Volunteering

Moving In Volunteer

The Home for Good scheme supports people with experience of homelessness to settle into their new home and get to know their new local area. Sometimes our less physically able clients require some help with moving in, assembling furniture, mounting shelves etc and we are looking for volunteers who are able to spare a few hours on an ad hoc basis to help make a house a home. Alternatively, the clients may be moving on from our Newman Street accommodation project into longer-term accommodation.

Commitment:

On an ad hoc bas. Each appointment likely to be 1-3 hours

About this Role

Along with another volunteer or member of staff, you will visit a client in their home to help with any DIY tasks they need support with.

What will I be doing?

  • DIY tasks might include:
  • Putting up shelves
  • Fitting curtains/blinds
  • Building furniture
  • Painting/decorating (with the permission of the Landlord)
  • Help with sourcing furniture (at the client’s expense).
  • You are not expected to clean or carry out any electrical or plumbing work or remove any large unwanted items (e.g. broken furniture or white goods) from the property. These are the responsibility of the tenant and landlord.

What skills do I need?

  • What would be expected for this role:
  • A practical approach, with experience of and skills in DIY
  • A basic understanding of the issues faced by people who have experienced homelessness
  • A warm, empathetic and non-judgemental approach to engaging with others
  • Ability to maintain and respect The Passage’s policies and procedures, including boundaries
  • A reliable and punctual attitude
  • A DBS check is required for this role which will be conducted by The Passage
  • A good level of physical fitness; we would not recommend this role for those experiencing musculoskeletal or related issues
  • Willingness to travel – our clients are London-wide
  • A face mask will need to be worn at all times and social distancing adhered to (PPE provided)

What you can expect:

  • Full support from the Home for Good team
  • Training on Manual Handling, Boundaries/Confidentiality and Slips, Trips and Falls
  • Provision of all materials, tools and equipment needed
  • Reimbursement for travel

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 Home for Good Team on 07568 430020 or [email protected]


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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.
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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.