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 these 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.

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. If you would like to talk more to us about what is involved come along to our Drop In Afternoon on 1st August 2015, more here.

To find out more about SARSVL and becoming a Helpline Volunteer, download detailed guidance here.

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 an application form here, or contact info@sarsvl.org.uk 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 3rd Sept 5.45 – 9pm

1: Introduction to SARSVL and the training |Thursday 10th Sept – 5.45 – 8.45
2: Violence against women and rape | Saturday 12th Sept – 9.30 – 4.30
3: Listening skills I | Thursday 17th Sept – 5.45 – 8.45
4: Listening skills II | Thursday 24th Sept – 5.45 – 8.45
5: Oppression | Thursday 1st Oct – 5.45 – 8.45
6: Adult survivors of childhood | Thursday 8th Oct – 5.45 – 8.45
7: Listening skills III | Thursday 15th Oct – 5.45 – 8.45
8: Listening skills IV | Thursday 22nd Oct – 5.45 – 8.45
9: Child sexual exploitation and trafficking | Thursday 29th Oct – 5.45 – 8.45
10: E-mail and text emotional support | Saturday 7th Nov – 5.45 – 8.45
11: Face-to-face emotional support and record keeping | Saturday 14th Nov – 9.30 – 4.30
12: Good practice and overview | Saturday 21st Nov –  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, which you can find by clicking HERE and check that you are available to attend all the training dates.
  2. ONLY if you are able to attend ALL the dates shown  fill in an application form (download that HERE) 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 Friday 14th August 2015. Applications received after this deadline will not be considered. 

Download detailed guidance here.

Download an application form here.

Go to details of Drop In Information Afternoon.