Youth Counsellor Required: Orkney, Scotland


Location: Y-Talk, Kirkwall, Orkney.
Salary: £15,002 – £16,330 per annum.
Contract: Fixed Term – 31/12/2020. 24 hours per week.

Do you share our commitment to supporting positive change in people’s lives?

Ypeople has over 200 staff and volunteers and supports hundreds of people every day in our homelessness, young people’s wellbeing and out of school care services.

We are recruiting for a Youth Counsellor who shares our values to provide support within our Y-Talk service based in Orkney. Our Y-Talk service provides support to young people up to the age of 25 in areas such as substance misuse, stress, depression, anxiety, self-harm, and bullying. This role is on a fixed-term basis until 31 December 2020 with possibility of extension until 31 March 2020.

How you will make a difference:

• Actively practicing person centred planning and unconditional positive regard.
• Taking a Psychologically Informed Environment (PIE) approach.
• Develop positive, respectful and compassionate relationships with clients, focussing on strengths and aspirations as individuals.
• Developing life skills with service users including how to maximise income, involvement in meaningful activities, and other skills that aid to independence.
• Advocating on the service users behalf.
• Compiling and reviewing service user risk assessments
• Having detailed knowledge of other relevant services and signposting or referring service users when required.

What you will bring:

• Personal values aligned with Ypeople’s core values.
• Accredited Diploma or equivalent in counselling.
• Be BACP accredited or working towards.
• Experience of counselling young people with a range of issues within a statutory or voluntary organisation.
• Knowledge of various mental and emotional well-being issues.

How we will support you:

• Competitive salary, company pension, childcare vouchers, life assurance
• Generous annual leave entitlement (6 weeks in the first year rising to 8 weeks from the second)
• Excellent development opportunities (access to varied training and qualifications)


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