You’ll find details of any current vacancies we have posted below.

Whatever opportunity you’re interested in, working at OTR is a hugely rewarding experience, and we invest heavily in the progression of all our staff and volunteers.

All appointments at OTR are made subject to an enhanced DBS check.


Youth Mental Health Practitioner

Hours | 37.5 (to include some evenings and weekends)

Salary | £23,945 – £26,539

Contract Type | Fixed term to March 2022

We are looking for a Youth Mental Health Practitioner to join our Outreach Team supporting young people up to 18 years across Bristol and South Gloucestershire.

Working collaboratively as part of a multi-disciplinary and multi-agency team, you will contribute to offering an intensive package of support to children and young people who have experienced a mental health crisis necessitating either attendance at A&E, a Tier 4 inpatient admission, or need immediate crisis outreach support.

We are looking for committed and resilient individuals with a proven ability to build meaningful therapeutic alliances with young people (and families). In return you can expect us to invest in your personal and professional growth – and you will be well supported within this project.

We welcome applications from all sections of the community and are committed to developing a team that reflects the diversity we work with. For an informal chat about the role email or call 0808 8089120.

Download |  Job pack
To apply | Download an application form and send to or via post at 8-10 West Street, Old Market, Bristol Bs2 0BH
Closing date | 12 midday, Friday 10th August
Interviews | Week commencing Monday 20th August in Bristol

Candidates shortlisted for interview will be informed by telephone by Wednesday 15th August, so please ensure that you provide us with a phone number on which we can reach you. We will not contact unsuccessful candidates.


Volunteer Therapist opportunity

We are looking for passionate, creative therapists to volunteer for us.

This role will give you the opportunity to work as part of an exciting, innovative team delivering mental health support to young people (11-25 year olds), promoting wellbeing and managing distress.

Locations might include working in-house, in schools, or in the community.

We are looking for therapists who:

  • are creative and open to multiple therapeutic modalities
  • able to work with young people
  • have at least one year’s experience of working in a supporting/helping role with young people/adults
  • has at least one year of clinical training in a therapeutic role

Volunteer counselling positions are open to all specialities of therapists, including but not limited to, art, counselling, CBT, drama, systemic, or play therapy. However, therapists will be willing to work outside their modality, in a general relational approach, if required by the young person.

OTR will freely provide all trainees their full supervision requirements, as per BACP regulations. Positions are available in Old Market (Bristol) and Yate (South Glos).

Please include your CV and cover letter as two documents attached to your email – with your name in the document title – and send to

OTR offers volunteer counselling placements Mon-Sat:

Mon-Thurs: 09:00 to 15:30 or 13:50 to 20:00
Fri – Sat: 09:00 – 15:30

Interview Day 1: Tues Aug 7th
Interview Day 2: Tues Aug 14th
Induction Day: Tues Sept 4th 


Placements & Volunteering

We offer voluntary opportunities for both qualified and student practitioners. You can expect to play a full part in the OTR experience for young people so you will need to be able to commit to at least five hours per week.

Please note, this is a competitive process and you will at least need to be in the third/final year of a recognised professional qualification. Experience working directly with young people in a related capacity is also an advantage. We provide regular in-house multi-disciplinary group supervision as well as training and expenses.

Here at OTR we really do embrace diversity, so we’re less interested in your theoretical orientation than your ability to build relationships with young people. All our volunteers work within our city centre service, which runs six days a week and offers brief interventions.

Please note that a condition of any placement here at OTR is a willingness to work with difference. Whatever your role or professional background, you will be expected to work across different categories of ethnicity, race, social class, disability, faith, gender and sexual diversity. You will also need to be willing to work across our entire age range – from 11 to 25 (inclusive) and to engage with the full diversity of issues that young people can and do bring to OTR.

We take this bit seriously, so our promise to you is that we will encourage, support and develop your capability in working trans-culturally and with difference while you are with us.

You can apply at any time, just drop us a line at with a note on your background, availability, and attach your CV.

Once we receive your application we’ll be in touch when vacancies arise that match your availability to arrange an interview with one of the team.