Working for Refuge

Current vacancies

Fundraising and Prospect Research Volunteer – Tower Hill London
Closing date: 6th October 2016


National Domestic Violence Helpline Volunteer Coordinator (6 months fixed term contract) Tower Hill London
Closing date: 3rd October 2016


Refuge Worker (One year fixed term contract – maternity cover) – Hackney
Closing date: 9th October 2016


Children’s Support Worker (Maternity cover) – Hackney
Closing date: 9th October 2016


Floating Support Worker – Hounslow
Closing date: 2nd October 2016


Refuge Worker – Southwark
Closing date: 2nd October 2016


Refuge Worker (FT), based at Eastbourne and 1PT Peripatetic to travel across all five sites)
Closing date: 9th October 2016


IT Systems Coordinator – Tower Hill London
Closing date: 25th September 2016


Refuge Worker – Lewisham
Closing date: 25th September 2016


Refuge Worker – Lambeth
Closing date: 29th September 2016


Refuge Worker – Hounslow
Closing date: 25th September 2016


Domestic violence support worker – Shropshire
Closing date: 2nd October 2016


Capacity Building Outreach Worker – FT 1 year
Closing date: 31st December 2016


Refuge Worker – Cambridgeshire
Closing date: 31st December 2016


Relief Worker – Cambridgeshire
Closing date: 31st December 2016


National Peripatetic Domestic Violence Workers – London with travel across all Refuge sites nationwide
Closing date: 31st December 2016


Thank you for your interest in the work of Refuge.

We are often looking for enthusiastic, committed people with a wide range of skills to join our teams; from refuge workers, domestic violence service managers and independent domestic violence advocates, to fundraisers, development, finance and human resource professionals.  Vacancies are regularly added to our website so if you do not see the job you are looking for this time, do keep trying.

As well as being a great place to work, you can look forward to a rewarding job with opportunities to learn and develop.

If you have the interest, commitment and talent to contribute to our high quality services please apply.

Current opportunities are advertised above.  Refuge is very proud to have been awarded the Disability Two Ticks symbol.  This recognises that Refuge ensures that all candidates for our roles are considered based on ability rather than disability.   Full details and job descriptions for all available roles can be found by clicking on each job title.

How do I apply for a Refuge vacancy?

You will need to complete an application form for each job you wish to apply for. (Please note that we are unable to accept CVs).  Send completed application forms to and use the job title and reference number of the role that you are applying for as the email subject heading.

Download an application form.

Volunteering for Refuge

We rely on the goodwill of dedicated individuals to continue our work to support survivors of domestic violence.

We would not be able to continue to deliver our life changing services to women and children without the support and dedication of volunteers. We welcome and value volunteers’ involvement and appreciate the contribution they make in supporting women and children escaping domestic violence. Our volunteers bring skills, experience, energy, enthusiasm and commitment to Refuge.  Volunteering can make a difference in your life too, letting you meet new people and learn new skills.

Your contribution makes a huge difference when you offer your services as a volunteer. There are a number of ways in which you can volunteer for Refuge, helping to create a world free from domestic violence.

We recruit volunteers in the following areas:

  • Freephone 24 hour National Domestic Violence Helpline (run in partnership between Women’s Aid and Refuge)
  • Working with women and children in our refuges
  • Working as a peer mentor at the Gaia Centre in Lambeth – click here for more information
  • Office work supporting the teams in  our offices in Tower Hill, London

What we offer our volunteers

  • Opportunities to contribute to the work of the leading specialist domestic violence organisation
  • An opportunity to develop skills and experience in a particular area such as fundraising and communications
  • Training and support
  • An opportunity for development
  • Volunteers receive travel expenses

What we expect from our volunteers

  • A  minimum commitment of  at least three months, we welcome volunteers who can stay for longer
  • A commitment to our values

If you have any questions about volunteering at Refuge please email

Refuge is committed to quality, equality and diversity. Our recruitment and selection procedures reflect our commitment and applies to both volunteers and paid staff.

Please see “current vacancies” at the top of the page for all volunteering vacancies.

Click here to download a volunteer application form.

We would love to hear from you.

More information

For further information on recruitment and working at Refuge please review the document below:

Guidance notes for applicants

Refuge benefits

Refuge – an overview

At Refuge, we take great care to ensure that we have a fair and transparent recruitment and selection process – one that meets our equality and human rights objectives. In line with UK immigration legislation, Refuge is required to verify the right to work in the UK for all employees.

For more information, please download the document below, which lists the documents required to verify eligibility to work in the UK. We hope you find this helpful.


Evidence of the right to work in the UK