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Volunteer Mentor – North West

Mentoring is a service within Depaul which supports young people to become more independent, to learn skills that they will use when move on from our services. For example this could be cooking or budgeting skills. The young people using the mentoring service will already have goals they would like to work on, these goals will all be productive for independence such as getting out into the community and building social networks. The mentor will meet with their mentee once a week for up to three hours at a time and complete an activity. The volunteer mentors will always be supported by the volunteer mentor co-ordinator. For more information please email Emma.mohan@depaulcharity.org.uk
We kindly request no contact from recruitment or media agencies.
Location North West Salary Voluntary Hours Part Time
South Yorkshire/homebased 3-4 hours per week / flexible

Data Volunteer

The Data Volunteer will work closely with the Assistant Director for South Yorkshire to support the consistent and comprehensive data record-keeping for the region’s projects. This support provided to the Assistant Director will in particular allow them to demonstrate the outcomes of services, identify areas for development which in turn provide opportunities for growth. The Data Volunteer will be trained in the use and administration of the various data recording systems.
Aim of the Volunteer Role

The Data Volunteer will work closely with the Assistant Director for South Yorkshire to support the consistent and comprehensive data record-keeping for the region’s projects.  This support provided to the Assistant Director will in particular allow them to demonstrate the outcomes of services, identify areas for development which in turn provide opportunities for growth.  The Data Volunteer will be trained in the use and administration of the various data recording systems.  This volunteer will usually complete three hours of volunteering per week – however, this may vary if there are specific, time sensitive projects for completion.  This volunteer will be line managed by Sarah Gregory, the Assistant Director for South Yorkshire.

Main Tasks
  • To attend Induction and support sessions
  • To adhere to the terms of Depaul UK’s policies
  • To conduct regular checks of data systems to ensure consistent and comprehensive recording providing feedback on findings to identified colleagues.
  • To compile routine data reports, complete data research projects and respond to ad-hoc report requests
  • To complete data inputting or validation as required
  • To contribute positively to the continuous development of the project/team.
  • To let his/her supervisor know the week before what day/time the volunteer plans to volunteer during the following week
  • To maintain confidentiality
  • To attend support sessions every eight weeks
  • To attend development training sessions where appropriate
  • To attend forums and celebration events for volunteers
  • To act as an advocate for volunteers
  • To adhere to the terms of Depaul UK’s policies currently in force and its Code of Practice
  • To observe safety framework in our relations with the young people we work with
Necessary skills, attitudes and knowledge
  • Experience with software such as Microsoft Excel, Word and PowerPoint.
  • Communication skills
  • Time management skills
  • Understanding of the volunteering roles
  • Understanding of Depaul UK policies and procedures
  • A commitment to the work of Depaul UK
Support, Induction and Training

Support and supervision:

The volunteer will be line managed by Sarah Gregory, the Assistant Director for South Yorkshire

Induction and training:

All volunteers with receive a Volunteer induction and an induction to specific roles and projects. Volunteers will be given access to learning and development opportunities in line with their 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
  • Experience can be a useful addition to volunteer’s CV
  • Depaul can provide a reference after 3 months active continuous volunteering
  • Contribute to a project that really does make a difference to the lives of young people.
The Disclosure and Barring Service

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.

We kindly request no contact from recruitment or media agencies.
Location Home-based, Sheffield, South Yorkshire Salary Voluntary Hours Part Time
London/home-based 1 day/week / Flexible

Nightstop London Volunteer Administrator

Nightstop is a busy service that requires good communication with volunteer Hosts and with young people needing to access our emergency accommodation. The purpose of this role will be to act as the main point of contact for Nightstop on that day, through phone and email.
Main tasks

The purpose of this role will be to act as the main point of contact for Nightstop hosts and young people seeking accommodation through phone and email. This role would suit an applicant looking to gain experience in the charity sector or an applicant with the capacity to help during the week who is looking to give back.

The role will involve calling hosts in the morning to check if they are still free to host that night and gathering feedback from hosts and guests about their placement the night before. It will also involve monitoring our main email inbox and taking incoming calls to give basic details to referral partners, young people and potential new volunteers.

With support from our Nightstop Coordinators, this could include sending referral forms to partner organisations, signposting young people to alternative accommodation options and offering support through the wider prevention team. It would also include responding to potential volunteers to thank them for enquiring with our service and sending them an application pack.

This role will be remotely based and will require the applicant to have a computer or laptop available.

Main Tasks:

  • Attending Induction and support sessions
  • Adhering to the terms of Depaul UK’s policies
  • Phoning Hosts to confirm their availability
  • Phoning Hosts and Guests to take feedback
  • Taking incoming calls from young people to signpost internally or externally
  • Monitoring the Nightstop email inbox and respond to enquiries from referral partners, young people and potential volunteers
Skills, attitude and knowledge

Necessary skills, attitudes and knowledge:

  • Excellent telephone manner and communication skills
  • Organisation and administrative skills
  • Experience with MS Office and Outlook
  • A commitment to the work of Depaul UK
  • Capacity to support the team at least 1 day per week within office hours
  • Desirable skills, attitudes and knowledge:

Desirable skills, attitudes and knowledge:

  • Previous experience working with young people or volunteers
We kindly request no contact from recruitment or media agencies.
Location Greater London, Home-based, London & South East Hours Part Time
London 15 hours/week / Flexible

Money Management Volunteer

The volunteer will provide support to the Money Management Trainer and provide insights from young people on how to better support them with their finances.
Main Tasks

The volunteer’s main tasks will be:

  • •Carrying out regular check-ins with the young people using the money management service to gather updates on their progress towards set goals.
  • Providing regular updates to the Money Management Trainer on young people who may need extra support.
  • Creating resources for staff and young people relating to money matters, with support from the Money Management Trainer.
  • Supporting the delivery of group sessions, where applicable.
  • Attending training and support sessions where appropriate.
  • Adhering to the terms of Depaul UK’s policies currently in force and its Code of Practice.
  • Contributing positively to the continuous development of the programmes team.
Necessary skills, attitude and knowledge
  • A good awareness of the challenges faced by young people in relation to securing income and managing finances.
  • A good understanding of budgeting, saving and debt management strategies (desirable).
  • Good organisational capacity.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
  • A good level of IT literacy, including Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel and Outlook.
  • A non-judgemental and supportive approach and belief in the potential of others.
We kindly request no contact from recruitment or media agencies.
Location Home-based, London & South East Hours Part Time
2 - 7 hours/week / Flexible

Assistant Mental Health Awareness Training Volunteer

This volunteer will work alongside the Mental Health and Wellbeing Manager to facilitate mental health awareness and training sessions for staff, volunteers and clients.
Main tasks

The main tasks for this role will be:

a) To assist with administrative tasks related to training/ awareness sessions, such as: sourcing venues, sending out invitations, organising refreshments and collecting feedback from participants.

b) Co-delivering training with the Mental Health and Wellbeing Manager or designated Depaul member of staff.

c) Assisting the Mental Health and Wellbeing manager to evaluate and implement changes to training/awareness sessions.

d) To keep basic records of time spent and activities conducted, submit volunteer expense records.

e) To attend one to one supervision sessions with the Mental Health and wellbeing Manager.

f) To attend volunteer forums.

g) To attend the Mental Health Steering Group.

h) To attend training and support sessions where appropriate

i) To adhere to the terms of Depaul UK’s policies currently in force and its Code of Practice

j) To contribute positively to the continuous development of the project/team.

k) To observe clear professional boundaries in our relations with the young people we work with.

Necessary skills, attitudes and knowledge
  • An understanding of the issues faced by disadvantaged young people. The ability to work in a non-judgemental manner is also essential.
  • Previous knowledge of mental health issues (desirable but not essential)
  • Previous experience/knowledge of delivering training/facilitating groups (desirable but not essential)
  • Good communication and listening skills are important to this role
Support and supervision

The volunteer will be line managed by the Mental Health and Wellbeing Manager in the first instance and by the Volunteer Coordinator in the second instance.

We kindly request no contact from recruitment or media agencies.
Location London & South East Hours Part Time
London/home-based 15 hours/week

Employability, Training and Education (ETE) Volunteer – London

Providing administrative support to the programme coordinators by identifying suitable ETE opportunities for young people.
Main tasks

The volunteer’s main tasks will be:

  • Researching various ETE opportunities, in local areas around London, that could be suitable our young people – this will include volunteer and work experience placements.
  • Identifying local projects within communities that young people can undertake to enhance their skills.
  • Contacting relevant ETE providers.
  • Updating and maintaining the ‘Key partners’ database.
  • Attending training and support sessions where appropriate.
  • Adhering to the terms of Depaul UK’s policies currently in force and its Code of Practice.
  • Contributing positively to the continuous development of the programmes team.
Necessary skills, attitudes and knowledge
  • A good awareness of the challenges faced by young people in relation to securing employment, training and education
  • Good organisational capacity
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision
  • A good level of IT literacy, including Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel and Outlook
  • Ability to use the internet for research
  • A non-judgemental and supportive approach and belief in the potential of others.
We kindly request no contact from recruitment or media agencies.
Location Home-based, London & South East Hours Part Time
North East 2 afternoons per week / Flexible

Healthy Eating Volunteer and Youth Advisory Volunteer

Volunteer to help young people learn about cooking and healthy eating.
Coivd-19

Please note that as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic all recruitment is currently completed remotely via video/phone calls.

