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Does anyone work for or volunteer for Women's aid or similar?

(5 Posts)
toptramp Thu 06-Oct-11 20:37:52

I would be interested to hear your experiences as I would like to give something back.

beatenbyayellowteacup Thu 06-Oct-11 20:49:52

watching with interest

izzywhizzyletsgetbusy Thu 06-Oct-11 22:08:58

What exactly do you want to know?

If you've been affected by dv or any other issue and were helped/supported by a charity, or if a particular charity's ethos and aims are close to your heart, make contact with them and volunteer your services.

Regardless of whether you have any particular skills or expertise to offer, I'm sure you'll be welcomed with open arms but please be aware that if you are hoping to work with children or vulnerable adults you will need to be CRB checked and may be required to fund the cost of the report from your own pocket.

If you are time poor, a donation is always gratefully received.

Makeyerowndamndinner Thu 06-Oct-11 23:02:19

I'm a Women's Aid worker. Different groups have different rules, but in our group the rule is that if you have received support from us then you have to have been off support for at least six months before you can volunteer.

Volunteers are hugely valued in Women's Aid. Without them we wouldn't be able to provide the service we do. I started off as a volunteer and am now a paid worker. The good thing about being a volunteer is that you can be as hands on or not as you wish. If you don't feel ready to do direct support work there are always odd jobs need doing, but if you really want to get involved and learn the job then other members of staff should support you in that.

Like I said though - things vary from group to group so you'd have to find out what the score was with your local group.

Good luck!

Angel786 Fri 07-Oct-11 15:42:56

Having lived in a women's aid refuge for a bit as a child I think the work you guys do is AMAZING!

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