We currently provide a range of help and emotional support to people effected by stroke as well as their ‘carers’ (family members).  

Our person-centred counselling service forms part of this wider support.  All our services, including our counselling service, went online at the start of the pandemic.  We are now offering a blend of services – retaining online (for those who want and can benefit from this) whilst returning to face-to-face services (for others) with covid-precautions in place.  

We are looking for someone who has been assessed as competent to work online, as a back-up to face-to-face work.  This will help us protect our clients (who are medically vulnerable) by maintaining continuity of counselling should future variants emerge, and sessions need to be undertaken online.  

We are looking for a minimum 12-month commitment from you and, in return, we will prepare you to work with this client group.  You will have both a formal induction planned and stroke-specialist supervision.  We cover a large area serving an ethnically diverse population and welcome applications from students of BAME backgrounds.

“As a counselling volunteer with us you will be helping people regain confidence and build a new life after stroke.  You could make a real difference to their lives”.  

Please be aware that we ask our staff and volunteers to be fully vaccinated against covid-19, due to working in people’s homes.  And, due to the impact of covid-19 on our referrals, we cannot guarantee that you will accrue sufficient practice hours within your timeframe.  

Essential Commitment:          12 months (min) – extension by mutual agreement

Capacity:                   ½-1 day per week, ideally seeing 1-3 clients per week

Qualifications:         working towards diploma level (or above) in counselling

Membership:           BACP, NCS, UKCP or equivalent

Approach:                person-centred, humanistic, integrative

Online skills:             ability to work via telephone / Zoom and assess client risk

Plus:                           1)  self-awareness around lone-working risks                                                                                2)  access to computer for email, recording notes and Zoom                                                     3)  enhanced DBS check (or willingness to undertake one)                                                          4)  own professional indemnity insurance.

Desirable                  Awareness of how stroke effects people and openness to learning                                         more, willingness to work in a time-limited way (standard offer 6-8                                         sessions)related work experience e.g. with disability, loss or                                                     bereavement, understanding of depression and anxiety (common in                                     this client group)awareness of boundary issues which can arise                                               working in a small team willingness to undertake own therapy if                                             personally affected by the work. 

To request an application pack, please contact the office via email:             [email protected]

Closing Date:                       email completed applications to the above address by 9.00am                                                on 14-Feb-2022

Interviews:                           afternoon of Tues 22-Feb (Zoom)

Bristol After Stroke is registered in England and Wales under Charity Company Number: 11841993 and Charity Number: 1182124 at The Gatehouse Centre, Hareclive Road, Hartcliffe, Bristol, BS13 9JN. We use cookies to improve your experience using this website.
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