All volunteers provide a vital service within charities, but our volunteers are different. Most of them have experienced domestic abuse, and they want to use their traumatic experiences to help others. The involvement of volunteers, with lived experience of domestic abuse, in all areas of service delivery is what we believe sets SATEDA apart from other organisations.
Our volunteers will never forget what has happened to them, and we don’t ask them to. In fact some are still experiencing harassment from ex-partners, however they still choose to come along and help others. This in turn helps them to remember that they are valued, and worthy, their experiences were not their fault and they will not let their abusers hold them back any longer.
This is why our Employability Programme is so important. Just because someone has accessed a support worker, counselling, Freedom Programme, Power 2 Change, Own My Life or Support 2 Court, it doesn’t mean that they will never need support again. Working as a volunteer, and being supported by our wonderful volunteer coordinators offers them an ongoing part of their healing journey — a journey we take with them.