Homebased -with regular travel required throughout Northern Ireland
£28000 Per Annum
24 Sep 2021
08 Oct 2021
Full Time
Contract Type


This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced counsellor with management experience to join the Emotional Support Service in Northern Ireland.

Position: Stroke Association Emotional Support Manager/Counsellor – Emotional Support

Location: Homebased -with regular travel required throughout Northern Ireland

Hours: 35 hours per week

Salary: Circa £28,000 per annum

Contract: This is a three years fixed term contract until September 2024. Three years funding has been provided from The National Lottery Community Fund, made possible thanks to National Lottery players. Funding will expire September 2024.

Benefits: 25 days’ annual leave plus bank holidays (this will increase with service up to 30 days, full time equivalent) cashback and discount scheme, employee assistance programme, learning and development, pension scheme, Life Assurance, Eye Care vouchers, Long Service Award, Tax-free childcare, Health Cash Plan, Working Pattern Agreement, flexible working opportunities available.

Closing Date: 8 October 2021

Interview Date: TBC

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic interviews may be held via video conferencing. Please let us know if this will present any challenges when you email your application

The Role

STEPS (Stroke Tailored Emotional and Psychological Support) is funded to deliver stroke specific counselling using a blended approach e.g. in person (Face to Face), by telephone and on-line (using a secure digital platform) throughout Northern Ireland.

Reporting to the Services Delivery and Engagement Lead the team will deliver a professional counselling service to stroke survivors, carers and relatives. Counselling sessions are designed to help clients to develop emotional resilience, readjust to life after stroke and prepare to reintegrate into community life.

Key responsibilities will include:


  • Direct, lead and manage the development and provision of a stroke specific counselling service, ensuring professional and ethical excellence
  • Be responsible for the management of Emotional Support Service Co-ordinators/Counsellors ensuring good governance and safe, ethical delivery of counselling services
  • Manage the National Lottery funded STEPS project including working collaboratively with external partners and arranging targeted events for peer support.
  • To maintain a client case load and providing a flexible approach in meeting the needs of clients with cognitive or communication difficulties.


About You

You will have:


  • An advanced diploma in integrative, humanistic or person-centred counselling/psychotherapy; for example, BACP recognised course or equivalent (i.e. 450 hours’ skills and theory, 100 hours of supervised practice, 20 hours of personal therapy)
  • A minimum of 1-year post qualification supervised clinical practice
  • BACP (or equivalent) registration/accreditation
  • Experience of delivering short-term counselling
  • Experience of working with people with cognitive impairment
  • Experience of project management


The use of a car with business use cover and the ability to drive is essential to be able to fulfil the requirements of the role.

The successful applicant must be able to travel independently to carry out the requirements of the post without relying on public transport

To fulfil the role, you must have the right to work in the U.K

Please submit your CV and a covering letter of no more than two pages demonstrating how you meet the person specification and what you bring to the role in terms of your skills and experience.

About the Organisation

Stroke Association. Rebuilding lives after stroke.

When stroke strikes, part of your brain shuts down. And so does a part of you. That’s because a stroke happens in the brain, the control centre for who we are and what we can do. It happens every five minutes in the UK and changes lives instantly. Recovery is tough, but with the right specialist support and a ton of courage and determination, the brain can adapt.

We believe everyone deserves to live the best life they can after stroke. And it’s a team effort to get there.

We provide specialist support, fund critical research and campaign to make sure people affected by stroke get the very best care and support to rebuild their lives.

We’re working to improve the diversity of our team. Because we know that individuality leads to a richer experience for our people and better support for those affected by stroke.

We strongly encourage people from all backgrounds to apply. And we’re particularly looking to increase the number of applications from those with lived experience of stroke and those from under-represented communities.

Every five minutes, stroke destroys lives. Help us rebuild them and join our team.

In 2019, we developed a bold new corporate strategy so that we can rebuild more lives after stroke and make a bigger difference to people’s lives. To help us deliver our strategy and make a real difference, we are looking to recruit talented people to a number of new roles. If you would like to support stroke survivors to rebuild their lives, we want to hear from you!

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