Counsellor (Part-Time)


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Who are we?


The Wise Group is a leading social enterprise which prides itself on making positive and lasting differences to people’s lives.


We’re proud because we help people find jobs, provide advice to people struggling to heat their homes and support people to find their feet following time in prison. We build bridges to opportunity.



What’s the opportunity?



Re-Connect is part of the Wise Group, a leading social enterprise which empowers vulnerable people to unlock their potential and transform their futures, whilst helping drive sustainable economic growth across Scotland and North East England.


We provide person-centred 121 counselling to offering a warm, safe and confidential space to build trust for our customers to talk about what is important to them. We support people who are emotionally distressed, using substances, isolated and feeling alone and we provide a therapeutic setting for them to come and explore any of their concerns. We aim to facilitate emotional resilience, confidence, build self-esteem and coping skills for them to manage their own mental wellbeing and become the author of their own lives.


Re-Connect has an evidence-based approach, using CORE measuring outcomes – the standard industry emotional wellbeing tool. Our Counsellors are all members of BACP, or equivalent recognised regulating body, to maintain high professional standards while keeping everyone safe.


To support our project, we have an exciting opportunity for a Counsellor to join our team.


As Counsellor, you will work with our partners to build relationships with our referral coaches to help facilitate and offer 121 counselling sessions to Wise Steps customers. Wise Steps is a co-funded project by the National Lottery Community Fund and the European Social Fund delivered under the Building Better Opportunities programme to support people facing multiple barriers to work and employability across Newcastle, Sunderland, Gateshead, North Tyneside and South Tyneside.


You will be responsible for looking after referrals, allocating them to an appropriate counsellor, setting up appointments and working in accordance with BACP guidelines and have an external, qualified supervisor. Our successful candidate will have excellent communication skills and be able to work alone and keep everyone safe, be part of a team and conscious of the importance of confidentiality.


If this sounds like the opportunity for you, we’d love to hear from you!


Please see the Role Profile for full details of the qualifications and experience required for this role.


Position:            Counsellor

Reference:         C/WS/NW/36

Location:             Home-Based (with some delivery in Newcastle, Gateshead, North Tyneside, South Tyneside and Sunderland)

Hours:                 Part time (20 hours per week)

Status:                Fixed Term until 1st December 2022

Salary:                 £23000 FTE + excellent benefits (pro rata £ 13,142.86)





We believe that to achieve our vision, all Wise Group colleagues must demonstrate on a daily basis, the behaviours which underpin our core values. We therefore invest and take time to recruit the right colleagues, knowing that this impacts on our culture which in turn delivers excellent results and outcomes for our valued customers.


The Wise Group provides an inclusive and supportive working environment and an excellent benefits package, which includes the following:


  • 33 days’ annual leave (including Public Holidays) plus one additional day for every completed year of employment up to a maximum of an additional five days
  • A day off for your birthday
  • Generous Salary Exchange Pension Scheme
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Life Assurance
  • Cycle Scheme
  • We are a family friendly employer and we actively try to ensure a positive work life balance and we welcome applications from those requiring flexibility.





The closing date for applications is midnight on Wednesday 23 June 2021.


To apply please upload your most recent CV and a covering letter on our website


Your covering letter should highlight your experience in line with the requirements of the role and the reasons why you are the right person for the team.


Disability Confident – The Disability Confident scheme supports us to make the most of the talents that disabled people can bring to our workplace. 


If you have a disability which prevents you from applying online please call 0141 303 3131.


Family Friendly Working Scotland – We promote a flexible and family friendly working culture.


Armed Forces Covenant – We are an armed forces-friendly organisation.  We seek to support the employment of veterans and current or previous members of the reserve forces.


Scottish Charity No: SC004089