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Volunteering with UAVA can be a very rewarding experience and you will gain many useful personal and professional skills, as well as making a huge and positive difference to victims of domestic and sexual violence. UAVA deliver domestic abuse and sexual violence support for survivors across Leicester Leicestershire and Rutland.

We can provide a range of opportunities depending on the skills you have.

The opportunities for volunteers across our services may include

  • Helpline Advisors for our Domestic and Sexual Violence Helpline
  • Outreach support workers within both adult and family service, including group provision
  • Refuge support
  • IDVA / ISVA support

What skills do you need?

  • Listening and the ability to communicate well with a variety of people is essential
  • Punctuality, reliability and a commitment to volunteering
  • Ability to empathise and be non-judgmental
  • Prior knowledge of domestic and/or sexual violence is desirable, but not essential as training is provided.

What training is provided?

Training will be provided for all roles and you need to be able to commit to attending the training.  We provide a four week standard training programme, followed by an assessment and observation, prior to you commencing your role as a volunteerYou will have the opportunity to shadow workers as part of your induction. Further training opportunities to enhance your learning is provided throughout the year.

Regular support and supervision is provided.

We will inform you of the dates of the next training programme if your application is successful.

All training takes place in our Leicester office.

What commitment is required?

Ideally you need to be able to give a minimum of 4 hours a week on a regular basis for up to a year.

Would expenses be paid?

Travel and other out-of-pocket expenses will be reimbursed to all volunteers.

How to apply?

Please download and complete the volunteering application form and return this to: nicky@lwa.org.uk

Volunteer Application Form

Once we have received your application, we will invite you to come in and discuss the role further with our volunteer coordinator who will assess whether you are suitable for the role. If suitable, you will be invited to start our induction process, you will be required to complete a DBS check before you commence your volunteer role.

Volunteering is a rewarding  experience and this is what some of our volunteers have said about their experience:

“Volunteering taught me not to take things for granted, and to be grateful for what I have in life. I feel privileged to try and make a difference in someone’s world.” Hema

“This is an area which I’m very passionate about, and would like to make a difference. Volunteering is a great way to learn and equip yourself, and to try and make a difference.” Valerie

“I started volunteering as a way to gain work experience and have found it to be highly rewarding experience, everyone in the team is very welcoming and supportive and it is nice knowing that you are helpline people in need.” Laura

” Love it 100% with the fulfilment I have every time I leave the building knowing i have helped a person that day.” Leila

It is national volunteers week this week where we recognise the help and support our volunteers give. It can just be..

UAVA would like to thank all of our volunteers during National Volunteers Week. Thankyou for your support and commitment!