Benefits of Affiliating to Nightline Association


Nightline Association is the charity which supports, promotes and develops Nightline services. Affiliating to Nightline Association brings many benefits to Nightlines.

Publicity, Fundraising and PR

Use of Nightline brand name and brand licence; use of locally adapted Nightline logo (subject to compliance with brand guidelines); electronic copies of professionally designed marketing materials; support for Nightline Awareness Week; access to a Just Giving page to allow for local online or text fundraising campaigns; access to research carried out by (or on behalf of) Nightline Association for use in Nightline  publicity, press releases, reports or appeals locally.

Training and Development Opportunities for volunteers

Access to Connecting with People (CwP) evidenced based suicide awareness training; opportunity to deliver CwP evidenced based suicide awareness trianing (subject to recruitment selection process); funded travel to another Nightline training event to encourage the sharing of ideas and best practise amongst Nightlines; access to conferences which include a mix of seminars, workshops and training sessions for Nightline volunteers to share best practice, seek support and receive professional skills training.

Communication

Access to monthly e-bulletin; access to members’ area full of resources and tools to help volunteers run a successful Nightline; access to discussion forum in members’ area which facilitates communication between Nightlines and Nightline volunteers.

Research

Access to research carried out by (or on behalf of) Nightline Association; access to survey monkey account which allows Nightlines to run research locally; access to Nightline Association statistics software which allows Nightlines to monitor and evaluate service uptake.

Governance, good practice and policy development

Support in adopting and achieving Nightline Association Good Practice Guidelines accreditation; support in ensuring that your Nightline operates to a consistent high quality that meets Helplines Partnership standards; support in development of your own policies and procedures; access to free legal advice from Will McDermott & Emery.

Development of Nightline service

Support from Head of Development when approaching a university and/or students’ union/guild; support, advice and guidance on development of new services (email, IM, text) or expansion to cover additional institutions.

IT

Microsite facility for Nightline hosted by nightline.ac.uk; hosting of Instant Messenger via microsite.

Incentives included in affiliation fees

Free access to Just Giving page; 3Rings rota management system; select Survey Monkey account; email anonymisation software; hosting of microsite; hosting of Instant Messenger via microsite.

Representation

Affiliated Nightlines can comment and contribute to the future direction of the Nightline Association via their regional representative who is a voting member of Council; by voting on charity resolutions at our Annual General Meeting; and by encouraging volunteers to stand for elected posts within the charity

Relationships, memberships and partnerships of Nightline Association

The relationships, memberships and partnerships of Nightline Association give affiliated Nightlines access to reduced rates at conferences and training events and  access to shared resources, knowledge and expertise in the area of helplines, mental health, suicide prevention and the student experience.

Nightline Association is member of: Helplines Partnership; National Council of Voluntary Organisations; National Suicide Prevention Alliance; Samaritans digital forum; Mental Well Being in Higher Education forum; and Alliance of Student Led Well-Being.

Nightline Association shares information, research and resources with other charities and groups tackling similar issues including: Samaritans; Matthew Elvidge Trust; James Wentworth-Stanley Memorial Trust Fund; Charlie Waller Memorial Trust; The Student Room; and Student Minds.

Support

Affiliated Nightlines receive the support of a named regional representative and experienced Nightline and Nightline Association volunteers as well as the support of Nightline trustees and staff who bring a wealth of experience, expertise and knowledge from commercial, charity and clinical sectors.

Celebration and reward

Affiliated Nightlines can nominate their volunteers for Nightline Association Volunteer Awards which are presented at an annual awards dinner and Nightline Association Certificates of Achievement which recognise when volunteers have achieved 200, 500, 1000 or 2000 hours of volunteering on shift at their Nightline.