Edinburgh Nightline is entirely run by student volunteers. We have a range of roles within, and around, supporting our service, from our listening volunteers, to our fundraising and publicity volunteers. All of our volunteers are supported by each other, and we’ve formed a great support network. All we need from our volunteers is enthusiasm and an understanding of our service, which you can find out more about through this page.
Have a look at our video to hear a little more about what being a listening volunteer means to some of us. As part of our principle of anonymity, our listening volunteers must keep their involvement with Nightline secret, and so this video was created with the help of our wonderful sister society – Friends of Nightline. They manage all of our publicity and fundraising, and are the people you may see, along with our public faces, at events and stalls across the campuses.
Click on the links below to find out more about how you can get involved in Nightline – whether it be through becoming a Listening Volunteer, or through supporting us with Friends of Nightline. Whatever you want to do, we really appreciate any and all the support and love we get!
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?
Edinburgh Nightline is run entirely by student volunteers, responsible for taking calls and e-listenings, for fundraising, and for the general upkeep of the service. 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.
The welfare of our volunteers is something we value greatly. Listening volunteers are provided with support throughout their role, with our dedicated welfare team available from when you first register your interest until your final duty.
Am I the right person for Nightline?
We are always looking for students who are able to listen with empathy without judging or trying to give advice. You must be able and willing to keep any involvement you have in Nightline a secret.
Our training sessions run once per semester and no experience is required – just enthusiasm for our cause. We ask that volunteers can attend specific training days, and are willing to commit to one duty every 2-3 weeks.
Click here to register your interest and find out more about the training process.
Information regarding the application process, including dates of events you must be able to attend, is contained in the form above.
If you have any unanswered questions about the application process, email us at [email protected].
Applications for the Spring 2020 intake are now closed.
I want to get involved – but I’m not sure I want to answer calls… Is there anything else I can do?
If you are interested in Nightline and want to help out, but don’t necessarily want to answer calls, then Friends of Nightline is perfect for you! Friends of Nightline is our sister organisation to Edinburgh Nightline that helps us to keep Nightline running by raising money and awareness. We meet weekly to plan events and discuss ideas and we have some exciting stuff planned for this year including quizzes, bake sales, a Ceilidh and more.
We’re always looking for new members for our society and volunteers to help with our events. You can find out more about what we’re doing on our Facebook page: Friends of Nightline 2019-20 or on our Instagram: @friendsofnightline or you can drop us an email at [email protected]