West Mercia Women’s Aid
Volunteering for WMWA
How to volunteer
WMWA is a ‘third sector’ organisation and would not be able to provide its services without the help and support of volunteers. In return, those who volunteer with West Mercia Women’s Aid have the opportunity to;
- Gain valuable work experience
- Explore personal and professional development opportunities
- Access training from a specialist domestic abuse organisation
- Have the chance to progress in a career working in this sector
Many of our paid staff began working at West Mercia Women’s Aid as volunteers, and built upon that experience to successfully apply for paid employment with us – or with sister organisations.
Most of all, those who volunteer with West Mercia Women’s Aid become part of the movement to confront domestic abuse and to help those whose lives are touched by it – to recover and move forward with strength and with hope for the future.
As a charity, WMWA is governed by a Board of Trustees – all of whom are volunteers. More information about the role of the Trustees and of the Board can be found here. Volunteers work alongside paid staff and managers in a variety of roles and across all of the services. Each brings their unique skills and experiences to further enhance the offer that we make to the users of our services. We have developed a set of roles as a guide to the type of work that volunteers can undertake when they join WMWA, which can be accessed via the buttons to the left.
We are also keen to hear from anyone who would like to volunteer in a professional capacity, for example as a counsellor or trainee counsellor. We can provide counselling students with the opportunity to undertake practice hours, where this meets the requirements of their place of study. In the past we have been supported by a volunteer breastfeeding consultant, a play worker and homeopathic therapists who have given their time ‘pro-bono’.
West Mercia Women’s Aid also has a number of opportunities for volunteers to support our ‘back office’ staff in office administration, in assisting the Community Fundraiser, or in rolling up your sleeves and helping to organise the collection and distribution of the many donations of clothes and household items that are offered to us.
For further information about becoming a volunteer with WMWA please complete our Volunteer Expression of Interest Form.
All volunteers are provided with training and support both before, and during their time with West Mercia Women’s Aid.