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Rough Sleeper Count Volunteer

Volunteers to help with regular rough sleeper counts and admin
Oldham Rough Sleeping Initiative

Oldham Rough Sleeping Initiative provides services for those sleeping rough in Oldham. Staff offer support to move on to permanent accommodation, help claiming benefits, accessing housing, healthcare and ID and referrals to other relevant services.

Every other month the service undertakes a count of those sleeping rough in Oldham. We need a volunteer to support with the count and with the admin it incurs.

The volunteer will
  • Count rough sleepers in a specific area within a team of 2-3 people. Each team will have a team leader for guidance and support
  • Ensure those identified meet the criteria to be defined as a rough sleeper
  • Complete paperwork pertaining to the Rough Sleeper Count
  • Attend Rough Sleeper InitiativeI team meeting every other month
  • Safeguard all vulnerable adults and young people when necessary
  • Attend induction and support sessions
  • Adhere to the terms of Depaul UK’s policies
  • Keep basic records of time spent and activities conducted ensuring to communicate this information with allocated supervisor
  • Submit volunteer expense records and complete volunteer feedback requests
  • Complete monthly supervision
  • Attend Volunteer Forum every other month
Necessary skills, attitudes and knowledge

Volunteers should have an understanding of the issues faced by disadvantaged, vulnerable people.  The ability to work in a non-judgemental manner is also essential.  Good communication and listening skills are also important to this role. Commitment to volunteering during the night.

Induction and training

All volunteers with receive a 1 day Volunteer Induction and a separate induction to specific role and project. Volunteers will be given access to learning and development opportunities in line with their role.


Volunteers are asked to commit 2 hours one month and 4 hours the next month (volunteering hours are between midnight and 5am on a set day each month)

Due to training necessary for this role we require volunteers to commit to volunteering with Depaul for a minimum of 12 months.  This includes time for training, DBS checks, and the delivery of the role.

Benefits to the volunteer
  • Travel expenses to and from the project, travel between projects, and all genuine out-of-pocket expenses, are reimbursed.
  • While volunteering at the project, volunteers have full liability insurance cover.
  • There are appreciation events to recognise the important contribution that volunteers makes
  • Personal & professional development through training, support and ongoing evaluation
  • Access to Rough Sleeper Initiative council training
  • Depaul can provide a reference after 6 months active continuous volunteering
  • Contribute to a project that makes a real difference to the lives of people in Oldham

Depaul UK aims to promote equality of opportunity for all with the right mix of talent, skills and potential. Depaul UK welcomes applications from diverse candidates. Criminal records will be taken into account for requirement purposes only when the conviction is relevant.

As Depaul UK meets the requirements in respect of exempted questions under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (as amended in 2013) by SI 2013 1198’.  All applicants who are offered volunteering may be subject to a criminal record check from the Disclosure & Barring Service before the appointment is confirmed. This will include details of cautions, reprimands or final warnings, as well as convictions.

We kindly request no contact from recruitment or media agencies.
Location Oldham Hours Part Time
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