24 hours a day for advice or immediate response…
Staffordshire Women’s Aid was established by a group of committed volunteers and volunteers are still at the heart of what we do. Without their support, we would not be able to offer many of the services that we currently do.
Volunteering with us is a way of making a real difference to the lives of victims of domestic and sexual violence in your community. Volunteering gives you the opportunity to change lives, to build friendships and be part of our Team. It can develop your professional skills, help you to gain valuable work experience, increase confidence and enable you to access specialist training. All volunteers receive accredited training, ongoing support and regular supervision.
We value the time and dedication of our volunteers who each bring different skills and experiences to their roles.
We recruit regularly for volunteers and roles can include working on the Help Line, within our front line services, or helping with admin and fundraising. Our Board of Trustees also give of their time on a voluntary basis to help provide governance and oversight to our charity.
Staffordshire Women’s Aid’s volunteering opportunities are usually restricted to women due to the nature of the roles. This is in accordance with the legal exemption set out in the Sex Discrimination Act 1975, Section 7.2.
For further information contact us on Volunteer@staffordshirewomensaid.org
“My reasons for volunteering at Women’s Aid are quite simply because it is an essential organisation that I am proud to be involved with. It protects, guides and ultimately empowers vulnerable women and children to rebuild their lives. I started as a donations co-ordinator and have progressed to the Helpline and I have found it to be a great place to volunteer. You are made to feel welcome, supported and trained well and your contributions are highly valued.”
“I have been volunteering on the helpline for nearly a year. I love that every shift is different and knowing you have hopefully made a small difference to someone struggling with domestic abuse is really rewarding. All of the staff inspire me and I love being part of the team.”
“I volunteer with SWA because I wanted to use my skills to give something back to women in my local community. It’s lovely to hear that my therapies and yoga classes provide a space for relaxation and ‘time for themselves’ for the women I’ve worked with.”
“I am in my fourth year with Staffordshire Women’s Aid now, working as a volunteer on the helpline. Although I looked on the SWA website to understand what the policies of this sadly necessary charity was about, I quickly realised that I wanted to know more. After training bespoke to Domestic and Sexual Violence, I was welcomed into a brilliant team of women devoted to helping unfortunate ladies and their children. There are many ways for SWA to help, be it listening or finding a safe place for a family or a single lady. Yes, sometimes the work is harrowing and very sad but it is also rewarding when someone’s life is improved with our help. More than anything we at SWA are a happy bunch and there ARE moments of light relief.”
“I chose to volunteer with Staffordshire Women’s Aid because it is such an important organisation that really makes a difference in people’s lives. Especially at a time like this, it’s clear just how essential their work is in giving women and their children a safe refuge. I’ve been volunteering for a few months and even during that short period it’s been very rewarding to be able to help provide a service for some of the most vulnerable in our society. It’s also a great environment full of kind-hearted people who make working with Women’s Aid wonderful.”
“What inspired me to volunteer with Women’s Aid was simply that; I care about the cause and effects of domestic violence . I hope that by giving a little of my time each week that I might help make a difference to the bigger picture!”
“I volunteer because I like to help/support others in NEED and also to build new skills. Recognising, there are so many injustices going on behind the scenes and once I am made aware ‘I try to make a difference, by using my time to broaden my understanding and also give of my time to support SWA in any way possible.”