Interested in Volunteering?
Want to be part of a dynamic, passionate team dedicated to making a real difference within
the local community and to people's lives? Contact
You may be interested in volunteering on a regular basis and joining our committed Volunteer team. Full training will be provided and there are a range of opportunities on offer.
You could get involved in a variety of ways, for instance:
* 1:1 befriending of clients who have separated from their abusive partners
* Accompanying clients to Court/Housing/Medical appointments etc
* Helping to run a Support Group or Programme
* Supporting our Children's Outreach Worker with Clubs and activities
What are we looking for in a Volunteer?
We welcome *volunteers, aged 18 and over, from a range of backgrounds, particularly those who have personal experience of domestic abuse (subject to adequate recovery time)
We value the skills gained in caring for a family as well as through employment and other voluntary work
You will need to demonstrate an understanding of the importance of confidentiality
You must be reliable and have good listening skills
You will need to support clients in an understanding and non-judgemental way
Ability to drive and access to your own transport is desirable
Availability during office hours
We welcome the support and involvement of men within ESDAS, however we are unable to offer volunteering opportunities to men that involve direct female client contact.
*Subject to Section 7(2)(e) of the Sex Discrimination Act (Women Only).
Alternatively we are looking to extend and enhance our Volunteer team by recruiting a group of people with passion and energy who would like to be involved but, for various reasons, cannot volunteer on a regular basis. This group (Friends of ESDAS) would be called on for support on an ad-hoc basis for example:
* Help with community fundraising and domestic abuse awareness raising events - ideas, writing to
possible funders, planning, helping on the day. Maybe you can bake?
* Talks to Community Groups
* Technical help - with IT, Graphic Design, Marketing, Publicity, Administration
* Knowledge of other languages, help with translation in face to face appointments etc
* Practical help - occasional help with moving clients or collecting items. Do you have a van?
This is not an exhaustive list!
What can we offer you if you volunteer with ESDAS?
Ongoing training, internal & external, will be offered as appropriate, giving you the opportunity to gain new skills
You will receive regular 1:1 support from the Volunteer Manager.
The opportunity to increase your self-confidence and enhance future employment prospects.
The chance to meet new people and to get involved in and help tackle issues in the local community.
Out of pocket expenses reimbursed.
Volunteers are accepted following an informal interview, satisfactory references and DBS check (depending on role) and completion of the Induction Training Course.
All regular Volunteers who support clients directly are required to attend a 2-day training induction programme relating to domestic abuse awareness, safeguarding and health & safety. We are not currently recruiting Volunteers but when we do, the Volunteer Induction dates will be advertised on our website.
Contact Anne - Volunteer Manager
By phone on: 01737 771350 or by email: