The ‘Helping Hands Project’ is run jointly by Jigsaw4u and Sutton Women’s Aid through funding from the Big Lottery.
The aim of the Helping Hands Project is to offer volunteer support for individuals and families, in the local communities of Sutton & Merton, who are/have experienced domestic violence and abuse, to help reduce feelings of isolation and to encourage links with other organisations, agencies and leisure facilities in the local community.
Volunteers are continuously being sought to provide both practical and emotional support to individuals and families. Practical support may include; helping to settle into a new area, establishing local community links, accessing local services, attending court or other appointments such as housing, solicitors and health. Emotional support may consist of meeting up with a service user on a weekly basis for a cup of coffee, or providing a listening ear over the phone at an agreed time.
Volunteers do not necessarily have to have any particular experience of domestic violence, just a desire to help and support a vulnerable person. We value a wide range of skills and experiences that people can bring to the role and welcome adults of all ages (20+).
Please note that this project is not currently recruiting new volunteers. If you are still interested in volunteering for Jigsaw4u, please contact Helen McGowan and we can give you information on other volunteering opportunities.
To enable volunteers to offer support a comprehensive training programme is offered before volunteers can commence in their role. This takes place for a period of 9 weeks on one set morning per week (10am-1pm).
Ongoing individual and group supervision ensures that volunteers are fully supported and that they continue to learn and meet with other volunteers.
Social events for volunteer get-togethers are also organized by the Volunteer Co-ordinators as a way of saying thank you for all the support volunteers give.
Self referrals can be made directly by individuals or professionals can also refer on behalf of an individual/ family.
National DV Helpline
0808 2000 247
Support for male victims