Volunteer feedback

A helpline volunteer said:

Training was inspiring, I learnt so much about how I could support others but also about myself. Starting on the line has been really exciting and I can't wait to be working on it independently"

A face-to-face volunteer counsellor said:

Working as a face to face volunteer counsellor at PARCS, I have realised how hard it must be for clients to have the courage to seek help and come and talk to a counsellor about their pain and trauma they have endured and suffered through being sexually abused.

I realize how hard PARCS works at being a safe, reliable containing place for clients to come and get the support they so need and how the staff work so hard to keep the organisation going and how supported I have felt as a counsellor working with such difficult and traumatic issues.

A helpline volunteer said:

Before I started my Rape Crisis Line training at PARCS I was extremely nervous about what the experience would be like. Ten minutes in the building and I felt completely at ease and eager to start the training process. All of the girls in my training group were amazing and after just a few hours I felt myself opening up to them like I had known them for years. I think that’s what PARCS represents to me – a place where I feel completely comfortable and at ease to share my worries and problems. Going through the training process has helped me immensely in my personal life and from it I feel I have learnt a lot about myself and seem to understand my feelings a lot more.

I would definitely recommend volunteering at this charity. It’s not an easy subject to talk about but what the workers and volunteers at PARCS do is amazing and without them the issue of sexual abuse would become more of a taboo subject than it already is. Plus you can help yourself to endless cups of tea J

An administration volunteer said:

Volunteering for PARCS is a crucial step for myself to gain experience of working in a serious but friendly office, undertaking the day to day activities involved with running a charitable business, including completing statistical data which is vital in order to secure further funding. This will then in time secure the future of the project that is PARCS.

It is a pleasure to work with and among some of the most dedicated and professional people that are committed to their work and quite often are thrown into the most difficult of circumstances that their clients have to deal with. To be able to make a difference even in the smallest way possible, to provide assistance were needed and support for the things that I am able to do, to take away some of the tedium and mundane tasks that are a part of all business' the little things that can be put off but are necessary to the big things that need teamwork if easing the pressure by taking on these tasks and doing them well allows the team more time to do what they do best then that is where my motivation and reward comes from, and there is free biscuits too.

A helpline volunteer said:

I thought it was great. Meeting new people and learning how to reflect on your own thoughts rather than the main focus being the group were what has been the main things i got out of it. Also the training allowed me to learn a great deal about personal relationships, boundaries and also how different people's views on how acceptable things can be. The whole thing was a giant learning curve.