Support Us Volunteering


The Haven Wolverhampton was established by two volunteers in 1973 and since then we have continued to support the needs of our ever expanding volunteer base.  Volunteers provide practical and emotional support to women and children suffering domestic violence, homeless and abuse.

The Haven Wolverhampton has offered a supportive volunteer programme for many years We currently have over 100 volunteers who offer their support on a full or part time basis that help to keep our services running.

Volunteers play a crucial role in supporting the work and delivering life changing services to women and children.  The opportunities we offer allow volunteers to use their specialist skills, learn new skills and enhance their skill base for future employability, meet new people and have fun!  Volunteers' dedication also helps us as an organisation to support and improve the services offered to our client group.

All Haven volunteers receive Domestic Violence Awareness Induction Training.  When as a volunteer you have completed 6 months volunteering, as a committed volunteer you are given the opportunity to achieve a recognised level 3 OCNWMR qualification in ‘Working with Survivors of Domestic Violence’.

Any offers of volunteering will be subject to an enhanced Criminal Records Bureau (CRB), two satisfactory references and completion of the Domestic Violence Awareness Induction Training.


Who can volunteer?

The Haven Wolverhampton welcomes applications from both male and female volunteers aged 16 or over. We aim to support volunteers with varying levels of ability providing supportive programmes in order to meet a range of needs.


What we ask from you:

  • That you commit to a minimum of 3 hours per week to fit around your personal commitments
  • Adhere to confidentiality
  • Provide a service to the client group in a non-discriminatory way
  • Be reliable and committed, not let our clients down and let us know if you cannot make your placement and for how long.

Our promise to you:

  • Provide opportunities that utilise your current skills and talents
  • Give you relevant training to be knowledgeable to do your role and learn new skills
  • Assist you to do something different in new areas of work
  • Provide comprehensive training relevant to your company
  • Meet new people and friends and be involved in service delivery whilst learning new and transferrable skills

Do I need to have any qualifications to become a volunteer:

You do not need any formal qualifications to become a Haven volunteer. Everyone can play a role in helping others whether you have specialist skills or would like to gain new skills.

What work can I do as a volunteer?

The Haven Wolverhampton has a range of volunteering opportunities available including:

  • Support Services
  • Women's activities
  • Resettlement, including Community Team Workers
  • Helpline
  • Working with children and young people
  • Administration
  • Charity Shop
  • Marketing
  • Events
  • Fundraising
  • Concierge/Property Support (peripatetic worker)
  • Driver
  • Maintenance Handy Person

If you would like to become a Haven volunteer please complete a volunteer application form and send to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or for more information call 01902 572128.

The Haven Wolverhampton also provides volunteering opportunities for women aged 18 to 30 living in Europe through the European Voluntary Service (EVS) programme. We are credited as a hosting organisation – accreditation number 2012-GB-85. We are able to offer voluntary placements, which includes accommodation, for between 6 and 12 months. For further information please email any enquiries to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

The Haven Wolverhampton is also able to provide volunteering placements for both male and female volunteers from across Europe through the European Training Service (ETS). ETS is funded as part of the Leonardo Project which is a European Commission incentive. To enquire about a placement through the ETS scheme please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Social Work Student Placements

The Haven Wolverhampton currently 4-6 placements a year to students actively studying a Diploma in Social Work. Placements are offered through Universities that apply directly to The Haven Wolverhampton (not the student). We are able to offer placements in our refuges supporting victims of domestic violence as well as placements with outreach workers. To discuss placements please ask your tutor to contact us on 01902 572128 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it