This week at SARSAS, we are celebrating the awesome contributions that our inspirational volunteers make to our organisation and to help survivors rebuild their lives.

We asked our volunteers to tell us why they volunteer at SARSAS and what they get out of it. Here are a few of their answers:

“I volunteer at SARSAS because … I want to put my feminism in practice. It is important for me to support women in such a practical way, to listen and believe.”

“I volunteer at SARSAS because … I love being amoungst women who are so supportive of survivors  as well as other women.”

“Volunteering with SARSAS has given me skills that I use in the rest of my life, including grounding, reflective listening, and self-care.”

“When I know I have really made a  difference to a caller’s day and recovery, with what I have offered to them as support and understanding how life is for them as survivors  of sexual violence.  It also makes me feel really good about  myself.”

Our brilliant Volunteer Manager, Liz, had this to say about working with our volunteers:

Volunteers are at the heart of the work that SARSAS does supporting survivors.  Without them we couldn’t do as much as we do and for that reason we would like to celebrate their contribution this Volunteer Week and say a big thank you to them all.

As Volunteer Manager I am very lucky to work alongside a team of such committed and dedicated women.  The volunteers come from many different backgrounds bringing skills, knowledge and experience from their ‘other lives’ to their roles and to share with the team.  Their passion, energy and enthusiasm makes SARSAS the inspiring organisation that it is today.  Volunteers also play a large part in making sure that SARSAS is a warm and welcoming environment where we respond to survivors with kindness and understanding.  Over the last year volunteers have given many hours of their time to support SARSAS and survivors and there is no gift more precious to give than time, so for this I would like to say a massive thank you to them all. 

As in Rupi Kaur’s words:

“we all move forward when we recognise how resilient and striking the women around us are.””

If you are interested in volunteering at SARSAS, we are currently recruiting for Fundraising Volunteers and will be advertising for Helpline Volunteer Support Workers in July. For more information on this and other volunteering opportunities, head over to our Volunteering page and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.