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Volunteer Counsellor

Emotional Support Volunteer Roles | Colchester, Essex, United Kingdom | Volunteer

Job Description


About Age Concern Colchester & North East Essex

Age Concern Colchester & North East Essex is a Charity which is focused on making life better for individuals in later life. The current services that we provide cover:-

  • Identifying benefits that those over 60 are entitled to and supporting in the application process
  • Providing a befriending & dementia service according to the needs of the individual
  • Supplying a qualified and vetted list of handyperson individuals who can support the elderly
  • Provides clubs for those in older life for companionship
  • Supports in times of bereavement and end of life
  • Runs a community hub and cafe for those in later life

The people that volunteer and work with us our special and provide a great deal of care for those in later life and who need support, advice, information and sometimes just someone to listen.

Partnership with St Helena Hospice Bereavement Service during the Covid19 pandemic

Large numbers of older and vulnerable people are being affected by the Covid19 pandemic. Sadly, an increasing number of families need bereavement support at this distressing time. We will do all we can to offer support within our local community- both directly to those affected by CV19, and to partner organisations like St Helena Hospice- whose services are more in demand than ever. We are assisting St Helena Bereavement Service in their search for qualified B.A.C.P. and U.K.C.P. accredited and registered counsellors who would like to offer their support as volunteers.

What are we looking for?

Volunteer Counsellors

We are now recruiting for a team of qualified  B.A.C.P. registered volunteer counsellors to help us provide support to the families of those who have been bereaved during the time of the Covid19 pandemic. If you hold a counselling qualification and are B.A.C.P. registered we want to hear from you. If you have have previous skills and training in working with the bereaved or have lived through a past bereavement which you feel has given a foundation from which to support others please get in touch.

Volunteer Counsellors need to:

  • maintain membership and be a Registered Member of B.A.C.P. or other suitable professional body
  • initially assess bereaved clients who present with complex needs
  • provide bereavement counselling, support and information to individuals
  • provide time-limited, focused bereavement counselling (six sessions)
  • identify risk to vulnerable clients and report concerns to St Helena supervisor/Team leader
  • refer individuals onto services both within St Helena and external organisations as required
  • update patient records after each session, both written and computerised in accordance with General Data Protection Regulations
  • attend monthly clinical supervision with allocated St Helena supervisor (15 minutes per client)
  • attend external monthly clinical supervision, as per the B.A.C.P. Ethical Framework for Counsellors
  • act within the legal, statutory and ethical requirements laid down by the B.A.C.P. or other professional body

Practical Considerations

  • We have a very varied range of volunteering opportunities so if this role does not work for you, let us know so we can find something that is right for you and the client
  • We want you to enjoy your volunteering and we really value regular feedback
  • Whilst all applications to volunteer are on equal merit, we really welcome those in later years
  • People fund what we do, so we often need to ask you and those you befriend for case studies to show the positive impact which your volunteering has had.
  • We DBS check and reference all team members and provide relevant training -there are no costs involved for you.

If you feel this special role is right for you then apply today and join our mission