Volunteer with us
Our amazing volunteers are integral to Liber8’s mission, and many of our services would not be available if it weren’t for them. Their dedication to giving time, energy and experience to our cause means that we can continue to ensure that professional therapy is accessible to anyone who is experiencing poor mental health or the negative impacts of alcohol misuse and / or substance use in Lanarkshire.
There are lots of different ways you can help, and your time is one of the most valuable gifts you can give. Many of our employees started with Liber8 as volunteers, so whether you have experience in the field, are looking for a career change, or have life experience that you want to use to help others – we welcome all applicants, whatever your background or commitment.
How you can get involved
We are always looking to hear from individuals who share our passion and values. There are a range of opportunities to become involved as a volunteer within Liber8, including:
- Trainee counsellors / student placements
- Qualified counsellors
- Board and steering group members
- Individual fundraising
We may also consider short-term school placement / work experience; each case will be considered on its own merit.
Student Counsellor Placements
By undertaking a student placement at Liber8 you will gain experience in practice-based training to a professionally recognised level and accumulate placement hours for completing your course of study.
To ensure we offer individuals the opportunity to progress a professional career in counselling placements there are robust criteria and guidelines for being offered a placement within Liber8. One of our criteria is that your course of study should be at least Diploma level; accredited by either BACP/COSCA/BABCP; complete a new PVG; be available to attend the 2 /3 induction evenings and attend the peer support group provided by Liber8 We advise that anyone interested arranges for a conversation with a member of our team before formally applying in order to fully understanding the requirements of the placement.
Join Liber8 as a qualified counsellor - applications are always open, whatever your commitment.
Volunteer for Liber8 as a qualified counsellor, providing specialist counselling and group work to individuals who may have experienced substance use, trauma, PTSD, debilitating anxiety and other complex presentations. You will be expected to deliver evidence-based techniques, recommended by NICE/SIGN, as effective approaches in healing, mental health issues, dissociative disorders, grief, addictions and the effects of abuse; aimed at the treatment and resolution of the presenting issue and associated trauma. Using various therapeutic approaches, you will support clients in setting and achieving identified goals, positive outcomes and assessing and demonstrating progress to ensure timely completion of treatment.
We are looking for therapists who work in an integrative way, rather than being confined to a single therapeutic approach. We also welcome applications from those who are able to bring experience of expressive and creative therapies to their work, and experience of working in the area of substance use, trauma, disorders, or facilitating / co-facilitating therapy groups is welcomed.
Corporate Volunteering Opportunities
Does your business provide volunteer days for your employees? Could your employee's skills be used to provide personal and professional development to volunteers and attendees of the Beacons Recovery Hubs or the staff of our small charity?
Workshop topics could include:
- Microsoft Office (Word, Excel or Powerpoint)
- Confidence and motivation
- Presentation Skills
- Time Management
- CV writing and interview skills
We can work with your business to develop a volunteering programme that provides a very real and practical experience for your staff while delivering social impact in the local community.
If you'd be interested in partnering with Liber8 for your corporate volunteer days, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Fundraise for Liber8
With your support, Liber8 ensures that professional therapy is available to anyone who needs it.
We are here to give people a helping hand to heal – to recover from their darkest hours and get ready for the brighter days ahead. Fundraising is a rewarding (and fun!) way to support Liber8 in achieving this. You could fundraise for us at an organised event, or by doing your own thing. Whether it’s running a marathon, hosting a quiz night or organising a bake sale – your fundraising efforts can help transform the lives of vulnerable people in your local community.
Every penny you raise will go towards supporting Liber8 in our mission to provide affordable counselling services to adults and young people in Lanarkshire.
First Responders are the first point of contact for anyone attending the Beacons Recovery Hubs, connecting individuals to earlier interventions, including treatment, services and recovery-focused activities.
Having lived experience of mental health problems, alcohol misuse, or substance use, you will be compassionate and empathetic towards people in recovery attending The Beacons. Some of the duties involved, include:
- Meet & Greet in The Beacons
- Moderate online chat function
- Outreach work
- Visit identified hospital wards / units