Support Counsellor Required: Hybrid – Remote/ London
Salary: £34,623 pro rata
Reporting to: Counselling Manager
Location: Hybrid (remote + our offices in Hackney Wick, London)
Hours: Part-time, 14 hours per week
Contract: Until March 2025
Closing date: 4th December 2023
SurvivorsUK exists for men and non-binary people who have experienced sexual abuse, sexual assault or rape.
We support – by providing services such as a helpline, counselling, ISVA and groupwork.
We challenge – by raising public awareness of the issue, and dispelling myths
We build – by creating and facilitating networks for better access to help
We provide emotional support, information and signposting to survivors and anyone worried about someone they know, through a national website and webchat service (open until 8pm most evenings). Last year, 2,600 people contacted us via our webchat services and social media.
In London, we are the only organisation providing specialist services for men and boys, including individual counselling and therapeutic groupwork. Across London, we provide the capital’s only Independent Sexual Advisor (ISVA) Service that helps men and boys through the criminal justice system.
Purpose of Role
This is an exciting and challenging new role at SurvivorsUK, that combines brief counselling and practical support, specifically to the (circa) 300 people who refer themselves for individual counselling with us each year. It is designed to deliver collaborative assessments and brief interventions to:
- Understand people’s needs and work out the best sources of support for them.
- Offer resources, coping strategies, and supported signposting to internal and external sources of expert help.
- Determine whether it would be beneficial to add someone to the waiting list for 6 months of regular counselling at SurvivorsUK, and resource them to cope during the 2 year wait for counselling to start.
- The people served include those with clinical mental health diagnoses, drug and alcohol dependencies, at risk of suicide, homelessness or involved in the sex industry.
You will need to be a highly skilled counsellor/practitioner with experience of dealing with very vulnerable clients, willing to work flexibly and on your own initiative. Importantly, you will be a compassionate person, able to blend therapeutic work with practical support and care. This role is subject to an enhanced DBS clearance.