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Leading mental health charity appealing for volunteer counsellors

A leading mental health charity is appealing for volunteer counsellors after a rise in the number of people seeking support.

The Kaleidoscope Plus Group in West Bromwich, is looking to recruit six new volunteer counsellors to support its self-referral counselling service which helps people aged 16 and over with worries and concerns that are affecting their wellbeing.

The posts offer qualified counsellors the opportunity to maintain and develop their skills and support the local community. Applications are also welcome from newly qualified counsellors or those still studying in their final years at college or university.

Clinical Lead Claire Hull said: “The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic is clear to see. Most of us can say that we have felt anxious, stressed, isolated and/or lonely. That we have struggled with our mental health or have felt overwhelmed at some point in past 12-18 months. As a result, here at KPG we have seen an overwhelming increased demand for our counselling service.

“To keep up with demand and ensure that people get the support they need as quickly as possible, we are looking to recruit volunteer counsellors who can offer our service users the chance to talk about the issues they are facing and explore any difficult feelings in a confidential non-judgemental environment.

“The work you do in this role will have a direct impact on people’s lives so if you’re ready to explore your potential and feel excited by the opportunity to have a significant impact on the lives of people in your local community, this could be the place for you.”

Applicants must have a relevant qualification (or be working towards) such as a Diploma in Counselling and be a registered member of a relevant professional body. Experience in working within emotional wellbeing or a relevant mental health setting is also desirable. Successful applicants will see clients each week and receive ongoing training and support from the charity.

For more information and to apply email claire.hull@kaleidoscopeplus.org.uk or visit kaleidoscopeplus.org.uk

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