Volunteer

Join our team

Savana would not be able to run in it's current form without volunteers, it's as simple as that!

There are a number of different volunteering opportunities at Savana and if you have skills that are not represented in the opportunities below, please contact us to discuss how you can help.

If you would like to join our team, click on the appropriate Apply now button below. An application pack will be downloaded for you to fill in. Please send your completed form to us at our Wood House address.

Alternatively please send to: info@savana.org.uk.

Counselling

We have two different volunteer opportunities related to counselling:

Volunteer Counsellors have a variety of qualifications and experience. Their counselling qualifications vary from MA, Diploma, Certificate, qualifications in Supervision, and those who are currently studying for professional qualifications. We require anyone applying to become a volunteer counsellor to:

  • Be at least 21 years old.
  • Have a minimum of a Certificate in Counselling and are studying towards a diploma or equivalent.
  • Have commitment to ongoing counselling training.
  • Have suitable life experiences that will help them in working with distress.
  • Complete an application form - providing two references.
  • Attend interview.
  • Complete our training course - Rape Crisis Counselling.
  • If accepted on to the training course, trainees are required to sign a learning agreement. The course is 10 full days. Trainees are required to attend all training sessions.

    Training courses for 2016: TBC (please contact Savana for application pack)

    On successful completion of the course, there is a period of induction at the Centre.
    On completion of 50 hours supervised counselling, Trainees are awarded a Certificate in Rape Crisis Counselling.
    Volunteer counsellors make a commitment of working with us for a minimum of 2 years and:

    Provide counselling for a minimum of 3 clients per week.

  • Attend the Centre for equivalent of 1 day or 1 evening per week.
  • Attend ongoing training sessions arranged by the Service.
  • Attend regular supervision sessions for their counselling work.
  • All personnel are required to sign our Confidentiality Policy and abide by all of the Centre's policies (e.g. Equal Opportunities, Health & Safety).

    Volunteer Supervisors have a variety of qualifications and experience. Their counselling qualifications vary from MA, Diploma, Certificate and qualifications in Supervision. We require people who are applying to become volunteer supervisors to:

    Be at least 21 years old.

  • Have studied to a minimum of Certificate in Counselling.
  • Have a minimum of 450 hours counselling experience.
  • Have supervision qualifications or be working towards gaining such a qualification.
  • Have suitable life experiences that will help them understand working with the issues of sexual violence.
  • Complete an application form- providing two references.
  • Attend interview.
  • Complete our induction programme.
  • Volunteer supervisors make a commitment of working with us for a minimum of 2 years and:

  • Provide supervision at the centre for a minimum of 3 supervisees - 1.5 hours per month each.
  • Attend monthly supervision consultancy.
  • Attend monthly supervisors group.
  • All personnel are required to sign our Confidentiality Policy and abide by all of the Centre's Policies (e.g. Equal Opportunities, Health & Safety).

    Regular, ongoing training sessions are arranged by the Service- volunteer supervisors are encouraged to attend as part of their ongoing development

  • Counselling experience - working in a person centred way in the specific area of sexual violence.
  • Supervision is an integral part of working with the Service and is provided to a minimum of 1.5 hours per month.
  • Supervision experience - consultancy and group meetings to volunteers working towards a supervision qualification.
  • Workshops on relevant issues are organised to provide ongoing training for volunteers.
  • Insurance - we have Professional Liability Insurance cover with the Smithson Mason Group and Employers Liability Cover with the Ecclesiastical Insurance Group.
  • Expenses - we pay volunteers 'out of pocket' expenses to a maximum of £7 per day.
  • Access - the centre has disabled access.
  • It is not necessary for volunteers to drive or own their own vehicle.

    Director for the Board of Trustees

    As a company and registered charity, Savana is required by law to have a competent Board of Directors with overall responsibility for the organisation.

    The board is always looking to expand through the recruitment of skilled, enthusiastic people.

    We are looking for new members whose life experiences or experiences gained in a professional capacity can complement the skills and experience of existing board members.

    We value input from all backgrounds and in particular we are interested in hearing from those who can offer their skills in areas such as PR/Marketing, Fund-raising, law and commerce.

    All personnel are required to sign our Confidentiality Policy and abide by all of the Centre's policies (e.g. Equal Opportunities, Health & Safety).

  • The opportunity to work in a supportive environment with like-minded individuals.
  • Experience - the chance to develop existing skills and to find new ones.
  • Supervision - is provided free of charge to a maximum of 1 hour per month.
  • Training - we run in-house training courses and where appropriate, board members may attend external courses on specific areas of interest.
  • Travel costs.
  • Access - the centre has disabled access.
  • Administration

    Volunteer administrators provide support to our counsellors and staff enabling the efficient delivery of our services.

    Volunteers have a variety of qualifications and experience.

    We require people who apply to become volunteers:

  • To be at least 21 years old.
  • To have a commitment to ongoing training.
  • To complete an application form - providing two references.
  • To attend interview.
  • To complete any training.
  • To complete our induction day.
  • If accepted, volunteers are required to sign a confidentiality agreement.

    There is a period of induction at the Centre including a full day induction session
    Volunteers are required to attend any mandatory training.

    Volunteers are invited to make a commitment to work with us for a minimum of 1 year and:

  • To provide support for a minimum of 3 hours per week.
  • To attend regular line management sessions to monitor progress.
  • To sign our Confidentiality Policy and abide by all of the Centre’s policies (e.g. Equal Opportunities, Health & Safety). This is required of all Savana staff and volunteers.
  • Retail Assistant

    Volunteer Retail Assistants provide support in our charity shop enabling the efficient delivery of our services.

    Volunteers have a variety of qualifications and experience.

    We require people who apply to become volunteers:

  • To have a commitment to ongoing training.
  • To complete an application form - providing two references.
  • To attend interview.
  • To complete any training.
  • To complete our induction day.
  • If accepted, volunteers are required to sign a confidentiality agreement.

    There is a period of induction at the Centre including a full day induction session
    Volunteers are required to attend any mandatory training.

    Volunteers are invited to make a commitment to work with us:

  • To provide support for a minimum of 4 hours per week.
  • To sign our Confidentiality Policy and abide by all of the Centre’s policies (e.g. Equal Opportunities, Health & Safety). This is required of all Savana staff and volunteers.