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Volunteer your time

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

Refuge Support Worker Volunteer

Location: London Borough of Barnet
Availability: Minimum of 1 days a week

We are looking for an approachable volunteer with good interpersonal skills, self-motivated and able to carry out tasks unsupervised, flexible and interested in Domestic and Sexual Violence and its impact on women and children. This is an extremely varied role, helping with the day to day running of the refuge and supporting women and children affected by Domestic and Sexual Violence. This position is a unique opportunity to gain experience of supporting women and children.

Training, Group Work Admin Volunteer

Location:London Borough of  Southwark
Availability: Minimum of 2 days a week

We are looking for an organised and efficient volunteer to support our training and group work programme. You will assist in the promotion and preparation of training materials to raise awareness about domestic abuse. The role will involve assisting in organising  and co-facilitating several groups and playing a key role in the day to day administration of the new peer supporter programme. Designing, writing and electronic distribution of the service user and professional monthly newsletters. Excellent interpersonal skills are 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.

Why volunteer

Meaningful Experience:

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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