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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 (mornings and 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 are:

 

2018

We will be recruiting and running training in early 2018, so please do express an interest now if you are keen to get started in the new year.

Dates for group interviews:

Tuesday March 13th: 11.00 – 12.00 and 14.00 – 15.00

Thursday March 22nd: 15.00 – 16.00 and 17.30 – 18.30

 

Volunteer training dates

Weekend of April 21st-22nd

Weekend of May 12th-13th

All days will be 09.45 - 16.00

Practice sessions: May 1st 13.00 - 15.00 or 15th May 18.00 - 20.00.

 

A summary of each role is below. Please download the application form here for Dropin/Helpline/Phone support, and here for Link project. If you can also fill in an Equalities Form that would be very helpful - download one here. 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 (mornings and 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). The drop-in and helpline run predominantly in the evenings, however we are launching a new daytime drop-in that we will need to staff too.

 

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. In order to fulfil this role you should have or be willing to develop knowledge and skills in the following areas:

 

  • An understanding of the trans community and the issues that affect trans people
  • An understanding of sexual violence including the emotional distress and practical problems which often emerge as a result of sexual violence.
  • Be able to listen and refrain from giving advice, so as to support callers by providing a listening ear and enabling them to find their own solutions using a range of strategies.
  • Be non-judgmental and able to suspend one’s own judgment so that every caller is listened to and respected regardless of one’s own beliefs, values etc that may be different from the caller’s.
  • Be committed to developing your knowledge base of local and national support agencies and resources.
  • Be able to make use of a wide range of resources, both paper and Internet based.
  • Have an understanding of the need to maintain professional boundaries with all service users, and be able to maintain professional boundaries at all times.
  • Be willing to attend other in-house training events in order to gain knowledge and sustain and develop good practice.
  • Be willing and able to work within the organisation’s policies and procedures.

New volunteers will need to be able to commit to the following:

Training to take place on the following days:

29 January 6:30-9 pm
5 February 6:30-9 pm
12 February 6:30-9 pm
3 March 10-4 (this is a Saturday)

Two shifts per month which take place on a Sunday either from 1-3 pm or 3-5 pm.
Operations meeting and supervision every other month on the first Monday of the month from 5:15-6:45.

Following the training, volunteers will shadow helpline shifts prior to taking calls themselves.

The closing date for applications is the 20th of December. Interviews will take place on the 11th of January from 4-7 pm at the LGBT Switchboard offices in central Brighton. You can download an application form here: Volunteer Application Form

Access Information: Unfortunately, due to the Survivors Network building having steep stairs and no lift, we are not currently able to accept volunteers who require lift access. If you would like to volunteer but have lift access requirements, please do still apply and make a note of this, as we will endeavour to address this in the future. If you have any other access needs which you’d like to discuss with us, please email: transsurvivorsswitchboard@gmail.com 

Fundraising and Events Volunteer

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 caitlin@survivorsnetwork.org.uk or call 01273 203 380 for more information.

 

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.