Volunteering for Yellow Door

Volunteers are absolutely vital to Yellow Door’s work.  There are all sorts of ways that you can help us to deliver our crucial support in Southampton and Hampshire.

We have two separate ‘Volunteer Pathways’.  Support Volunteers (open to anyone aged 18+), and Therapeutic Volunteers (for people who are training to become counsellors/therapists). Please take a look at the information below to find out more.

We are currently taking applications for therapeutic volunteer placements who are at level 5 of their qualification. Please scroll down to the Therapeutic Volunteers Pathway section. Application deadline: end of Tuesday 18th June 2024

We offer all volunteers our 1 day CPD accredited training “Introduction to Domestic and Sexual Abuse”.

Please note that volunteering opportunities tend to be during our office hours: Monday – Friday, 9am-5pm. 

Therapeutic Volunteers

Therapeutic Volunteers

The Therapeutic Pathway is for those seeking a career in counselling, and wish to get their clinical placement hours or experience in a helping/supportive role.

We have recently closed volunteer counsellor applications. 

We are also interested to hear from qualified counsellors who are seeking placement hours to qualify as clinical supervisors.

If you have any questions, please contact Holly or Libby on 02380636312 / volunteering@yellowdoor.org.uk

Please note – we are a Southampton based organisation. You will need to be able to come into Southampton if you’d like to pursue therapeutic volunteering with us.

Support Volunteers

Support Volunteers

Our volunteering roles are for anyone aged 18+ who is keen to support Yellow Door’s mission. We are currently not accepting applications for Support Volunteers. This page will be updated with future roles when they are available.

Please contact volunteering@yellowdoor.org.uk if you have any questions.

“Yellow Door is a fantastic organisation with a lovely team of staff. Every time I enter the building, I feel welcome. It’s been fantastic to get to know everyone, and volunteer in such a positive environment full of passionate people. It has been such a valuable experience for me.”
Helpline and DAT team volunteer. Joined September 2019.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Yes. Yellow Door can support counselling students by providing placements within our therapeutic teams. Volunteer counsellors can work towards gaining their clinical hours at Yellow Door by direct service user work.

  • There are numerous different courses, qualifications, and disciplines in the world of counselling. For clarification please have a look at our Requirements for Therapeutic Volunteers document.


  • Yellow Door aim to run 4 recruitment rounds for volunteers per year.

    Please complete the forms above depending on the volunteering pathway you prefer.

    If you have any additional queries you can email us at volunteering@yellowdoor.org.uk.  Holly and Libby (our Volunteer and Involvement Officers) will be delighted to hear from you.

  • Unfortunately, due to high demand for placements, and our supervision and training capacity, we are only able to accept a fairly small number of placement students each year.

  • Yes – we offer fortnightly group supervision to all our counsellors.  This is not modality specific.

  • Generally, yes. All client-facing volunteers need to complete our CPD accredited training programme before they can start volunteering.  We hope that volunteers who are not client facing will also complete the training programme, but it is not compulsory.

  • Yes. All volunteers need to have a Basic or an Enhanced DBS check depending on the nature of the role applied for, as well as to provide 2 references.  If you show us that you already have a valid DBS check at the right level, we can use that.

  • No! Our volunteering roles are varied, and some do require previous experience of working in this (or a related) field, but there are many other roles that do not require any previous experience and training and support can be provided.

“I really enjoyed being part of the team and getting to know more about the work of Yellow Door. I enjoyed my work with the clients and also learning a lot professionally from the other counsellors and colleagues from the other teams, either through training, supervision and sharing experiences with colleagues in the office.”
Volunteer Counsellor at Yellow Door