Volunteer as a qualified relationship counsellor

Are you a qualified relationship counsellor with over 150 hours of relationship counselling experience?

Would you like to help us in our mission to support couples in distress – with professional relationship counselling – regardless of their ability to pay?

Marriage Care counsellors come from a wide range of backgrounds, but all share a genuine desire to help people in distress. We welcome applications from people who share our passion for relationship health and who respect and are willing to engage with our values.

Volunteering with Marriage Care is a truly rewarding experience and you will find support from like- minded people within your centre team and opportunities to increase your professional knowledge and skills through regional and national training. More experienced counsellors also have opportunities to train and develop as a supervisor or trainer.

All of our counsellors offer a minimum of 84 counselling sessions per year – that’s just two hours of your time per week – two hours that could make a tremendous difference to the lives of couples and individuals in your community. In return, Marriage Care will provide you with regular supervision and ongoing CPD together with insurance and reasonable travel expenses.

For further information

If you are interested in volunteering as a relationship counsellor with us, please download the ‘’Available downloads’’ on this page for more information or email volunteer@marriagecare.org.uk, to make further enquiries.

How to apply

Once you have read through the information in the ‘’Available downloads’’, fill in the application form and send it to volunteer@marriagecare.org.uk. Your local centre will then contact you, and invite you for an interview. If the centre is satisfied that you would make a suitable Marriage Care volunteer counsellor they will put forward a recommendation to the national support team. You would then be invited to attend an interview with the Director of Relationship Support Services, and if accepted, you would undergo an induction programme and serve a six month probationary period to ensure a good fit between yourself and Marriage Care. During this time you would be supported by your supervisor and members of your centre.


Are you a qualified counsellor not yet trained in working with couples but would like to volunteer with Marriage Care as a relationship counsellor? – Click here to find out more.


Click here to return to the list of roles for volunteers.

I really value using my skills with Marriage Care...I feel well supported and enjoy the friendship and camaraderie of the other counsellors and chaperones.”


Available downloads