Volunteering with Lincolnshire Rape Crisis
We are currently recruiting for volunteer Support Workers.
***Extended closing date - 9am on Tuesday 28th February 2017***
Please carefully read all of the information on this page before downloading and completing the application form for this role
What we are looking for….
We are looking for dedicated, empowered and strong women to join our dynamic team.
You don’t have to have any personal or professional experience of working in this sector to apply for this role. We want women who can demonstrate an understanding about sexual violence and the needs of survivors and we’ll make sure you know everything you need to know and feel super confident before you work with women and girls. You will need to demonstrate that you meet the criteria required for this role; you can find the details of this on then Role Description.
We do ask women who have had personal experiences of sexual violence or trauma to wait at least two years after the incident before applying for this role. The personal well being and safety of women and girls is the most important thing to us and we want to ensure that all women volunteering for us have had a reasonable time to recover from any trauma they may have faced themselves.
We are looking for women who can volunteer at least 3 and a half hours a week of their time on a long term basis and for a minimum of a year. We understand how precious your time is and so we work very hard to ensure that you are rewarded for your time and efforts with us. As well as getting mountains of job satisfaction, you’ll get to work with strong and vibrant women, you will be developed and trained as part of a very close team of passionate women, we’ll try to throw in the odd treat and you will most definitely be part of something fantastic!
You’ll find all of the details about the dates that you will have to be able commit to if you’re thinking about applying for this role below. We know it seems like a big commitment….that’s because it is, our volunteers are vital to the running of our organisation. Our volunteers are very important and we remind them of that all of the time!
See what Jess and Jasmine have had to say about volunteering for us:
“I’ve been volunteering with Lincolnshire Rape crisis for over two years now, having started right at the beginning when the centre opened. I have worked on both the helpline and face to face. What I love about volunteering at Lincolnshire Rape Crisis is the support I get from other volunteers and staff. Although what we deal with here can be upsetting, we are trained to deal with almost every situation and if we get stuck there’s always someone to ask for help or a second opinion or just to offload to at the end of the day. One of the best aspects of the job is knowing that you can help someone who is going through one of the hardest things a person can ever face and it’s all worth it when you hear the person on the other end of the phone say they feel so much better for having someone to talk to who listens to them and believes them.”
“I’ve been volunteering with Lincolnshire Rape Crisis for around 2 years now and I love it. Being part of the group of women who run and volunteer at the centre is brilliant, everyone is so supportive and I have always known that I can go to them with anything and everything. Working with the women who use the service is even better, it’s so rewarding to get to know these incredible women who have gone through so much and still manage to keep going – I’ve learnt a lot and have become a stronger, more empowered woman through the process.”
Our volunteer support workers deliver face to face support, email support and telephone support. The times of the volunteering opportunities vary; we are looking for women who can offer a minimum of three and a half hours per week on a fixed shift pattern. In order to apply for this role you will need to be able to volunteer for at least one of the shifts below. We will ask you for your preferred shift options at your interview.
Monday to Wednesday our face to face support shifts are held in 3.5 hour blocks:
9:30am – 12pm
11:30am – 2pm
1pm – 4.30pm
Monday to Friday our helpline support shifts are held in 3.5 hour blocks:
12:15pm – 3:45pm
5:45pm – 9:15pm
Saturday and Sunday support shifts are held in 3.5hour blocks:
10:15am – 1:30pm
12:15pm – 3:45pm
Most volunteers work from our Women's Center in Lincoln. However we are also looking specifically for Volunteer Support Workers in Gainsborough and in Boston. The Boston vacancy is for a Friday daytime.
The big ask!
In order to be a volunteer at Lincolnshire Rape Crisis we need you to be able to commit to at least one three and a half hour shift per week. We need you to be able to complete our induction and volunteer training programme in full, this means you have to be able to attend every date detailed here:
The Training course will be run over 3 consecutive weeks on Thursday Evenings and Saturday Daytimes. The training course will begin promptly, so you will need to arrive in time to register and get settled with a brew.
Thursday 9th March 6pm to 9pm
Saturday 11th March 10am to 4pm
Thursday 16th March 6pm to 9pm
Saturday 18th March 10am to 4pm
Thursday 23rd March 6pm to 9pm
Saturday 25th March 10am to 4pm.
There will also be a requirement for you to complete some prior online learning before attending these course dates.
If you are successful at application and pass our induction and training programme you will go onto to shadow (this means, work alongside and observe) an experienced support worker, the shadowing process usually takes between 3 and 6 weeks, we will try our best to ensure that this falls within your allocated shift time, but the more flexible you can be during shadowing the better.
Once you are an official Lincolnshire Rape Crisis Volunteer you will be expected to commit to your regular assigned shifts and attend regular team meetings and group supervision, these are scheduled bi-monthly and will be held in the evenings or at weekends.
What we need from you to start with!
We need you to complete the application form for this role. It’s going to feel like you’re filling in a job application form. This is because this role is just as important as a paid role and we need to make sure that we are recruiting the right women for our team and for the women and girls that we work with. We ask that you spend some time thinking about the information that you are giving us. We don’t know you and we can only interview the women that meet the criteria that we’ve shared with you, so if you’re amazing (you know you are!) you need to tell us that. Answering with one line doesn’t usually cut it, we have given you guidance on how many words to write for each section on the form.
The closing date for this role is 9am on Tuesday 28th February. Any applications received after this date and time will not be considered.
If you are successful at application you will be invited for an interview on Friday 3rd March from 10am to 1pm. This is a fixed interview date; you’ll need to be available to attend. Interviews will be held at Lincolnshire Rape Crisis HQ in Lincoln. We’ll give you more info about the interview if you are selected.
You can download the role description and application form by clicking on the links below.
All completed application forms must be sent to email@example.com
We welcome applications from students but for final year students, we would only accept applications from those wishing to remain in Lincoln following their degree as we require a minimum of one year’s commitment following training. We would also have difficulty covering our service if you were to go home for extended periods during holidays. We ask you to be honest with us about your abilities to commit your time at the application stage and to consider the impact of training and volunteering on your workload.
We do not take students on counselling or work placements.
If you have any questions, please contact us on 01522 716320 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.