Volunteering with SARSAS
Volunteers are an essential part SARSAS and they provide thousands of hours of crucial support to survivors every year. We value our Volunteer Support Workers and to show our appreciation we provide many additional training opportunities, away days, and monthly group clinical supervision. We also understand that for some Volunteer Support Workers volunteering with us is a stepping stone on their journey into a career in this area and we try to support their progression as much as possible.
You don’t necessarily need to have experience of support work or working with sexual violence to volunteer with us – your personal qualities, views and ability to support survivors is what is important. Our training is comprehensive and will equip you with the knowledge to build on your skills and experience.
Want to volunteer?
We are currently recruiting Helpline Volunteer Support Workers and Assistant Administrator Volunteers
SARSAS provides services for people who have experienced any sexual violence, at any time in their lives, especially women and girls. We offer a helpline, one-to-one support sessions, counselling and e-support.
We are looking for:
Helpline volunteers to answer calls on the SARSAS helplines providing emotional support and signposting information. In May 2015 we launched an additional service for men and boys which is optional for volunteers to be a part of.
Assistant Administrator Volunteers to support the SARSAS team with a range of essential administrative duties.
We are looking for women who are empathic, non-judgemental with good communication and organisational skills, time-keeping and reliability. SARSAS values diversity and welcomes applicants from all sections of the community.
Through this work you will learn new skills, gain experience for related roles and courses e.g. counselling, social work and develop an awareness and understanding around sexual violence and rape.
You will be required to attend all of the training days for both of the roles. The training days are as follows:
Monday 6th November 2017 day (9.30 am – 4.30 pm)
Tuesday 7th November 2017 day (9.30 am – 4.30 pm)
Wednesday 8th November 2017 day (9.30 am – 4.30 pm)
Monday 13th November 2017 day (9.30 am – 4.30 pm)
Tuesday 14th November 2017 day (9.30 am – 4.30 pm)
For both roles you will need to be able to commit to volunteering with SARSAS for at least 6 months.
Helpline Volunteer Support Workers will need to be able to attend one 2-3 hour helpline shift per week and monthly group supervision. Assistant Administrator Volunteers will need to commit to 4 – 6 hours per week usually between 9 am and 5 pm.
Opportunities for further training and expanding knowledge will be provided as well as visits to external agencies, and participating in away days, planning or conferences. There will also be opportunities to get involved in other SARSAS services including one-to-one support and campaigning if desired. SARSAS will reimburse out-of-pocket expenses.
If you would like to find out further information about SARSAS and the roles we are holding an information session on Thursday 14th September from 5.30 pm – 7.00 pm. Please e-mail info@SARSAS.org.uk to book a place.
For more information about the roles you can look at the role descriptions:
If you have any questions please contact us by e-mail info@SARSAS.org.uk or by phone on 0117 9299556 and ask for Liz Roberts and you can have a look at our Frequently Asked Questions
Closing Date for applications – Monday 25th September 2017 (9.00am)
Interviews (Informal 1:1 meetings) – Between 3rd October 2017 to 19th October 2017
* Because of the nature of the role it is only open to women applicants and is exempt under Schedule 9 Part 1 Equalities Act 2010.
SARSAS are committed to safeguarding all our service users and a Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check will be required for this role.
Want to talk?
Women and girls
0808 801 0456
Men and boys
0808 801 0464
Monday 11.00am – 2.00pm
Tuesday 6.00pm – 8:30pm