Become a Volunteer

We are looking for new student volunteers to become part of Rafiki - our peer support listening service. Rafiki is led by student volunteers, who students can drop-in to University House to speak to quickly without needing an appointment. Students can talk to our volunteers about any issues they are facing, or if they would just like a friendly face to chat to. 

This role is not professional; it is intended to provide peer to peer support only. All volunteers will receive extensive training to enable them to fulfil the role, including wellbeing training and signposting training, so volunteers can refer students to support services on campus and externally which can help. 

As a volunteer at Rafiki, you will be required to: 

  • Volunteer for a minimum of two hours each week
  • Provide peer to peer support for students attending Rafiki
  • Signpost students to the relevant support services within the Students' Union, the University and externally
  • Provide regular feedback to allow for impact measurement, and to enable the Students' Union to continually improve Rafiki for students

What do you get out of it?

As well as helping other students, volunteering at Rafiki is a fantastic opportunity to gain valuable experience and skills, such as: 

  • Communication and interpersonal skills
  • Listening skills
  • Teamwork
  • Problem solving
  • Planning and organising
  • Self-management

Volunteering will help to enhance your employability when you leave Salford, especially if you're looking at going into caring or mental health related professions, although volunteering is open to students on any course of study. Volunteers will also receive comprehensive training, including wellbeing training delivered by the University's Wellbeing team, as well as information about all the support services available for students, in order to direct students to the most appropriate service when required. 

Interested?

If you would like to volunteer at Rafiki, please fill in the form below. If you would like more information or have any questions, please email ussu-dropincentre@salford.ac.uk 

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