Volunteering Opportunities

Simpson House Counselling and Recovery are now open for applications from qualified volunteer counsellors. Our qualified volunteers have the opportunity to do paid self-employed sessional work in our new fast track counselling service.

Sunflower Garden are open to applicants who are qualified children and young people's counsellors, therapists qualified in Art / Play therapy or alternatively adult counsellors with previous experience of supporting children. 

For other Volunteering Opportunities click here

Placement Counsellor Opportunities

We have counselling placements to offer if you have or are working towards a diploma in counselling or have the equivalent training and experience.  Please be aware that our service is one whose clients have experienced significant trauma, and would therefore be more suitable for someone looking for a second placement who already has at least 100 counselling hours of experience or who can bring with them previous experience in working with trauma and people affected by drug use.

We provide:

  • An extensive programme of Certificated in-house training on a range of issues including:
    • Counselling and working with people affected by drug use
    • Working with adult & child protection concerns within counselling
  • A supportive working environment.
  • An opportunity to gain experience working in the field of addiction.

Can you offer:

  • Up to 3 client hours a week and time for related administration? 
  • A genuine desire to work with people affected by addiction?
  • Are you working toward or have a diploma in counselling or equivalent training and experience?
  • Do you have at least 100 counselling hours experience or experience in working with trauma and substance misuse.

We recruit placement counsellors once or twice a year. To leave your name as interested in applying please email us here.  


Placements Opportunities within Sunflower Garden

The Team at Sunflower Garden is enriched by the varied and diverse range of students that come and work with us, both on placement and as volunteers. Applications are accepted throughout the year, with a variety of start dates.  

We regularly offer placements to students studying for a professional qualification in:

  • Social Work
  • those completing their HNC in Social Care
  • those who are training to be counsellors
  • those working towards their Masters in Art Therapy


 Alongside this we have offered a variety of other placements to people studying:

  • Play Therapy
  • Music Therapy
  • Dance and Movement Psychotherapy
  • Psychology and more! 


If you are a student and need to undertake a placement or are simply interested in gaining more experience in your area of interest then please do not hesitate to get in touch! We are happy to help you reach your potential and explore the world of counselling! Please contact the Sunflower office on 0131 220 2488 or email us here.


For further details and an application pack please download the following information

Download role description for Simpson House Qualified Volunteer Counsellor

Download role description for Simpson House Volunteer Placement Counsellor  

Download Job description for Sunflower Garden Placement Counsellors 

Download application form for Volunteers

Email or call us on 0131 225 6028 for more information.

Please return completed applications to:  Craig Miller, Managing Co-Ordinator,  Counselling & Recovery Team

Simpson House, 52 Queen Street, Edinburgh, EH2 3NS

Please see our Research page for clients' views on Simpson House Counselling.

Counselling & working with people affected by drug use

Working with adult & child protection

Working with diversity & difference