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Counsellor (Part-Time)

  • Part time
  • £34,073 pro-rata
  • The Compass Centre, Lerwick, Shetland.
  • Closing 19th March 2023

  • Advertised from 7th March 2023
  • Salary inclusive of Distant Islands Allowance. 20 hours per week. May be opportunity for additional hours where funding permits. Relocation expenses may be payable, depending on funding. Please let us know in your application if you would like to discuss this.
  • Holiday Entitlement: 30 Days plus 12 Public Holidays (pro rata). Pension: Employer contribution at 8% to pension fund.


This is an exciting opportunity to join the Shetland Rape Crisis team, working in The Compass Centre in Lerwick. We provide free and confidential information, support, counselling, and advocacy to any non-abusive person in Shetland, of any gender (age 13+), who has been affected by sexual violence at any time in their life. We are an intersectional feminist and trauma-skilled organisation, and the successful candidate will be supported to learn and grow in their own practice and values-base.

PLEASE NOTE: We are primarily aiming to recruit for a vacancy in our Counselling Service, and therefore we are first and foremost seeking to appoint a qualified Counsellor. For this reason, interviews for counsellors who demonstrate that they meet the Person Specification will be prioritised.

However, we are aware that there are recruitment challenges for counsellors in Shetland and, in the case that we are unable to appoint an appropriate candidate, we have gained permission from our funders to also welcome applications to a Support Worker post. If you are interested in the Support Worker post, please apply here and let us know why you think you’d be the right fit for the role and our team. All applications will be considered on their individual merits.

Applicants who meet the criteria for both posts are encouraged to apply to both and show us how your skills, experience and approach would benefit in either of these roles.

Job Purpose

The post-holder will be primarily responsible for delivering The Compass Centre’s specialist Counselling Service to any non-abusive person in Shetland, of any gender (age 13+), who has been affected by sexual violence at any time in their life, including, rape, sexual assault, child sexual abuse, stalking, reproductive abuse, digital image abuse and other forms of sexual harm.

The post-holder will take an approach informed by an understanding of trauma, including complex trauma, as well as an understanding of intersectional feminism and gender-based violence. The post-holder will be required to work across the different functions of the service including referral and intake process, counselling service, helpline, phone/text/email support, endings, onward referral, and other collective responsibilities as required.

Application notes

Recruitment Pack, including application form, full job description, and person specification is available to download here.

Only applications returned using the application form will be accepted. CVs will not be accepted.

Please note only women need apply under Schedule 9, Part 1 of the Equality Act 2010.

The application form should be completed in full and emailed to before Sunday 19th March @ Midnight.

This post is funded by the Scottish Government until March 2025.

Contracts will be issued annually upon confirmation of funding success.

Funding for the post is expected to be successful