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Volunteering

​Volunteers play a crucial role within Survivors' Network and we really appreciate and heavily rely on their contributions to our work with survivors

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​By volunteering with us you will meet other highly committed ​individuals, make a difference to the lives of survivors and gain life-changing skills. You'll also get to see from the inside how charities work and whether you might like to make a career in the charity sector. We offer an internal training programme for volunteers specific to your role along with social and networking opportunities.

Our current roles are:

  • Volunteer-led services volunteer:
    • Dropin and Helpline Volunteer (evenings)
    • Phone support Volunteer (mornings)
    • Link Service Volunteer
  • Trans Helpline Volunteer (Sundays, in partnership with LGBT Switchboard)
  • Fundraising and Events Volunteer
  • Service Promotion Volunteer
  • Trustee
  • Volunteer Counsellor

 

We welcome applications from all sectors of our diverse community and applications from BME, LB and T* women are particularly encouraged. 

We also welcome applications from ex-service users. However, in order to promote clients’ and volunteers’ self-care, we do not accept volunteer applications for volunteer-led and counselling services from individuals who are currently using or have used any of those services within the last 2 years.

 

 

Volunteer-led Services Volunteer

 

Our volunteer-led services are for self-identified women survivors and include a evening Dropin and Helpline, morning Phone Support Line and a new one-to-one goal-oriented programme, called the Link Service. Through these roles you will develop an in-depth knowledge of issues surrounding sexual violence and how to appropriately support women survivors of sexual violence and abuse. You will also gain valuable basic counselling and advocacy skills and join a team of committed and passionate women. We provide a comprehensive induction, ongoing support and access to specialist accredited training courses.

 

You are very welcome to apply to one or more of the roles, provided you are able to commit to the time and you fullfill the criteria specific to the chosen role/s (see application form for details). .

 

If your application is successful you will be invited to an informal interview and offered a training place, depending on availability. The next training dates for 2017 are:

 

2017

1st intake:  Sunday 22nd (10am to 3pm), Monday 23rd (5-8pm) January, Saturday 28th January (10am to 3pm) and Sunday 5th February (10 am to 3pm) 

2nd intake: Sat 1st July (9.45am - 3pm), Sun 2nd July (9.45am - 1.30pm), Sat 8th July (9.45am - 3pm), Sun 9th July (9.45am - 3pm)

 

A summary of each role is below. Please download the application form here for Dropin/Helpline/Phone support, and here for Link project . Send the completed form to info@survivorsnetwork.org.uk. If you have any queries, you can also contact us on that email address or on our office number, 01273 203380. 

 

Dropin and Helpline Volunteer (evenings): ​You will be working in a small team of volunteers offering emotional support and sign-posting to self-identifying women survivors (aged 14+) ​on the phone, email, text or face to face (Dropin) and to supporters of any gender. We are looking for women who can volunteer for at least six hours a month on a long term basis for a minimum of a year. In order to apply for this role you will need to be able to volunteer for at least two of the shifts below, plus supervision one Tuesday evening a month (either 5.30pm to 7.30pm or 7pm to 9pm).

 

Phone Support Volunteer (mornings): As a Phone Support Volunteer you will be offering weekly call backs for women survivors of sexual violence and abuse who are on our waiting lists for all other services, on Monday mornings 11am to 1pm. Through this role you will develop an in-depth knowledge of issues surrounding sexual violence and how to appropriately support survivors. This role can be done in combination with the Dropin and Helpline evenings and with the Link Service. Please note that induction training (dates above) is mandatory. For more information or to apply, please 

 

Link Service Volunteer: As Link Volunteer you will be offering weekly one-to-one support to survivors of sexual violence and abuse to reach their goals. We need women from across the city and surrounding areas, and who are available for about an hour, between Monday and Friday. ​This role can be done in combination with the Dropin and Helpline roles outlined above. Please note that a probationary period with the Dropin and Helpline services is required in order to volunteer on this service. Volunteers speaking languages other than English are encouraged to apply for this position, particularly Arabic, Urdu, Hindi, Chinese, Polish, and Punjabi.

 

Trans Helpline Volunteer (partnership project with LGBT Switchboard)

LGBT Switchboard and Survivors Network are very happy to announce that we are recruiting additional volunteers for Trans Survivors Switchboard, our new helpline for trans survivors of sexual violence. Following our research into the needs of trans survivors of sexual violence and the current service provision landscape, Survivors Network and LGBT Switchboard have launched a helpline for trans survivors of sexual violence. The helpline is based in Brighton but takes calls from the whole UK.

As a volunteer for this service, you will be providing support via a telephone/webchat/email helpline to trans individuals who have experienced sexual violence at any point in their life. You will provide emotional support, practical help and signposting advice. Full application ca be downloaded from the LGBT Switchboard website.

Fundraising and Events Volunteer

Following on from a big year of birthday events in 2015, we're planning a whole range of exciting events and fundraising challenges this year. If you're interested in helping us, and developing your events, marketing, social media and project management skills at the same time, then get in touch. The Fundraising and Events Committee meets monthly and welcomes volunteers of any gender. Contact admin@survivorsnetwork.org.uk or call 01273 203 380 for more information.

Service Promotion Volunteer 

What does the role involve? As a Service Promotion Volunteer you will have the crucial role to raise awareness of Survivors’ Network for residents of Brighton & Hove and East Sussex, by presenting our services to various organisations, including, but not limited to, GP surgeries and local charities. This role includes a combination of working from home, office, around Brighton&Hove and East Sussex. 


How much time will I need to commit? 2-4 hours per week.

What skills will I develop? Through this role you will develop  knowledge of issues surrounding sexual violence and in-depth knowledge of our organisation.You will also further develop skills and experience needed for working in third sector environments.

We will also reimburse reasonable travel expenses.

To apply for this role please email info@survivorsnetwork.org.uk quoting "Service Promotion Volunteer" or call 01273 203 380

 

Trustee - Join our Management Committee 

 

Survivors Network is a registered charity, based in Sussex, which aims to reduce sexual violence and its impact on survivors’ lives. We offer a range of services to survivors who have experienced any form of sexual violence.

 

We are fully accredited members of Rape Crisis England and Wales and are the Rape Crisis Centre for Sussex.

 

We’re actively looking for new trustees to join our dynamic and creative board of trustees at this exciting time of growth and development. Our board of trustees meets regularly, and is responsible for our strategic development, financial operations, and for ensuring we operate legally and meet Charity Commission requirements.

 

We’re particularly interested in receiving applications from individuals who either:

- have experience of being a trustee of a small charity

- live or work in East Sussex

- are involved in the feminist movement in Sussex

 

However, we also welcome applications from anyone who is interested and can bring new skills and experience to our board.

 

To find out more download a recruitment pack and application form

 

Volunteer Counsellor

Survivors' Network will be recruiting for volunteer counsellors throughout the year. Successful candidates will have reached at least the second year of a recognised diploma and have completed 50+ client hours in a supervised placement. For more information contact info@survivorsnetwork.org.uk or call 01273 203 380.