Get Involved

Societies

If your society is looking to get involved, we’d love to hear from you! We’re keen to collaborate with any societies on specific campaigns or just to raise awareness of our service to your members. You can also fundraise for us if you wish, which makes such a big difference for us!

If you’re interested in getting involved, please contact us via our social media or by emailing the co-presidents at [email protected] 

If you’d like to collaborate on a publicity campaign, especially those related to student welfare, please get in touch by emailing out Publicity Officers at [email protected]

Volunteering Opportunities 

We recruit volunteer in September and January of each academic year.

We look to recruit enthusiastic and conscientious students to give up a couple of nights a term to man the phones (you don’t have to stay awake all night, don’t worry!) or to assist the society in other ways.

Exeter Student Nightline is a fantastic society to be involved with and a great way to give back to the student community, whether you’re an undergraduate or postgraduate and the hours spent volunteering with us count towards the Exeter Award Scheme.

There are two ways you can volunteer for us:

Join our Publicity Team

  • Are you a creative person looking to make a difference?
  • Use your skills to give back to the student community
  • Are you great with people and love to talk about mental health?
  • Want to spread the word about Nightline?
  • Looking to develop your marketing skills?
  • Are you an artistic person or innovative thinker?
  • Specific skills in design, social media and marketing desired

Join our community of Listening Volunteers

  • Are you an empathetic and compassionate person?
  • Looking to meet like-minded people?
  • Are you committed to giving up your time to listen to others?
  • Learn invaluable active listening skills
  • Develop your communication skills
  • Non-judgmental and respect for confidentiality required
  • Dedication to student welfare necessary 

If you’re interested, please keep an eye on our Social Media at the start of Term 1 (September) and start of Term 2 (January) for a link to our application form.

If you have any questions about becoming a listening volunteer, please email [email protected].
If you have any questions about becoming a publicity volunteer, please email [email protected]

For general inquiries, please contact [email protected].

Why volunteer?

  • A chance to really make a difference and provide wellbeing support to your fellow students
  • Gain new important life-skills (communication, teamwork, active listening)
  • Meet new like-minded individuals – our volunteers are a lovely group!
  • An amazing CV booster! Your hours with us can count towards the Exeter Award and our committee are able to provide references on request.

Who can volunteer as a listening volunteer?

  • Any Exeter student can apply to volunteer with us, and you don’t need any prior experience (although it helps!)
  • There are only 3 key requirements for potential volunteers:
    • You’re able to get to Streatham Campus for night shifts.
    • You’re happy and comfortable to talk on the phone in different contexts, and pass our training calls well.
    • That you have a strong verbal and written fluency of English.

What does volunteering as a listening volunteer involve? 

  •  We ask that volunteers do a minimum of four shifts per term. Shifts are 8pm-8am but you do get a chance to sleep!
  • On shift, our volunteers are responsible for answering phone calls, Skype messages and calls, emails and instant messenger.
  • Active listening – this is an essential skill for the Nightline volunteer and not something that necessarily comes easily to everyone. You will learn through our training process what active listening involves, and how to provide the best service possible to student callers.
  • Information – volunteers also provide information to callers (e.g. taxi numbers, contact details for other services) using the resources available in our office.

What can you expect from us?

  • Full training on how to be a volunteer is provided.
  • Ongoing support from committee, including a committee member assigned to be your support group leader. You can always get in touch with them if you’re struggling to meet your shift requirements or have any other concerns.
  • You will always have another fully trained volunteer member supporting you whilst you are on shift.