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Volunteering Opportunities 

Volunteering for Your Sanctuary makes a huge difference to the lives of those experiencing Domestic Abuse.

By bringing your skills and knowledge into our organisation we can extend the support we offer to our clients to meet their individual needs.


You will find volunteering for us both challenging and rewarding – gaining new skills, new friends and new experiences.

Upcoming Training

Check here for any upcoming training opportunities. 

Counselling Volunteers

October 2020

Are you a fully qualified counsellor used to dealing with traumatised clients affected by loss and/or grief and ideally with experience of supporting those who have experienced domestic abuse?  We are looking for volunteer counsellors to support survivors within our refuge and outreach services on a weekly basis.  This is a role in which you can make an immediate and vital impact.  You would need to have your own insurance and supervision in place and this role is not suitable for counsellors who are not yet fully qualified.  Please contact Karen at admin@yoursanctuary.org.uk for more info.

Gardening Volunteer

1 October 2020​

We are looking for a gardening volunteer to help maintain the garden at our new refuge.  This would involve mowing the lawn, weeding, occasional planting and general upkeep.  Ideally we would like someone to visit every couple of weeks during Spring and Summer (and perhaps a bit less often in Autumn/Winter).  Visits would need to take place between 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

The garden is  really important space in the refuge, much used by residents and their children.  Please help make a difference to them during their stay.

To apply, please contact admin@yoursanctuary.org.uk.

Outreach Volunteer

December 2018

We have established a new Outreach Volunteer Service with the aim to offer existing outreach clients emotional and practical 1:1 support on a longer term and/or flexible basis.


Working with our experienced Outreach team in the community, you will be matched to clients based on their needs and requirements and your own skills, experience and availability.  You will meet clients on a regular basis to provide emotional and practical support, companionship and positive reinforcement.  You may also support clients with one off activities.


The role will vary depending upon the needs of the client being supported but could involve meeting for a coffee and chat, going along to play groups or exercise clients, attending court, accompanying clients to meetings with housing departments or schools, helping them to establish support networks or links with local services, supporting access to learning or work opportunities, or running coffee mornings for small groups of clients. 


This is not a suitable for volunteers looking for a short term opportunity but there is flexibility on when the volunteering can take place.  Support and training will be provided by out Outreach Volunteer Coordinator but we do ask that you are willing to gain knowledge about issues relating to domestic abuse.  Volunteers will need to be calm, non-judgemental and have reasonable IT skills.  You will be asked to attend an induction evening and will meet with the Outreach Volunteer Coordinator before being accepted on the programme. 


Please apply to Karen at admin@yoursanctuary.org.uk.

Helpline Volunteer - Weekday Daytime and Out of Office Hours

December 2018

Location: Woking and/or Home based 

Volunteers on our specialist helpline provide essential support to people experiencing domestic abuse.  Operating from 9am to 9pm, seven days a week, the helpline offers a range of opportunities for volunteers both during the working week or out of office hours to get involved  in:

  • Answering calls.

  • Providing immediate listening, emotional and practical support.

  • Offering confidential, non judgemental information and signposting to other agencies as needed.

  • Taking referrals to refuge (weekday daytime only).

  • Finding refuge accommodation out of our area when needed, accessing 'Routes to Support' and information as appropriate (weekday daytime only).

  • Keeping up to date with changes in legislation and services offered in the areas relevant to domestic abuse and child protection to ensure that information provided is up-to-date and accurate.

You will be need to attend two evening training sessions (5.30pm to 8pm) along with a period of day-time (during Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm) shadowing on the helpline and, because it is essential that the service we offer to callers is of the highest standard, we only accept volunteers on the helpline who we believe have the skills and ability to cope with the demands of the role.   Full training will be provided, but you will need a friendly, calm and empathetic telephone manner with good listening skills; strong IT and administration skills;  the ability to communicate effective with a wide range of people and provide clear and concise information; the ability to remain calm in stressful situations and to successfully respond to and manage conflict. ​  Shift times are 9am to 1pm, 1pm to 5pm and 5pm to 9pm Monday to Sunday although there is some limited flexibility on timings.   We ask that a volunteer covers at least two shifts per month.  


For more details please contact Karen at admin@yoursanctuary.org.uk


15a Monument Way East,

Woking, Surrey  

GU21 5LY

Telephone: 01483 776868

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