Volunteers needed for the National Freephone Helpline 1800 341 900

16 Feb 2016

Women's Aid is looking for volunteers for our National Freephone Helpline, which operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Training will begin in April 2016.

Why volunteer?

Our Helpline volunteers are committed and dedicated individuals whose contribution to Women's Aid is vital to the high quality support and information that Women's Aid provides to those who ring our Helpline.

For many of those who contact the Helpline, the volunteer who answers the phone may be the first person they have told about their abuse. It may have taken years to finally speak about their experience. Therefore, it is essential that the person who answers that call is able to listen to and support the caller, as well as provide them with accurate and appropriate information. The response they receive from the volunteer can mean that calling the Helpline is the first step in the journey to a life free of violence.

Helpline volunteers give support in a non-judgmental, non-directive approach, and work from the model of self-help and mutual aid. This model of work is about empowering callers to make their own decisions rather than about "helping" them.

By volunteering you will:

  • play a key role on the Helpline which supports those experiencing abuse in Ireland.
  • join a team of committed and dynamic volunteers.
  • develop an understanding of domestic violence through in-depth training and continued vital support while volunteering on the Helpline.

Click here for more information and to download an application form.