What is Nightline?
Nightline is a non-advisory listening service run by students, for students. We are a free, confidential, anonymous service that offers telephone, email and instant messaging support to students wishing to talk about anything they please; no matter is too small. We operate out of a purpose-run building, located near the University of Dundee campus; it is well equipped with everything required for a shift (kitchen, bathroom, beds, office, meeting rooms).
Do I need experience?
No experience is required! All we ask is for enthusiastic individuals who can work well as part of a team, with a genuine interest in volunteering for this service. Applications are open to all matriculated students of the University of Dundee and students of Abertay University. A good understanding of written and verbal English is essential.
What is the commitment?
We ask volunteers to do one shift (8pm – 8am) approximately every two weeks. And yes, you can sleep on shift! On top of this, there are fortnightly training sessions to keep your skills up to date to ensure we provide the best service possible. It also provides an opportunity for getting to know your fellow listening volunteers.
If you are on placement and or need a break from Nightline for any reason, this is okay! Just let one of the committee know – you are not required to tell us the reason.
Will I be trained before going on shift?
Of course! Before you become an “active volunteer” you will attend a full weekend of training to equip you with all the skills you require to be a competent and confident listening volunteer.
How do I apply?
Nightline recruits volunteers at various points throughout the year – please check at the top of this page to see if applications are being taken at this time. Application forms are available below; once completed, your application will be reviewed and you will be invited to an interview. All being well, following the interview we will invite you along to an upcoming training weekend.
Please note: due to the confidential nature of Nightline, please keep your interest in volunteering and each stage of the application process to yourself.
Will I receive any recognition for my volunteering work?
If you choose to, we can help you to sign up to the Saltire Awards Scheme which will reward your hours of commitment at certain milestones (100, 200, 500). When you’re on 12-hour shifts, you’d be surprised at how quickly these can be achieved! For confidentiality, certificates must remain in the Nightline office for as long as you volunteer with us.
How can I find out more information?
More information is available on the About Us tab, on our Facebook page, and on Twitter. Alternatively, you can get in touch with the Recruitment Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org.