Following a series of meetings with the Counselling Faculty Lead, Colin Wilson at Cornwall College, Bbass is delighted that some of their students will now be volunteering with us.
The students who are all working towards NCFE, Advanced Certificate or Diplomas in Counselling Skills all need the opportunity to practice their skills as part of their learning. In particular the Diploma students have to complete 150 hours of skills practice to attain their qualification, with others are actively encouraged by the college to practice their skills learned on their courses.
Whilst Bbass does not offer counselling services, having volunteers with these skills will allow Bbass to provide quality support to those clients, who have more complex or higher needs than we may have been able to offer support to.
Our Co-ordinators will undertake an assessment of a client’s needs when they are referred to Bbass and will then match them with an appropriate volunteer based upon the volunteer’s skills, experience, knowledge, time they are able to offer and interests.
Whilst we are delighted to have students from the college with these skills volunteering with us, this of course does not stop our volunteers who have joined us through other routes working with our more challenging clients if they express a desire to do so and demonstrate the necessary skills.
Some of the first group of students have attended their Service Induction and once they have completed their Bereavement Awareness course they will be working with Bbass clients. Others will shortly be attending a further Service Induction and are looking forward to working with clients in the near future.