Volunteers are an essential part SARSAS and they provide thousands of hours of crucial support to survivors every year. We value our Volunteer Support Workers and to show our appreciation we provide many additional training opportunities, away days, and monthly group clinical supervision. We also understand that for some Volunteer Support Workers volunteering with us is a stepping stone on their journey into a career in this area and we try to support their progression as much as possible.

You don’t necessarily need to have experience of support work or working with sexual violence to volunteer with us – your personal qualities, views and ability to support survivors is what is important. Our training is comprehensive and will equip you with the knowledge to build on your skills and experience.

For more information on volunteering at SARSAS, download our Frequently Asked Questions.

We are currently recruiting:

Helpline Volunteer Support Workers

SARSAS provides specialist support for people who have experienced rape, or any kind of sexual assault or abuse at any time in their lives.  We offer a helpline, one-to-one support sessions, counselling and e-support.

We are looking for Helpline Volunteer Support Workers to answer calls on the SARSAS helplines providing emotional support and signposting information.

We are looking for women who are empathic, non-judgemental with good communication and organisational skills, time-keeping and reliability.  SARSAS values diversity and welcomes applicants from all sections of the community.

We are particularly keen to hear from women that can volunteer on a daytime shift, especially on a Friday.

Through this work you will learn new skills, gain experience for related roles and courses e.g. counselling, social work and develop an awareness and understanding around sexual violence and rape.

You will be required to attend all of the training days for both of the roles.  The training days are as follows:

  • Friday 26th April 2019 day (9.30 am – 4.30 pm)
  • Saturday 27th April 2019 day (9.30 am – 4.30 pm)
  • Monday 29th April 2019 day (6.00 pm – 8.30 pm)
  • Friday 10th May 2019 day (9.30 am – 4.30 pm)
  • Saturday 11th May 2019 day (9.30 am – 4.30 pm)
  • Monday 13th May 2019 evening (6.00 pm – 8.30 pm)

You will need to be able to commit to volunteering with SARSAS for at least 6 months, attend one 2-3 hour helpline shift per week and monthly group supervision.

Opportunities for further training and expanding knowledge will be provided as well as visits to external agencies, and participating in away days, planning or conferences.  There will also be opportunities to get involved in other SARSAS services including one-to-one support and campaigning, if desired. SARSAS will reimburse out-of-pocket expenses.

If you would like to find out further information about SARSAS and the role we are holding an information session on Tuesday 5th March 2019 from 5.30 pm – 7.00 pm.  Please e-mail volunteer@sarsas.org.uk to book a place.

If you have any questions please contact us by e-mail volunteer@sarsas.org.uk or by phone on 0117 9299556 and ask for Liz Roberts.

If you are would like to apply, you can download an application form here:

SARSAS Volunteer application form 2019

Helpline Volunteer role description 2019

Frequently asked questions 2019

Please send completed applications to volunteer@sarsas.org.uk

Closing Date for applications – Monday 11th March 2019 (9.00am)

Interviews (Informal 1:1 meetings) – Between 18th March – 9th April 2019

* Because of the nature of the role it is only open to women applicants and is exempt under Schedule 9 Part 1 Equalities Act 2010.

A Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check will be required for this role.

Fundraising Volunteer Opportunities

We are looking for passionate and committed people who can work alongside our Fundraising and Events Manager to set up events that raise our profile and generate vital funds to support our services. We are looking for people who have good communication and organisational skills and want to make a difference to those affected by sexual violence at any time of their lives. SARSAS values diversity and welcomes applicants from all sections of the community.

We are recruiting:

Volunteer Fundraising Ambassadors who can help to both raise vital funds and raise awareness for our cause. Our Volunteer Fundraising Ambassadors play a key role in representing SARSAS at local events and functions, speaking with passion about our work and the importance of fundraising to deliver our services.

Volunteer Fundraisers who would like to be part of a fast growing and vibrant organisation and who are passionate about raising funds for our cause. Our Volunteer Fundraisers will help plan and deliver exciting and varied fundraising events, from arts and craft sales to zip slides and anything in-between.

Training will be provided for both of the roles.

Now is an exciting time to be joining our growing organisation. If you would like to find out more about SARSAS, email fundraising@sarsas.org.uk or download a role description and application form below.

SARSAS Introductory Letter

Volunteer Fundraising Ambassador Role Description

Volunteer Fundraiser Role Description

SARSAS Volunteer Application Form

Apply to volunteer@sarsas.org.uk

Treasurer required to join our dynamic, women-led organisation

We are looking for a woman who can offer 36 hours a year of their time to help us with governing a forward thinking, women-led organisation.   We are specifically looking for women* who have experience and interest in the following areas:

A treasurer with a background in finance and accounting

We are a specialist support service for people in Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol, North Somerset, Somerset, or South Gloucestershire, who have experienced any form of sexual violence, at any point in their lives.

We offer a confidential helpline, regular support sessions, counselling, and email support to individuals.  We offer training and advice to professionals.  SARSAS also supports the friends and family of people affected by sexual violence.

Our Board of Trustees are a vital part of SARSAS, bringing their considerable experience and skills along with real enthusiasm and commitment to this crucial role.

The Board of Trustees meet on the first Thursday of every other month between 6.00pm – 8.30pm in Bristol City Centre.  Attendance at ad hoc meetings can also be required and reading of all board materials before meetings is expected. All out-of-pocket expenses, including childcare and travel costs, are reimbursed.

SARSAS encourages applications from people of all backgrounds, particularly welcoming  applications from candidates from BAME backgrounds as they are under-represented within our team.

You will be joining at an exciting stage as the organisation continues on our journey of growth and transformation. If you have the skills, experience and qualities and are committed to contributing to the governance of one of the largest specialist sexual violence charities in the South West, then please apply via the details below.

If you would like to speak to someone about this opportunity please call the Bristol Office and ask to speak to Claire Bloor on 0117 929 9556 or e mail info@sarsas.org.uk You can download an application pack for this role here: Trustee Application Pack: Treasurer

*The nature of the work undertaken means that this invitation is for women-only and exempt under Schedule 9 Part 1 Equalities Act 2010

Charity Registered in England No. 1126682   Company No 6738639

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Women and girls

0808 801 0456

Mon & Fri 11am – 2pm,
Tue, Wed and Thu 6pm – 8:30pm

Men and boys

0808 801 0464

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Tue 6pm – 8:30pm

What to expect when you call

Want to talk?

Women and girls

0808 801 0456

Mon & Fri 11am – 2pm,
Tue, Wed and Thu 6pm – 8:30pm

Men and boys

0808 801 0464

Mon & Fri 11am – 2pm,
Tue 6pm – 8:30pm

What to expect when you call

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