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Volunteering with Exeter Nightline

We're looking for compassionate Exeter students who want to support their peers' mental health.


We recruit twice a year, at the start of the Autumn and Spring Terms. This is usually around September and January.

Volunteering with a Nightline is one of the most rewarding experiences you can have at university. You'll be joining a friendly community of students passionate about supporting others, and you'll receive extensive training on mental health topics - so no experience is required.


Nightline volunteers are greatly valued by employers, and the hours spent volunteering with us count towards the Exeter Award Scheme.

We look to recruit dedicated and conscientious students who want to give back to the wider community. As a listener, you'll be expected to volunteer with us at least 3 nights a term (you don’t have to stay awake all night, don’t worry)! We also recruit publicity volunteers, who assist with social media posts and raising awareness of mental health.

Listening Volunteers

  • Are you an empathetic and compassionate person?

  • Looking to meet like-minded people?

  • Are you committed to giving up your time to listen to others?

  • Learn invaluable active listening skills

  • Develop your communication skills

  • Non-judgmental and respect for confidentiality required

  • Dedication to student welfare necessary 

Volunteer as a Listening Volunteer to lend an ear to struggling students on our university helpline. You'll receive full training as well as additional training throughout the year. 

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED - Please check back in September or follow our social media for updates on our next recruitment period

We welcome applications from all members of the university's student body. We are particularly keen to receive applications from currently under-represented groups in Exeter Nightline. This includes male students, BAME students and students from the LGBTQ+ community. Please note that we are unable to take final year students in January intakes, due to the time constraints of the training process before these students graduate.


If you have any questions about becoming a listening volunteer, please email [email protected].

Publicity Volunteers

  • Are you a creative person looking to make a difference?

  • Use your skills to give back to the student community

  • Are you great with people and love to talk about mental health?

  • Want to spread the word about Nightline?

  • Looking to develop your marketing skills?

  • Are you an artistic person or an innovative thinker?

  • Specific skills in design, social media and marketing desired.

Volunteer as a Publicity Team member and help promote Nightline both at in-person events and on social media. You can create content for our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter profiles, write blog posts on our website, and attend events where you can speak to the student community to educate people about our service... as well as much, much more!

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED - Please follow our social media for updates on how to get involved

If you have any questions about becoming a publicity volunteer, please email [email protected].

Societies & Student Groups

If your society is looking to get involved, we’d love to hear from you! We’re keen to collaborate with any societies on specific campaigns or just to raise awareness of our service to your members. You can also fundraise for us if you wish, which makes such a big difference for us!

If you’re interested in getting involved, please contact us via our social media or by emailing the co-presidents at [email protected]


If you’d like to collaborate on a publicity campaign, especially those related to student welfare, please get in touch by emailing out Publicity Officers at [email protected]

'The Exeter Student Nighline saved my life last night. To the girl who chatted with me for half an hour and kept me distracted : thank you so much.'

- Exehonestly

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