Volunteer with us
First of all thank you for your interest in volunteering! We rely first and foremost on the commitment of our student volunteers to keep the service running. We are a student led organisation managed by a committee of volunteer officers and coordinators, We are supported in our work by the Stirling Students Union and by the national Nightline Association.
Any student at Stirling is eligible to apply to join Nightline. Upon joining Nightline, we ask that volunteers are able to commit a minimum of two semesters with us. This is due to the period of in-depth training and probation involved in joining Nightline and the limited time available to complete the minimum required shifts for the year as a result.
Our new volunteer training runs once per semester and takes place over two sessions: a full weekend in between (12pm-8pm each day ). The training is quite intense and interactive – you will get plenty of opportunity to get to know one another and learn about and practice valuable active listening skills and policy. It is essential that trainees attend both of the training sessions in order to complete the training, as well as undertaking an assessed role-play afterwards before they become a Nightline volunteer and start signing up for shifts.
This is a tricky one to answer as no two shifts are the same! There is no way of knowing how many calls you will get on a shift or what they will be about but don’t worry, your training will equip you to deal with any type of call. What we can tell you is that there are always 2 volunteers on shift (we don’t do lone working) so you’ll get the chance to know your shift partners well! The office is in a secure location for confidentiality reasons, and is fully equipped to make your shifts as easy as possible!
You commit as a trained volunteer to sign up for one overnight shift (10pm-7am) every two weeks. You choose when your shifts will be on our online rota so you can plan ahead and fit your shifts around your other commitments.