Volunteering

Glasgow Nightline is always looking for volunteers. We recruit both listening volunteers, to run our service, as well as volunteers to help publicise GU Nightline. Both are extremely rewarding, however listening for Nightline requires commitment both during and after training.

To maintain the anonymity of our listening volunteers, the listening and publicity volunteers work in two separate teams.

  • Listening Volunteers
  • Publicity, Fundraising & Outreach (PFO) Volunteers

Listening Volunteer Applications

To begin your application, please start by filling out our Registry of Interest Form

You may also want to take a look at our Recruitment Guid which breaks down the Glasgow Nightline applications process.

Once you have filled out the above form we will then contact you by email as soon as we can. We will give you details on how you can apply for training as well as other details you may need to know before volunteering with us.

We recruit volunteers at the beginning of each semester. Our two main training dates are usually in September and January. Fill out the application form and we will let you know when next upcoming training date is. In the meantime, if you have any questions or you want more information, don’t hesitate to get in touch! Please contact [email protected]

If you have missed our training dates in September and January then you could consider supporting Glasgow Nightline by applying to be a PFO volunteer. This will allow you to still get involved with Nightline before the next listening training session!

Anonymity

We are an anonymous service, which includes both our callers and the volunteers who listen to them.

It is therefore very important that you do not tell anyone that you are thinking of training with us, or (if you are selected) that you are a volunteer. Your trainers can explain this policy in greater detail at your first meeting.

Commitments

  • Volunteers must be willing to commit to an initial training session that demonstrates to volunteers different ways to apply active listening techniques.
  • Volunteers must commit to do one shift per fortnight between the hours 7pm – 7am during term time. Nightline is based in a self-contained University-owned flat, so it is a safe and comfortable space and is there is an opportunity to sleep, work or watch TV during a shift.
  • Volunteers must be willing to respect confidentiality and anonymity at all times.
  • Volunteers must be willing to work as part of a team and allow themselves the opportunity to build valuable inter-personal skills such as listening and communication and further skills if they decide to join the Nightline committee.

Experience is not necessary but volunteers must be registered students at Glasgow University.