Volunteer Support Workers
All volunteers are provided with free initial SLDAS Open Awards level 2 domestic violence and support work accredited training.
Volunteers are encouraged to participate in on-going developmental training while supporting the organisation.
All volunteer support workers participate in SOVA (adult protection training) and level 1 Safeguarding Children Training. A schedule of training is organised annually and volunteers are encouraged to participate where possible.
Roles and Responsibilities
Volunteer support workers deliver frontline crisis intervention and support services as well as events and training activities. Volunteers receive one to one and group supervision by paid staff to support them to fulfil their volunteer role. There are a number of specific roles that volunteers can undertake such as providing telephone or face to face 1-1 support, group facilitation, advocacy, drop in cover and welcoming service users to the centre and raising awareness of domestic abuse. Volunteers are fully supported by a staff member when carrying out their role with us.
2nd year diploma student counsellors offer their services as part of the hours required for their qualifiaction. Many of our volunteer counsellors stay with us beyond gaining their placement hours.
Volunteer interpretors work with staff and volunteer support workers to enable SLDAS to offer services to women whose first language is not English and who feel more comfortable or able to access support using their own first language.
Trustees have ultimate responsibility for directing the affairs of a charity and ensuring that it is solvent, well run and delivering the charitable outcomes for the benefit of the public for which it has been set up.
Our members meet bi-monthly to discuss the development of the organisation. Trustees are the employers of the organisation and are resposible for financial management and accounts.
Roles and Responsibilities
Some trustees are known as ‘officers’ and have special responsibilities. These include the Chair and Treasurer. SLDAS trustee's may also support the work of the organisation by leading sub-groups that meet monthly to carry out work in line with SLDAS business plan.
All trustees must act strictly in accordance with the constitution; Act in accordance with Law and Policy, Act in the organisation's interest only and without regard to your own private interests; Manage the organisation's affairs prudently and take a long-term as well as a short-term view; Not derive any personal benefit or gain from the organisation; Take proper professional advice on matters on which you are not yourselves competent; Employ new staff etc.
Company members are part of the legal governance of the charity. Company members vote at AGM and General meetings and have the power to nominate or be nominated to the trustee board, championing SLDAS work along with the trustees.
Telephone: 0151 494 2222
Freephone: 0800 083 7114
Services Mobile/Text for hard of hearing: 07957 163045
How to Volunteer
For Volunteer Support Worker, Volunteer Counsellor, Volunteer Interpretor or Volunteer Community Advocate information please e-mail Maria Le Gros [email protected]
For information about joining SLDAS as a Trustee or Company Member please e-mail Paula Smith [email protected]
or call 0151 494 1777