I'm the Co-ordinator of Re-Vision's low cost counselling scheme and I gave some feedback about the policies. I think they're excellent and we will be looking further at Re-Vision's policies...

in relation to our trainee counsellors in the service. As you acknowledge, the capacity to pay our volunteers is some way off, but we do at least provide free supervision and insurance and a three-way contract. We are currently considering offering travel expenses as well. I will start to make our volunteers aware of the PCU when they join the service and hope they will consider joining. Which reminds me I need to do so too! - Deb Lyttelton, Re-Vision

Training and Employment

Codes of Practice 

PCU developed two Codes of Practice adopted at PCU's first campaign conference in 2018:


  1. Trainee Code of Practice for unpaid work for trainees to "get the hours" for qualification 

  2. Employment Code of Practice for paid work for charities and other organisations 


Raising Awareness


This database of approximately 200 organisations has been generated from contacts provided by PCU members.  These organisations were contacted encouraging them to adopt the codes with positive responses from individuals linked to the Union who have changed their own practice. 


UKCP has acknowledged the problem with unpaid work and are supporting PCU’s campaign. 


If you know of an organisation that PCU should approach to adopt the codes:


  1. Check if the organisation is already on our list by viewing the sheet here.

  2. Complete the form here to add an organisation.  

  3. Get involved - take the codes of practice to raise awareness of them in local organisations. Use why a Union? to help. 


Other ways to get involved:


  1. Help with gathering/collecting data in relation to trainees and therapists experience - contact pcu.union@gmail.com to offer help. 

  2. Join the campaign team - email pcu.union@gmail.com.

  3. Contact organisations with the codes when they are advertising jobs.

  4. Organise a campaign demonstration outside a training or other organisation to raise awareness of the codes.

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