Cam Sight is looking to appoint a counsellor to offer emotional support and counselling to visually impaired adults. This is an exciting opportunity for a counsellor to join the Emotional Support team with responsibilities dependent on experience.

The post is for 20 hours per week with blended, flexible working arrangements. An ability to travel is essential, seeing clients in their homes once restrictions allow but for the present offering telephone support. The counsellor will be part of the Cam Sight Emotional Support team supporting people across Cambridgeshire but will be based in the Cambridge area and cover the city and surrounding villages.

Working hours: 20 hours per week
Location: Cambridge (Blended/flexible working arrangement)
Salary: £14,500 to £15,500 per annum depending on experience
Contract: Permanent

Closing Date: Tuesday 12 October 2021
Interview Date: Friday 15 October 2021

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic interviews will be held via Zoom video conferencing. Please let us know if this will present any challenges.


Objectives of the role

  •  To ensure the emotional support service operates effectively and in line with the objectives of the organisation in helping visually impaired people find a new and more positive future.
  •  To monitor and evaluate service effectiveness: plan and develop future delivery in line with user demand with the Client Services Manager.
  •  To keep the Client Services Manager informed regarding service needs, achievements and potential development opportunity.
  •  To promote the emotional support service within Cam Sight, with other service providers, at local groups and through training events.


Specific tasks

Emotional Support service:

  •  Provide the emotional support service across Cambridgeshire.
  •  Provide information and advice regarding low vision and blindness and signpost to other Cam Sight, local authority, health and care services.
  •  Keep records of service user contact.
  •  Comply with Cam Sight data monitoring requirements.
  •  Ensure counselling/facilitation training is up to date.


Emotional Support groups:

  •  Identify service users who may benefit from a peer group setting.
  • Organise appropriate venues for peer support groups.
  •  Facilitate peer therapy groups.
  •  Evaluate effectiveness of groups.


One to one support:

  •  Provide one-to-one emotional support and counselling to identified clients - face to face and / or via the telephone.
  •  Support the ring-around service volunteer to identify any change in client need and support this accordingly.


Cam Sight responsibilities

  •  Carry out additional tasks in agreement with the Chief Executive in furtherance of Cam Sight’s objectives and abide by Cam Sight’s policies and procedures.


About you

You will have: 

  •  An advanced Level 4 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

You may also have experience in areas such as; Support Manager, Emotional Support, Counsellor, Emotional Support Mentor, Emotional Wellbeing, Wellbeing Worker, Social and Emotional Support, Mental Health Worker etc 

Please submit your CV and a covering letter demonstrating how you meet the person specification and what you bring to the role in terms of your skills and experience to Chris Feakes Client Services Manager. 


About the Emotional Support service 

It can be difficult adjusting to sight loss; perhaps struggling to cope, feeling frightened, upset or isolated. Speaking in confidence to someone who can understand and has the time to listen will often help.  

Cam Sight offers emotional support to people in Cambridgeshire either one-to-one or as part of an emotional support group delivered by qualified counsellors. 

Our eight week, small group, course is offered to people who are struggling to live with their visual impairment. Friendships and connections are often made which can help participants move towards a more confident future. 

Individual support for people who are living with long term sight loss or low vision is also available at Cam Sight offices or in the client’s own home.