We’re recruiting our next round of Helpline Volunteers!

Our helpline is a much needed service offering support to women and girls who have been affected by rape or sexual violence at any time in their lives.

Firstly, check the dates and times of the Selection Evening and training course at the end of this post, (see below) which takes place in our Leeds city centre premises. If you can’t make even just one of these you won’t be able to do the course this time, so please do not submit an application if you can’t commit to all the sessions.

The role involves providing non directive supportive listening and emotional support to women and girls on the phone, via text and email, and face to face.

To find out more about SARSVL and becoming a Helpline Volunteer please read our Volunteering Guide – Helpline Services

We are particularly interested in meeting women who will help us reflect the whole community we strive to serve, including older women and BME women of any age.

You can download our  Helpline Volunteer Application Form , or contact sarsvl.helpline.training@gmail.com with your full name and address to request a paper copy.

The dates are shown below. You must be able to attend every training session and the Selection evening in order for your application to be considered.

Selection Evening Thursday 15th Sept 5.45 – 8.45pm

1: Introduction to SARSVL and the training |Thursday 22nd September – 5.45 – 8.45
2: Violence against women and rape | Saturday 24th September – 9.30 – 4.30
3: Listening skills I | Thursday 29th September – 5.45 – 8.45
4: Listening skills II | Thursday  6th October – 5.45 – 8.45
5: Oppression | Thursday 13th October – 5.45 – 8.45
6: Adult survivors of childhood | Thursday 20th October – 5.45 – 8.45
7: Listening skills III | Thursday 27th October – 5.45 – 8.45
8: Listening skills IV | Thursday 3rd November – 5.45 – 8.45
9: Child sexual exploitation and trafficking | Thursday 17th November- 5.45 – 8.45
10: E-mail and text emotional support | Saturday 19th November -9.30-4.30
11: Face-to-face emotional support and record keeping | Saturday 26th Nov – 9.30 – 4.30
12: Good practice and overview | Saturday 3rd December –  9.30 – 4.30

I want to be a helpline volunteer – what do I do next?

  1. To become a helpline volunteer firstly please read through our information booklet, Volunteering Guide – Helpline Services and check that you are available to attend all the training dates.
  2. ONLY if you are able to attend ALL the dates shown please download and complete our Helpline Volunteer Application Form  and return it to us at the address on the form.
  3. Please also complete and return the Equality & Diversity Monitoring Form at the end of the application form, which will be detached upon receipt.

You can contact us at sarsvl.helpline.training@gmail.com to request a paper copy, or for large print materials.

We’ll then review your application and invite you to attend the Selection Evening where you’ll have an opportunity to meet current volunteers and find out loads more about us. There will be a short informal interview.

Once you’ve passed the selection evening you’ll be invited to attend the training course. This is an intensive 11 week course consisting of 12 sessions that will prepare you for the work of a helpline volunteer. You’ll learn about the politics and social context of sexual violence as well as learning the practical skills needed to be a helpline volunteer.

As each session builds on what you learn in the previous one, you’ll need to attend all the sessions in order to pass the course. This is essential, so please do make sure you are available for all the sessions.

We’re particularly keen to receive applications from women who can help us to more fully reflect the community that we serve, particularly Black and Minority Ethnic women, Disabled women, and women aged over 50.

Please help our volunteer recruitment campaign by sharing this information with friends and colleagues you think might be interested.

Completed forms must reach us no later than 5pm on Thursday 18th August 2016. Applications received after this deadline will not be considered. 

Volunteering Guide – Helpline Services

Helpline Volunteer Application Form