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.
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.
Helpline Volunteer Support Workers will be required to attend all of the training days for the role. Administration Assistant Volunteers will be required to attend the first 2 days of training but are invited to attend all of the days should they wish. The training days are in Bristol, as follows:
- Friday 19th May 2017 daytime (9.30 am – 4.30 pm)
- Saturday 20th May 2017 daytime (9.30 am – 4.30 pm)
- Monday 22nd May 2017 evening (6.00 pm – 8.30 pm)
- Friday 2nd June 2017 daytime (9.30 am – 4.30 pm)
- Saturday 3rd June 2017 daytime (9.30 am – 4.30 pm)
- Monday 5th June 2017 evening (6.00 pm – 8.30 pm)
Both roles are Bristol-based. 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 Tuesday 11th April 2017 from 5.30 pm – 7.00 pm.
To book a place on the information session or for any questions please contact us by e-mail info@SARSAS.org.uk or by phone on 0117 9299556 and ask for Liz Roberts.
For more information and to apply, download an application pack here:
Closing Date for applications – Thursday 20th April 2017 (9.00am)
Interviews (Informal 1:1 meetings) – Between 24th April 2017 to 09th May 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. 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