Partnerships

The What? Centre provides counselling in partnership with a number of senior schools in the Borough

We also have partnerships with a range of Community, Voluntary and Statutory Services in the Black Country and hold contracts with CCG's and Public Health. We are always interested in contracting with other organisations and in partnering on bids for funding for Children and Young people. Contact Julie Duffy for more information at [email protected]

Vacancies

1) Sexual Health Outreach Worker/Group Facilitator (Maternity Cover - £22,000 a year pro rata)

For full details, please download our application form here

Sexual Health Outreach Worker:

  • To provide HIV testing by conducting finger prick instant testing to targeted audiences.
  • To achieve a target of 10 HIV tests on a weekly basis.
  • Building relationships with existing and potential venues where HIV testing can be carried out. Venues include schools and colleges, GP surgeries and pharmacies, religious settings, local community centres, leisure centres and gyms, libraries, bars, pubs, nightclubs, saunas, residential settings, homeless shelters, charitable settings, and others.
  • Identifying new venues for HIV testing and arranging testing sessions.
  • To work towards identifying groups and individuals who may be at risk of HIV.
  • Minimum of 3.5 hours fortnightly allocated to late night testing.
  • Arrange HIV testing at venues in advance of attendance and promote service through marketing material (e.g. posters, leaflets, social media) and liaising with venue staff.
  • Accurate diary and appointment management.
  • Partnership working with local authorities, health organisations and the GUM clinic.
  • To collect data related to HIV testing (e.g. consent record) and other data necessary for the project.
  • To provide safe sex information, and offer condoms and lubrication during each test.
  • To provide chlamydia and gonorrhoea testing for 16-25 year olds.
  • To co-ordinate and promote local and national HIV prevention campaigns.

Group Facilitator:

  • To facilitate a gay men’s group (already in place) attending group meetings (2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month 10:30am-2:00pm). The group is currently taking place online via Zoom due to COVID-19.
  • Plan for gay men’s group by completing group plans, including information such as activities, speakers, booking food with caterers.
  • Create monthly newsletter for gay men’s groups.
  • To work with members of the gay men’s group to identify when they may need extra support such as counselling or advice work.
  • To collect data related to group attendance.

Other:

  • To use the What? Centre’s evaluation systems.
  • To work closely with members of the team, project co-ordinator, and the CEO of the What? Centre to ensure smooth running of the project.
  • Other roles identified as being commensurate with the job role.

Closing dates for applications is 31st October 2020 and interviews will be 5th November. If we do not contact you on or before 2nd November, we regret that you have not been successful on this occasion. Applications via CV will NOT be accepted. Please complete this application form and email this to [email protected]

2) Sessional counsellors - £18/hr - currently on hold due to Covid-19

We are looking for sessional counsellors to join our bank of counsellors for work that we may need over time and over different projects. Sessional counsellors have to be fully qualified (ideally accredited), have a Level 5 qualification from a recognised institution and have to have proven experience working with young people between the ages of 9 to 18 years old. We would also require a minimum 3 years post-qualifying experience as a counsellor and be registered as self-employed. Recruitment is now open and anyone interested are to send your CVs and covering letter to [email protected] . Interviews will occur on a rolling basis. 

There are no other vacancies at the moment however, please do check back for any future additions. Alternatively, please click here for volunteering opportunities. All volunteering opportunities are currently on hold due to Covid 19 - we will update this space when this returns. 

Placement recruitment - currently on hold due to Covid-19

We conduct 2 placement drives over the year to recruit interested placements into the service – normally around Feb-May and Aug-Sept. We mainly recruit placement students who are looking to work with the 13 to 18-year-old age group as part of their training. We also recruit a small number of placements to work with 18 – 25-year-old clients.

We require all placements to have at least a Level 5 Diploma in Counselling and proven experience of triad and/or role play work prior to their placement. Our counselling service is accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). The service and all counsellors working as part of the service therefore follow the Ethical Framework which you can access here. If shortlisted, interested placements will be required to attend an interview. 

Placement students can work at either the Stourbridge or Dudley branch (or between two sites) and will be required to have their own external supervision. If you are interested in a placement with the service, please submit your CV and covering letter to the Counselling Manager, Aarthi Ravi at [email protected] 

All placement drives are currently on hold due to Covid 19 - we will update this space when this returns. 

Youth Steering Group

The youth steering group is a group for young people aged 13 to 25 who would like to part of the What Centre and influence decision as well as advocate for young people's mental health issues. The group will work closely with the senior management team as well as the board of trustees to design programmes, influence policies, advocate on behalf of the centre around issues that impact young people and to ensure that the young person's voice is always heard.  Apply online to join our Youth Steering Group or print  THE_WHAT_Steering_Committee_application_form.pdf and return to the What? Centre.