Volunteer application form

We are committed to welcoming people from all backgrounds and communities, and to creating inclusive teams.

Please complete as much as possible or appropriate.

(Please note that compulsory fields are marked by a red asterisk.)

Contact Details

Please take care when entering an email address into the box above, as this can affect the form arriving with us successfully. If you are in any doubt that your application has been received, please email us on volunteerrecruitment@listeningplace.org.uk.

Date format: DD-MM-YYYY


Some TLP volunteers talk about their volunteering experience.

Please be aware we do not offer placements to our volunteers.

Listening volunteers provide ongoing face-to-face support to visitors; we are seeking volunteers who are non-judgmental, empathetic, warm, caring and resilient.

The Listening Place asks that all listening volunteers commit to a minimum of one year of volunteering after completing their initial training, with a minimum of a regular four hour shift per fortnight.

Helping volunteers are the first friendly face our visitors see – they meet and greet our visitors, support their shift and create a warm and welcoming atmosphere.

We ask our helping volunteers to commit to a minimum of six months’ volunteering after their initial training. While we prefer them to commit to a regular weekly four hour shift, if that would exclude you from volunteering with us then please do apply for a regular fortnightly shift instead.

There is a three month notice period for listening volunteers and a one month notice period for helping volunteers.

We are open 7 days a week at our premises as below. Please indicate which site you would prefer – please be aware that we have extremely limited availability at Pimlico and Kings Cross, so if you proceed with your application we may ask if you are willing to volunteer at our Hammersmith site if necessary.

Please could you tick ALL the days and times you would be available to go on shift - please bear in mind that if you have very limited availability we may be unable to find a shift for you:


Additional details

If you are not in paid work and receiving benefits, you may need to inform the DSS, please visit www.gov.uk for more advice and support.

As The Listening Place works with a vulnerable client group it is not exempt from the provision of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. Therefore all our volunteers need an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service certificate (DBS) which we will pay for.

Guidelines can be downloaded at https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/disclosure-and-barring-service. If you think you may have a caution or a conviction on your DBS certificate, please let us know as soon as possible - depending on the nature of the caution or conviction, it may not be a bar to you volunteering with us unless it is particularly relevant to the position.


Please give the names and addresses of two referees. They should be people who know you well (but are not family) and if possible one should be a professional or work related contact. If you heard about The Listening Place from one of our visitors, or you are connected to someone who has received support from The Listening Place, we would prefer you did not use that person as one of your referees.

Emergency contact

Next of kin details for contact in an emergency situation: