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 not currently recruiting volunteer counsellors, but please see below for more information in the meantime.

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 90 – 100 face to face 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:

Background Info

Role Description

Application Form

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 from ethnically diverse communities, disabled women and older women because we actively aim to reach and represent all of the women of Leeds.


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

Your call should be answered immediately during our helpline 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.