Volunteering

 Apply now

Home for Good Community Volunteer

Team:
Home for Good
Commitment:
Meeting for a minimum of one hour every week or fortnight at a regular time. Minimum commitment of 6 months.

Team Information

A new initiative from The Passage, Home for Good was developed to provide ongoing support to formerly homeless people who have been resettled into their own accommodation. The purpose of the service is both to help people to sustain their tenancies and to help them to settle into what will often be a new community. Through providing ongoing and holistic support at a local level we hope to reduce the number of people who return to the street after moving into accommodation.

Home for Good is also developing a weekend social club, providing a space for former clients of The Passage who are now in their own accommodation to meet, participate in a range of activities, and link into a wider range of support networks.

About this Role

Home for Good Community Volunteers will partner up with formerly homeless people who have been resettled into their own accommodation across Greater London. Our aim is to partner each Community Volunteer with somebody living near to their own neighbourhood, in order for them to share their knowledge and experience of the local area.

Community Volunteers will be expected to regularly meet up, in a public place, with the person they are partnered with in order to: listen how they are settling into their new home; signpost their client to any relevant specialist services operating locally; help their client to fulfil their potential through helping them pursue their interests by tapping into a range of local networks.

Tasks will include:

  • Supporting clients to engage with a wide range of relevant services, such as physical and mental healthcare, employment and welfare rights agencies, or substance misuse services
  • Helping clients to manage the day-to-day tasks of dealing with bills and shopping on a budget
  • Supporting clients to develop networks of support, such as linking into community groups or re-establishing contact with family
  • Enabling clients to make the most of what the community has to offer through matching their interests, skills and experience to relevant local organisations
  • Challenging clients on problematic behavior and on issues which might put their tenancy at risk
  • Supporting clients who are ready to do so to identify and apply for volunteering or employment opportunities

Qualities needed:

  • Ability to work independently, providing support, signposting and advice to vulnerable people
  • Confident in engaging sensitively with a diverse range of people, including those with complex support needs
  • Perseverance and the ability to support clients facing a range of obstacles
  • Ability to work within professional boundaries
  • Calm, non-judgmental and empathetic
  • Reliability and good time keeping

What you can expect:

  • Initial and ongoing training to carry out your role effectively
  • Close support from your supervisor, including regular 1:1s to discuss any progress, concerns or issues arising
  • Reasonable travel and activity-related expenses reimbursed
  • A rewarding experience and the opportunity to help tackle homelessness

Recruitment Method

Application form, 2 references, interview and DBS check (criminal record check).

Applications to be sent to homeforgood@passage.org.uk

Application Form

Please download an application form. Email completed forms to volunteering@passage.org.uk or post printed forms to St Vincent's Centre, Carlisle Place, London SW1P 1NL

 Download application form: Word

 Please read this message from The Passage Chief Executive, Mick Clarke

If you have any questions relating to volunteering, please contact the Volunteering Team

 020 7592 1863

volunteering@passage.org.uk