New Volunteer Role Available!

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Notts SVS Services has a proud history of recruiting volunteers to help us provide services and support to survivors of sexual violence.  In 2016/17 volunteers gave 2405 hours of service either on our helpline or in face to face counselling.

We are now looking for volunteers to fill a new role within the ISVA (Independent Sexual Violence Advisor) Service.


What does the Volunteer Support Worker Role involve?

This new opportunity involves volunteering for our ISVA Services by supporting people affected by sexual violence before and after their video recording interview.  This includes:

  • Promoting the rights of survivors that you support and respecting diversity
  • Providing information and clearly explaining the various on-going support services that Notts SVS Services offer
  • Collecting data and information
  • Liaising with your manager regarding cases supported
  • The hours are flexible for this role, with a minimum of 5 hours per week. We ask that volunteers commit to a period of at least 12 months service with us where possible
  • Volunteers will  be based at Nottinghamshire Police Video Interview Suites located at Arnold, West Bridgford, Newark, Mansfield and Worksop


What skills are required?

To be suitable for this role, you must have:

  • A caring, mature and supportive empathy towards others
  • A non-judgmental, impartial and confidential approach to supporting others
  • Respect for the diversity of our colleagues and clients
  • Willingness to work within Notts SVS Services’ values, procedures and policies
  • Good listening, verbal and written communication skills
  • Basic IT skills suitable for accessing Notts SVS Services’ website, internet and emails
  • Friendly, reliable, approachable and a confident member of a team


Support provided for volunteers

We are able to support our volunteers in many ways, including:

  • Payment of travel expenses
  • Three additional days’ training per year, which in the past has included training on experiences of LGBT survivors and being LGBT inclusive, the needs of refugee and asylum seekers, awareness raising around ChemSex
  • Monthly group supervision
  • A supportive environment in which to gain experience and increase skills
  • All volunteers have access to paid staff supervisors should they need assistance in the course of their work


What is it like to volunteer with us?

Our volunteers really enjoy working with us and gain a lot of experience, which they are often able to take into other roles.  Our volunteers have said:

“The knowledge I have gained through training here, talking with others who work here, clients I have worked with, suggestions for reading and online courses and through supervision has been invaluable and I feel enthusiastic about learning more and more. The client work has been a great learning curve and so rewarding, I could never have imagined I would feel so passionate about working in this sector yet it has sparked a real flame in me. (Volunteer Counsellor)


How to apply for this role

We recruit to this role on an ongoing basis.

In order to start volunteering with us, you need to complete and submit an application form, attend an interview and also undertake some training with us.  Our training gives in-depth information about how to support survivors of sexual violence and is designed to help people with different styles of learning.   Subjects covered include things like listening and response skills, coping strategies, rape and the legal system and equality and diversity.

If you would like to find out more about volunteering as a Support Worker for us you can download the role description and application pack below.

Informal enquiries can be directed to Deborah Hooton Support Services Manager

This opportunity is available to all applicants aged 18 and over. This role requires references and Nottinghamshire Police vetting check. Volunteers will be asked to provide all relevant documents for completion of these checks.


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