Coffee Chat Volunteer Application

VOLUNTEER APPLICATION

coffee chat helpline volunteers

Mental health and suicide support helplines

Has anyone ever told you you’re a great conversationalist?  That you’re great at listening as well as talking?  That you can create conversations sometimes out of very little?

Then SOS could have the perfect voluntary role for you!  Our next training segment is 17-20 January 2023 (4 days)

Coffee Chat Volunteer Application

Our new service, which opened in October 2022, is currently recruiting for non-employed, unpaid phone volunteers to talk to people who are lonely, alone, and/or isolated.  This service will not require you to deal with any emergencies or mental health concerns.  It is, quite simply, a chat between two people.

Your training will consist of developing key skills and will provide you with all the necessary tools to carry out this role confidently.

You’ll need to be available between 8pm and midnight on either Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday for this particular role.  We welcome applications from anyone aged 16 and above.

Working as part of a small but dynamic and dedicated team, you’ll have the opportunity to learn and develop skillsets which will be transferrable throughout your life.

Training will be online only and you will volunteer from the comfort of your own home.  Remember to check out all our volunteering opportunities!

Training is over 4 consecutive days, covering 4 modules.  Everyone will complete modules 1 & 2(as long as Module 1 is completed) and then our trainers will decide who should progress to Modules 3 & 4.  The times on each module are: Mod 1: 9am-7.30pm allow 4 hours, train when it’s convenient.  Mod 2: 11am until 4pm (with breaks)  Mod 3 (11am until 4pm) with breaks, Mod 4 (4 hours to be confirmed nearer the date)

Read all about unpaid volunteering before you apply.

Coffee Line Phone Volunteers Application Form
Please use this form only if you wish to apply to chat with people WHO ARE NOT at risk or in crisis. Do NOT use this form to apply for crisis line support. The coffee line does not support those at risk or in crisis Playing our part in reducing and offsetting our carbon footprint is important to SOS.  Therefore, we are, where absolutely possible, a paperless charity. We realise that some people do not have access to complete the online application, or may prefer not to enter their details electronically.  Therefore, if you wish to submit a paper copy of your application, you can do so by: *Highlighting the whole of the application form, right click and then press PRINT. *Popping your application in the post to our registered office address, which is: SOS Silence of Suicide c/o Nexus Chambers, The Barbon Buildings, 14 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4QH APPLICATIONS OPEN TO UK RESIDENTS ONLY, THANK YOU

Your Details

Applications open only to UK residents, thank you.
You must be 16 or over to volunteer on this line, thanks

Position Details

Being selected for initial training, does NOT constitute an acceptance of your application for unpaid volunteering with us. Day 1, Module 1 - please allow up to 4 hours to complete your online module. Day 2, Module 2 - Day 3, Module 3 Day 4, Module 4 PLEASE ensure you are available between 11am and 4pm on days 2,3 & 4, thank you. We reserve the right to cancel or amend training dates and times to best suit the needs of the charity.
Please Type Coffee Chat phone Volunteer, thank you.
Please confirm you are able to volunteer 4 hours a week on the telephones, thank you.
Click or drag files to this area to upload. You can upload up to 2 files.
After receiving your CV, our training team will read through it and contact you within 2 weeks if you are invited to train with us. Unfortunately, we do not have the resources to respond to anyone who is unsuccessful, but thank you for your interest in our charity.
evenings, 8pm until midnight
Please give us your character reference number 1 email address. Ensure you have their permission for us to approach them before giving their details. IMPORTANT: We will not accept character references from partners/spouses, immediate family or in laws. The person giving the reference must have known you for at least 2 years. By using someone as a referee, you are confirming that you are complying with our referencing requirements.
How do you know this person?
Please give us your character reference number 2 email address. Ensure you have their permission for us to approach them before giving their details. IMPORTANT: We will not accept character references from partners/spouses, immediate family or in laws. The person giving the reference must have known you for at least 2 years. By using someone as a referee, you are confirming that you are complying with our referencing requirements.
Please give us your character reference number 2 email address. Ensure you have their permission for us to approach them before giving their details. IMPORTANT: We will not accept character references from partners/spouses, immediate family or in laws. The person giving the reference must have known you for at least 2 years. By using someone as a referee, you are confirming that you are complying with our referencing requirements.
How do you know this person?
Please give us your character reference number 2 email address. Ensure you have their permission for us to approach them before giving their details. IMPORTANT: We will not accept character references from partners/spouses, immediate family or in laws. The person giving the reference must have known you for at least 2 years. By using someone as a referee, you are confirming that you are complying with our referencing requirements.
Please tell us the name of the person we are applying to for a reference within your current or last place of work. IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A WORK REFEREE, PLEASE PROVIDE A THIRD CHARACTER REFERENCE, THANK YOU.
Please give us your work reference email address. Ensure you have their permission for us to approach them before giving their details.
Click or drag a file to this area to upload.
Training has to be done on a desktop or a laptop. Please confirm you have access to this hardware on all training dates and times, thank you
All of our front line volunteers are required to hold an enhanced check certificate. We provide this service through CareCheck and the cost to yourself is £12.00 (correct at 2/8/22). This is non-refundable. A certificate is required before you can volunteer on our coffee line, thank you. Please initial your agreement to obtain a certificate if you successfully complete all your training with SOS NOTE: Your application is with a 3rd party Government approved supplier and SOS received no reimbursement whatsoever. Your transaction and payment is strictly between yourself and the DBS provider, thank you. We ask that you obtain an enhanced DBS certificate as part of our efforts to safeguard vulnerable children and adults
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