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.
We often need volunteer drivers who can also undertake training to become support workers. Volunteer drivers drive a team member out to see a client in their own home.
We are also carrying out research into deaths by suicide and are looking for volunteers to attend inquests to make detailed notes of evidence provided at inquests. We previously carried out similar research in 2017-18, which included attending all inquests which took place in Gloucestershire over a 6 month period. We would like to repeat this in the coming months.
You may have some other skill, ability or professional expertise which you could contribute (such as management, publicity, marketing, legal knowledge, clinical knowledge, communications, media liaison, computer skills or event organising).
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 has represented bereaved families at inquests in Gloucestershire, as a result of our concern that families are rarely represented.