Counsellor/Therapist Required: Lancashire/South Cumbria


  • Contract type: Permanent (Fixed term funded post)
  • End date: TBC
  • Hours: Full Time and Part Time Opportunities Available.
  • Salary: £29,896-£40,305
  • Closing Date: 12 May 2024
  • Interview Date: W/C 20th May 202: 


An exciting new opportunity has arisen in Lancashire and South Cumbria which means that Barnardo’s are recruiting staff, so if you are you ready for a new challenge and are passionate about working with children and young people to support their emotional wellbeing, you might be just who we are looking for.

The Service:

The service will support the children and young people in Lancashire and South Cumbria to grow up with healthy minds, feel confident and resilient and fulfil their potential. As part of the THRIVE ‘Getting Help’ model Barnardo’s will provide therapeutic one to one, group work and counselling support in the community.

The Service will have a number of bases across the area including:

  • East Lancashire – 2 x Full Time Positions at 37 Hours and 1 x Part Time Position at 28 Hours.
  • Blackpool- 2 x Part Time Positions at 32 Hours and 33 Hours.
  • North Lancashire – 1 x Part Time Position at  28 Hours.
  • South Cumbria- 1 x Part Time Position at 34 hours.

Please state on your application which of the above bases is most suitable for you.

We are looking for people who are passionate about:

  • Children’s and Young people’s emotional health and wellbeing
  • Improving outcomes for children and young people

Our team will have a number of vacancies across a number of roles including:

The Role:  Therapist

As a therapist you will provide one to one therapy across several modalities.

Successful candidates must have:

  • A diploma level qualification in counselling, child and adolescent psychotherapy, art, play, drama or music therapy which has included a practicum / placement of at least 100 hours of supervised practice.
  • Considerable experience of delivering counselling to children and young people.
  • A comprehensive understanding of children’s safeguarding
  • It would be beneficial to have access to a car due to the regular travel required in this role.

Although this contract has a permanent status, please be aware that this post is subject to continued funding and therefore should this funding not be extended further, you may be subject to a redundancy consultation or a TUPE arrangement.

Additional Information:

You must demonstrate in your application that you currently use the skills outlined above, and in the Job Description/Person Specifications, or have used them previously in employment, education, training, volunteering etc. This should be done with an understanding of the context of the service described.

Need more information?

If you require any further information about this opportunity, please contact Liz Morgan at

Please note due to the high volume of applications for some posts, this advert might close before the displayed closing date. We recommend that you apply for this role as soon as possible.

Pay & Reward Framework

We know that our colleagues go above and beyond in delivering our vital work, driven by their passion and commitment to Barnardo’s values.  We also know that we can only realise our ambitions and achieve better outcomes for more children, thanks to the talent, hard work and creativity of our people.

For all these reasons, we are committed to a new approach to pay and reward, to ensure it is fair, attractive and progressive, which was rolled out 1st April 2023. This is a positive change for the charity, and a key pillar of our People & Culture Strategy. It will assist us in supporting colleagues to grow and develop in their career at Barnardo’s as it will offer clear routes of progression for colleagues to progress through the pay band of their role.

Whilst the full pay band and salary range is advertised, our approach to starting salaries is to appoint between the minimum to mid-point of the pay band – this ensures that pay progression steps are available to reward our colleagues annually based on their contribution to excellence and alignment to our values and behaviours.  More details on Barnardo’s pay framework can be found upon application.


Workplace Offer: What it means for you

The world of work has changed. We are understanding of what works best for our colleagues both current and future as we look to embrace this new way of working. Our hybrid working initiative is based on trust, flexibility and empowerment. We understand our workplace offer means different things to different people, and we encourage those conversations. This may mean working at one of our stores, services, working at home, at one of our Collaboration Hubs or any combination of these.

  • Barnardo’s believe in creating equality of opportunity in the workplace and supporting people to manage their work-life balance; we are therefore open to offering flexible working arrangements.
  • 26 days annual leave plus bank holidays, increasing after 5 years service
  • The ability to buy up to another 5 days annual leave via our HolidayPlus scheme
  • A host of family friendly leave options including company Maternity Paternity and Adoption pay; together with all family additional leave options
  • Service related sick pay from day 1
  • Access to a Group Personal Pension with a matched 4% or 6% contribution from Barnardo’s. Ability to pay via salary sacrifice to garner both tax and NI savings on your own contribution
  • Death in service cover of 4x annual earnings for all staff contributing to our Group Personal Pension
  • Cycle2work scheme
  • Interest free season ticket loans
  • Discounts and cashback from at high street shops including major supermarkets, cinemas, gyms, leisure/theme parks, holidays and much more via our Benefit Portal
  • 20% discount at Barnardo’s stores
  • Opportunity to purchase a health cash plan to claim towards dental, glasses, therapy etc
  • Free access to round the clock employee assistance program for advice and support
  • Access to Barnardo’s Learning and Development offer

*T&C’s apply based on contract


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