Volunteer with us

We’re always looking for fabulous volunteers to help us with our work. We have volunteer roles in three areas of the charity: helpline and email support; fundraising and trustees.

If you’d like to find out more or join the team, you’ll find the details below.

Our helpline and email support volunteers provide confidential emotional support via email and/or telephone to survivors of rape and sexual abuse.

Why join our helpline and email support volunteers?

This is why some of our existing volunteers have joined the team…

Who are we looking for?

Self-identifying women (18 years+) who are:

  • Empathetic, non-judgemental and good listeners
  • Self-aware and emotionally resilient
  • Interested in discussing and learning about rape and sexual violence, and its impacts on women and girls
  • Able to maintain confidentiality and anonymity
  • Able to work independently using initiative & be part of a team
  • Share CRCC’s survivor-focused ethos
  • Ideally able to commit to three shifts a month (shifts are on Wednesday and Thursday evenings and Sunday mornings)
  • Ideally able to commit to volunteering for at least 18 months

Although we provide comprehensive training for this role, due to COVID-19 and our responsibility to protect the well-being of our volunteers, we are currently looking for volunteers with relevant prior experience (voluntary or paid). Examples include working/providing support for survivors of sexual/domestic violence or violence against women, working with other forms of trauma, and providing mental health support.

How to join us

Email volunteering@cambridgerapecrisis.org.uk to express your interest and register for an application pack for when we next open applications. Our next training group will run from January to April 2021.

We especially welcome enquiries from Black and minoritised women and LBGT+ (lesbian, bisexual and trans) women.

We can contribute to childcare costs and reasonable travel expenses to enable women to volunteer on the helpline/email service.

Helpline/Email volunteer FAQs

We have a comprehensive support system to help volunteers with the emotional side of the work. Due to the increased pressures of COVID-19, we are currently seeking volunteers who can demonstrate their emotional resilience through previous voluntary/paid experience. While this work is emotionally demanding for everyone, if you are having serious doubts about your resilience, we ask that, in order to protect yourself, you wait until the pandemic is over. Please feel free to discuss this with our Volunteer Manager.

If you have used one of our support services, we ask you to wait 12 months before applying for the helpline/email support service.

Otherwise, we trust your judgement about your emotional well-being and if you would be able to take calls and read emails without it being traumatising.

If you would like to discuss this with our Volunteer Manager, this will be kept completely confidential. We would never ask you to share your personal experiences of sexual violence in the interview or training process.

No – all our volunteers are asked to tell us their availabilities for the coming month and we fill in the rota based on that. This means that you might do a Wednesday shift one week, a Thursday the next week, have a week off and then do a Sunday shift the following week, or any variation of shifts!

We do ask all volunteers to attend a monthly supervision, which runs on a Monday and a Tuesday evening, to give people flexibility. We also have quarterly volunteer meetings and regular social activities.

There will be ten initial training sessions, mostly on Saturdays (10am-4pm) over a two-month period.

We cover many different aspects of rape and sexual abuse, including ritual abuse, childhood sexual abuse, prostitution, and their impacts on women and girls.

We don’t expect you to know everything there is to know about sexual violence before applying. We want to make sure that all our volunteers are fully prepared to support our callers and emailers with anything they want to talk about.

As the training is comprehensive, it is vital that you attend all the sessions. We understand that people can have unexpected issues that prevent them from coming to a training session so we would ask that you go to the session you missed when the next group begins. If you miss one of the first four sessions, we would ask you to re-join the next training group from the beginning.

Ideally, we ask that people commit to three helpline shifts a month, all year round, so that we can ensure we have enough people to keep open for every shift. We understand that people have lots of different obligations in their lives and we can sometimes make exceptions. Just get in touch and we can see whether there could be an arrangement that works for you and us.

Unfortunately, no – we are a confidential and anonymous service, which means that our volunteers don’t tell anyone except close friends and family that they are part of the organisation.

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We have an active and enthusiastic group of wonderful women who form our Volunteer Fundraising Group.

As a fundraising volunteer you will join the Group to work together to organise local fundraising events and activities to raise vital funds to help keep our services running, as well as allowing us to develop new services to support survivors of sexual violence.

Most importantly you will spread the word, raise awareness and inspire your local community to raise funds to ensure we are always here for the women and girls who need us.

Why join our Volunteer Fundraising Group?

Let our current fundraising volunteer, Alice, tell you whey she chose to join us and what she enjoys about volunteering her time, skills and passion to support local women and girls affected by sexual violence…

Who are we looking for?

Self-identifying women (18 years+) who are:

  • Enthusiastic and confident
  • Friendly and polite
  • Well organised and reliable
  • Trustworthy and committed
  • Able to maintain confidentiality
  • Happy to work as part of a team
  • Able to commit to attending monthly group meetings (evenings)
  • Interested in discussing and learning about rape and sexual violence, and its impacts on women and girls

We are a feminist organisation and those values underpin all our work.

How to join us

To express your interest in joining our Volunteer Fundraising Group, please email us at fundraising@cambridgerapecrisis.org.uk.

We have an active and committed group of women who are Trustees for Cambridge Rape Crisis Centre. While we are not actively seeking additional Trustees, if you think you would like to join our board and have the passion for our cause, then please do get in touch.

If you are wondering whether you are the ‘right kind of person’ to be a Trustee, let us reassure you that we have no rigid picture in mind. As with our volunteer body, we welcome women from all walks of life, with all levels and types of experience, provided that they have the time and commitment to make a contribution, and the skills to help them work as a team. Naturally, some positions require more formal experience and training, but in general what we look for is:

  • Commitment to Cambridge Rape Crisis Centre;
  • Willingness and ability to devote the necessary time and effort;
  • Strategic vision;
  • Good, independent judgement;
  • Ability to think creatively;
  • Willingness to speak her mind;
  • Understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship;
  • Ability to work effectively as a member of a team; and
  • Willingness to uphold Nolan’s seven principles of public life: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership.