Work at the YMCA

7 January 2020

YMCA St Paul's Group

Exciting opportunity for an experienced Counsellor or Therapist

Location: St James House, Surbiton
Contract: Part-Time Fixed Term – 18 Months; 28 hours per week over 3.5 days with occasional evenings/weekends
Salary: £47,320 per annum

About the Organisation

YMCA St Paul’s Group (SPG) emerged from the coming together of four separate Associations over an 18-month period. The group is largest YMCA in Europe and one of the largest providers of supported housing in London and beyond providing a safe place to stay for over 1,200 residents each night.

The vision of the Association is of ‘Places where young people thrive and communities flourish’. Its mission is to be ‘an inclusive Christian Association transforming communities so that all young people can belong, contribute and thrive’.


About the role

This role will be based in our St Paul’s Group office in Surbiton and reports to the Head of Health & Wellbeing. The post holder will be responsible for the Counselling Coordinator, Counselling Administrator, Volunteer Counsellors and Clinical Supervisors. The Head of Counselling will be responsible for providing the development and delivery of therapeutic services across the organisation. They will provide operational leadership, and hold day to day responsibility for all aspects of running the therapeutic services, including managing and holding clinical risk. The Head of Counselling will develop and deliver a high quality, innovative, holistic and integrated model of wellbeing, support and therapy for YMCA St Paul’s Group housing residents and provide a community based counselling service. In addition to this and working with the Human Resources department, advise and support YMCA St Paul’s Group staff wellbeing.

Applicants should:

  • Be a qualified counsellor or therapist
  • Have a minimum of 5 years post qualifying experience
  • BCAP (or equivalent) accredited
  • Experience of delivering and developing community based counselling services
  • Experience of working with clients who present a high level risk
  • Experience of securing grants and supporting funding bids
  • Have the ability to promote the therapeutic services professionally and positively with a wide range of stakeholders

It is desirable but not essential that applicants hold a relevant management qualification; have experience of the BACP accreditation process for the organisation; and have experience of working across modalities within an organisational setting.

For more information about the role, please click on the job description below:

YMCA St Paul’s Group Counselling Lead Job Description


Benefits include: On going staff development, training, opportunities for career progression, 25 days annual leave (increasing by a day per year to a maximum of 30 pro rata plus bank holidays), a pension scheme, free Life Assurance, Child Care vouchers scheme, Cycle2Work scheme, free Health cash plan including an Employee Assistance Programme.


To Apply

Complete the relevant application form along with the Equal Opportunities form and send to:

External applications must be sent to Amy Newton at

Internal applications must be sent to


YMCA St Pauls Group Application Form  – For External Applicants

YMCA ST Pauls Group Application Form – For Internal Applicants
YMCA St Pauls Group Equal Opportunities Form
New Application Pack Guidance YMCA St Pauls Group
YMCA St Pauls Group Job Applicant Privacy Notice


Closing date: 24th January 2020


We are committed to reflecting the diverse community we serve and creating an inclusive workplace for all people, where everyone feels valued. We encourage applications from a diverse range of people and are committed to employment practices that are fair, responsive and inclusive. Furthermore, we are committed to providing adjustments and accessibility to candidates with a disability. Please make direct contact to discuss how we can support you throughout your candidate journey.


YMCA St Paul’s Group is a Christian organisation and as an employee you will be required to respect its ethos and uphold its values.


The successful candidate will be expected to declare all previous offences and to undergo an Enhanced Disclosure via the Disclosure and Barring Service.