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Volunteer Counsellor - ‘S.W.E.A.T’

About the project


Working in partnership with the University of Essex, the three year ‘SWEAT’ project (Steroids, Weights, Education And Therapy) will be providing a specialist service for users of Image and Performance Enhancing Drugs in Essex. This will include a steroid-specific evening clinic, needle exchange, support and advice, education around safer injecting and partnership working with local gyms and pharmacies. 

About the role

As a Volunteer Counsellor at Open Road you will need to be qualified and in receipt of accreditation from a professional body such as BACP. 


At any one of our designated centres (i.e., Colchester, Basildon, Harlow or Chelmsford). 

Key Responsibilities

  • Be part of the Open Road team.
  • Establish and manage a boundaried and professional counselling relationship to enable service users to explore issues around their steroid use.
  • Provide 1:1 high intensity psychosocial interventions. This may include addressing factors relating to feelings of self-esteem and undiagnosed/untreated body image and/or body dysmorphic need.
  • At the request of and under the supervision of the Project Manager, participate in any project-specific meetings (e.g., team meetings, steering group, and external agencies).
  • Attend volunteer meetings and training.
  • Adhere to all guidelines, policies and procedures in place at Open Road.
  • Promote the equality, diversity, rights and responsibilities of all individuals.


  • Open Road provides a financial contribution to external supervision costs.
  • Counsellors are required to have full BACP membership and to work within the BACP code of Ethics and Open Road’s policies and procedures.
  • Liability Insurance – Open Road requires Counsellors to have their own liability insurance (to a minimum of £1 million insured).
  • Counsellors are requested to provide proof of the above prior to starting with Open Road. 

Training Provided

All Open Road Volunteers are asked to complete the following training: 

  • Induction
  • Health and Safety Essentials
  • Equality and Diversity
  • Information Governance
  • Safeguarding Adults
  • Safeguarding Children
  • Dual Diagnosis 

Volunteering for Open Road also gives you the opportunity to complete the following training: 

  • Dealing with Aggression (Conflict Management)  Recovery Training
  • Incident Reporting
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Mental Health Awareness
  • NPS (Legal Highs) Awareness  Recovery Planning
  • Theseus
  • Domestic Violence Awareness

Duration and Availability

We need you to be honest and tell us how much time you can commit to Open Road. Whilst the SWEAT project will primarily be offering a service in the evenings, additional duties may be required during the day. A minimum commitment of two hours per week is ideal.

As a volunteer, you will be giving your time to support the work of our Charity. During your time with us, you’ll get the chance to develop your skills, gain real-life work experience, make some great memories and gain some new friends. 

Placement Requirements

Must be over 18 years of age, provide two satisfactory references and complete an application for Enhanced DBS Disclosure (arranged by Open Road). 

How do I contact the Open Road Volunteer Team?

For volunteer enquiries, please email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call Head Office Volunteer Team on 01206 369782