Volunteering with PARCS

Counselling gives individuals the opportunity to talk to someone about their experiences and how they affect them.


The role:

To provide face to face counselling / psychotherapy; working with survivors of sexual abuse and for domestic abuse.



  • To work face to face with 3 clients a week (it may be possible to meet with more clients in agreement with the PARCS Supervisor).
  • Attend individual hourly supervision on a fortnightly basis at the centre.
  • Attend regular training / CPD 


You should be:

  • Completed / or be completing counselling / psychotherapy training.
  • Completed 40 hours of supervised counselling hours - if you do not have the required 40 hours of experience, please see our Volunteer Emotional Telephone Support role (ETS role).
  • Experience of being a client in counselling.
  • A 6 year gap from using the service prior to making an application.


We offer:

  • In-house supervision in accordance with BACP guidelines.
  • A comprehensive in-house training programme which runs throughout the year, at weekends. All of our workshops are designed to support and develop the skills required to work with clients addressing the legacy of sexualised trauma. Various issues are covered including how to work with self injury, traumatic symptomology, and the process of shame.
  • Written ‘progress reports’ as required by training institutions.
  • An opportunity to meet and train with other women and men who volunteer with the centre.
  • Access to various articles relating to this area of therapeutic work.



  • In house training is provided



  • Supervision will take place 1 hour per fortnight with a trained senior supervisor.


Reporting to:

Clinical Supervisor, Clinical Manager, Centre Director, Board of Trustees



By agreement with your Clinical Supervisor / Clinical Manager.


How do I apply?

To apply, please download and complete an application form, and return it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Equal opportunities

We are committed to a policy of equality and the elimination of discrimination in all aspects of our work. To ensure that these aims are achieved, we need to record certain personal details about prospective volunteers.

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It is our policy to:

  • Obtain two references prior to appointment.
  • Undertake DBS checks
  • Request original copies of any relevant qualifications.


Frequently Asked Questions

What theoretical orientation does PARCS subscribe to?

We have adopted a broadly integrative model of working with a particular interest in developing more effective ways of working with the legacy of sexualised trauma. PARCS is able to accommodate volunteers from a variety of theoretical backgrounds. The agency will do its best to accommodate individual needs wherever possible.


What sort of commitment does PARCS require?

PARCS generally asks for volunteers to provide therapy for three clients a week, however, this commitment is negotiable. The organisation also requires volunteer counsellors to attend in-house supervision according to BACP/UKCP guidelines. Occasionally volunteer counsellors arrange and pay for external supervision with the agency’s agreement.


Do I have to attend the training?

PARCS provides high quality in-house training and although there is no obligation to attend workshops most volunteers attend at lease one workshop a year. The training provides an opportunity to meet with other colleagues and develop as a practitioner.


Do I have to pay for my own insurance?

PARCS provides the insurance cover needed for your work at the centre.


Will I be able to choose the hours that I volunteer?

PARCS will do its best to accommodate your needs. However, the organisation may not always be able to meet individual requirements due to the availability of rooms and staff supervision. The agency is currently unable to support volunteers during weekend opening hours.


Do I have to be in personal therapy?

Most volunteer counsellors are in personal therapy to support their development as clinicians.