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Volunteer your time


Volunteering for Solace can be immensely challenging and very rewarding and can provide an opportunity for you to learn new skills and develop existing ones whilst supporting vulnerable women and children in the capital who have experienced domestic or sexual violence.

About volunteering

You will find a variety of volunteer opportunities at Solace Women’s Aid, across London and across our specialist services, from working directly with survivors to playing a key role in our central support services.  As a Volunteer, you will be making a positive difference to our organisation in both the lives of the women and their children as well as the work of all our staff.


Volunteers bring with them a wealth of experience along with fresh perspectives and ideas that truly benefit our work. You will be given the opportunity to directly contribute to the decision-making of the organisation through continual feedback and input.


We offer an internal training programme for volunteers specific to your role along with social and networking opportunities.

After volunteering with Solace for six months, all volunteers have the opportunity to complete a national qualification course which is a Level 2/3 Award in Preventing and Tackling Domestic and Sexual Abuse/Violence.  Solace values the contribution of volunteers and over the last year 5 volunteers have gained employment with Solace Women’s Aid.


Please note we are a London-based charity, so all our volunteer roles are in London. We are only able to reimburse volunteer expenses for travel within London.


“Volunteering for Solace helped me develop a rich and varied set of skills and experience. I loved being part of an organisation where everyone is really committed to the work and I saw first hand that I could do something to help.” Dawn, 29

Current volunteer roles

For more information about current volunteer roles, please email volunteering@solacewomensaid.org to be added to our mailing list.  You will receive monthly updates on current volunteer opportunities.

Please note that our volunteer opportunities are open to women only (exempt under the Equality Act 2010, Schedule 9, Part 1), and that these volunteer roles are exempt from the rehabilitation of offenders act 1974 and subject to enhanced DBS checks.


North London Rape Crisis Helpline Volunteers

North London Rape Crisis is currently looking for helpline volunteers to provide support to women and girls age 13+ who have experienced any form of sexual violence at any time in their lives. The volunteers will be required to commit to 12 months post training and to attend a 9 week training course on Fridays from 4th December 2015 to 12th February 2016 excluding the two bank holidays in December. You are required to attend 80% of the sessions to be able to proceed to working on the helpline. You will need to have an interest in working with survivors of sexual violence and will have the opportunity to work towards an OCN accredited qualification for ‘Professionals Working in the Sexual Violence Sector’ at level 2 or 3.

Please email us for the information pack and application form. The deadline to submit applications is by 5pm on Monday 26th October 2015.

NLRC Helpline Volunteer Information

NLRC Helpline Volunteer Application Form

NLRC Helpline Volunteer Monitoring form


Volunteer Counsellors
We actively recruit qualified counsellors and counsellors in their final year of training to work with us providing emotional support to survivors of domestic and sexual abuse/violence. For more information please download the documents below.
Essential requirements for Counselling Volunteers
Please contact us for the application form.


Our Volunteer News Bulletins
Information on volunteering opportunities are circulated in our monthly news bulletins. Please email volunteering@solacewomensaid.org to be added to our mailing list. Please email us stating clearly which volunteer role you would like to apply for and to request the application form.

October 2015 Volunteer Bulletin
September 2015 Volunteer Bulletin
August 2015 Volunteer Bulletin
July 2015 Volunteer Bulletin
June 2015 Volunteer Bulletin
May 2015 Volunteer Bulletin
April 2015 Volunteer Bulletin
March 2015 Volunteer Bulletin


Student Placements
We are very sorry that we do not currently accept student placements, unless this is organised by your university with us directly.


More information
Solace Women’s Aid Volunteer Involvement Policy
NCVO Guidance on Universal Credit System and Volunteering


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