling support for young people for over 8 years. TeenTalk supports young people aged from 10 to 25.

We recently increased our offer with satellite services opening in Chippenham, Trowbridge and Westbury and are actively exploring the potential for expanding the service into other communities.

We also offer some pastoral support through our youth workers and are launching a new mentoring programme for young people transitioning from secondary education to employment, FE or HE.

We are recruiting a Counsellor to join our counselling team and deliver 1-2-1 counselling sessions from our base at The Canberra Centre in Melksham and in satellite locations. 

You will be an experienced practitioner (BACP, UKCP or BPC accredited) with a track record of working with young people. It is essential to have experience of Integrative Counselling and assessments and working in an organisational setting, along with a willingness to embrace and develop a broad range of counselling models. 

The successful candidate will hold a caseload and will also be responsible for assessing new clients into the service.  Experience and practice in counselling children and young people is also integral to the role with an ability to use creative and talking therapies.

The successful candidate will work closely with the Chair of Trustees and Counselling Coordinator to fulfil requirements of the charity and to constantly seek to improve the service. 

The role is subject to receiving satisfactory references, Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check and a six-month probationary period. 

Initial hours will be 20 hours per week, but there is scope for this position to become full-time in future, subject to the requirements and demands of a growing service. 

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  • To deliver a professional and accessible face to face counselling service. 
  • To participate in the initial screening and subsequent mentoring of trainee counsellors on placements. 
  • To help develop and expand existing service provision.
  • To promote and publicise the counselling service among relevant agencies, referrers, service users and potential service users.
  • To liaise and network with relevant statutory and voluntary sector partners. 
  • To liaise with regulatory bodies. 
  • To use the client record system (Lamplight).
  • To manage a case load of clients 
  • To always follow and meet the requirements of safeguarding procedures.
  • To ensure the service is delivered in line with BACP guidelines & ethical framework.
  • To liaise with admin support as appropriate.
  • To report to and liaise with the Counselling Coordinator.
  • To maintain appropriate record keeping systems in line with data protection requirements using the existing Lamplight database system

The closing date for this position is 3 July 2022

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The Canberra Centre
56a Spa Road • Melksham • SN12 7NY
Tel: 01225 667327
Company registration number: 7871666
Charity registration number: 1147394
Supported by
Wiltshire Community FoundationMidCounties Co-operativeMelksham Almshouses CharitiesSir Ian Mactaggart TrustEasyFundraisingMelksham Area BoardiWill Social Action FundBig Lottery FundMelksham Without Parish CouncilMelksham Town Council
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