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Volunteer Counselling

Off The Record counselling for young people

Our team of over 20 counsellors are vital to our service and we welcome new volunteers to join our dedicated team. It’s a great opportunity to put your skills into practice, gain further experience and make a real difference to the lives of young people.

You’ll be providing a regular time-slot for scheduled counselling sessions to young people. We support you by providing professional supervision and regular training.

Request an information pack

For information on how to join our team of counsellors, and the criteria we require, please contact us for an information pack by emailing, or calling 020 8744 1644.

Volunteering as a counsellor at OTR

Off The Record is such a brilliant charity and generally just a really lovely team to be a part of – always my favourite placement!

I absolutely love working with the clients at OTR, I enjoy the work immensely and I feel like I could never find a team as supportive or welcoming as OTR has been to me, so it’s a very sad decision for me to have to leave.

Thank you so much for all of your support this year on my placement – your warm welcome, sense of humour and calmness have all been much appreciated as I’ve found my feet and my identity as a counsellor.

I have been a counsellor with OTR for over 4 years now. I decided to train as a counsellor after attending counselling myself for support with a personal crisis. I found the experience both comforting and challenging. It created positive changes both in my life and my sense of who I am as a person, and it helped me to see that I was capable of looking after myself, and to develop those skills. After having such a positive experience of counselling myself I felt encouraged to train and try and make a positive difference to the life of others.

I trained in Humanistic Counselling & Psychotherapy, and from the beginning of my training I felt the pull to work with young people. I believe that my own difficult experience as a young person gave me compassion and an understanding of the sense of confusion and powerlessness that sometimes characterises this age-group.

Before I started working at OTR I had heard about their amazing reputation. The fact that many volunteer counsellors and staff stay at OTR for many years says much about the attitude and values of the charity. I very much enjoy working for them as they demonstrate a genuine care for young people. It is a busy, full-on charity but they are still extremely supportive to work with. Both Deborah and Katherine are always available to discuss any issues and lend support. There is a sense at OTR that we are all in this together, working towards the goal of supporting young people.

I believe OTR is a very special place both to be a counsellor and a client, and I am still enjoying working here 4 years in.