Support and Training

We have a whole range of support and training opportunities available for any volunteer who joins our teams, including regular one-to-ones with your line manager, agreed volunteer expenses, and access to our internal training programmes.

For volunteering opportunities that involve supporting survivors we provide you with training you need so you have the skills and confidence to do the role safely.

We are proud of the professionalism and expertise of our teams and believe strongly in using our charitable funds to invest in people. Due to this commitment, we ask that our volunteers are able to work with us for ideally a year or more so we can make sure we are using our charitable funds wisely and for the benefit of survivors. 

Support

Volunteers are vital to the running of Safer Places and to the survivors that we support. All of our volunteers receive a full induction, and are supported by the line manager in the area that they volunteer in on an ongoing basis. In all of our roles, you will become part of the team.

Training

Volunteers supporting survivors are offered full training, through a mix of workshops, eLearning and one-to-one discussions. If you volunteer in a support role, we’ll help you learn about:

  • the dynamics of domestic abuse and the impact it has on individuals and children
  • safeguarding children and adults at risk
  • active listening and motivational interviewing
  • equal opportunities, diversity and confidentiality
  • how to access support to match survivors individual needs
  • criminal and civil remedies available to survivors

Safer Places offer a range of training and qualifications that may be applicable for your role. Find out more about our training here.

For other volunteering opportunities, your manager will organise all the training and support you need for your specific role. All our volunteers also have access to our eLearning packages which have a range of useful training tools for you to develop your skills.