Volunteer your time
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.
Current volunteer opportunities
Location: London Borough of Waltham Forest
Availability: 1-2 days per week
An exciting opportunity has arisen to work closely with the Independent Domestic Violence Advocacy (IDVA) Service in Waltham Forest. This role is ideal for anyone who is looking to gain experience in the following areas: Working closely with Independent Domestic Violence Advisors (IDVAs). Conducting initial contact to service users to assess their needs. Risk assessing new referrals to determine risk levels. Signposting service users to appropriate services. Exploring safety options and providing support to male and female service users. Administration tasks such as collating information and data entry.
NLRC Volunteer Administration Assistant
Location: London Borough of Islington
Availability: 1 – 2 days per week
An exciting opportunity has arisen to work closely with our counselling service administrative team at North London Rape Crisis. This role is ideal for someone looking to gain experience in administration within our busy counselling service. The role will involve a range of administration tasks including collating information, data entry in different secure systems, data collection, typing and formatting documents, photocopying, organizing efficient filing systems, logging messages, as well as other general administrative tasks as and when required.
Counselling Admin Volunteer
Location: London Borough of Islington
Availability: Minimum of 2 days a week
This is an ideal role for someone looking to gain experience in administration within a counselling service context. The role will involve taking and confirming referrals from other agencies and other services internally, as well as working on a range of admin tasks including collating information, data entry in different secure systems, data collection, typing and formatting documents, logging messages, as well as other tasks as and when required. The role will be primarily desk based and we are looking for someone with good attention to detail. A great role to gain understanding of a counselling service.
Volunteering in a specific role will provide you with experience in a leading Domestic & Sexual Violence charity.
Induction & Training Programmes:
At Solace we are passionate about equipping volunteers with the skills and knowledge they need to work in the sector. For all current volunteers, in addition to an induction, we offer 5 core training sessions:
- Basic Domestic Abuse awareness
- Basic Sexual Violence awareness
- Professional Boundaries, Confidentiality and Equality & Diversity
- Safeguarding Children, Young People and Adults at Risk
- Mental Health awareness
Support & Supervision:
We offer regular support and supervision sessions to all our volunteers. We reimburse volunteer out of pocket travel expenses up to £10 a day and lunch expenses if you are volunteering for more than 6 hours up to a maximum of £3.50 a day.
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