Volunteering at NRC

We’re always looking for volunteer counsellors and administrative support workers with a commitment to working with women and men who have experienced sexual and domestic violence.

Following an interview, successful applicants will be required to complete thirty hours of in-house specialised training and additional relevant training (CPD) throughout the year.

We ask that volunteer counsellors commit to NRC for a minimum of two years.

What to expect as a counsellor and admin support worker

Prospective volunteers for NRC receive thirty hours of specialised in-house training. Once you’ve completed the course (which requires the submission of a course journal, book review, course portfolio and file of evidence), you’ll be ready to start work with us supporting those who need it.

Volunteering starts with 10 hours of general administrative work, to ease you into our day-to-day operations. Following this, we’ll match your level of skills with appropriate clients for you to begin counselling.

All counselling begins at our office in Northampton, but there may be opportunities to also volunteer at our offices in Kettering, Corby, Daventry, South Northants, Wellingborough or East Northants at a client’s GP Surgery.

Admin Support Workers are asked to complete an induction period and relevant training on all aspects of the Centre to ensure you’re familiar with our operations.

Our agreements with volunteers are not intended to be a legally binding, and may be cancelled at any time at the discretion of either party.

Key Responsibilities for Volunteers

If you become an NRC volunteer counsellor, you’ll:

  • be asked to remain an active volunteer counsellor with NRC for a minimum of two years;
  • provide a minimum of three counselling sessions per week;
  • attend and prepare for monthly clinical supervision sessions;
  • benefit from learning and complying with the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy;
  • receive on-going training and continued professional development via a minimum of two internal workshops each year; and
  • have the chance to ‘buddy-up’ with at least one other volunteer counsellor.

Key Responsibilities for Admin Support Workers

  • Help facilitate the smooth running of the office
  • Data entry on our DPMS database
  • Dealing with telephone enquiries
  • Assisting Centre staff with general administrative tasks

The above is just an example of the responsibilities our volunteer and support workers enjoy. If you’d like to talk to us about volunteering and find out more about this wonderful opportunity, please call the team on 01604 250721.