Advocacy Counselling Helpline

Support Services Volunteers

Services Volunteers deliver all our support services

SARSVL Support Services Volunteers deliver all our support services (telephone, email, text and face to face and advocacy) 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. For more details on what’s involved in becoming and being a SARSVL Helpline Volunteer please download guidance here. (PDF File)

Advocacy Volunteers…

Advocacy is about helping people to access information and services, to be involved in decisions about their lives, and to explore their views and wishes. It assists people in exploring choices and options, defending their rights and speaking out about issues that matter to them, to regain or maintain power and control over their own lives. SARSVL’s Advocacy Service will work specifically with women affected by sexual violence, whenever in their lives it happened, working within a feminist analysis of violence and informed by a rights-based empowerment approach. Download information about being a SARSVL Advocacy Volunteer here. (PDF File)

Counselling Volunteers…

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 and qualified practitioners who could offer individual counselling to this client group. Successful applicants have a unique professional opportunity to influence the development of a Counselling Service, alongside their caseload.


  • To see 3 clients weekly at our Leeds city centre premises for a minimum of 18 months.
  • Internal line management (once monthly, on Thursday afternoons) and continuing professional development (CPD) hours provided – this includes specialist training and support at no cost to Volunteers,
  • Supervision is external and paid for by SARSVL, with an approved Supervisor.

Qualifications required:

  • To have completed a 2-year Diploma – any theoretical model welcome and you must be practiced in working with the impact of trauma,
  • Minimum 40 hrs personal therapy,
  • Minimum 200 hours supervised face-to-face client work,
  • Counsellors with a second language relevant to Leeds are especially welcome.


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

To apply, please e-mail: erene@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.

If you can’t make selection/training dates for our next training programmes – you can also keep a look out on this website for future dates of selection and training, follow us on twitter (@sarsvl) or like us on Facebook (just search for Support After Rape & Sexual Violence Leeds), or sign up to our mailing list here.

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.