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Action Breaks Silence receives no government funding.

To sustain our current work and broaden our impact, we rely on the generosity of our donors, as well as our corporate supporters and partners. We look to work with partners, individuals and organisations that share our core principles of Equality, Respect and Inclusivity, also sharing our passion for reducing gender-based violence, and creating sustainable societal change.

Help Those In Need By Volunteering

We rely heavily on the helping hand of our volunteers, at our workshops and programmes in schools. 

Please get in touch​ with Action Breaks Silence if you're interested in becoming a volunteer. 


Izzy - Volunteer

I first heard about Action Breaks Silence in 2017 when Debi and her team brought the ‘Empowerment through Self-Defence Programme’ to my school in the UK. I was immediately draw in by the way the workshop was taught and the message behind it, and still three years later remembered being invited to get in contact with them if we wanted to volunteer. After emailing Debi directly and explaining that I was 18, just finished school and having a gap year, a few months later I was heading to Johannesburg.

Initially I was nervous about how my first experience of South Africa would go, and how I would fit in, but I was extremely welcomed by both the teams of trainers in Pretoria and Soweto. I was lucky enough to be there in the last three weeks of the 12-hour school’s programme, and visited the primary schools a few days each week to monitor how the classes were being taught and received. We would then make changes to the manual when the trainers added great input to the sessions, and would discuss any issues with Debi and the leads of each area. It was an amazing experience to be in these schools and interact with the kids, and I loved that I could actually see where the money was going and how well the students were responding to the lessons.

The other days during the week Debi and I were working on projects such as setting up fundraising pages online, applying for funds and planning the Youth Ambassador Programme. We also had one fundraising workshop with the Johannesburg Junior Council which I helped to hold the bags in, and an amazing meeting with students looking to start the Youth Ambassador Programme in their schools. I was also lucky enough to join Debi and the trainers on a team-building 10k hike on one of the weekends, which was a beautiful day spent in the African nature. I hugely enjoyed my experience in South Africa with Action Breaks Silence, and I am already planning to do more work with them as a charity and will hopefully visit again soon.

Helena G
Helena G - Volunteer

My name is Helena Gudjonsdottir and have volunteered for Action Break Silence (ABS) on a few occasions since 2014. I studied Anthropology at university and have always been passionate about people, cultures and traditions and the various injustices that can exist around these. When I found out about the charity I knew I had to contribute in some way, as the issue at the heart of their cause is so incredibly important and touches so many people’s lives globally.

I joined the ABS team in 2014 when I went with them to Mumbai, India. During that trip we taught around 3500 women and girls through the Empowerment through Self-Defence workshops. This experience was truly life-changing and I could see first-hand the empowering impact ABS has on the lives of everyone involved. Being able as a volunteer to participate in the workshops and speak to the women and girls involved was unforgettable.

I knew that I wanted to continue to be involved with ABS and this year I was fortunate enough to join them on a trip to South Africa where the new Hero Empathy Programme for boys was rolled out in schools across Soweto and Pretoria. This is a brilliant programme and we saw a lot of fantastic responses within the first classes and I am so excited to see the long-term impact it will have on the kids involved. The ABS team also taught the Empowerment through Self-Defence workshops for some amazing women and girls and once again I was touched by the stories told and reminded of the need for these workshops globally.

I have enjoyed being a volunteer with ABS and want to continue my involvement with the charity. Meeting the teams in different countries, sharing the passion and being part of something so important is something I am very thankful for and I would encourage anyone interested in supporting this charity to not hesitate and follow their gut!

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Charity Info

Actions Breaks Silence Ltd (registered charity number: 1158744) is a charitable company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales (company number: 08686204). 
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