For qualified counsellors, you will need a minimum of a diploma (Level 5/6) and to be a member of a recognised professional body; for trainee counsellors, you will need to be in your second year of your diploma training (Level 5).

Where: Martlets Hospice, Wayfield Avenue, Hove, BN3 7LW and in the community throughout Brighton, Hove and the surrounding area.

When: One, three-hour session a week, (Monday- Friday between 9am-8pm and daytime Saturday). Sessions arranged at a mutually convenient time for client and counsellor.

Usual minimum commitment:

  • To complete the Martlets Counselling and Bereavement training over an 8-week period on a Friday afternoon starting 15/01/19 at 13.00 – 16.30pm fortnightly till 01/03/19. Participants need to attend all 4 training sessions

On completion of the training, volunteers should be able to commit to:

  • A three-hour session a week (two 50-minute client sessions plus an hour of admin).
  • Fortnightly supervision session of two hours (groups are offered on different days of the week, during working hours)

What you’ll be doing:

  • To provide face-to-face pre-bereavement and bereavement counselling to patients and their family and friends
  • To participate in fortnightly group supervision
  • To maintain appropriate confidential electronic records (training provided)
  • To maintain own client process notes in line with Hospice policy and own professional approach and standards
  • To work according to the Hospice policies, to the BACP Code of Practice and Ethics and to maintain membership of your professional body
  • To have working relationships and communicate closely with the Counselling and Bereavement Service Manager, the Counsellors and the Patient and Family Support Administrator
  • To attend a minimum of one training session a year

What’s in it for you:

We will provide you with an induction, formal and informal training sessions, and the opportunity to be part of a small and friendly team.

  • Specialised ongoing training
  • Support and supervision in your role
  • Reasonable out of pocket expenses (inc Travel and Parking costs)
  • Access to organisational resources

 Your skills and abilities:

  • For qualified counsellors, you will need to have a PG Diploma as a minimum requirement plus membership to a recognised professional body. For trainees, you must be at least in your second year of diploma training (Level 5)
  • To have awareness of the impact of palliative care and treatment, end of life, death and bereavement and how this can change a person’s life and situation
  • To recognise one’s own personal boundaries and limitations within the role of being a Volunteer Counsellor and liaise with members of the Counselling and Bereavement team as appropriate
  • To have a non-judgemental, accepting and emotionally mature approach to working with clients


  • This role requires an enhanced DBS check
  • You will need to attend a Welcome day and complete Martlets training in:
  • Information governance and IT awareness
  • General Induction into organisation and the counselling service
  • Martlets volunteer counsellors training
  • Access to transport and a secure private telephone     

Please note interviews will be held in the weeks commencing 19th & 26th November. Please register your interest for this role before 9th November.

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Contact: People Services Team on 01273 718788 or email [email protected]