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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

Who we are and what is DA - 5.30pm - Tuesday 14 Sept 2021

Trauma Informed Approach to DA - 5.30pm - Tuesday 21 Sept 2021

Via zoom

Contact Karen on admin@yoursanctuary.org.uk to book a place.

Trustees - Safeguarding Specialist and Generalist

August 2021

We are looking for two new Trustees to join our experienced and dedicated Board.  In particular, we are looking for someone with knowledge and experience of safeguarding and the ability to provide specialist insight and guidance.  An understanding of Surrey County Council's social care safeguarding model would be extremely useful.  All of our Trustees must have empathy to our cause and a willingness to use their skills to help develop the overall vision, strategy and impact of Your Sanctuary.  As well as some initial training,  you would need to be able to commit to six half day board meetings each year and one 'away day' (within the Woking area).  You will also need to provide support and advice on an ad hoc basis when your area of expertise is required.  If you can make a real difference to the lives of women, men and children affected by domestic abuse then please send your CV through to Karen on admin@yoursanctuary.org.uk

Volunteer Handyperson

May 2021

Do you have strong DIY skills and a couple of hours to spare some weeks to help keep our women’s refuge in good order?   We provide a safe, secure and comfortable environment for women and their children who have fled domestic abuse and are looking for a volunteer who can come along on an occasional basis to carry out general basic maintenance and DIY tasks.  These could include putting up curtain poles, assembling flat packed furniture, mowing the lawn or unblocking a sink!  So if you can turn your hand to most things, are available on an ad hoc basis Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm,  and are willing to help then please contact Karen on admin@yoursanctuary.org.uk

Gardening Volunteer

May 2021​

We are looking for gardening volunteers to help maintain the gardens at our refuges.  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 gardens are really important spaces at the refuges, much used by residents and their children.  Please help make a difference to them during their stay.

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

Outreach Volunteer

May 2021

Our Outreach Volunteer Service aims 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

May 2021

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.

  • 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.

The training requirements will include a period of day-time (Monday to Friday) 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.​  Shift times are 9am to 1pm, 1pm to 5pm and 5pm to 9pm Monday to Sunday and we ask that a volunteer covers at least two shifts per month.  

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