Advocacy Counselling Helpline

Service Delivery Volunteers

Find out about who our Service Delivery Volunteers are and what they do at SARSVL

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


Counselling Volunteers

Support After Rape and Sexual Violence Leeds (SARSVL) is delighted to be recruiting volunteer counsellors again!

Applications are invited from any/all of the following:

  • Qualified counsellors/psychotherapists, who have a minimum of 100 hours supervised counselling sessions with a minimum of 4 different clients.
  • Qualified counsellors/psychotherapists who are working towards accreditation.
  • 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.

We are a committed, skilled and friendly team of professionals who deliver counselling to women over the age of 18 in Leeds, who have experienced sexual violence at any time in their lives.

This role is suitable for Counsellors and Psychotherapists who would like to develop and integrate ways of working that include an empowerment, holistic and trauma informed approach. This role is suitable for qualified Counsellors and Psychotherapists who have completed 100 supervised hours. Volunteering as a Counsellor for SARSVL will offer you a possibility of becoming part of supportive therapeutic team, with the opportunity to influence the further development of the specialist Rape Crisis service for women and girls in Leeds. Additionally, you will receive free, monthly individual and group supervision and be invited to attend regular CPD activities.

To apply, download an application pack below:

SARSVL Vol Counsellor Role Description

Vol Counsellor Background Info

Volunteer Counsellor Person Specification


If you’d like any further information regarding the role, contact info@sarsvl.org.uk. We look forward to hearing from you!

We’re particularly keen to receive applications from women who can help us to more fully reflect the community we serve, particularly Black and ethnically minoritised women, disabled women, LBT women and women aged over 50.

Please note: applications for this volunteer position will only be accepted from women (genuine occupational requirement under Schedule 9, Paragraph 1 of the Equality Act 2010).

Are you thinking about applying for the role of Counselling Volunteer, but wondering what it might be like volunteering for a Rape Crisis centre? Then look no further – one of our Volunteer Counsellors, Lydia, has given us a short interview below about her experience volunteering at SARSVL…

Q: How would you describe your volunteering experience at SARSVL?

I love volunteering here! [SARSVL is] friendly, supportive, passionate, inspiring, challenging (in a good way!). [SARSVL is also] professional, safe, and responsible in the work that we do and the service that we offer.

Q: What are the reasons for you to volunteer at SARSVL?

To learn to practise in a trauma informed way, within a supportive environment, and to understand how counselling services can operate in the voluntary sector.

Q: If any, is there anything you are getting on personal/professional level from volunteering here?

On a professional level: free, quality supervision; connection with other therapists; and the opportunity to develop new skills with a new client group. On a personal level: I have gained confidence in my practice; feeling of belonging and purpose; and inspiration and motivation for development.


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0808 802 3344

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