What are we looking for ? 

We are looking for student counsellors to join our team alongside our qualified counsellors to help us to provide an informal counselling support service for our guests staying at Hearts Together Hospital Hotel.

We are looking for individuals would like to add to their counselling experience alongside their study or individuals who are looking to undertake their Level 4 placement. 

(From a clinical perspective, this service is being supported by Catherine Hutchins of The Therapy Collective.)

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Why is this service needed? 

We currently provide a counselling service for our guests who stay with us to help them process and cope with their developing situation. This service is also intended to extend to any relative/person who is an in-patient in the hospital if appropriate/required. The service is run weekday evening from 5:30pm - 8:30pm. 

This service aims to provide a safe space for guests and their relatives in local healthcare facilities to discuss their feelings, thoughts, and concerns and to ‘hold’ people in their time of need. This service is so important in enabling us to provide much-needed support to those who are often preoccupied with supporting others, or who are dealing with complex or life-changing issues themselves.

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What you’ll be doing.

  • Supporting the on-shift qualified counsellor.
  • Acting as a skilled listener for guests in the communal spaces of the Hotel.
  • Signposting guests where appropriate to scheduled sessions with the qualified counsellor. 
  • Making sure all guests feel supported and are aware of the service. 

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What kind of person are we looking for?

  • A friendly person with a passion for connecting with others.
  • Someone with good communication and listening skills with a non-judgmental and empathetic approach.
  • Someone who can work independently and as a part of a team.
  • A person who is hard-working, diligent, and takes care in what they do it.
  • A reliable and trustworthy person.

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What is required from you?

  • You must be currently enrolled in an approved/accredited Counselling course/training. 
  • You must be reliable and conscientious in offering a regular commitment.
  • You must be able to adhere to service guidelines and manage appropriate boundaries, including the need for confidentiality.
  • Willingness to attend an Induction and undertake training appropriate to the role.
  • A DBS check will be undertaken on all applicants for this role. 

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What’s in it for you?

  • Meet new people and become part of the 'Supporting You' team and the wider volunteer community at Hearts Together.
  • All counsellors will receive funded group supervision delivered by Catherine Hutchins from The Therapy Collective
  • You can gain confidence in your skills with a real meaningful sense of accomplishment and impact.
  • Obtaining your required hours for Level 4 placements. 
  • This is a great opportunity to put your skills into practice in a very unique setting and style of counselling. 

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We’d love to hear from you if you’d like to join us! To apply contact our Volunteer Coordinator on 01752 315900 or e-mail [email protected]. We look forward to hearing from you!