Application for listening volunteers 2021-22
Thank you for your interest in volunteering for Bristol Nightline!

Nightline is a confidential, non-advisory, non-judgemental, non-directive, non-assumptive listening service. We look for good listeners who are both open-minded and would fit well into our supportive community.

Before we can invite you to volunteer training, we ask that you fill out this short application form. The application is confidential and its information will stay private and only be reviewed by our training team. The form will help us find out a bit more about you and why you want to volunteer with us. Once your application has been reviewed, we will be in contact with you for the next steps.

Please resubmit this form if you applied last year or over summer, and have not had a response. Thank you!
First Name *
Surname *
What pronouns do you go by?
eg they/them, she/her. he/him. Feel free to leave blank if you would rather.
Are you a current student at University of Bristol? *
Note that you must be a University of Bristol Student in order to volunteer with us.
What is your University email address? *
This should end in
What course do you study? *
When do you plan to graduate? *
Note that people who are planning to graduate in 2022 can only apply before Christmas 2021 please.
How did you hear about Nightline? *
What do you know about Bristol Nightline and the Nightline association already? *
Why do you want to volunteer with Bristol Nightline? *
Please tell us more about yourself and what motivates you to want this role.
Why do you believe you are suited to this role? *
Please tell us what you hope to achieve with this volunteering position, more about your aims and why you think you would be suitable for this role.
Have you ever had a difficult conversation with someone? *
Try to think of a situation that you are comfortable sharing about a difficult topic or where you had a difficult conversation. How did you feel talking to the person? What did you do during the conversation? How did you cope after the conversation?
While the phone line is open, will you be able to commit to doing a phone shift (8pm-8am) every 3-4 weeks in term time? *
It is really important that all our volunteers are able to regularly do shifts in order to keep the service running. Note: We do not expect you to stay awake for the entire 12 hour shift! Shifts take place in a cosy flat with beds, a sofa, a toilet and a kitchen. When not taking calls you are free to sit and do work/chat/watch Netflix etc.
In order to be a listening volunteer, we require that you partake in a weekend of training. Is this something you will be able to commit to? *
Once you have received your training, we love volunteers to help with future training sessions. Is this something you would be interested in? *
Would you be willing to commit at least 1 hour to help the team publicise for Nightline for the year? *
Are you able to remain anonymous as a Bristol Nightline volunteer? *
Nightline is a confidential and anonymous service. As such, it is very important to us that our volunteers do not disclose to others outside the society that they volunteer with us, as this may put students off calling the service.
If you are taking a call, what tactics might you use to make the caller feel at ease? *
We will give you training on this so don't worry about getting it exactly right!
Shifts are done in pairs with one volunteer on the phone and one listening in. What might you do to support a volunteer who is taking a difficult call? *
After the training, we ask our new volunteers to put in their mobile phone numbers into our volunteering platforms. Would you be able to provide us with a phone number other volunteers may use to contact you in the future (please write your phone number)? It will be kept confidential and it will not be made public. *
Any other notes to support your application, or any questions, please write here! Feel free to leave blank. We hope to see you soon! :)
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