We’re excited to announce that we’re now looking for new volunteers to help deliver our advocacy service!

Our free-to-access, confidential and face-to-face advocacy service provides women aged 18+ who have been affected by rape and/or sexual violence with information and guidance on a range of practical issues such as physical and mental health, legal processes, personal safety, and finances and housing. The service also provides emotional support.

After experiencing any form of sexual violence a woman may find it difficult to cope with everyday issues. As part of your role as an Advocacy Volunteer you could offer practical help and support to women helping them to overcome these difficulties. This could be supporting someone to attend a meeting, complete an important form or make a vital phone call. It could be supporting someone to access another service where she can get the advice she requires, or ensuring she is aware of her legal rights and entitlements.

To become an Advocacy Volunteer you need to complete our training course in its entirety. Please see the dates and times of the  course below – if you can’t make all of these sessions you won’t be able to do the course this time, so please do not submit an application if you can’t commit to all of the sessions. This is a five week training course with 10 sessions that will prepare you for the work of an advocacy volunteer. You’ll learn about the politics and social context of sexual violence as well as learning the practical skills needed to be an advocacy volunteer. The course takes place in our Leeds city centre premises.

Interviews – Monday 3rd and Tuesday 4th October

Tuesday 11th October – 5.45pm-8.45pm

Friday 14th October – 10am-2.30pm

Tuesday 18th October – 5.45pm-8.45pm

Friday 21st October – 10am-2.30pm

Tuesday 25th October – 5.45pm-8.45pm

Friday 28th October 10am -2.30pm

Tuesday 1st November – 5.45pm-8.45pm

Friday 4th November 10am-2.30pm

Tuesday 8th November – 5.45pm-8.45pm

Friday 11th November – 10am-2.30pm

To find out more about becoming an Advocacy Volunteer please read our Advocacy Volunteering Guide. We are particularly interested in meeting women who will help us reflect the whole community we strive to serve, including older women and women from black and minority ethnic heritages of any age.

How do I apply?

  • If you are able to attend ALL the dates shown please download and complete our Advocacy Volunteer Application Form 2016 and return it to us at the address on the form
  • Please also complete and return the Equality and Diversity Monitoring Form at the end of the application form
  • Please contact lucy@sarsvl.org.uk  if you would like to request a paper copy of the application form, or if you would like versions in large print
  • Completed forms must reach us no later than 5pm on Monday 19th September 2016. Applications received after this deadline will not be considered
  • We’ll then review your application and invite you to attend a short informal interview in the week commencing Monday 3rd October at SARSVL offices. If successful you’ll then be invited to attend the training course.

Please help our volunteer recruitment campaign by sharing this information with friends and colleagues you think might be interested.