Domestic Abuse Support Volunteer

Description of the role:

We are a small domestic abuse charity based in Sudbury, Suffolk providing programmes and services to survivors of domestic abuse and their children.

We rely on the goodwill of dedicated individuals to continue our work to support survivors of domestic violence.

We are looking for volunteers to facilitate our programmes

We are looking for volunteers to support the women who access our programmes and services

We are looking for volunteers to support us through assisting us with fundraising

We would not be able to continue to deliver our life impacting services to women and children without the support and dedication of volunteers.

We welcome and value volunteers’ involvement and appreciate the contribution they make.

Our volunteers bring skills, experience, energy, enthusiasm and commitment to Compassion .
Volunteering can make a difference in your life too, enabling you to meet new people and learn new skills.

Your contribution makes a huge difference when you offer your services as a volunteer. There are a number of ways in which you can volunteer for Compassion, working with us to create a world free from domestic violence.

Opportunity Activities: Advice, Information and Support, Befriending and Buddying, Fundraising, Marketing, PR and Media, Trusteeship and Committee Work
Availability required:

M T W T F S S
Morning
Afternoon
Evening

What skills are needed?

We are looking for volunteers that have the following skills
- ability and willingness to attend training courses
- ability and commitment to attending group meetings, one to one support sessions, refresher training and development sessions
- ability to explore your own values and beliefs relating to victims of domestic abuse, your motivation for doing this work and the qualities you bring to the role
- strong emotional support skills and ability to listen empathetically
- a non-judgemental, impartial and confidential approach to supporting others; able to work effectively within the boundaries of the role
- an ability to reflect on any difficulties this work may bring up for you personally and the impact of listening to clients’ stories, including exploring difficult and uncomfortable topics
- an ability to carry out effective and timely communication with your line manager, including case recording
- a commitment to ensuring equal access to our services and respect for the diversity of everyone involved with Compassion
- willing to work within all Compassion’s values, procedures and policies
- an ability to identify and respond appropriately to factors which would initiate a response in line with Child or Adult Safeguarding policy
- basic IT skills

If you have previous skills in facilitating groups, working within domestic abuse - we would encourage to apply

What skills will be learned / gained?

Volunteering with us will provide you with the
- chance to gain experience in supporting women who have been victims of domestic abuse
- a full induction, one to one support for the role, and opportunities for excellent training and developing new skills
- the ability to make a positive difference to women’ lives
- the chance to learn about the work of Compassion,
- the opportunity to meet new people and be part of a supportive team
- the chance to contribute to Compassion’s valuable work in helping survivors of domestic abuse

DBS Check Required: Yes
Driving Licence Required: No
Does this role have age restrictions?: No
Mandatory training required for role: Yes
Details of mandatory training:

Safeguarding
Domestic Abuse Awareness
MARAC
The Impact of Domestic Abuse on Children

Extra information:

About the Opportunity Host Organisation


Host Organisation: Compassion
Organisation Profile:

provides support and programmes to survivors of domestic abuse and violence