Volunteer Counsellors

YMCA DownsLink Group

Register your Interest

YMCA Dialogue is a BACP Accredited service in Surrey, East and West Sussex. We work with over 7000 children and young people each year, and provide free counselling in a variety of settings, from schools to community centres. We work with over 130 therapeutic staff and hold regular training events for our Volunteer Counsellors.

We are looking for enthusiastic and professional volunteer counsellors who wish to gain more experience working with 11-25 year olds in the local community.

Full fortnightly supervision and ongoing training is provided, with an expectation that you will provide at least 3 client sessions per week and stay for a minimum of 12 months.

We currently have four locations available: BHASVIC, Brighton, Longhill School Brighton, Steyning Grammer School (Steyning) and Collyers College (Horsham).



Unfortunately, we are unable to offer placement / trainee volunteer positions. Please only apply if you are a qualified counsellor (N.B: Must be qualified to level 4) who would like to volunteer.


  • Experience of working with 11-25 year olds in the community. 
  • The chance to make a difference to young lives. 
  • Ongoing training.

Practical Considerations

Successful applicants are required to undertake an Enhanced Disclosure via the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

When do I need to be available?

Details Hours: Minimum commitment 3 hours
Morning Afternoon Evening

Register your Interest

  • Details
  • Disabled Access
  • Equal Opportunities Policy or Statement
  • Expenses
  • Health and Safety
  • Induction
  • Insurance Cover for Volunteers
  • Other
  • Suitable for 13 - 16 years
  • Suitable for 16 - 18 years
  • Suitable for a group of volunteers
  • Suitable only for (e.g. 18+, LGBT, BAME, Women only)
  • Support on Offer
  • This role is adaptable for different abilities
  • Training