Volunteer with us
Volunteering with SOS Help is a heartening and inspiring experience
SOS Help relies on its volunteers to provide our year-round listening service. There are two ways to volunteer: as a listener, you answer the phone and listen to callers, and as a supporter, you help with roles such as logistics, publicity, and general running of SOS Help.
Many volunteer opportunities are available and recruitment sessions are arranged regularly. These sessions enable potential recruits to meet and talk with current volunteers; it's the best way to find out if you would like to join us.
Listeners must be over 18 and live in the Paris area. We ask them to
Commit to at least 15 months with SOS Help
Undergo initial training (find out more about training sessions)
Commit to 3 shifts (4 hours each) and 1 ongoing training meeting per month
Listeners are selected after two interviews, the first of which is conducted by a current listener, the second by a professional therapist in order to gauge the potential listener's capacity to be warm, empathic and non-judgmental.
Supporters are volunteers who assist in the general running of SOS Help, common roles are listed below:
Designing and distributing publicity material (posters and flyers)
Liaising with publications to place notices and ads about SOS Help
Event planning, such as organising and assisting fundraisers like book sales.
Writing or editing articles for SOS Help's newsletter
We ask supporter candidates to:
Commit to a minimum of 6 months
Attend at least 50% of monthly meetings throughout the year
Participate in 2 events or activities per year
We sometimes require people who possess particular experience, please see the which will be posted in the latest volunteer news.