By volunteering for a women’s charity, you are joining the fight for basic women’s rights such as equal pay, paid maternity leave and a chance at gaining an education. Women’s charities are passionate about gender equality and support women who may be poor, deprived or victims of domestic abuse. By volunteering for a women’s charity you could also be enabling women across the globe to reach their full potential and achieve their goals.
Full training is usually provided, so you don’t require a background in a related field. If you want a rewarding role that empowers women, both young and old, this could be right for you.
What sort of roles are available?
Voluntary Counsellors and Mentors are fully trained to respond to women’s needs either in person or over the phone via helplines. Many women who access the mentoring and counselling services are (or have been), victims of domestic and/or sexual violence. They are usually looking for advice as to how to cope and where to turn next. All mentors are fully trained and given the appropriate skills and knowledge to be able to deal with sensitive issues.
Many women in vulnerable positions may feel that they have no one to turn to and although they may try to access help, they can sometimes have challenges communicating their needs or opening up fully about their circumstances. They may also have issues with trust, so you may need to build up a relationship with each woman in order to give them the help they need. For this reason, this role is best suited to someone who is patient and empathetic.
Charities such as Women’s Aid take voluntary counsellors and mentors.