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Like many voluntary organisations, Noah’s Ark depends on a group of dedicated volunteers, without whom a lot of our services would not be possible. Noah’s Ark has number of exciting voluntary work opportunities.


Volunteer Counsellor Recruitment 2024

We are looking to recruit a limited number of Volunteer Counsellors (either trainees on placement or those already qualified).

If you are interested in applying for these roles at Noah’s Ark Centre please email the counselling team at counselling@noahsarkcentre.org.uk for further information on how to apply.

As part of the application process, we ask you to answer some written questions and to send us your CV (although please only send us your CV with your completed answers to our written questions and not before). The deadline for completed applications is the 12nonn 15th January 2024.

For those selected to attend an interview; these will be held between the 5th and 16th February 2024. For those successful at interview, we anticipate placements with us to start in April 2023 following receipt of references, completed DBS certificates, professional membership and induction training.

We have placements for volunteer counsellors on the following days/times only; Monday 1-4pm, Tuesday 10-1pm, Tuesday 5-8pm, Wednesday 10-1pm, Wednesday 6-8pm, Thursday 3-8pm, Friday 10-1pm.

Volunteer Counsellors/Therapists required for our Children and Young People’s Service (5-15yrs) – Therapeutic Play and Counselling

Noah’s Ark Centre is looking for a substantial number of new counsellors/therapists to volunteer within our Children and Young People’s Service to deliver Therapeutic Play and Counselling to children and young people aged 5-15yrs.

Noah’s Ark Centre has a long-established reputation for supporting volunteer counsellors and therapists to develop their skills and gain valuable experience in supporting children and young people therapeutically. The area of children and young people’s emotional health and wellbeing is an area of great need and we greatly value the contribution of our volunteers in working with us to support this need.

We are pleased, after a difficult year coordinating this service, to be able to continue supporting CYP moving forward. We are supported in covering the costs involved in delivering this service over the next year, through an award from Calderdale Council’s Supporting Stonger Neighbourhood’s Grant fund for 2021. This includes the recruitment and support of our Volunteer Counsellors/Therapists for this service – particularly enabling us to initially provide our training/CPD course for free to counsellors and therapists this year who are committing to volunteer for us within this service.

Considerations, criteria and commitment required of our volunteer counsellors/therapists wishing to apply to volunteer within our CYP’s service:

  • They will hold a therapeutic qualification, or be training for a qualification that allows for working with CYP, and be registered (or able to be) with a recognised professional body.
  • They will have some experience, not necessarily of a therapeutic or professional manner, of supporting CYP.
  • They will attend a free 3-day training at Noah’s Ark Centre, provided around transferring their skills to working empathically, playfully and creatively with CYP, and will complete other induction training and procedures as required.
  • They will commit to seeing a minimum of 2 and up to 3 CYP a week.
  • They will commit to at least a year of practice and in accordance with appropriate endings with their caseloads.
  • They will attend external supervision, for which Noah’s Ark Centre will make a contribution, as well as regularly attend monthly peer group supervision held and attended by Noah’s Ark Centre staff and counsellors/therapists.
  • Noah’s Ark Centre will make a contribution to any travel expenses incurred and will cover the costs of DBS checks that will be required.

Our next course takes places on the 15th, 16th and 17th February 2024 10.30-4.30pm. Please contact Natalie at cpd@noahsarkcentre.org.uk for more details and attach your CV if you are interested in this volunteering opportunity.