Counsellor | Depaulcharity

Depaul helps people who are homeless, vulnerable and disadvantaged.


Job titleJob reference number
SalaryHours per week
£24,000 per annum (FTE) + pension and other benefits22.5 hours (across 3 days - Some evening work will be required)
Contract typeLocation
Fixed term for 12 monthsIslington

What’s the role all about?

You will join us on a part time basis as part of a 12 month fixed term contract (22.5 hours per week – across 3 days including some evenings) and assist in the delivery of the Mind Connect service contract with the London Borough of Islington, providing emotional and therapeutic support to young people at risk of mental health difficulties.

You will be responsible for providing short-term counselling in different settings, including schools and community centres. The aim is to provide young people with a safe space where they can explore and make sense of their thoughts, feeling and behaviours and make constructive changes in their lives. Our focus is to ensure that young people can manage their mental health, providing them with strategies to regulate their emotions and to increase confidence and resilience.

Who are we?

Depaul UK delivers a range of support and housing services around the UK for young people and adults at risk of homelessness.

We provide services that:

  • Prevent homelessness
  • Increase the resilience of those we work with
  • Energise opportunities for employment, education, training & volunteering

We're dedicated to putting our values into action to achieve a society where everyone has a place to call home and a stake in their community.

What makes this role exciting?

  • You'll receive in-house training to help you perform your role
  • The role is flexible and you can take a creative approach to supporting young people
  • It's a great opportunity to gain experience in the charity sector

What will ideally support your success in this role?

  • Experience of counselling using the person-centred approach as well as knowledge of short-term counselling and other relevant methodologies
  • Previously working with Vulnerable young people
  • A good Understanding of risk management
  • Ability to demonstrate a clear understanding and application of safeguarding requirements and procedures
  • Ability to effectively reflect on own practices for ongoing learning and development

You can read more about the role in the attached job description.

What’s it like to work at Depaul UK?

You'll be joining a friendly, flexible and values-led organisation, and will receive:

  • Competitive salary
  • 34 days of annual holiday, including bank holidays
  • Contributory pension scheme
  • Life assurance

Depaul strives to be an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. If you require information to be sent to you in an alternative format please let us know by contacting or 0207 939 1270.

An enhanced DBS disclosure is a requirement for this post. Our recruitment checks, induction and ongoing support and supervision reflect our commitment to safeguarding our clients.

Closing date:  24th April 2019 at 12:00pm

Interview date: TBC


To apply please submit the following to including the vacancy title and reference in the subject line:

A supporting statement no longer than 2 x A4 pages addressing the Depaul values -, and the person specification points listed in the job description.

AND either:

  1. completed Depaul job application forms (attached)


  1. a copy of your most up to date CV

Please note:

Applications submitted without a supporting statement and/or after the closing date and time stated will not be put forward for shortlisting


We kindly request no contact from unsolicited Recruitment or Media Agencies.

Nightstop UK

Nightstop helps homeless young people find a safe place to stay, one night at a time.

Communities and charities ran Nightstops in 33 locations around the UK, covering 31 percent of the UK and giving 1,403 young people a bed for the night in 2017 alone.

Depaul UK coordinates the Nightstop Network and runs Nightstops in London, the North East, the North West, South Yorkshire and Cumbria.

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