Tel us: 01234 360388

Text us: 07922105200 

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Write to us: 120 Tavistock Street, Bedford, MK40 2SA

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Bedford Open Door is a BACP Accredited Service

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The counselling at Bedford Open Door is offered by a team of qualified and experienced volunteer counsellors.


The Commitment

A volunteer counsellor would commit to :

  • See 2 clients face to face each week

  • Attend regular supervision sessions fortnightly

  • Attend team meetings and 2 trainings per year

  • Meet with the Counselling Manager as required

Who would I work with?

You would work with young people in the age range 13-25. Our clients come from diverse cultural backgrounds. More young women than men use the service. The issues that clients bring are many and varied and may include relationship difficulties, loneliness, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, sexual abuse or attack, confusion over sexual orientation, bereavement, bullying and suicidal feelings.


We work with clients on a 12 session model.

How much time would I need to offer?

We would require you to see 2 clients each week, plus time before and after to deal with paperwork (about 2.5 hours).

In addition you will need to allocate time for writing case notes and attending supervision. Supervision is every two weeks for a minimum of 1.5 hours.

Following a probationary period, we also ask for counsellors to cover a Saturday drop in session every 8-10 weeks.

There are several training opportunities offered for CPD during the year and we would expect attendance to at least 2 per year.

Occasional meetings with the Counselling Manager, as required



What qualifications do I need?

We welcome applications from people who are experienced counsellors qualified to at least Diploma level 4/5 and who have at least 100 face to face hours of counselling experience. All counsellors will need to have an enhanced DBS check.

Am I too old or too young?

There is no upper age limit, but due to the qualifications required, there is a lower age limit of 28 years.

What time do I need to commit?

We ask all volunteers for a minimum commitment to Bedford Open Door of two years.

Trustee Opportunity


We have a committed and active team of volunteer Trustees who work closely with the management team and the counsellors.


We would like to add some skills to those already around the table, particularly legal knowledge and community networking.


We meet roughly once every two months with interim decisions made by email.


If you share our concern for the young people of Bedford and have some time to give, then please contact:-


Chair of Trustees Sue Gray at

More  information

For information about vacancies for volunteer counsellors

please email for details




Volunteering as a Counsellor

Volunteering as a Trustee

                         Youth Advisory Forum 


What are we looking for?

We are looking for enthusiastic, motivated young people who are able to produce suggestions, creative ideas and input our Youth Counselling Service and website.

We are seeking to see things from a young person's perspective - we need you to give us a deeper insight into what young people need from a service like ours.


What will be involved?

Firstly, we would offer a visit to our premises so you can see around and gain useful information about our service to enable you to better understand how the service works.


A commitment to work with other young people through face to face meetings, internet based forum, email, or text for further discussion.


Bring ideas and suggestions for enhancing the public face of our service through the website and flyers. Look deeper into the ways we deliver our service and help enhance our effectiveness in connecting with young people.


Be part of developing a presentation to explain counselling to young people and our services in particular. Develop this into a video presentation.


How to get involved?

Email - giving a brief outline of yourself. We will respond and arrange a meeting between you and other likeminded young people.

Volunteering as a Youth Advisor