Listening Volunteer

Are you able to listen but not judge? Can you give information but not advice? Can you spare a few nights every term to support other students?

Our organisation relies on our listening volunteers to take confidential, anonymous calls and e-listenings. Our listening volunteers are an integral part of our organisation and receive an extremely high level of initial and ongoing training, based around training delivered by other organisations such as the Samaritans.

Listening volunteers are provided with support and training throughout their role, right from registering your interest to your last duty, with our dedicated welfare and training teams. Our volunteers are from all walks of life, subject areas, academic institutions and of all ages.

Edinburgh Nightline is also affiliated with the other helplines via the Helpline Assocation. We have also previously won ‘Nightline of the Year’ from our parent organisation, Nightline Assocation, with whom we are working towards our accredation.

We are always looking for students who are able to listen with empathy, but without judging or trying to give advice. You must also be able to keep everything you are told confidential, including not telling people about your involvement as a volunteer at all.

Our training sessions run once per semester and no experience is required – just enthusiasm for our cause. We ask that volunteers attend trainings, and commit to one duty every 2-3 weeks to ensure an even spread of volunteers and experience, but also to allow you time for your important studies.

Volunteer recruitment is now closed until September 2017. If you would like to register your interest for September, click here and we’ll send you an email nearer the time. Alternatively, keep an eye on this page or our social media channels for updates.

If you have any questions, email