We are looking for two placement counsellors to support 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 pilot will be a hybrid of face-to-face and online delivery, and will include group therapy, life skills, employment and education advice.

The placement counsellors will support the lead counsellor in  daily group therapy and recovery-related sessions. Weekly clinical supervision will be provided.

They will also provide one-to-one counselling sessions for clients that could extend beyond the programme. For the duration of the programme, 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.

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 programme will take place between 30 September – 25 October, and the second between 28 October – 22 November. In total, we wish to engage placement counsellors for nine weeks as there will be a handful of days before and  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 are on 30 September and 28 October.

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 would work closely with the lead counsellor and the CEO.

Contract and commitment

Commitment is the equivalent of 2.5 days a week for the duration of the pilot; though we can be flexible once the timetable is finalised. One day will be face-to-face and 1.5 days online. Expenses up to £60 p/w will be covered.  

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:

  • Support the lead counsellor in group therapy sessions.
  • Providing one-to-one counselling.
  • Keeping confidential records.
  • Building a relationship of trust and respect with clients.
  • Helping to identify lessons learned at the end of the pilot programme.

Qualifications and experience

Minimum requirement is to be working on level 4 counselling qualification. BACP-registered or recognised, or with Certificate of Proficiency.

Trainee addiction counsellor in one of the accepted modalities and with some experience of working with addiction (this could be in a different capacity).

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