Listening Ear has a great reputation for supporting volunteers and student placements.  Although we were forced by the coronavirus pandemic to pause our programme during 2020, we are now accepting both volunteers and placements.

Find out about current opportunities by visiting our recruitment page.




  • "Thank you, thank you, thank you, honestly I cannot thank you enough. You’ve been patient, professional, encouraging, and really kind and generous to me with your knowledge and your time. You are really very special. I am tearing up as I type this, I’m going to miss everything about you and Listening Ear"
  • "Volunteering gives me a chance to develop my own counselling skills while giving something back to the community"
  • "I volunteer to give people access to free counselling who otherwise wouldn't get the help they need"
  • "I'm volunteering to support a valuable free service and be a part of a reputable, professional and caring team"

In 2018/19 16 volunteers delivered 582 hours of free counselling for community members in need of mental health support.

4 volunteers have gone on to secure regular paid work within Listening Ear, 1 has secured a full-time position in the NHS and another is now a self-employed therapist.