Helpline volunteers trained

RISE’s domestic abuse helpline is the only one of its kind in Brighton & Hove – and can be a lifeline for people who may have nowhere else to go for support.

To meet the increasing demand for this vital service, we’ve trained six volunteers to help our Access Team handle the volume of referrals.

One of the volunteers, Christy, is a former RISE service user. “I wanted to volunteer on the helpline because I’ve experienced domestic abuse, and know how isolating it is and how frightening it can be to ask for help,” she says. “I’m really happy that I can give something back to RISE, and help other people in my situation.”

Another of our helpline volunteers, Anna, has been a stay at home mum for the last eight years and wanted to make a contribution outside of her home. "I decided to volunteer for Rise because I know several people who have been helped by the charity," she says. "I'm finding the role challenging and varied."

This is part of a rolling plan to recruit helpline volunteers on a regular basis. If you’re interested in getting involved in this way, please contact Emma Blythe on Emma.Blythe@riseuk.org.uk or 01273 622 828 ext 215.