Call: 0118 901 5668

Call: 0118 901 5668


If you are in training to become a counsellor but not yet ready for a placement it can be very beneficial to volunteer within an agency setting before starting a placement. We sometimes have vacancies on our reception area, in admin and data entry and analysis in our service so you can get a feel for how a counselling agency works before you start a counselling placement. You can complete the Volunteer application form or call us on 0118 901 5649 if you have any questions.

Volunteer Counselling Placements – Diploma Level

We are currently not taking any more placements at this time, please check back for future updates.

If you are interested in volunteering for us as a counsellor in training, or if you are qualified and are interested in supporting young people please complete the Volunteer application form.

We have two main intake dates each year in October/November and January/February. You will need to be training or qualified as a minimum, at level 4/Diploma in counselling.   We do not require a particular modality and welcome applications from all trainings. Once you have completed the application form please email it to our clinical lead, Martin.

We expect all volunteer counsellors to work on one rota which is three sessions between 4pm and 9pm when our agency is open for young people. You will be required to join a supervision group meeting twice per month and providing you with the minimum BACP requirement for supervision of 1 ½ hours per month. Also we would expect you to attend for Induction, CORE and Safeguarding Training before commencing work with us.



Volunteer Counselling Placements to work with 11-17 year olds – post diploma training

If you are interested in building your experience of counselling with young people, we invite applications from those already qualified with a Level 4 Diploma, BA or MA in Counselling (any modality). We offer a post-diploma specialist training; ‘No5 Certificate in Counselling Young People’ for a reduced fee if you are working on a three-session rota for us.  This is a practical top-up training and requires you to be working with young people.

The training is based on the BACP Competences for working with 11–18 year olds and is Level 5 CPCAB accredited.  The programme offers experiential workshops and online study of the CYP IAPT MindEd.  Visit the training page to find out more.

For more information about our Certificate in Counselling Young People email our Training team.

Our next training course will commence in September 2022

Parents and Caregivers

Although No5 is a service for young people, we understand that sometimes it is helpful for other people involved with them to get support too.

Young people

No5 is Reading’s service for young people dedicated to providing free confidential counselling and emotional support to anyone between the ages of 11 and 25.


We are constantly developing new training and professional development programs to meet the needs of counsellors wishing to work with young people.