Greenwich, Greater London Orpington, Greater London


About the organisation

The Maypole Project provides a lifeline of support for children with complex and life threatening illnesses and their whole family; aiming... Read more

Job Description

Child Therapists support children (the child/ren who have complex medical needs and/or their siblings) in 1:1 sessions through the integration of counselling and play skills

Role responsibilities:

Children, who have been assessed by an experienced therapist from the project and with parental consent, will be referred to the Child Therapist who will:

  • Make contact with the client’s parent/guardian organising an initial 1:1 meeting with them to talk through the issues their child faces and establish the time, location and frequency of sessions
  • Provide support through an integration of counselling and play skills
  • Work to The Maypole Project model of support for children and young people
  • Complete client notes and The Maypole Project paperwork as required
  • Liaise with their supervisor or the Clinical Supervisor in case of questions/difficulties
  • Follow The Maypole Project policies and guidelines at all times whilst volunteering

Sessions take place at our area offices in Orpington and Greenwich or in local schools, hospitals, hospices and client’s home. 

It is a requirement that volunteer Child Therapists are qualified at diploma/degree or masters level in child and young person counselling or play therapy or are in their final year on a counselling or therapies course; including study of child development and child therapies. Courses must be accredited by BACP, UKCP, BPS or approved equivalent and require the student to engage in personal therapy across one year. 

We ask volunteers to:

  • Attend monthly group supervision (2 hours)
  • Undertake The Maypole Project initial training (20 hours)
  • Attend a training update session at least once per annum