Why volunteer for Bristol Nightline?

Volunteering at Bristol Nightline can be a very rewarding experience. As a volunteer you can be a part of a service that supports people when they need it the most, and help fight stigma surrounding mental health. Volunteering can help you develop skills that you can use in other areas of your life, and gain experience in the mental health sector.

Nightline cares about the well-being of every student, and that includes our volunteers! We run socials throughout the year, both with and without alcohol. This past year included nights out to OMG, a coffee morning at Friska, and a group meal at Pieminister. We also were awarded Gold Balloon accreditation this year, recognising Bristol Nightline as one of ‘Bristol SU’s best student groups’.


Types of volunteer:

Bristol Nightline recruits two types of volunteer:

  • Listening – Volunteers who take calls and answer IMs on shift.
  • Publicity – Volunteers who help raise awareness of the service, and mental health issues facing students, through events and campaigns.

Both types of volunteer are important, and volunteers are welcome to switch between roles as they see fit; although they must complete training before taking calls for the service.

Who should volunteer:

All kinds of people can make great volunteers: whether they study Physics or English. The most important characteristics to have are enthusiasm and empathy. Over your training we will teach you all the skills you need to take calls, IMs and emails for the service. You just need to bring energy, and a willingness to take onboard feedback and learn over the process.

Bristol Nightline has a diverse group of volunteers, and we welcome applications from every part of the student community. We’re especially interested to hear from underrepresented student groups such as BME, LGBT+, Disabled, International, Postgraduate, Care Leavers, and Mature & Parents.

Regretfully, Bristol Nightline can only accept listening volunteers who are current students at the University of Bristol. However, non-UoB students are welcome to apply to be publicity volunteers for the service.


Listening and publicity volunteer applications are currently closed.

For any questions about volunteering with Nightline, please email [email protected] , or contact the publicity team at [email protected]