Hotline Volunteers

“Volunteering on the phones has taught me new skills. It’s been insightful, and it’s been a place where I know I am giving back.”
— Hotline Volunteer

Training

We have two intakes for Hotline Volunteers. The largest is in October, but we now offer a smaller group of students the opportunity to train in January, as we know October can be a busy time already! We offer excellent listening skills training to all hotline volunteers to best prepare you for the lines, plus continuous support from other volunteers and trained support staff. All we ask is that you are non-judgemental, empathetic and can adapt to the vast variety of calls we receive. It’s a great opportunity to get to know other nice people, learn listening skills and learn about mental health.

Who can volunteer with us?

To be eligible to volunteer for us you must be 18 or over and a registered student at one of our affiliated institutions, or living with one of our affiliated student accommodation providers. To check whether your university is affiliated with us, please check here. In your application, we will ask for a reference to confirm your a student, as well as a letter of student status if you’re successful.

If your university isn’t yet affiliated with us, and you would like them to be, email both your university and our us and we’ll see if we can start the process!

When is the next training intake?

The next training sessions will take place during January. Trainees will attend two Sundays worth of training 10-4pm listening skills, and then a further Sunday of mental health and procedures training. The dates for January 2019 are the 6th and 13th.

If successful, the further Sunday of training will be on the 20th January, from 10am until 5pm, and is much more social!

Commitment

After training, hotline volunteers commit to 12 overnight shifts each academic year (that’s only four each term!) and one evening top-up training session each term to keep those skills honed. This becomes 10 for those that join us in January. There is also the opportunity to take on further roles within the organisation, such as organising socials, helping with publicity or training, and choosing which snacks go in the office.

Application

Once our October training intake is complete, we will reopen applications for those that are interested in getting involved in January. The deadline for applying will be the 14th December, so we can let you know before everyone heads off for the Winter break. If you would like to join the mailing list to be notified of the application opening, please email volunteer@nightline.org.uk.