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Volunteering

Volunteer Interpreter – Romanian

The Rough Sleepers Team are responsible for ensuring the centre is a safe and welcoming environment for clients. The team provides the initial contact for clients entering the Resource Centre and establishes the needs of clients by way of informal engagement and initial assessments.

As a Volunteer Interpreter, you will be performing a pivotal role supporting our Anti Modern Day Slavery team. We are experiencing an increase in the number of clients who are victims of modern day slavery, many of who are Romanian and don’t speak English. Staff in our Rough Sleeping Team are trained to identify potential victims of modern slavery and we also receive referrals from other organizations. We need a qualified interpreter to help us support and advise these clients. Clients, particularly those who are victims of modern slavery can be distressed and traumatized when we see them so you need to be prepared for that. You will always be supervised by a member of the anti modern day slavery team who are trained in dealing with trauma.

Commitment:

We are looking for someone who can volunteer from 11am – 3pm on a weekday, possibly a different day each week depending on whether our Anti Modern Slavery Team has any referrals that week. When a potential victim is identified, we will get in touch with you to arrange a day for you to come in to interpret for the client and so they can be assessed. The assessment needs to take place ideally with 48 hours of the referral.

About this Role

What does the role involve?

Assisting the Rough Sleepers team with their assessments of Romanian clients by interpreting
When there are no assessments to be done, assisting the team with engaging with Romanian clients and other clients within the centre
Translation of documents into Romanian

What skills do I need?

  • Aged 18 or over – essential
  • Fluent in Romanian and English - essential
  • Qualified Interpreter – essential
  • Own Professional Indemnity Insurance
  • Ability to demonstrate an inclusive and non judgmental attitude
  • Flexibility around volunteering days
  • Patience and ability to engage with others
  • Ability to uphold and respect The Passage policies and procedures

What you can expect:

  • Volunteer induction and in the role training
  • Supervision by Anti Modern day Slavery Team
  • Travel expenses reimbursed according with our Finance Policy

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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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.

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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

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