There are several ways to get involved with Nightline, whether as a listening volunteer or as a member of our publicity team. Nightline strives to provide a supportive and welcoming environment for all of its volunteers, and rewarding opportunities to give back to the student community. St Andrews Nightline was awarded ‘Best Volunteer Support’ in 2014 and was nominated for ‘Best Volunteer Training and Support’ in 2017 from Nightline Association, and features a close-knit support network dedicated to the well-being of all student volunteers.
Nightline is recruiting now!
Nightline is now recruiting for our Spring 2018 cycle. If you are interested please fill out the application document below, and email it to our administrative email address (firstname.lastname@example.org) by 3pm on Wednesday 7th February. You can find us at Refreshers’ Fayre, or at our Info Talk at 7pm on Tuesday 6th February in School II, Sallies Quad. Feel free to come along and find out more there, or direct any questions to email@example.com.
Becoming a Listening Volunteer
Nightline recruits at the start of each semester; our next recruitment drive will be in January 2018. We will advertise in recruitment talks, on our social media pages and on our website. You can meet Nightline’s public faces at Fresher’s Fayre, the Charities and Volunteering Fayre or at our information talks during the recruitment process.
Recruitment and training sessions are held at the start of each semester. Nightline encourages anyone with interest to apply; no previous experience is necessary! Please contact our administrative e-mail address (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions.
Frequently Asked Questions
Nightline’s recruitment process begins with a written application, after which a number of applicants will be selected for a brief interview. Of those who interview to become a listening volunteer, some students will be offered a spot in our training sessions later in the semester.
Our written application can be found on above on this page. Please send a completed application to our administrative e-mail account (email@example.com) by September 20th to be considered in the autumn recruitment cycle!
We expect volunteers to maintain an average of one nightly shift from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. every 2 – 2.5 weeks. Volunteers’ shift schedules are mostly up to them, so it is entirely possible (and encouraged!) to plan ahead and schedule around any academic or other obligations.
Nope! There are beds available and volunteers are encouraged to sleep on shift. While volunteers may have a particularly quiet or busy night and are expected to wake up as required, we fully encourage resting up on shift!
Yes! While our number of contacts varies night by night, the service is well used, which is a big part of why volunteering as a listener can be so fulfilling.
Nightline is anonymous on both sides of the service. People contacting us are anonymous and so are listening volunteers. If you are interested in applying, we ask that you be discreet as possible at both written and interview stages. This means not telling anyone that you intend to, or have applied. We expect volunteers to uphold this principle for the duration of their service to Nightline and after graduation.
Yes. We know that we ask a lot of time and energy for training, but we take the quality of our service very seriously. Training takes place over two full weekends for those who qualify. If you know in advance that you have a potential or confirmed conflict with any of these dates or times, please mention it in your written application. The Recruitment and Training Officer may advise that you apply next semester instead, but we must know about any foreseeable conflicts in advance.
Yes! We encourage students to apply to become a listening volunteer as many times as they would like.
The recruitment process is competitive, and many volunteers have been successful in their application following a first attempt. Our organisation aims to keeps the number of volunteers balanced by graduating year and gender. Unfortunately we are unable to accept all applicants, as it is important that our volunteers are able to consistently sign up for shifts throughout the semester to retain their training and maintain service quality.
Please do not be discouraged if you are not accepted initially, we are always seeking new volunteers and our numbers change with each semester!
We are looking to understand why you would like to become a listening volunteer, how you think you will manage the commitment, and anything else you feel may be important or that we should know. There is no key formula – do truly just be open and be yourself! The decision process is very tricky; we try to balance across genders (as we aim to have two volunteers of different gender identities on shift each night) and graduation/leaving years so we can sustainably run the organisation and provide the best service possible. You are welcome to ask for feedback on your application, particularly at the interview stage.
The University of St Andrews Nightline is an inclusive organisation. See our Equal Opportunities Policy to learn more.