We’re currently recruiting a new group of volunteers for our Advocacy Service – click here to find out about our Advocacy Service in detail.

Want to have a chat with us before you volunteer? Then come along to our Information Session on Tuesday 31st March, 6.30pm – 8pm at the Quaker Meeting House, 188 Woodhouse Lane, Leeds LS1 9DX – book your place by returning this booking form, or simply call us on 0113 243 9102 with the following information:

  • Your Name
  • Your Email Address
  • Your Contact phone number
  • Any access needs (the Quaker Meeting is accessible)
  • Your interest – e.g. general interest in the service, or volunteering with the service

Key dates:

  • Closing for receipt of completed applications is now: 12 noon Monday 6th April.
  • References in by: 10th April 2015
  • First training session: Saturday 18th April 10.00am – 4pm at our Leeds city centre premises

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.

Our comprehensive training programme and ongoing support will help develop new and existing skills and will provide all the information needed to fulfill the role of a volunteer advocate. SARSVL Advocacy Volunteers will need to be committed to supporting women by working on a one to one basis with them and being able to work with a range of professionals from a number of different agencies in order to negotiate the best possible outcomes for their clients. They will also need to be available to attend training and then offer support during the day at different times throughout the week. They do not need any previous experience of working with survivors of violence as full training will be provided.

To become a SARSVL Advocacy Volunteer, you will need to:

  • Read through this guidance (downloaded by clicking here) – if you struggle to download this please contact info@sarsvl.org.uk for a copy to be emailed to you.
  • Complete this application form (click here to download) – if you struggle to download this please contact info@sarsvl.org.uk for a copy to be emailed to you. And return it to us by no later than 12 noon Monday 6th April2015.
  • Attend an initial training weekend on Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th April, 10am to 4pm at our city centre premises, where you will learn more about SARSVL, the issues we work on and the role of a SARSVL Advocacy Volunteer. You will also have the opportunity to decide whether the project and role is right for you. You will make no commitment to take the training forward at that point.  
  • Attend all sessions of the basic advocacy training course (Read through this guidance (downloaded by clicking here))- and pass the course
  • Supply the name and email address of two referees (not related to you) who can vouch for your suitability for working as a SARSVL volunteer 
  • Undergo a ‘Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check when you have completed the course. *

Before you fill in the application formplease check that you are available for all of the selection and training course dates and times listed as you will need to attend everything.

*Please note that previous convictions are not a barrier to volunteering, which is dependent on the nature of the conviction.

We actively encourage Disabled, BME, Older and Transgendered women to volunteer with SARSVL.

More on the SARSVL Advocacy Service here.