Child and Adolescent Volunteer Counsellor

Barking & Dagenham Young People's Service
1 to 2 days per week

About WDP in Barking and Dagenham

WDP has a long history of delivering treatment services in London, the South East and East of England. WDP are proud to be working in partnership with Mentor UK in Barking and Dagenham to provide this service. Barking and Dagenham Young People’s drug and alcohol service offers support for young people who may be affected by or at risk of drug or alcohol problems working closely with statutory and voluntary services across Barking and Dagenham.

About the counselling service

Our counselling service provides people with the opportunity to meet in private with a counsellor for approximately 12 weekly fifty-minute sessions which is reviewed to discuss issues and concerns, which are currently making life difficult. These could include any of the following and more: addictions, low self-esteem, stress, anxiety, panic attacks, self-harm, relationship difficulties, loss of purpose or meaning, family difficulties, loss and bereavement, anger, depression, trauma etc.

About the role        

As a Volunteer Counsellor, you will support the delivery of a wide range of interventions for service users. These will include:


  • See a minimum of 3 clients and a maximum of 6 clients per week (1 day).
  • Keep accurate records of work in line with WDP expectations and feedback any issues to their line manager/supervisor and key workers
  • Attend ongoing WDP training (e-learning and face to face) in discussion with your clinical supervisor
  • Attend fortnightly clinical supervision
  • Adhere to all WDP policies and procedures


In addition to the above you will be invited to participate in meetings where relevant and to carry out other tasks as deemed necessary to support the needs of the counselling service.


What skills do I need?

 We are seeking volunteer counsellors who are willing to undertake counselling work with young people aged between 7 – 24.

The role would be ideal for someone looking to develop their therapeutic experience in the drug and alcohol field and accrue some counselling hours towards your future accreditation with BPS, BACP, UKCP.

While some knowledge of the sector is desirable, we are specifically looking for people who have a passion for the work that we do. A positive attitude and the desire to learn are essential, as is a non-judgemental and supportive approach to people who are facing problems with drugs and alcohol.

To ensure good practice standards and to maximise the safety of both the therapists and the clients at WDP we require all students to confirm and adhere to the following

  • Trainees are in their final year of an undergraduate degree or equivalent or are at a postgraduate level. Alternatively, students should be in their third year of a Diploma, BSC, or MSC in child and adolescent counselling or psychotherapy training.
  • If students are not in the third year of their Diploma, BSC, or MSC in child and adolescent counselling or psychotherapy training, trainees need to be in their second year (at least) but have undertaken (or be prepared to undertake prior to seeing clients) significant and appropriate training.
  • Trainees are expected to be a member of one of a recognised UK therapeutic governing bodies.
  • Trainees may need to have conducted a minimum number of counselling hours
  • Trainees are working or intend to work towards accreditation
  • Previous details of supervisor and present college tutor information should be sent to WDP and agree that WDP can ask supervisor and tutor from references.

 What WDP can offer you

When you begin volunteering you will be allocated a supervisor who will act as your main point of contact in your WDP service. He/she will provide you with ongoing support and supervision and will work closely with you throughout your time at WDP. There is also a central volunteer services team that will support you while you are on placement. In addition, you can expect:


  • A full induction to your role and continuous local training
  • Access to central staff training opportunities
  • Regular fortnightly supervision
  • Reimbursement of reasonable travel expenses and lunch expenses




We are looking for someone to support the team from 1 days per week – depending on the WDP project. We ask that volunteers counsellors try to commit for at least one year where possible.


How to apply

If you would like to apply for this role, please read the guidance notes on applying for volunteer roles and complete and return an application form with your CV.