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Volunteering

CSASS is a small charity, with an amazing team of volunteers, both survivors and non-survivors.

As a voluntary organisation, our services are delivered by volunteers, our campaigns carried out by volunteers, and all our work overseen by voluntary trustees.  Our volunteer teams are supported, led and enabled by our lovely staff.

Interested?  There are loads of ways to get involved.

Supporters

Here are four easy ways support our campaigns and awareness-raising work . . .

  • Following and engaging with our social media is simple, helpful and effective.  Sharing opening times for the live chat and supportline, can really raise awareness and directly help survivors access support too.  Promoting events, fundraising initiatives or new campaigns via social media is a brilliant help.
  • Attending events can be really fun – come along to a fundraiser like ‘Music for the Soul’ with a group of friends, or participate in our public awareness-raising activities at Storyhouse Women festival. 
  • Attending our AGM and asking questions, helping shape the work of CSASS and holding trustees and staff to account, is so important – we particularly appreciate current or former clients and other survivors coming along.  See the events page to find our when our next AGM is.
  • Organise your own fundraiser!  Run a marathon, do a bake sale at work, or a sponsored swim.  Collecting sponsorship and GiftAid info is easy using Justgiving or facebook giving, and we can provide advice, t-shirts, balloons, CSASS collecting buckets and leaflets as needed.  More ideas here.

Campaigns and Awareness-raising volunteers

Help us raise awareness about sexual abuse and campaign to challenge attitudes leading to sexual violence.  Campaign volunteers plan and carry out campaigns, from organising and promoting the annual Chester Reclaim the Night march, to social media campaigns.  Volunteers also hold stalls at public events such as Chester Pride, providing information about support available.  We need self-motivated people who are passionate about making change happen, who are in tune with our values, with great ideas, communications skills, time, commitment and the interest or ability to plan powerful, impactful campaigns and activities.  We will provide training and information, out-of-pocket expenses, and the chance to join a positive, enthusiastic team and really make a difference.  Contact us for an application form or more information, stating your interest in volunteering on campaigns and awareness-raising.

Outreach volunteers – join the Reaching Survivors project

Alongside our Outreach Manager, you will be designing and delivering a wide range of campaigns and activities, aiming to reach survivors who are not currently accessing services. 

We are working to reduce and lessen the barriers that some people face in accessing our services. We are listening hard, working in partnership and bringing a creative and curious spirit to devising new ways of communicating and working so we can understand what people need.

Can you help?  Are there survivors in your community who aren’t being supported? Or who don’t recognise their experience as abusive?  We’re looking for people with an open attitude, a flexible approach, time and commitment to offer, great listening skills and experience – including lived experience – who can help us reach and support some of the more excluded and under-supported survivors in our area.  We can offer a flexible volunteering role, depending on what time and skills you are able to offer, induction and on-going training, support and supervision (where needed), out-of-pocket expenses and the opportunity to make a real difference, particularly to a community you may have a personal commitment to.  Please email kathryn@csass.org.uk if you have any questions or click here to fill in our application form.

Our first project is working with Deafness Support Network to reach D/deaf survivors/supporters, so we’d especially welcome any D/deaf volunteers, or people with BSL or communication support skills too. 

Support line volunteers

These wonderful people provide our live chat and telephone listening service on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6pm-8pm. You will often be the first point of contact for a survivor seeking our help, and this can be one of the most rewarding roles in the organisation.  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

We are looking for people able to make a fairly long-term, regular commitment (at least 4 evenings each month), with great listening skills.  We can offer induction, on-going training and support, out-of-pocket expenses and the chance to join a friendly and supportive team, in a regular role.

Some survivors find they need to know they will only encounter women (women who have lived their whole lives as women or girls) in order to feel safe and understood enough to access services.  For this reason, the support line volunteer role is open only to women.

Counselling volunteers

These amazing volunteers provide our core specialist counselling service, delivering sessions to survivors on a weekly basis.  Using a range of therapeutic approaches, our counsellors focus on empowering and supporting survivors towards understanding experiences, coping and recovery.  We are looking for BACP registered counsellors, either fully qualified or in the last stage of training (if you are looking a placement, you may apply to volunteer with us, as you build up counselling hours).  We need people with a genuine interest in our area of work and values, able to offer long-term commitment to delivering high quality counselling to survivors, and also to attending regular support meetings, supervision and on-going training.  We can offer regular high quality, free, specialist training, a supportive, knowledgeable team of colleagues, out-of-pocket expenses – including professional supervision – and the opportunity to transform the lives of survivors.  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 are interested in volunteering with us as a counsellor or on the supportline, please contact us for more information or an application form, stating which role/s you are interested in.

Trustees

CSASS is overseen by a dedicated team of voluntary board members, who meet around 8 times a year to scrutinise the work of staff.  Trustees are responsible for strategic planning, considering policy and practise, overseeing finances and any risks to the organisation and for generally asking good questions and ensuring CSASS stays focussed on our goals to improve the lives of survivors.  For our board to be really effective we need a diversity of viewpoints, skills and experience, including lived experience, and a range of ages, backgrounds, cultures and identities.  We are looking for people able to commit to attending all board meetings and some work between meetings too, with an interest in our work and values, who bring relevant experience and/or skills – such as finance, new ideas, strategic thinking, personal experience, campaigns experience, local knowledge or leadership.  We can offer the opportunity to influence the future direction of CSASS and ensure it is delivering the very best service possible to survivors, and making a real difference.  We can also offer internal and external training, out-of-pocket expenses, great opportunities to gain professional experience and a chance to join an inspiring and passionate team (and cake, we do like cake at a meeting too).  If you are interested in finding out more, or for an application form, please contact us stating your interest in the trustee role.

As a women-led organisation, the majority of our board, including the chair, treasurer and secretary, are always women.

Specialist training for all volunteers

We provide induction and specialist training for all volunteers, covering information about CSASS, our values and key policies, and an introduction to sexual violence. 

Training is designed to give you the skills to confidently carry out your role.  For roles involving direct work with survivors, training will also help you support and listen to people who contact us, and learn about issues such as the impact of sexual violence, trauma and domestic abuse. There are also 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.

We are a member of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations.