Advocacy Counselling Helpline

Service Delivery Volunteers

Delivering Helpline and Counselling services

SARSVL Service Delivery Volunteers deliver our Helpline and Counselling servicers and help administer the day to day running of the services at our Centre in Leeds.

Helpline Volunteers

Helpline Volunteers answer calls and help administer the day to day running of the helpline. The main activity is answering calls, e-mails, text messages and conducting face to face support for women who have suffered any form of sexual abuse. All our helpline volunteers undertake a comprehensive in house training programme covering listening skills and knowledge around aspects of sexual violence.

We recruit women to our helpline training course as a cohort once or twice a year. In order to apply you must be 18 or over and be able to attend the selection day and all the training dates which are advertised as part of our active recruitment.

If you are available on all dates and want to apply we invite you to complete a Helpline Volunteer Application Form and the Equality and Diversity Questionnaire.

We are not currently recruiting to Helpline Volunteer training but please keep checking back, or sign up to our newsletter at the link below, to find out more.

Counselling Volunteers…

We’re currently seeking Counselling Volunteers, please contact counselling@sarsvl.org.uk if you would like to know more.

SARSVL’s Counselling Service offers specialist therapeutic work to women who have experienced sexual violence at any point in their lives.

SARSVL’s Counselling Service welcomes to all kinds of women including: LGBTQIA, BME, non-binary, women with disabilities, refugee and asylum seeking women.

We have vacancies for experienced trainees and qualified practitioners who could offer individual counselling to this client group.

· To see 3 -4 clients weekly at our Leeds city centre premises for a minimum of 12 months.
· To attend internal individual and group supervision
· To attend induction and the Empowerment model training 2 full days
· Continuing professional development (CPD) will be provided together with the new research in working with trauma of sexual violence.

Qualifications required:

Applications are invited from any/all of the following:

· Qualified counsellors/psychotherapists who are working towards accreditation
· Qualified and accredited counsellors/psychotherapists
· Individuals who have recently completed, or are close to completing Counselling training and have acquired 100 hours of supervised face to face counselling sessions with at least five different clients.
· Individuals who have recently completed, or are close to completing, recognised group psychotherapy training

In addition, we would particularly welcome applications from any of the above who could also offer counselling/psychotherapy in another language relevant to Leeds.

Under the Equality Act 2010 (Schedule 9, part 1), this volunteering opportunity is open to women only.

To apply to volunteer with our Counselling Service, please e-mail: justyna@sarsvl.org.uk for an application pack.

We’re particularly keen to receive applications from Black and Minority Ethnic women, disabled women and older women because we actively aim to reach and represent all of the women of Leeds.

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Call us free on
0808 802 3344

Your call should be answered immediately during our opening times, unless we’re on another call. If we’re closed or on another call you can leave us a message and we’ll call you back.