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Avenue is a charity, based in the North East of Scotland, that provides a range of services to families, children and individuals. We help families and individuals to overcome obstacles to wellbeing and find ways forward through the challenges that life can bring.

Working for Avenue is an opportunity to be part of a friendly, committed team. While we have a variety of skills, we work towards the same goals: to provide a rights-respecting, person-centred, effective service to families and individuals. We aim to strengthen relationships and increase wellbeing and resilience for everyone.

Avenue is an equal opportunities employer. We offer an ongoing programme of training and development opportunities to our team. Our team is made up of a mix of employed staff, freelance practitioners and volunteers, so are able to offer a range of opportunities. Where PVGs are required for a post, Avenue pays for all applications and scheme updates.


Recruitment Process

Please send your completed Application Form and Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form to with the job title and RECRUITMENT in the subject line.

Download our .docx Application Form

Download our Equal Opps .docx Form

We only accept fully completed Avenue Application Forms. CVs will not be accepted.

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Current Vacancies

We are currently recruiting for the following vacancies:


Therapeutic Services Manager

This is a key role in the charity, providing leadership and management to our team of counsellors and therapists. The role includes responsibility for ensuring high standards of delivery and working with the team to shape future developments. You will be a qualified counsellor / therapist with management experience and a commitment to outcome-based, rights-respecting approaches.

Location: Will be located in Aberdeen

Hours: 18 per week

Salary: £32,624 - £35,065 per annum, pro rata (dependant on experience)

Pension: Avenue offer a 8% pension contribution with a 4% employee contribution

A PVG membership will be required for this post.

Closing date: 30th June 2021

Therapeutic Services Manager (Job Description and Person Spec)


Child Contact Centre Team

We have a number of exciting opportunities to work within our Child Contact Centre team, providing child-focused holistic support for families to help them to break down barriers to family progression and wellbeing.

All successful applicants will share a commitment to the rights of children and families, and to the provision of positive asset-based interventions. A full package of training and support will be offered.


Family Support Workers

We are looking for Family Support Workers with a range of skills and experience. You might have experience of working with children and/or families, or maybe you have counselling/mediation experience, or perhaps you have devised and delivered group learning activities in previous roles.

Location: There are posts available in Aberdeen, Peterhead or Elgin.

Hours: Aberdeen - 18 p/w, Peterhead – 15 p/w, Elgin – 10 p/w (will include weekend working on a rota basis)

Salary:   £25,439 - £28,981 per annum, pro rata (dependant on experience)

A PVG membership will be required for these posts.

Closing date: 18th June 2021

Family Support Worker (Job Description and Person Spec)


We are also looking for people who have experience working with families to fulfil a range of roles in supporting Contact.

Weekend Contact Support Workers

Location: Aberdeen

Hours: 24 hours per month (6 hours per week on average) with potential for additional

Salary:   £19,698 per annum, pro rata

Weekend Contact Support Worker (Job Description and Person Spec)


Bank Relief Contact Support Workers

Location: Aberdeen, Peterhead and Elgin

Hours: On an ad hoc basis, with the majority of work at weekends

Salary:   £12 per hour

Closing date: 18th June 2021

Bank Relief Contact Support Worker (Job Description and Person Spec)


Volunteer Contact Support Workers

Location: Aberdeen, Peterhead and Elgin

Hours: As and when, with the majority of work at weekends

Closing date: 18th June 2021

Volunteer Contact Support Worker (Job Description and Person Spec)

A PVG membership will be required for these posts.


Play Therapist

We are looking for a qualified Play Therapist to join our team. As well as providing Play Therapy to children, you will also work with your colleagues to support child-focused delivery across the organisation.

We would welcome conversations with qualified Play Therapists located within commuting distance of any of Avenue’s bases in Aberdeen, Peterhead and Elgin, and have opportunities for both contracted and freelance employment.

A PVG membership will be required for this post.

Closing date: 30th June 2021

Play Therapist (Job Description and Person Spec)



  • "Overall, despite the trauma I was going through, I felt treated with dignity, respect, understanding and professionalism from everyone I was in contact with."

  • "It was as if I was invisible. They were so busy fighting they just ignored me. After they went to mediation they listened to what I wanted too, and now I get to see Dad without Mum being upset."

  • "Mummy and Daddy told us they were going to meetings every week to talk about me and my sister. I liked it that they were talking about us. I knew it wasn’t to get them back together, but I liked it just the same."

  • "Through counselling I slowly discovered what I’d been missing. Counselling improved both my own life and that of my family. I feel we are more in control of things at home."

  • "Counselling has really saved our marriage and we now have a new way of coping with things together. I found it very easy to talk about difficult emotions which helped me a great deal in my relationship."

  • "I found that this improved communication between my wife and myself. This service is fantastic. The counselling succeeded when all else failed. Please keep doing what you are doing! Thank you AVENUE"

  • "Without the service I am not sure when or how I would have seen my son. Very worthwhile service, sadly under-funded."

  • "The mediator was fair and sensitive. It was positive and encouraging to motivate us to make the best arrangements for our child."

  • "I felt very supported and safe to allow me to express my views." "I felt very happy and grateful for the service I have received."

  • "My motto for mediation would be ‘give them a try’ – they can help bring happiness back to your children. I know my children are glad I took the steps of going to mediation, they tell me each week."

  • "If it was not for a valued service such as your own, we would not be able to realise the damage we are doing to our children."

  • "When I first approached mediation I had no contact with my children. I now have weekly contact – so it worked for me and I would have no hesitation in recommending it to anyone else."

  • "Going to family mediation helped reassure my husband that he was still a very important part of our daughter’s life. He didn’t feel quite so lost."

  • "I would like to thank you for all your help. The improvement in the relationship can only help us all. I feel you had a very large part in sending us in that direction."