A volunteer is defined as someone who commits time and energy for the benefit of others, and does so freely, through personal choice, and without expectation of financial reward, except for the payment of actual out-of-pocket expenses. Volunteering for WWA offers women in the community the opportunity to be involved in services for women who have experienced domestic violence – this not only benefits the organisation but also benefits the community and the volunteer.
Wycombe Women’s Aid believes that volunteers, with their varied skills and experiences, complement the work of the employees and enrich and extend the services offered by the organisation. Wycombe Women’s Aid recognises that volunteers can make an important contribution to achieving its aims and objectives as well as raising awareness about domestic violence within the locality.
The types of activity that volunteers can be involved in includes:
- Direct work with women and children/young people on issues that are set out in the Personal Support Plan both in the refuge and in Outreach services
- Help with practical issues relating to the upkeep of the refuge
- Promotional work with stakeholders and local organisation
- General administration such as filing, compiling statistics, financial issues etc.
Volunteers will complement the work of paid employees, however they will not adopt a key role with women and children directly. Volunteers will always be coordinated by a Volunteer Coordinator.
Volunteers may be sought through the placement of adverts, both in the local community and on this website. Sometimes, volunteers may be recruited through a more ad-hoc basis, for example a local community group asking WWA whether they require any volunteers.
Interview & Selection
The interview and selection process for selecting volunteers follows a set process, reflecting the equality and diversity policy of WWA.
After their first contact with the organisation, prospective volunteers must complete a registration form. The form will ask the volunteer for 2 references and will give the volunteer the opportunity to tell WWA about themselves. After receipt of the form an interview will be carried out with the woman concerned and will be conducted by the Volunteer Coordinator and and an employee or Trustee.
Following a successful interview and the receipt of 2 satisfactory references, volunteers may undergo their induction and start voluntary work with WWA. It is important to take every precaution to safeguard vulnerable guests, therefore an appointment as a volunteer requires a CRB clearance and a formal commitment to work within the policies and priorities of WWA.
All successful applicants will be required to sign a Volunteer Agreement and will be subject to a probationary period and undergo a probationary interview with the Volunteer Coordinator.
Unsuccessful applications will be notified in writing and offered the opportunity to contact the Volunteer Coordinator for feedback about the decision.
Current voluntary opportunities at Wycombe Women’s Aid (September 2017)
There are currently no voluntary opportunities at Wycombe Women’s Aid.
Wycombe Women’s Aid seeks new employees as posts become vacant. All job opportunities are posted on this website, along with full details of how to apply.
Current job opportunities at Wycombe Women’s Aid (September 2017)
We are currently recruiting for a full time Counsellor (37 hours per week) to join our team. For further information, please see the job advert below:
Wycombe Women's Aid P.O. Box 1477 High Wycombe Bucks HP11 9HP Registered Charity No. 299946 Registered Company No. 2245478 ©2016 Wycombe Women's Aid
Refuge: 01494 461367 Outreach: 07890 456907 IDVA: 07483 159153
Asian Women's Helpline: 01494 446366