OTR celebrating National Volunteers Week 2019

We are celebrating National Volunteers Week 2019! We simply could not do what we do without our amazing volunteers. Last year we supported 2,508 young people. Our volunteers are crucial to the work we provide for young people and their emotional health and wellbeing. The expertise and commitment they each bring to the young people they support enables us to have a hugely diverse range of support available.

Hear from a couple of our volunteers to hear about their experience with volunteering with us:

Alan - OTR Listening Support Volunteer

Alan - OTR Listening Support Volunteer

Alan is one of our Listening Support Volunteers, and volunteers with us every Monday.

How long have you been volunteering at OTR?

Just over a year now, I had my interview in April 2018, started training straightaway and met my first client on the 16th July 2018

What do you get out of volunteering? Why did you decide to volunteer at OTR?

For me it ties in with training to become a counsellor and this sits beside wanting to give something back to my community and the young people in it. I had a long career as a teacher in Bath, have lived in the area for years and having made a career change I wanted to work with young people again. Off the Record was an organisation I had had dealings with through my teaching life and they sprang to mind when I started to look for volunteer opportunities locally. I have a sense of belonging at OTR which is great and as a volunteer we can help to guide so many young people through their own difficulties. There is nothing better than that!

Fondest memory whilst volunteering with OTR?

Sadly, there are never enough biscuits but otherwise I have many good memories. For me though it feels like a really big family and I feel so welcome when I’m there. The young people are what make it special though, the ones who work there and the ones who visit to talk to someone. There are so many good young people around us! 

Your favourite film that you never get tired of is…

Too many to choose from. However, these two are my current favourites.

Old - The Godfather

More recent - Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.


Sarah - OTR Listening Support Volunteer

Sarah - OTR Listening Support Volunteer

Sarah is also one of our Listening Support Volunteers. Here’s a bit about Sarah and why she chose to volunteer with us:

How long have you been volunteering at OTR?

5 months

What do you get out of volunteering at OTR? Why did you decide to volunteer at OTR?

I was looking for opportunities to get involved with teenage mental health when I came across OTR. I loved the ethos of offering face to face sessions with young people when they felt they need it the most. Each young person brings their individual struggles and it is great to provide a safe space for them to share these. Taking time out to listen to others and be a small part of their journey is really rewarding.

Fondest memory whilst volunteering at OTR?

The first time a young person told me that they felt they didn't need to come to sessions anymore.

Your favourite film that you never get tired of is…

Rocky Horror Picture Show

We are recruiting for more Volunteers! If you are interested in volunteering with us, come along to our Volunteer Open Day