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Cancer Support Scotland first began 40 years ago, in the cosy living room of Sir Kenneth Calman. Now in our...

Volunteer Counsellor

This opportunity is ongoing, with no end date.

The aim of this role is to deliver a professional and high quality talking therapy service to people affected by cancer in Gartnavel and local communities. This role is available in both our Calman Centre and our outreach centres which are located in libraries across Greater Glasgow and Clyde. We require a minimum commitment of one half day per week, consisting of three appointments. The main responsibilities of the role are: · To carry out face-to-face Counselling with Cancer Support Scotland’s service users · To be responsible for the health and safety of clients during the sessions in accordance with Cancer Support Scotland’s policies and procedures · To keep all appropriate client records in accordance with Cancer Support Scotland’s policies and procedures · To maintain confidentiality and contract procedures in agreement with Cancer Support Scotland’s policies and procedures · To undertake regular clinical supervision in accordance with Cancer Support Scotland’s professional guidelines (e.g. BACP) · To give consideration to cost efficiency at all time · To co-ordinate own administration and appointments · To attend internal and external meetings as required · To attend training as required. The requirements and qualifications needed for this role are: · Recognised qualification in Counselling, CBT and Groupwork, Counselling, Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Psychotherapy or similar · A minimum of 100 adult face-to-face supervised client hours · Adherence to regulatory body guidelines · Insurance

Contact Name

Stacey Murray

Benefits to self

There are many benefits to volunteering and these can vary for each individual. Some of the main benefits are: · Learning new skills · Meeting new people · Helping to make a real difference to people affected by cancer · Adding to your CV · Developing counselling skills and practice

Benefits to others

A cancer diagnosis doesn’t come on its own. It can bring with it many stresses and complications which can negatively impact mental wellbeing. By offering counselling sessions you are providing people with a safe space to explore the many different concerns that can arise after a cancer diagnosis.


Various locations across Glasgow

Training available

It's important to us that you feel happy, safe and confident in your role. You will receive a full induction to Cancer Support Scotland including a tour of the centre, information about the history of the charity, and a cancer awareness induction. You will also receive full training on the emotional impact of a cancer diagnosis.

Hours per week


PVG required


Support and supervision details

Once you start you will be supported by our Head of Wellbeing and Volunteer Coordinator. You will have the opportunity to meet with the Head of Wellbeing on a one-to-one basis to discuss your role and if you feel you need any further training.
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