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Students, volunteer for Shout!

Students play a huge role in our volunteering community. By signing up, you'll be joining a team where 30% are under 25 and nearly a third tell us they're at college or university.

You'll receive 25 hours of free training and gain skills hugely valued by employers in areas like communication, active listening and problem-solving. Shout training will also prepare you to take life-saving conversations with people in mental health crisis, which 95% of Shout Volunteers say gives them a sense of purpose.

Find out why so many students choose to volunteer with us and apply to join the team today.


Volunteering while at university is a great way to spend your free time, while gaining valuable skills and experience that you can use in the future.

Becky, Shout Volunteer and student journalist Apply today
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As a Shout Volunteer, you will:

  • Join a warm and supportive community that shares a mission to support people who are struggling to cope

  • Receive 25 hours of free training, gaining communication, active listening, and problem solving skills that are valued by employers and learning institutions

  • Gain a sense of pride, satisfaction and purpose from taking conversations that help children and adults get through difficult times and that save lives

  • Volunteer from the comfort of home, at flexible times that suit your schedule as a student

  • Work with a dedicated Volunteer Support team member who will support you during your journey

  • Connect with other student volunteers


gaining real-life experience working with people who are distressed and in need of support is a crucial part of developing further skills and experience.

Jennifer, Shout Volunteer and psychology student Apply today

That's not all:

  • 99% like the flexibility of volunteering for Shout

  • 85% agree that the experience gives them skills that enrich their day-to-day lives

  • 74% say that becoming a volunteer has had a positive impact on their wellbeing

Volunteering for Shout is digital, flexible and remote

It's the ideal way to gain extra experience and make a huge difference to the lives of others. Get started on your application here, or discover some extra reasons to apply by clicking the button below.

Reasons to become a Shout Volunteer

If you'd like to volunteer for Shout, you must:

  • Be over 18

  • Be resilient and mentally robust to help people in distress

  • Commit to 25 hours of online training and then fulfil 200 total hours of volunteering

  • Have empathy and be able to be objective

  • Put your own personal views to one side to help the texter

  • Have a secure web connection, laptop/computer and access to a quiet place

  • Be able to volunteer from the UK or New Zealand

  • Provide two referees and consent to undergo a background check