What have you gained from volunteering?
Volunteering with Nightline has helped me build my confidence – as it is the first society I properly got involved in, it has really really helped in terms of personal growth! In addition to this, it has provided me with the chance to develop my active listening and interpersonal skills which is always helpful to mention in tricky job interview situations.
How has COVID affected your service?
We are lucky to be able to continue running our service, even with COVID! Whilst Leeds Nightline normally functions with three services (by phone, IM and email), we were able to adapt our service and continue keeping our IM and email lines open. As our volunteers are now remote, you are able to volunteer with us from home and safe from interaction.
We also run our training virtually now, so you will be fully prepared! We haven’t let COVID take our spirit, so we regularly hold social events online and there are many ways to still get involved with the society!
How does volunteering with your society look without COVID?
As mentioned above, we normally function by phone, IM and email from a secure, private location. Training would usually take place in person, as well as all our social events.
What advice would you give to people who would like to volunteer with you?
Don’t be put off by the application process, just be yourself and it will all come naturally! We are students ourselves and we are a friendly bunch who mostly just can’t wait to meet some new friendly faces (albeit over Zoom)!
If you have any questions or queries, don’t hesitate to email firstname.lastname@example.org, where we will be more than happy to help.
How can people take part and support?
Applications to become a volunteer are currently open until the 12th February! We are looking for enthusiastic, reliable and committed volunteers. Feel free to get in touch with us if you would like more information! Our recruitment team’s email can be found here.
If you are unable to volunteer, you still are able to support! Our service is available to be used by any student in Leeds, so feel free to use our safe space if you need to.
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