Volunteer Counsellor (Ref V21-01)

Young Devon has Counselling bases in Barnstaple, Exeter, Exmouth Ivybridge, Newton Abbot, Plymouth, and Tavistock. The location of placements depends on the service need at each site.

The aim of the Young Devon Wellbeing team is to increase access to help for mental health for young people. We offer a range of mental health interventions for mild to moderate mental health difficulties. These include therapeutic interventions with Person Centred Counselling, Wellbeing Practitioners offering CBT based support, and Wellbeing Café’s (a group where young people can meet to have a good time, connect with others, listen, talk, and be part of something)

At the heart of this is the Young Devon Counselling service which has been supporting young people across Devon for over 20 years. Our counselling approach is client centred, solution focussed and goal orientated. We are members of the BACP and uphold its ethical framework in all of our therapy.
We provide session by session support, monthly clinical supervision and regular training.
The successful applicant will be either a qualified counsellor, a counsellor working towards accreditation or a student on a Level 4 Counselling course in need of a placement. They will be enthusiastic, creative, imaginative, positive and a team player, able to adapt to working with a range of individuals and their needs.

We are asking for a weekly commitment of 4 hours per week client hours plus time for monthly supervision.

Young Devon is a youth work charity (1057949) who is actively committed to embracing diversity. We particularly welcome applicants from areas under-represented within our workforce.

If you would like an application pack please contact volunteer@youngdevon.org

Young Devon is committed to Safeguarding children, young people and vulnerable groups and all applicants who will or could have unsupervised access to these groups will complete the required checks through the Disclosure and Barring Service



“I am currently a volunteer counsellor with Young Devon in Plymouth. The support and training I have received from every member of the team has enabled me to feel supported in my role. There is always someone on the end of the phone willing to answer my questions and I have been provided with ample opportunities to undertake further training. The team works so hard to ensure that everyone feels valued. I am glad I decided to join Young Devon, it feels like I am where I am meant to be. Working with young people has been an amazing experience made better by the support I have received from Young Devon”

- Sonia, Young Devon volunteer



“Rose had an assessment the other week which required her to role-play a group intervention for young people. She did incredibly well, and it was such a pleasure to see how much she’s developed her skills, and confidence! I credit much of that with Young Devon’s Wellbeing service – thank you, again, for all the support you’ve given her”

- Lucy Cooper, Lecturer in Counselling and Psychotherapy at Plymouth Marjon University



“I would like to thank all the team at Young Devon for their support and kindness throughout my Volunteer Counsellor placement. Over the past few months, two moments spring to mind when I really needed your perspective and experience to get me through a challenging patch in my counselling practice. The first; when I pulled over, off the A38, and rang you for help on safeguarding. I felt out of my depth and you gave me much needed support, advice and reassurance. The second; when I was worried about a young person and needed an objective perspective. You rang me back at 6.30pm in the evening to guide me through my concerns. In those moments when I desperately needed support, you were a phone call away and I can’t thank you enough”

- Suzanne, Young Devon volunteer