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Volunteering

Home for Good Community Volunteer

The Home for Good scheme has 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, this is an opportunity for you.

If you have any initial questions, please email [email protected]

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 the Volunteering Team on 0207 592 1863


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