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Volunteering

Home for Good Community Volunteer

Home for Good is a volunteer-powered, London-wide befriending project. Our volunteers provide bespoke support to vulnerable and formerly homeless clients who have been resettled into their own accommodation, and/or are facing isolation. The purpose of the service is to empower people to establish connections and thrive in what will often be a new community for them. If you want to make a lasting difference to someone’s life then this is an opportunity for you.

Commitment:

The client/volunteer partnerships last from six months to a year, meeting once a week/fortnight for 1-2 hours. Days and times are flexible.

About this Role

You will be matched with a client with the aim of assisting them to get to know their local area and link into local community services:
- Providing reliable, regular and sustained contact
- Encouraging the achievement of personal goals
- Participating in activities of interest to the client and empowering them to continue independently
- Working in collaboration with the Home for Good team, highlighting any concerns that may arise

What will I be doing?

  • Some examples of what partnerships have done or could do together:
  • Exercise, such as running or cycling together
  • Support with CV and job/volunteering applications
  • Support with budgeting
  • Investigating local courses via the library or local colleges
  • Investigating faith or other community groups
  • Exploring recipes, encouraging healthy, interesting and inexpensive meals
  • Visiting museums or other places of interest

What skills do I need?

  • We would like to hear from you if:
  • You’re compassionate, kind and non-judgemental
  • You’re committed and reliable
  • You’re patient and able to motivate and engage others
  • You’re able to maintain and respect The Passage policies and procedures
  • You have a genuine commitment to working to empower clients with complex and multiple issues
  • You have excellent communication and listening skills
  • You have the confidence to work independently in the community with support from the Home for Good Team
  • Flexibility on where you could meet, including central London, is desirable
  • A DBS check is required for this role which will be conducted by The Passage

What you can expect:

  • A straightforward approach to volunteering
  • A full induction and training for your role
  • A 'Partnership Agreement' framework, with appropriate boundaries in place
  • Support and supervision to help you carry out your role (including group supervision/training opportunities for volunteers)
  • Volunteers can claim meeting expenses (maximum £10 per session) and we also offer travel expenses if needed, which are reimbursed directly through an invoice process
  • A Covid-secure framework for volunteering, in line with current government guidelines

The role is subject to the provision of two references, an informal interview and attendance at a Volunteer Induction session. For questions about the role or the application process, please contact Home for Good on 07921 970765


Volunteer Registration Form



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About You



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You can apply for up to 2 additional roles with this application. (Optional)


Referees
As we work with adults at risk (people who are homeless), we need to carefully screen all of our volunteers.

Please provide the names and contact details of two referees, such as friends or colleagues. They must have known you for at least 6 months. Neither referee should be a direct family member.

If you are unsure about who to put forward as your referees, please contact the Volunteer Manager who will be happy to offer guidance.

You understand that by providing us with your referees contact details, they agree to be contacted by us.
Referrals
Referee 1


Referee 2


Declarations
Confirmation*

A few volunteering roles require volunteers to do a DBS check (previously called CRB checks). If your role requires a DBS check, we will ask you to disclose any spent and unspent conviction, cautions, reprimands or final warnings when we receive your application, except those which are “protected” as defined by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (as amended in 2013).

Some roles require a DBS check because of the nature of the tasks involved and because our clients are classed as Adults at Risk which means certain roles are exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. Having a criminal record will not necessarily prevent you from volunteering with The Passage but some convictions may require further discussion.

If you would like to discuss this in more detail before submitting an application, please email [email protected] or call 020 7592 1863

In accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998, the information provided on this form will be used in the recruitment and selection of volunteers and may be disclosed to all those who need to see it. It will also form the basis of the confidential volunteer record.