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Text: 07984 357551
Call: 0118 901 5668
Email: info@no5.org.uk

Text: 07984 357551
Call: 0118 901 5668
Email: info@no5.org.uk


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 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

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 are interested in working with and supporting young people we invite applications from those already qualified with a Level 4/diploma and wishing to work with young people to gain hours for your accreditation.  We offer a post diploma specialist  training ; ‘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 CYP IAPT MindEd online training, and our certificate consolidates your online learning with seven face to face one-day workshops delivered by a qualified and experienced school counsellor. For more information please call us on 0118 901 5649 and speak to Helen.

Over 25s counselling

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.

Children & 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.

Info for professionals

We are constantly developing new training and professional development programs to meet the needs of professionals.