Volunteering and other ways to help


Our volunteers are a very valuable part of our organisation and functioning as a service would be difficult without them. 

All volunteers invited to work with the Centre must have successfully completed our initial training irrespective of prior experience or counselling qualification.

Who can volunteer?
RSACC operates a policy of equal opportunities and welcomes applications to volunteer from women from all walks of life. We only accept applications from females due to the sensitive nature of our work and the fact that the overwhelming majority of our callers are women who only want to speak to another female. We require volunteers to be aged over 18.

What is involved?

All our volunteers complete the same training, but their contribution is individual based on their skills and interests. Everyone is trained to work on our support line, and on top of this volunteers can also get involved in other ways for example if they have counselling qualifications or are interested in helping us with fundraising or admin.


Do you offer student counselling placements?

We have a small number of volunteer placements for face to face counsellors who are working toward, a Degree or Diploma qualification in counselling and who are willing to work in Darlington, and in our satellite centres across County Durham.  WE ARE NOT CURRENTLY NOT RECRUITING FOR VOLUNTEER COUNSELLORS.


How do I take the first step to becoming a volunteer? 

We are currently recruiting female volunteers for our training programme, to begin in January 2019, and then to work as a volunteer, in the Darlington and Durham based Centres, offering  telephone support to those who contact the RSACC help line.  

We will be holding a pre-training workshop, to be held on Saturday 17th November 2018, 10.00am – 4.30pm, where further details of our recruitment needs, volunteer selection and training programme will be delivered.  Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Joy,  on 01325 354119 or alternatively you can email at joy@rsacc-thecentre.org.uk for further information or if you wish to attend.  There is more information about the training on The Recruitment Process and our In-House Training Programme on this website

 If you are interested in becoming a trustee please contact our Chief Executive Officer Debbie Barker for further information: debbie@rsacc-thecentre.org.uk

RSACC is an equal opportunity employer and is seeking qualified candidates who will contribute to the diversity of the organisation – we welcome applications from Black & Minority Ethnic women, and from women whose first language is not English.  It is an occupational requirement under the Equality Act 2010 for these posts to be filled only by women

What we offer you?
- Comprehensive training.

- A supportive environment in which to develop
  new skills.
- Challenging but rewarding experiences.
- Access to a professional supervisor as part of our
  Volunteer care provision.
- Access to ongoing training. 

What we ask of you? 
We ask for a minimum commitment of approximately 10 hours per month.

DBS Checks
As we work with vulnerable people, we require volunteers to undergo a Disclosure and Barring Scheme check. Should you have a criminal record it will not automatically prevent you from volunteering with us and any arrangements made to accommodate this fact will depend on the offence.

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