Stroke Association Support Coordinator/Counsellor, Emotional Support
This is an exciting opportunity for two experienced counsellors to join the Emotional Support Service in Northern Ireland.
Position: Stroke Association Support Coordinator/counsellor - Emotional Support
Location: Homebased, Northern Ireland with regular travel across the service - Northern Trust and the North West of the province, Strabane, Derry, Londonderry area OR Southern Trust and the South West of the province, Enniskillen, Omagh
Hours: 21 hours per week
Salary: Circa £15,600 per annum
Contract: Fixed term contract until September 2024 - Three years funding has been provided from The National Lottery Community Fund, made possible thanks to National Lottery players. Funding will expire September 2024.
Benefits: 25 days’ annual leave plus bank holidays (this will increase with service up to 30 days, full time equivalent) cashback and discount scheme, employee assistance programme, learning and development, pension scheme, Life Assurance, Eye Care vouchers, Long Service Award, Tax-free childcare, Health Cash Plan, Working Pattern Agreement, flexible working opportunities available.
Closing Date: 17 September 2021
Interview Date: 27 September 2021
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic interviews may be held via video conferencing. Please let us know if this will present any challenges when you email your application
In 2019, we developed a bold new corporate strategy so that we can rebuild more lives after stroke and make a bigger difference to people’s lives.
To help us deliver our strategy and make a real difference, we are looking to recruit talented people to a number of new roles.
If you would like to support stroke survivors to rebuild their lives, we want to hear from you!
STEPS (Stroke Tailored Emotional and Psychological Support) is funded to deliver stroke specific counselling using a blended approach eg in person (Face to Face), by telephone and on-line (using a secure digital platform) throughout Northern Ireland.
Reporting to the Emotional Support Service Manager the team will deliver a professional counselling service to stroke survivors, carers and relatives. Counselling sessions are designed to help clients to develop emotional resilience, readjust to life after stroke and prepare to reintegrate into community life.
Key responsibilities will include:
- providing one to one counselling to stroke survivors, carers and relatives including those with communication or cognitive difficulties
- providing counselling sessions in person, on-line or by telephone, throughout Northern Ireland
- assessing the appropriateness of counselling for service users by providing emotional needs assessment sessions as well as using appropriate screening/evaluation tools (eg CORE)
- managing risk and safeguarding issues in accordance with appropriate legal, ethical and organisational requirements.
Ref 787 - will be required to travel throughout Northern Ireland with a focus on the Northern Trust and the North West of the province (eg Strabane, Derry/Londonderry)
Ref 788 - will be required to travel throughout Northern Ireland with a focus on the Southern Trust and the South West of the province (eg Enniskillen, Omagh).
When applying please clearly state which role location you are applying for.
You will have:
- An advanced diploma in integrative, humanistic or person-centred counselling/psychotherapy; for example, BACP recognised course or equivalent (i.e. 450 hours skills and theory, 100 hours of supervised practice, 20 hours of personal therapy)
- A minimum of 1 year post qualification supervised clinical practice
- BACP registration (or equivalent) and actively working towards accreditation
- Experience of delivering short-term counselling
- Experience of working with people with cognitive impairment
The use of a car with business use cover and the ability to drive is essential to be able to fulfil the requirements of the role. The successful applicant must be able to travel independently to carry out the requirements of the post without relying on public transport.
To fulfil the requirements of the role you must abode and have the right to work in the U.K
Please submit your CV and a covering letter of no more than two pages demonstrating how you meet the person specification and what you bring to the role in terms of your skills and experience.
About the Organisation
Stroke Association. Rebuilding lives after stroke.
When stroke strikes, part of your brain shuts down. And so does a part of you. That’s because a stroke happens in the brain, the control centre for who we are and what we can do. It happens every five minutes in the UK and changes lives instantly. Recovery is tough, but with the right specialist support and a ton of courage and determination, the brain can adapt.
We believe everyone deserves to live the best life they can after stroke. And it’s a team effort to get there.
We provide specialist support, fund critical research and campaign to make sure people affected by stroke get the very best care and support to rebuild their lives.
We’re working to improve the diversity of our team. Because we know that individuality leads to a richer experience for our people and better support for those affected by stroke.
We strongly encourage people from all backgrounds to apply. And we’re particularly looking to increase the number of applications from those with lived experience of stroke and those from under-represented communities.
Every five minutes, stroke destroys lives. Help us rebuild them and join our team.
In 2019, we developed a bold new corporate strategy so that we can rebuild more lives after stroke and make a bigger difference to people’s lives. To help us deliver our strategy and make a real difference, we are looking to recruit talented people to a number of new roles. If you would like to support stroke survivors to rebuild their lives, we want to hear from you!
You may also have experience in areas such as; Support Manager, Emotional Support, Counsellor,
Emotional Support Mentor, Emotional Wellbeing, Wellbeing Worker, Social and Emotional Support, Mental Health Worker etc.