The Listening Centre (TLC) is an Oxford-based registered charity that has been offering affordable counselling in Oxfordshire since 1993.
We offer an opportunity for trainee counsellors and psychotherapists to work with individual clients on a time-limited basis while completing their training and working towards qualification.
Our counsellors often join us with limited practical experience of counselling and by the time they leave us they are often fully-fledged practitioners capable of working in private practice. We aim to maintain long-term links with practitioners after they have left the organisation.
TLC does not have an office. It operates as a virtual organisation, with all day-to-day communications done by email, phone, teleconference etc.
We are committed to ensuring that no one is discriminated against on the grounds of age, race, gender, sexual orientation, religion or disability.
We are funded entirely by donations, grants and client fees.
The Meeting & Events Organiser will formally report to one of the Trustees and will be responsible for the organisation of the internal meetings and external events. This involves booking the rooms for internal meetings and inviting participants, ensuring that each meeting has all that it needs to be successful and where relevant following up and filing the minutes. The job involves organising and promoting Continuing Professional Development (CPD) events, usually with external speakers/facilitators. These may be workshops or talks. The audience is trainee and practising counsellors and therapists, both internal and external to TLC. The purpose of these events is to educate and engage on key topics of interest to counsellors and therapists, while providing CPD hours and generating an income for TLC.
Key activities and responsibilities
- Organising and promoting internal meetings, e.g. annual Away Day, AGM, quarterly Community Meetings
- Organising meeting rooms for supervision groups if necessary
- Finding speakers/facilitators for six workshops per year
- Organising the rooms
- Setting the events up on Eventbrite (or similar)
- Organising the design of posters and promotional materials
- Reaching out to our internal and external audiences to promote the event
- Attending the events
- Managing all the commercial aspects to ensure that the events are profitable
- Mature and self-reliant
- Entrepreneurial and commercial
- Self-motivated and able to work solo in a virtual organisation
- Reliable and trustworthy
- Desire to give time to a worthwhile cause that is close to their heart
- Personal experience of the positive benefits of seeing a counsellor or therapist for a substantial amount of time
- Experience of organising events
- Knowledgeable about different counselling and psychotherapy approaches and the therapeutic process in general
- Excellent written and oral communication skills
Hours and remuneration
Approximately 20 hours per month. This is an unpaid voluntary position. All reasonable expenses will be reimbursed.
Please email your CV and a covering letter to Julian Sharples, Chair of the Trustees.
Closing date 28 February 2020.