Applications for our Spring 2017 Training Cycle have now CLOSED.
If you are interested in becoming a listening volunteer, please read the information below. Applications for our Autumn 2017 Training Cycle will open in September.
If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact the Training
Officers, Hannah and Ameena, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please be aware that you will need to be available the following dates:
-22nd February (7pm-9pm)
-25th February (10am-1pm)
-5 weeks of training 7pm-9pm on either Monday, or Tuesday, or Wednesday (starting on w/c 27th February, to w/c 27th March)
-4th April (7pm-9pm)
We take on new volunteers once per semester, in October and February. Once you've trained with us, we expect you to sign-up for three shifts (7pm until 8am) per term - this is roughly one shift a month.
Volunteering for Nightline can be challenging, but also hugely rewarding. Please remember that all our volunteers need to stay strictly anonymous so we ask that you don't tell anyone that you are planning to train with us.
Who can apply?
Unfortunately, due to the length of time taken to complete the program, we are not able to offer training to students in their final semester, so please do not apply if you are graduating at the end of this academic year. This includes Masters and PhD students who will not be continuing as students in September 2017.
You will be trained in many skills as a Nightliner and will get lots of practise. You don't need any prior experience, but you do need to be willing to learn about our central skills such as empathy, and listening skills. You must also be fluent in English.
Most importantly it must be understood that Nightline is a non-advisory service. If you want to offer advice to people in need, then you cannot do so with Nightline. We are a listening service and we train volunteers to guide callers through their own problems in a non-directive manner. This is a much harder skill, and is more effective than giving advice in helping callers.
What are the benefits of being a Nightliner?
We like to thank our loyal volunteers in a number of ways. We have our own internal award system and give out awards biannually. You can also say that you volunteer with Nightline on your CV, and if you satisfy the commitments listed above during your time with Nightline our Committee regularly supply references.