Volunteer Placement Counsellor
Terrence Higgins Trust's counselling service has delivered counselling to those living with HIV and and at risk of poor sexual health for decades. The counselling service is positioned within the Living Well department, this offers clients a variety of psycho-social support services including work and skills programmes, peer forums and wellbeing groups. During the pandemic we continued to deliver 12 sessions of counselling to those presenting with issues such as; living with HIV, depression, anxiety, distressing emotions, chemsex, relationship difficulties, identity issues, LGBTQI+ issues. For further details of the post please see the attached job description document.
At present we are seeking four volunteer placement counsellors to join the team. You must be available to attend external clinical supervisions at one of the session slots below;
2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month 3:15-4:45pm (1 vacant slot)
2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month 6-8pm (2 vacant slots)
2nd and 4th Thursday of each month 6-8pm (1 vacant slot)
Supervision is free of charge and you will be supervised by a qualified and accreditied BACP/UKCP supervisor who has specialist further training in trauma.
Please note: Recruitment may close early should a suitable candidate be found before the closing date.
We reserve the right to close recruitment early if the number of applications exceeds expectations. Therefore, early applications are encouraged.
Terrence Higgins Trust was set up in 1982 following the death of its namesake, Terry Higgins, who was one of the very first people to die of an AIDS-related illness in the UK. As an organisation we are always aiming to ensure we are always meeting the needs of people affected by HIV and poor sexual health.
Volunteering at Terrence Higgins Trust
Today, volunteers continue to be a huge and integral part of the work that we do across the UK. Volunteers help out in most teams within the charity and many services could not be provided without their help. In 2019 alone, volunteers gave the charity over 26,500 hours of their time.
Help us build our vision of a world where people with HIV live healthy lives free from prejudice and discrimination, and good sexual health is a right and reality for all.
Anyone aged from 18 to 80 can volunteer with us as long as they fulfil the role description and meet the volunteer requirements. We’re unable to accept volunteers aged 80 or over for insurance reasons.
If you are successful in your application you will need to complete a volunteer induction and GDPR course. You may also need to attend role specific training and a safeguarding webinar, depending on your role. You must complete your training before you can begin volunteering with us.
If you are unsuccessful in your application you can discuss other volunteering opportunities with the Volunteer Office.
Some volunteer roles may have rolling recruitment. If we receive sufficient applications we reserve the right to close recruitment early. We therefore advise you to apply for any roles you are interested in as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.