The National Bullying Helpline has moved into new headquarters at Dorcan and is looking for people with a good telephone manner and admin skills to man the phones.
The volunteers will provide the first point of contact for people calling the charity for help with workplace disputes. The helpline, set up by Christine and David Pratt from Abbey Meads, assists both employers and employees.
After full training, the volunteers will take details from callers and send out information packs which set out the steps to follow to complain about bullying. Subsequently, they would direct calls to the team of professional advisors.
"The work can be very rewarding," said David. "Some people are instantly relieved to know that there is someone here who can help. What we try to do is try to get them to calm down. Whatever it is that's upset them, they need to put it down in writing and give it to their employer."
The charity would also like to hear from any CIPD professionals who can offer their services either on a voluntary or associate basis. The work would suit personnel managers with a basic knowledge of employment rights.
CLM lawyers take to their cycles for Thames Valley tour
Intrepid cyclists from law firm Charles Lucas & Marshall completed a tour of the Thames Valley in September to raise funds for the national bullying charity.
A team of seven lawyers and support staff cycled the 58 mile route which links the firm’s four offices across Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Wiltshire.
Starting in Wantage, the cyclists completed the first leg to Newbury and then hot pedalled along the Kennet and Avon Canal Towpath to Hungerford and Swindon, raising nearly £500 for the National Bullying Helpline.
Accompanied by a team of cyclists from the Swindon office of Monahans, the CLM cyclists ranged from triathlon experts to the occasional exercise bike rider.
“Everyone finished in less than eight hours and as we stopped at each office we were plied with jelly babies, chocolate and energy drinks – which explains how we managed to make a day of it,” says Michael Overend of Charles Lucas & Marshall.
“It was a great way to spend a sunny Friday. We needed the exercise anyway to work off all the calories we consumed at each office.”
The National Bullying Helpline is a relatively new charity which aims to provide support to people who believe they have been bullied in the workplace.