New Dawn volunteers change lives, reducing the risk to victims and survivors of domestic abuse.
We provide an ‘out of hours’ volunteer-led domestic abuse service for Portsmouth only, offering information, support and advocacy helpline and referral service.
We work in partnership with health services, Naval Police and Naval Personnel, and Hampshire Constabulary to take referrals from staff and teams. Our volunteers also take self-referrals over the phone and offer a helpline for survivors.
Our volunteers work to support victims and survivors of domestic violence across Portsmouth.
In addition to our Helpline, in 2013/14 we created a new programme, Aurora New Dawn DVA Cars (TM), supported by the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Office for Hampshire and the IOW.
The programme aimed to improve engagement with victims, with a particular focus on high risk and harder to reach victims and was an incredible success and is now funded by the BIG lottery.
Volunteering for Aurora New Dawn provides a challenging and supportive environment in which to develop new skills and gain frontline work experience in the violence and abuse sector.
New Dawn volunteers take referrals, contact clients and provide a level of emotional support.
Our helpline is open 7 days a week and we are always looking for volunteers to help us run it. We ask for a commitment of 4 hours a month and prospective volunteers are required to go through a recruitment process and interview.
If you would like to become a New Dawn volunteer, or to find out more, call Lyn on (023) 9247 9254 or email us.