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Volunteer Counsellor with ChildLine in Edinburgh

posted 20 Apr 2011, 04:10 by myEdinburgh Admin
Want to make the lives of children and young people better?

ChildLine in Scotland is the free helpline for children and young people in danger or distress. It provides a telephone and online counselling service for any child with any problem.

Volunteer counsellors use counselling skills to offer support, comfort and advice to children and young people who call ChildLine.

Children and young people contact ChildLine on the phone and through our online service about a range of issues including bullying, abuse, neglect, sexuality, pregnancy and facts of life. Counsellors listen, assess and explore feelings and options with callers or with children and young people contacting us online.

Calls and online contacts must remain confidential to ChildLine, so we hold a brief before and debrief after counselling shifts to help volunteers deal with any difficult feelings or issues.

We are particularly looking for people who can commit to a shift on a Saturday evening.

No previous experience of counselling or working with children is needed, as full training and support is provided. Anyone over the age of 16 is welcome to apply to this volunteer role. We are keen to recruit more males to this role, and more people from a range of ethnic backgrounds.

For more information contact ChildLine's Edinburgh base on 0844 892 0280, or email:

(The ChildLine Service in Scotland is delivered by CHILDREN 1ST on behalf of the NSPCC. CHILDREN 1ST is the working name of the Royal Scottish Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children. Registered office: 83 Whitehouse Loan, Edinburgh, EH9 1AT. Registered Scottish Charity Number SC016092 NSPCC registered charity NO.216401 Scottish registered charity NO.SCO37717.)