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We offer a range of free services including a support line and counselling.Find out more
CSASS is a small charity, with an amazing team of volunteers, both survivors and non-survivors.
Our volunteers are supported, led and enabled by our lovely staff and trustees. They help us in so many ways, in everything that we do. You can volunteer in any capacity!
Campaigning– help us raise awareness about sexual abuse and campaign to challenge attitudes leading to sexual violence in Chester and the surrounding area.
Attend events – support as a volunteer by attending events and participating in creative therapies.
Support line volunteers – these volunteers provide our listening service on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6pm-8pm. They are often the first point of contact for a survivor seeking our help. Read more about this role here.
“I always leave a session on the support line feeling truly inspired by the strength and resilience of the survivors accessing the service. It makes me so proud to be a part of such an incredible organisation offering direct support to those who have been faced by, but also overcome, so much.”
CSASS support line volunteer, Nov 2018
Counsellor volunteers – these volunteers provide our specialist counselling service, delivering sessions to survivors on a weekly basis. It is possible for counsellors who are in the last stage of their training to volunteer with us, as they build up their counselling hours. Read more about this role here.
“It feels good to know that I have helped someone who desperately needed to talk about their painful experiences” CSASS counsellor, Nov 2018
If you have some time to spare, and want to learn a valuable range of skills, you could consider training to be a CSASS volunteer!
We provide comprehensive training for every volunteer, which involves group and support sessions, and regular reviews. The commitment required at this initial stage of volunteering for CSASS is quite intense, and might involve weekend training as well as evening sessions.
Our training course is designed to give you the skills to confidently support and listen to people who contact us, and learn about issues such as the impact of sexual violence, trauma and domestic abuse. Volunteers will only answer calls on the helpline when they have completed their training and three shadowing sessions. We also offer accredited Rape Crisis training. Each Rape Crisis module completed counts as credits towards a Diploma. Read more about our training course here.
Our training is free of charge, but in exchange we expect a commitment of at least 6 hours of your time every month, after training ends. We’re happy to offer flexibility in how you would like to use your volunteer hours – you can help preparing and planning an event, running a stall, doing a fundraising challenge, helping with our social media or listening service…
For volunteers who help with our listening service, your time commitment will cover a minimum of three sessions a month on our support line.
We are always looking for volunteers. If you are interested in applying to be a volunteer, please email firstname.lastname@example.org stating why you would like to volunteer for CSASS and in what capacity. Please include your phone number.