Wellbeing Counsellor – Ethnicities Specialist


Recruiting Organisation: YMCA DownsLink Group               

Working hours: 15 hours a week
Salary: £30,210 per annum pro rata
Contract: permanent
Location: Hove, East Sussex


YMCA DownsLink Group is a charity working to transform the lives of vulnerable young people, working to prevent youth homelessness and provide a home to 763 young people every night. They reach a further 10,000 young people and their families through our other key services, such as counselling, support and advice, mediation and youth work. This is challenging yet rewarding work that helps the young people they support to belong, contribute, and thrive.

The Wellbeing Service is a collaboration between YMCA DLG, Sussex Partnership Foundation Trust and Southdown. As part of the Children & Young People’s (CYP) Wellbeing Service, YMCA DLG offer a range of short-term interventions tailored to young people’s presenting needs and age.


The Role:

They are looking for a permanent, part-time (15 hours per week) Wellbeing Counsellor – Ethnicities Specialist to join their experienced and enthusiastic counselling team working within the CYP Wellbeing Service.

  • You will provide assessments and counselling for children and young people from mixed or black and minority ethnic (BAME) groups aged 8-24 years.
  • The role will include building partnerships with other BAME services and an advisory role to CYP service managers and clinical leads regarding service user participation, co-production and staff recruitment, advising on the particular needs of minority ethnic groups in therapeutic services.
  • You will carry out individual mental health assessments with children and young people (aged 8 – 24) in local settings and support triage to the relevant treatment option.
  • You will also deliver 1-1 and groupwork counselling sessions to young people from mixed race and BAME communities, through online and face-to-face appointments.
  • In addition, you will support parents / adult caregivers in their understanding of the referral and treatment process, as appropriate, in a professional and compassionate manor.

Your expected working pattern will include Monday 10am-6pm and Tuesday 11am-7pm – Some flexibility can be considered regarding the days. This will be a face-to-face role based in Brighton & Hove.


Who You Are:

You will be a qualified counsellor; a Graduate or Post Graduate Counselling Diploma with 2+ years’ experience post qualification and BACP Registered/Accredited or registered with another recognised professional body (e.g. UKCP, HCPC, BAAT, BAMT, BADth).

  • You will be a professional from BAME background or mixed ethnicity; with experience of delivering specialist counselling, mental health assessments, supporting mixed & BAME children and young people who have mild to moderate mental health difficulties.
  • In addition, you will have safeguarding knowledge and commitment to Trauma-Informed practice.

As part of their commitment to being a Trauma-Informed Organisation, all frontline staff have access to regular group Reflective Practice Supervision and for therapeutic roles, they offer clinical supervision.


How to Apply:


You can apply via website link here.

Please download a job pack from the same page for more information about other benefits offered.

If you would like an informal discussion about this post, please contact: conrad.foote@ymcadlg.org


YMCA DownsLink Group welcomes applications from all sections of the community. They value diversity and promote inclusion, which they demonstrate through their activities, as well as in their policies and working practices. Reinforced by their culture and values, they seek to create an inspiring and inclusive place to work.

YMCA DLG requires all staff and volunteers to be committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and to respond proactively to safeguarding concerns. Successful applicants are required to undertake an Enhanced Disclosure via the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

For questions regarding this role or to request another application format: please email at recruitment@ymcadlg.org


Closing Date: 10 July 2022

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