SHB Social Foundation runs purely on the strength of our trained volunteers.
Our Listening Post volunteers (Listening Champions) undergo a selection process and if selected go through a rigorous training programme on empathetic and compassionate listening. This training is held every six months and conducted over 5 to 6 weekends.
If you would like to volunteer for Listening Post, kindly note that you will have to commit for training time also. No untrained volunteer will be taken in Listening Post, even if you have a degree or diploma in Counselling. Our Listening Post volunteers are selected from all walks of life – homemakers, working professionals etc.
We have “reach-out” programmes for different segments of society like Senior Citizens, Students appearing for board exams, LGBT persons, Caregivers, Working women, Adolescents and so on. Volunteering and Internship opportunities for our various activities are available for fixed duration, but for a minimum of two months.
Part time volunteering opportunities are also available for our regular ongoing activities.
Volunteers are requested to send a mail to reachus@saathihaathbadhana.
Meet our current volunteers:
Lata is a genial, fun loving and patient soul. A teacher by profession, she volunteers thrice a month as a Listening Post champion. She’s trained and has been with Listening Post since inception. Being an Army wife, Lata has spent lot of her time travelling to all corners of the country and has interesting stories from schools all over where she has worked. Lata has worked with very young children for a long time and is good with kids and parents.
Neena is a simple and clear thinking person. A teacher by profession, she’s good with adolescents and parents. She’s trained and experienced and has been with Listening Post since inception. All volunteers at LP are professionally trained in Compassionate Listening and regularly update their skills through refresher courses. We have a Mentor for all our volunteers who teaches them self-care, and helps resolve difficult issues
A Bangladesh war veteran, a Sapper and a Rotarian, Brig. Deshpande loves to play golf, trek, visit new places and meet people. Actively involved with social work as a Rotarian, he has recently joined the Listening Post team, having finished his training.
Monica is a soft-skills facilitator and life-coach. She enjoys connecting with people, trekking, dancing, theater & music.
Industrialist and entrepreneur running a SME in Pune. Loves travel, and has a jovial disposition. With an interest in human behaviour, he has on his own initiative done a certificate course in counselling. He has joined the Listening Post team recently after completing his training.
Creative Movement Therapy
Niharica is a psychotherapist with a background in Clinical Psychology and an expressive arts therapy facilitator. Her hobbies include reading, discovering new music, playing with dogs, and painting.
Support Group for Persons Suffering from Mental Illness & Hang-out with Art
Resh Val is our person for our Support Group for Mental Health, both sufferers and their families. Resh is an artist/activist fighting for the rights of full legal capacity for people diagnosed with mental illnesses. She is the founder of “THE RED DOOR”, an online initiative to create more awareness about issues of mental health in India. She aims at creating spaces for more user/survivors (of psychiatry) to come ‘out of the closet’ and speak about their experiences. However, the space is also open to others who might not have a label/diagnosis but just simply have had different experiences. Resh also facilitates our Hang-out with Art Sessions.
Saira has made a career out of volunteering. Having spent her initial years with CRY, she has been closely associated with setting up “Sunshine” a play space within the premises of the pediatric ward of Sassoon Hospital. Saira is a good organizer, excellent fundraiser and a good networker amongst NGOs. Saira has been with us since inception and is a huge contributor of ideas and best practices. From August 2014, she volunteers with us once a week, on Mondays.
Hemaji, at 73 is an inspiration for us at SHB. She looks after the admin, the workshop registrations and is a live spirit around the office. She is a veteran volunteer and has been with SHB since inception. Hemaji is a compassionate soul and is often a “listening post” for all of us here at SHB. She often disappears to visit her grandchildren in Singapore, but when she is here, she comes in to work on Mondays.
Legal Cell for Women
Ms. Gandha Sahu is a volunteer for our “Women’s Legal Cell”. She has been a practicing lawyer in the family court and then worked in Corporate Law. Gandha is a trained and accredited member of the Indian Institute of Arbitration and Mediation. She is offering her voluntary services to walk-ins at our Centre. This will be twice a month (see calendar for dates/timings) to help women seek free legal advice on matters related to marriage, separation, maintenance, divorce, child custody, adoption, property, inheritance etc.
Smart Phone Assistance for Seniors
If you are willing to spend a couple of hours talking to, playing games with or having simple conversations with senior citizens, then you are most welcome to apply. Currently we run a Smartphone Assistance Programme for senior citizens every Wednesday.
Kaushal is an enthusiastic follower/ teacher of technology and has been with this programme since inception. He’s an entrepreneur and runs Breathing Rooms. In this tough and fast paced world of entrepreneurship, he makes time to be here for our Smartphone Assistance programme for senior citizens.
Naren is a student of MSc in Pune University and is a recent addition to our team. He’s enthusiastic and happy to help with any of the gadgets that the senior citizens bring in.
Padmaja Pore volunteers for our Smartphone Assistance Program. She is currently working with an NGO and has a background and professional experience in HR as well as software development. She loves to read and enjoys good music.