We are looking for an addiction counsellor to lead our two one-month non-residential pilot programmes in Islington. Each of the two programmes will provide addiction recovery support for up to 10 people who are struggling with drugs and alcohol and have no or limited funds.

The pilolt will be a hybrid of face-to-face and online delivery, and will include group therapy, life skills, employment and education advice. So it might involve some online work on a couple of the evenings.

The lead counsellor will be responsible for running the daily group therapy/process and any recovery-related sessions. They would be supported by two placement counsellors who they would oversee in terms of practical advice and containment, though all counsellors will have access to weekly clinical supervision.

The pilot will be actively supported by the CEO, two trustees and an admin person to ensure all goes smoothly, especially the virtual sessions.

Clients will also be offered weekly one-to-one counselling sessions that could extend beyond the programme. For the duration of the pilot, these sessions will be primarily dealing with things that might present during group therapy or relational issues with fellow clients – all aimed at keeping the client connected to the programme.

Should the client and counsellor wish, this could evolve into ongoing counselling for another 20 weeks to explore issues underlying the addiction, for example trauma, and develop coping strategies. All clients will be offered continuing peer support.

Our beneficiaries will include those who:

  • Have a history of substance abuse.
  • Might be falling through the gaps or be between different services in the area.
  • Are making their first step towards recovery and don’t know where to turn.
  • Have desire to stop using drugs and drinking and to change their lives.
  • Are from any background and economically disadvantaged.
  • Don’t need a medical detox.

The first will take place between 30 September – 25 October, and the second between 28 October – 22 November. In total, we wish to engage someone for nine weeks as there will be the equivalent of three days before and  two after the pilot to  prepare and de-brief.  

The in-person sessions will be held at Holloway Place, Parkhurst Road, Islington between 10.00-15.30 on a Tuesday and a Thursday.  And the induction days on 30 September and 22 November.

The successful candidate will have opportunity to have a say in the final timetable.

After the pilot, we will review its success and what lessons we’ve learned. From here, we will decide what extra initiatives will fit with our increasingly strong and clear USP. Possibilities include running more community daycare programmes that could be flexible and targeted; or maybe holding more support groups that offer a quick and bespoke interventions

The candidate will work closely with the CEO and trustees.

Contract and commitment

£23 p/h, 7.5 hours a day for nine weeks. Pro rata, it’s the equivalent of c.45k p/a.

There may be ongoing counselling at one-hour a week  for up to 20 extra sessions for clients who wish to continue but this can’t be guaranteed at the moment.

Key duties

Duties include:

  • Running group therapy sessions (supported by placement counsellors).
  • Providing one-to-one counselling.
  • Overseeing placement counsellors (but not supervision; this will be provided separately).
  • Keeping confidential records.
  • Building a relationship of trust and respect with clients.
  • Having input into the pre-launch programme schedule.
  • Helping to identify lessons learned at the end of the pilot programme.
  • Working closely with the CEO.

Qualifications and experience

Accredited with BACP (MBACP accred.) or UKCP (Full Clinical Member) and PQE of two-years plus.

Experience of working with alcohol and substance addiction, and running groups are essential. And, ideally, someone who is used to working short-term with clients to reach an outcome.

Key skills

  • Listening skills
  • Empathy and understanding
  • A non-judgemental attitude
  • Patience and a calm manner
  • Ability to cope with emotional situations
  • Ability to relate to and adapt communication style to suit a wide range of people

Why should you apply?

  • Be integral to influencing the future of a small and unique charity.
  • Work directly with beneficiaries within the community.
  • Experience in shaping delivery of a recovery programme.

Interested but like to know more?

To find out more about the role and arrange a chat, please email Sean at

How to apply

Please send a short cover letter outlining your suitability and your latest CV to Sean at