A gift from the Annual Fund has helped to train volunteers for this student-led confidential listening service for students.
One of the highlights of Tom Sadler’s time at RGU was co-founding Nightline with fellow student Steven Milne.
Established nationally in 2006, and now in place in universities across the UK, Nightline is a confidential student listening service which is open throughout the night and is run by students for students. Every night during term time, student volunteers answer calls, emails, instant messages, texts and talk in person to their fellow university students about anything that is troubling them.
Tom and Steven co-chaired the setting up of the RGU service in 2014 and RGU: Nightline is now one of a number of student-focussed services which has received financial support through the RGU Foundation, the university’s philanthropic fundraising arm.
All the volunteers have been specially trained and as students themselves can directly empathise with callers’ problems or issues.
Tom and Steven have a distinguished history of volunteering during their time at RGU, having previously been involved in creating the RGU: LGBT+ Society in 2011. Individually they each clocked up more than 1000 hours of volunteering and both were recipients of Full Scarlet Awards for their voluntary contributions.
Tom, who graduated in 2017 with a BA (Hons) in Law and Management, said that volunteering with Nightline had helped him learn important skills such as time management, volunteer management, dispute resolution, presentation and interpersonal skills.
“As fellow co-chairs we built the peer-to-peer voluntary listening service from the ground up with a small but incredibly dedicated team and this has to be one of the things I’m most proud of. I hosted recruitment days, conducted meetings with various stakeholders within the university such as the union, counselling and campus services team and was on call to assist volunteers who were in need of assistance.
“I eventually stood down from this role in 2016 in order to free up time to concentrate on my final year and was elected Head of Recruitment instead.
“Earlier this year, I was elected Scottish Regional Coordinator of the Nightline Association, the charity that supports and develops Nightlines across the UK and that’s a role I’ll continue with now that I’ve graduated.”
Find out more about the project
Our student-led peer to peer helpline that offers a non-judgmental, confidential and anonymous listening and support service to RGU students.