Current Vacancies:

Trustees / Board members

 To join our board of trustees, known as the Management Committee.

SCS is a well-established and independent mental health charity and company limited by guarantee, which is acknowledged for its contribution to the community by our clients, mental health professionals, and local and regional voluntary and statutory agencies. Originally established as a bereavement counselling service, over the years the organisation has grown and developed in response to need and now provides a wide range of counselling and psychological therapy services across the North East of England.

Trustees may already have a background in the charity sector or may be new to the sector; we would be interested to hear from potential trustees from the public and private sectors. Most importantly we need our trustees to have a clear commitment to Sunderland Counselling Service and the work we do.

This is an unpaid role, but expenses are available.

All posts are subject to an enhanced DBS check.


If you would like more information or to discuss this role, please contact Toby Sweet, Chief Executive on:

0191 514 7007 or by email

Interested applicants should submit a CV and covering letter, setting out why they are interested in the role and what they would bring to it, by email as above.

You can download a Role Description here.


 Please Note – We are not taking any volunteers at this current time.

We recruit volunteer/placement counsellors twice per year, at set times of the year.  We haven’t yet set the dates for 2021. In 2019, the two intakes were in spring and in summer. Details of our 2021 dates will be added here soon.

Further Information

Our volunteer placements are working with adults within our GP service where clients can self refer or are referred through the NHS and are offered short-term counselling, usually a maximum of six sessions. Our placements are based at John Street, Sunderland City Centre. Two references and a DBS check are required before commencing placement. We require volunteers to commit to their placement for a full year, with a minimum of two clients per week. We have flexibility in the times we can offer placements, including weekdays and evenings. We provide 1.5 hours of supervision per month at no cost to all volunteers.

Volunteers in training will need to demonstrate the appropriate level of competency to work with our clients and therefore we will only accept students with sufficient training hours on a professionally recognised counselling course.

Please note: We will not accept any applications out of the set submission dates, which we will put on the website for 2020 shortly.

If you’d like any further information on the placements we offer, please call our main office on 0191 514 7007.

How to apply (please wait for the dates for applications to be opened)

We do not accept CV applications.

Please complete our application form Volunteer Application Form 2014 and return it via email to Please complete all sections of the application form fully, paying particular attention to the general comments section so we can fully understand your skills and experience.

Please note:  We will only contact you if we believe from your application form that you may be a suitable applicant.

For all applicants please download a copy of GDPR Privacy Notice to find out more about how we use the information you provide us with with here.

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