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We rely on the many women who give their time, energy and commitment as volunteers to be able to provide telephone and face-to-face support to survivors of sexual violence, and their supporters.

We’re recruiting for 9 Volunteer Counsellors to join our team

What is the role: Volunteer Counsellors / Counselling Placement Opportunity.

When does the volunteering take place: We are particularly looking for volunteer counsellors who are available on Mondays (morning, afternoons or evenings), Fridays (morning, afternoons or evenings), and Thursday evenings, for at least 3 hours per week, plus monthly non-clinical supervision with Senior Support Worker and Counsellor/Operational Manager.

Where does the volunteering take place: Most of our volunteer counselling vacancies are with ERCC’s Edinburgh service, located at 17 Claremont Crescent, Edinburgh, EH7 4HX. We are also looking for two volunteer counsellors to join our Midlothian service.

What does the role involve: ERCC’s counselling service is under huge demand, so we’re looking for new counselling volunteers to enable us to support more survivors of sexual violence. If you are interested in supporting survivors of sexual violence, developing your counselling skills/experience, and joining a diverse group of supportive women then ERCC would love to hear from you.

We ask you to see 2-3 clients per week and make a commitment of at least 12 months to the service. Monthly (non-clinical) supervision and in-depth training in working with survivors of sexual violence, as well as many additional training opportunities are provided by us.

Why you should sign up: We will provide you with specialist initial and CPD training in working with survivors of sexual violence and trauma. There may also be opportunities to co-facilitate groups, as well as getting involved with other aspects of ERCC’s work such as training and campaigning, for counselling volunteers, who would like to do this in addition to their agreement to seeing service users for 1:1 counselling.

Skills required: To apply, you must be in the second year of a counselling diploma programme leading to a professionally recognised qualification in counselling or be post-qualified. We are looking for people who are empathetic, emotionally robust, open-minded, and good team players.

Additional information:

ERCC operates a policy of equal opportunities and welcomes applications to volunteer from self-defining women from all walks of life. We are particularly keen to hear from women who belong to under-represented groups, for example women from Black, Asian, and other ethnic minority backgrounds; lesbian, bisexual and trans women; and women who are disabled.

Only women need apply for the above volunteer roles under Schedule 9, Part 1 of the Equality Act 2010.

Due to the nature of this role, references and a PVG check are required and there is an application process involving an interview.

How to apply:

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer counsellor, please email info@ercc.scot for an application form. For further information please contact Nasra Bibi (Volunteer Training Coordinator) at Nasra.Bibi@ercc.scot or Sarah McGregor(Operational Manager) at Sarah.McGregor@ercc.scot.

The closing date for the current round of applications is 9am Monday 26 February.

Interviews are to be held on 20 and 22 March 2018.

Initial training will commence 27 April 2018, and volunteers will need to be available for 10 days of training to be attended on; Fridays and Saturdays 10-4 (planned dates 27 & 28, April; 11, 12, 25 & 26 May; 8, 9, 22 and 23 June 2018.

Postcode Community Trust is a grant-giving charity funded entirely by players of People’s Postcode Lottery. Our Volunteer Training project received £20,000 from the Trust for 2017/2018.


We’re not currently recruiting. 


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