We would not be able to offer such a wide range of support without our amazing volunteers!

Our volunteers are women from many different backgrounds and we celebrate the diversity this brings to our organisation.

If you are a woman living in Cornwall, we encourage you to join our community and begin a journey of empowerment. This work can be challenging at times but it is incredibly rewarding and full of joy and laughter too.

All women are required to attend free training before becoming volunteers. We do not currently offer counselling placements.

“Volunteering for The Women's Centre Cornwall is an absolute honour and a total privilege. As a survivor, myself, and a previous service user, I know first-hand just how life changing finding the right support can be. Being able to gift back some of the care and love that the organisation has shown towards me to other women in need feels like an important part of my own healing journey. The Women's Centre staff and volunteers always welcome me with warmth and big smiles. I have been made to feel like a part of the family from day one. As a volunteer, I feel highly valued and I know there is support available to me too. I am so proud to be a part of such an inspiring, progressive organisation and beautiful community of women.”

– Katy Malone, Specialist Support Work Volunteer

Volunteer Specialist Support Workers

Our Specialist Support Work Service offers one to one emotional support to women in Cornwall who are living with the impact of any form of domestic abuse, child sexual abuse, rape or sexual violence at any time in their lives.

Volunteer Specialist Support Workers are trained to support women on their journey.

Specialist Support Work volunteering involves:

  • Minimum of 15 hours volunteering per month once you have finished training  
  • Answering our Helpline and moderating our Campfire forum
  • Offering specialist support to one woman either online, over the phone or in person
  • Attending supervision, peer support and other training opportunities
  • Helping out at The Women’s Centre Cornwall events

Our 16 week Volunteer Mentor training programme is free and fully accredited by OCN London, with a Level 3 Qualification in Supporting Healing & Recovery from Sexual Violence. The training is delivered through a combination of online and in-person 3.5 hour sessions.

Email jo.flowerdew@womenscentrecornwall.org.uk with any questions. We would love to hear from you!

Volunteer Mentors

The Mentoring Service offers peer support to women involved in the criminal justice system.

We are particularly keen to train women who have lived experience of being on probation or in prison.

Our training programme includes face-to-face or online group sessions sessions, shadowing keyworkers and information, advice and guidance sessions with our Peer Mentoring Co-ordinator. There is also an option for Mentors to complete a Level 2 Qualification in Mentoring Women Who Have Offended.

Contact penni.charteress@ womenscentrecornwall.org.uk for more information.

Volunteer Sorella Peer Supporters

The Sorella Peer Support Project is a partnership between The Women’s Centre Cornwall, Devon RCSAS & Trevi Women.

Sorella Peer Support Volunteers are women with lived experience of sexual violence including child sexual abuse, rape and sexual assault.

Sorella volunteering involves:

Sorella volunteering involves:

  • Minimum of 2-4 hours volunteering per week once you have finished your training
  • Supporting up to three women at a time
  • Attend monthly events
  • Support women to access empowering resources and support networks

Our 8 week Sorella training programme is delivered through a combination of online and in-person 3 hour sessions.

Referrals for Sorella come from within our support service, however please feel free to reach out and email jo.flowerdew@womenscentrecornwall.org.uk if you have any questions about the project.

Volunteering with the DIVAS

The DIVAS are a group of women with Learning Disabilities, Neurodiversity and Autism who work tirelessly to raise awareness of the issues faced as survivors of domestic abuse and sexual violence.

The DIVAS advocate for change through the delivery of training to a range of organisations. They also participate in community-based events, research, panels and consultations.

We meet weekly at our centre in Bodmin or online, usually on a Tuesday. ​We would require a time commitment of one day per week volunteering. Specialist training is provided.

If you are interested in working with a woman with a Learning Disability, Neurodiversity or Autism and are interested in finding out more please contact dina.holder@womens centrecornwall.org.uk or call 07398 893242.

Community Volunteers

Our Community Volunteers support with group work and events alongside the team.

If you are interested in volunteering, or have any questions, please email

Leave Site