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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 - 9th May 2024

Trauma Informed Approach to DA - 5.30pm - 16th May 2024

Via Zoom 

Contact Sue on to book a place.

Chair of Trustees

February 2024

Your Sanctuary is looking to appoint a new Chair of Trustees.  Working closely with our CEO, this is an amazing opportunity to make a difference to survivors of domestic abuse and their children.

Offering effective leadership to the Board of Trustees, which includes specialists in fundraising, HR, law, finance, safeguarding and business management, you will provide direction and ensure good governance.  There is a leadership team in place that manages the day to day operation of the charity.

Trustee meetings are held every two months' (on Saturdays) which Trustees attend physically and/or virtually and you will be expected to attend an additional annual strategy day and regular meetings with the CEO (physical or virtual).

This is a senior volunteering role and you will need to be able to demonstrate strong leadership and management experience with the ability to work strategically. Ideally, you will have previously been involved in the running of a charity and will  be familiar with the duties and responsibilities of a Trustee.  The Articles of Association require that the Chair is female.

If you are passionate about ensuring that survivors of domestic abuse get the best possible services and are able to commit the time to help drive our charity forward, please contact karen on

(Due to the nature of this role, it is open to female applicants only and is exempt under Schedule 9 Part 1 of the Equality Act 2010.)

Children's Male Volunteer

December 2023

Could you be a positive male role model to the children resident in our refuge?  We are looking for a volunteer to provide play sessions on a weekly or ad hoc basis.  The sessions could include board games, playing in the garden, building dens and so on. There's also the opportunity to help upcycle our outside play house! An enhanced DBS check and two references will be required. Volunteering can take place Monday to Friday between10am and 5pm.  

Please apply at

Outreach Volunteer

December 2023

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 at

Helpline Volunteer - Weekday Daytime and Out of Office Hours

April 2022

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

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