OSARCC is looking for Volunteer Counsellors and Helpline Volunteers

Counselling Placements & Volunteer Counsellors: 

OSARCC's counselling service is under huge demand, so we're looking for new person-centred/humanistic counselling volunteers to enable us to support more women survivors of sexual violence. If you are interested in supporting survivors of sexual violence, developing your counselling skills, and joining a diverse group of supportive women then OSARCC would love to hear from you.

We ask you to see 3 clients per week and make a commitment of at least 18 months to the service; each client can be offered up to 48 weekly sessions. Monthly group supervision is provided, as well as initial training in working with survivors of sexual violence.  There may also be opportunities to co-facilitate therapy groups alongside, as well as getting involved with other aspects of OSARCC’s work such as training and campaigning for counselling volunteers who would like to do this in addition to their agreement to seeing service users for 1:1 counselling.

To apply, you must be in a counselling training programme leading to a professional qualification in counselling or be post-qualified. In addition, you should have completed at least 30 hours 1:1 counselling (supervised) client work, and be a member of an appropriate professional body with an ethical framework (BACP, NCS, UKCP etc).  We are looking for people who are empathetic, emotionally robust, open-minded, and good team players.

OSARCC operates a policy of equal opportunities and welcomes applications to volunteer from self-defining women from all walks of life. We are particularly keen to hear from women who belong to under-represented groups, for example women from Black, Asian, and other ethnic minority backgrounds; lesbian, bisexual and trans* women; and women who are disabled.

The closing date for the current round of applications is midnight Wednesday 13th September 2017.

Interviews are to be held on Tuesday 26th September 2017.  Initial training will commence 7/10/17, and volunteers will need to be available for 8 sessions of training to be attended Wednesday evenings 6-9pm (planned dates 25/10/17; 15/11/17; 22/11/17), and Saturdays 10am-5pm (planned dates 7/10/17; 14/10/17; 28/10/17; 11/11/17; 18/11/17).  Please note that current planned dates may be subject to change.

To apply for a volunteer counsellor role please email recruitment@osarcc.org.uk for a full recruitment pack, or for an informal conversation about the role please phone Claire Thomas (Counselling Coordinator) on 01865 725311. 

Helpline Volunteers: 

If you are interested in supporting survivors of sexual violence, developing your listening skills, and joining a diverse group of supportive women then OSARCC would love to hear from you. In return for your volunteering, we offer a full and comprehensive training programme, regular supervision, and lots of biscuits!

No previous experiences is required as full training will be provided. We are looking for women who are empathetic, good listeners, sympathetic to our principles and who are team players. We require volunteers to have a good level of English and they must be able to be involved for a minimum of 18 months. Training starts in February 2017 and runs over a series of evenings and weekends.

OSARCC operates a policy of equal opportunities and welcomes applications to volunteer from women from all walks of life. We can currently only accept applications from self-defining women due to the sensitive nature of our work and the fact that the overwhelming majority of our callers are women who only want to speak to other women. We require volunteers to be aged over 18.

We are particularly keen to hear from women who are able to volunteer on a Friday daytime. In order to represent the diversity of our service users we are also particularly keen to recruit women from BME communities, disabled women and older women.

The closing date for the current round of applications is midnight Wednesday 13th September 2017.

Interviews are to be held on Tuesday 26th September 2017.  Initial training will commence 7/10/17, and volunteers will need to be available for 13 sessions of training to be attended Wednesday evenings 6-9pm (planned dates 18/10/17; 25/10/17; 01/11/17; 08/11/17; 15/11/17; 22/11/17), and Saturdays 10am-5pm (planned dates 7/10/17; 14/10/17; 22/10/17; 28/10/17; 11/11/17; 18/11/17; 02/12/17).  Please note that current planned dates may be subject to change.

To apply for a helpline volunteer role please email recruitment@osarcc.org.uk for a full recruitment pack, or for an informal conversation about the role please phone Ellie Bennett (Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator) on 01865 725311. 

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