Are you supportive and non-judgemental, proactive, motivated and open to change? Do you demonstrate an understanding of the importance and scope of confidentiality, with excellent interpersonal and communication skills? At Relationships Scotland Dumfries & Galloway we are looking to expand our team of qualified counsellors who provide counselling for couples, individuals and unpaid carers.

The counsellor must be a registered member of COSCA or the BACP and hold a recognised Diploma in Relationship Counselling, or a recognised Diploma in Counselling with an additional qualification in Relationship Counselling.

The position will be part time and permanent and the role will deliver counselling from various locations throughout Dumfries and Galloway. Hours of work will be flexible. The session rate will be dependent on qualifications held.

For further information or to apply for the position, please email John Dougan, CEO on in the first instance.


Children and Young People Counsellor / Play Therapist

Relationships Scotland Dumfries and Galloway is looking for a qualified Children and Young People Counsellor / Play Therapist to join our therapeutic team to work with young unpaid Carers and other young people wishing to access our service.

You must be a registered member of COSCA or the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and hold a recognised Diploma in Counselling Children and Young People, or a recognised Diploma in Counselling, with an additional (Level 9 or equivalent) qualification in Counselling Children and Young People.

The position will be part time and permanent and the session rate will be dependent on qualifications held. Hours of work will be flexible.

We would welcome conversations with qualified Children and Young People Counsellors.

For further information or to apply, please email John Dougan, CEO on in the first instance.


Appointment of Trustees to Relationships Scotland Dumfries & Galloway Management Committee

Relationships Scotland Dumfries and Galloway is looking to recruit passionate and dynamic new Trustees who are committed to making a difference for the people of Dumfries and Galloway. Relationships Scotland Dumfries and Galloway is one of 21 member services supported by a national office based in Edinburgh. Our work supports individuals, couples and families experiencing relationship difficulties across the whole of the Dumfries and Galloway region.

Our services include:

Relationship counselling
Family mediation, including intergenerational mediation
Counselling for carers
Sexual relationship therapy
Child contact centres

We also offer help with specific issues impacting on relationships in general, such as loss and bereavement, mental health issues, new relationships in later life, stress from financial issues, loneliness and isolation and dealing with the aftermath of abusive relationships.

The Management Committee would particularly welcome applications from individuals with experience in one or more of the following fields:

Social Work
Family Law
Human Resources
Marketing and PR
Finance/ Accountancy

The appointment will be for a period of up to 6 years. All Trustee roles are non-remunerated and meetings will take place bimonthly. The Management Committee would also welcome interest from those who have recently started out in their professional career and are enthusiastic to take a step in to a Board role.

To register interest or for further information about the position, please contact John Dougan, Chief Executive Officer on 01387 251245 or email

Closing Date: 5pm on Friday 22nd April 2022



Stranraer Weekend Child Contact Centre Assistant (Bank Staff)

Stranraer Child Contact Centre provides support to parents and children who are going through separation or divorce by providing a safe, friendly, neutral child-focused environment for children to have contact with the parent and or extended family member they no longer live with.

We are currently recruiting for a Weekend Child Contact Centre Assistant to work on an occasional basis to cover staff holidays, sickness etc in Stranraer. Individuals who join us as bank staff will be given the opportunity to move to regular staff should a position become available. Everyone who joins us as an Assistant we would wish to train up to also be able to step in to cover the Organiser role should the Organiser be on holiday or off work ill. The Stranraer Contact Centre is currently open every second Saturday, 9:30am – 4:30pm though this may change to weekly in the future if demand increases.

Applicants should have a good understanding of the difficulties families face when separating and divorcing.  Relevant training will be provided.

Successful applicants will be required to undergo PVG clearance for which our organisation will meet the cost.

To request a full job description and person specification for the above role please use the contact details below. To apply for the above positions please email your CV and covering letter to:

Amanda Hannah
Child Contact Centre Manager
Tel: 01387 251245

Closing date for applications: 5 pm Friday 29th April 2022

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Family Mediation – involving other family members

Family Mediation provided by Relationships Scotland is typically between two parents who live apart and want to discuss the care arrangements for their child or children.  The context is separation, divorce or family re-structuring or perhaps the parents were not together as a couple when the child was born.

Sometimes it can be helpful for other family members to be involved in the mediation process.  This might be grandparents, new partners or step parents who are also involved in the care of the child, or it might be that an older child or young person wants to discuss the issues they have with the adult in mediation themselves.

It’s Good to Talk in Family Mediation

Do you wish you could have a discussion with your ex-partner about the arrangements for the children which made some progress towards a resolution?

Many people find communicating with their child’s other parent hugely challenging. Difficulty in communicating might have been one of the reasons for splitting up! Help may be at hand, however.

Family Mediation for All

We know that families come in all shapes and sizes and that parents, children and other family members have different life experiences and make their own life choices.  Our mediators are skilled at helping all families find solutions that are as unique as they are.

Family Mediation – working alongside other support for families in the context of Separation and Divorce

This is the story of one of our families who were attending the Child Contact Centre, and how they made effective use of mediation. Sophie (not her real name) was around 7 years old, and she was brought to the Centre fortnightly on a Saturday by her Mum, to spend time with her Dad. The situation was very fraught and both parents could be very negative about each other at times, and vocal about the other parent at the handover in the Centre. Sophie was frequently upset.