Purpose.  Improve the lives of people with issues around sexual health, sexuality, gender identity and HIV.


Description. Volunteer counsellors work to support service users with issues that require greater therapeutic insight than one-to-one health support can provide.  The role gives counselling volunteers valuable experience working with people from a range of sexuality and gender-identity backgrounds, relationship issues and HIV.  Body Positive provides a service across Cheshire in partnership with a range of third sector agencies.   We ask that you consider us a secondary placement as we have variable demand for our counselling service throughout the year.  All service users are assessed prior to being referred into the counselling service to ensure that counselling is a suitable intervention for their individual needs.  Counsellors are required to administer a health and wellbeing questionnaire with service users at regular intervals.


Locations and Times.  Locations and times are available throughout the week over the whole of Cheshire and include evening opportunities.  Appointments are booked through the main office at Bridgewater House and counsellors are able to be flexible with appointment times in negotiation with service users.


Training. Counsellors must either have achieved a Level 4 Diploma in Counselling or be working towards their Level 4 Diploma in Counselling and be a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.  


Checklist. All of the following criteria must be met for you to be able to take part as a counselling volunteer/placement counsellor.  Skills and personal development will be met by Body Positive's volunteer training scheme where appropriate.


Motivated and confident in working with people from stigmatised backgrounds


Able to maintain clear boundaries and confidentiality


Able to work with people whose values may be different from your own


Open-minded; not easily shocked or offended


Have a one-to-one supervisor receiving a minimum of 1.5hrs counselling supervision per month


Be able to attend a group supervision held by Body Positive monthly


Willing to undertake a basic DBS check


Completed or willing to attend,

     Volunteer Induction

     HIV and Sexual Health Awareness

     LGBT awareness


Over 18 years of age


Not providing one-to-one support in any other capacity at Body Positive


Expenses.  Volunteers are able to claim reasonable out of pocket expenses, subject to production of receipts as evidence of expenditure. Process and rates of reimbursement will be covered in the volunteer induction and detailed in the volunteer handbook.




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We are looking for people to help us with:


Community and Support

Befriending; Peer Support; Drivers; Drop-In Support; Positive Role Models


Professional Specialisms

Counselling; Alternative Therapy; Clinic Support


Education & Awareness

Sexual Health Promotion; Community Advocacy; Training; Drop-In; Stands and stalls


Organisational

Trustee; Administration; Fundraising; Events; Publicity and Promotion

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