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. You need at least level 3 counselling skills for these voluntary roles. Currently all but one of our team is a fully qualified BACP-accredited counsellor. You’ll also need to be prepared to undertake further training specifically to support clients who are at risk of suicide.
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 volunteer driving to take members of our team out to visit clients).
Although we have some very specific roles, we like to create roles around people’s individual qualities and experience, so if you feel that you have something specific to contribute, please let us know.
We are currently looking for volunteers for our one-year research project into deaths by suicide in Gloucestershire. One of the roles involves attending inquests and taking notes. For this role, shorthand skills or reporting skills would be helpful, as we need to take down every word which is spoken during the inquest. There will usually be two of you taking notes at the same time.
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.
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.
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.
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.