We would love to hear from you if you are interested in volunteering. There are many ways in which you can help us and our clients, so please use the ‘Contact Us’ facility on the website to get in touch. We sometimes have vacancies for volunteers to be members of the Suicide Crisis team, supporting clients on a one to one basis (providing face to face support at our Crisis Centres). You need at least level 3 counselling skills for these voluntary roles. Currently all but one of our team are fully qualified BACP-accredited counsellors. You’ll also need to be prepared to undertake further training specifically to support clients who are at risk of suicide.
Within our charity we have a number of clinical advisers, including an advising psychiatrist and the former co-clinical lead of an NHS psychological therapies service. We are hugely grateful to them for the wonderful and speedy advice which they provide. It may be that you feel you could contribute as an adviser.
In addition, we sometimes need additional volunteers to provide clinical supervision to members of our team. Our current supervisors include the lead clinician of a psychological therapies service and two supervising counsellors. All of them are experienced in providing clinical supervision.
You may have some other skill, ability or professional expertise which you could contribute (management, publicity, legal knowledge, clinical knowledge, communications, media liaison, computer skills, event organising or driving to take members of our team out to visit clients).
We like to create roles around people’s individual qualities and experience, so if you feel that you have something specific to contribute which we haven’t mentioned here, please let us know.
We are very grateful to the lawyers who have provided free help to our clients, in many different situations. We are always happy to hear from lawyers. Special thanks to Steven, a very experienced London barrister, who is representing bereaved families at inquests in Gloucestershire, as a result of our concern that families are rarely represented.
We have undertaken research into deaths by suicide in Gloucestershire previously and we are considering doing this again. Part of this research involves attending inquests. A team of dedicated volunteers undertook the research. If you are interested in becoming involved in any future research that we do, please let us know.
Please contact us to tell us about your experiences, especially your experiences of local services. Your concerns and experiences help us to provide additional services.
Please use the ‘Contact Us’ facility to get in contact.