We are privileged and proud to have one of the most highly skilled and committed team of volunteer counsellors supporting male clients who have suffered the trauma of sexual abuse and rape. They underpin all our successes and without them there would be no service to offer.
We take volunteers on placement as well as attracting qualified counsellors. We ask that volunteers commit to at least a year with us but we have counsellors who have served 5 years and beyond still supporting clients today. Our clients are offered an initial 6 months contract so it is important that we have flexibility to continue beyond that if the client is still making progress with the work.
Placements are supported with induction, peer support, clinical supervision and quality training linked to the specific needs presented by our clients. Travel expenses and clinical supervision is paid for by First Step.
We are able to offer availability in the daytime or evenings and we are happy to have both male and female counsellors and although mostly person centred we have a range of modalities within our team.
We are extremely proud to have nearly all of our counselling or support delivered from the same premises and there is a member of staff available so no need for lone working. We have arrangements in Loughborough, Hinckley and Coalville where we can offer support in well resourced, safe environments.
All contact with clients is by members of staff who communicate with the volunteers re any apologies etc so it provides a safe, structured yet supportive environment to work in. Feedback from the team tells us that the peer to peer support they get from each other too is invaluable and the ability to talk about their own training needs has encouraged many to define our training days throughout the year.
We have an expanding service providing over 50 face-to-face counselling sessions per week in 5 purpose built rooms which offer a relaxed, welcoming environment.
We are now developing a role for support workers. If you are thinking “I can’t do that as I have no counselling training” think again! This role is to provide confidential listening support and practical help for clients, partners or friends of someone who has been sexually abused. This could be face-to-face or over the telephone and you will find it hugely rewarding to work with people to explore how their lives have been affected and identify ways to help them to cope and recover.
Again the majority of the support will be undertaken within First Step premises so you will have support from staff and peers.
If you would be interested in being a volunteer counsellor or support worker with us then drop us an email, arrange a visit and come and feel the environment for yourself.