Introduction

Depaul UK offers homeless and disadvantaged people the opportunity to fulfill their potential and move towards an independent and positive future.  Depaul UK manages a range of accommodation for homeless young people in the UK and Ireland, as well as providing resettlement, pre-employment training and other support services for homeless and socially disadvantaged young people.

Project description

The NE Programmes Team work with clients in supported accommodation, those receiving support whilst living in their own tenancies and any young person who is working with Depaul UK due to homelessness or because of the risk of homelessness. The Programmes Team focus around education, training, employment and volunteering (ETEV).

Aim of the volunteer role

The purpose of this volunteer role is to give young people the opportunity to develop skills and knowledge around healthy eating. The volunteer in this role will be going into supported accommodations in the North East area and taking lead on cooking sessions with the young people.

This volunteer will also be involved with the Youth Advisory Board (YAB). YAB is a group of current Depaul UK clients who will be working with Depaul to give their feedback about services. This will include coming along to meetings to voice their opinions and sharing feedback. This volunteer will mesh this with cooking activities by using the cooking as an opportunity for open discussions and encouragement on becoming involved in YAB.

Main Tasks:

a) To organise and promote healthy eating cooking sessions across Depaul projects in the North East.

b) To bring new ideas, encouragement and motivation around healthy eating to young people accessing Depaul services.

c) To be confident in shopping for ingredients with young people, this will vary depending on what is local to the young people. There may be times the volunteer in post will need to collect the ingredients and bring them to the project ready to start the session.

d) To work with young people by developing and encourage their healthy eating habits, not only by cooking sessions but sharing recipes and having discussions.

e) To be involved in the encouragement and support of the YAB group.

f) To attend training and support sessions where appropriate.

g) To attend the 1-1 support sessions with the designated supervisor every 8 weeks

h) To attend the volunteer forums every 12 weeks

i) Adhere to the terms of Depaul UK’s policies currently in force and its Code of Practice.

j) To contribute positively to the continuous development of the project/team.

k) To observe clear professional boundaries in our relations with the young people we work with.

Necessary skills, attitudes and knowledge

Good communication skills, cooking skills and a non-judgemental approach is needed for this role, as well as the ability to be patient with the young people while developing their skills and knowledge.

A level 2 food hygiene qualification is needed, Depaul can provide this free of charge to the volunteer via E-learning.

Induction and training

An initial induction to Depaul UK and the project will be provided, including an exploration of Depaul UK’s Code of Conduct and Confidentiality policy. The volunteer will have access to all Depaul UK training courses if appropriate. The volunteer for this role will also need to complete the level 2 food hygiene course via e-learning.

Benefits to the volunteer

– Travel expenses to and from the workplace, travel between workplaces, and all genuine out-of-pocket expenses, are reimbursed.
– While working at the project, voluntary workers have full liability insurance cover.
– There are appreciation events to recognise the important contribution that voluntary workers make.
– Personal & professional development through training, support and ongoing evaluation
– Contribute to a project that really does make a difference to the lives of young people.
– Good experience and skill to add to CV.
– Reference will be available after six months of volunteering.

Equal opportunities

Depaul UK, as an organisation with a Vincentian ethos, believes that it is essential to eliminate discrimination and promote equality of opportunity. Depaul, as both employers and service provider, is committed to opposing discrimination and will not discriminate against any person because of their ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, responsibility for children or dependants, age, employment status, disability, HIV status, religious or political beliefs or because of unrelated criminal convictions.

We kindly request no contact from recruitment or media agencies.
Location North East Hours Part Time
North West 4 hours per week

Education, Training & Employment (ETE) Volunteer

Volunteer to help young people find education, training and employment opportunities to suit them.
Covid-19

Special notice: Please note that during the period of the Covid-19 pandemic we are supporting and recruiting volunteers to provide mentoring over the phone. We’d love your support during this trying time, so please do consider making an application.

Introduction

Depaul UK offers homeless and disadvantaged people the opportunity to fulfill their potential and move towards an independent and positive future.  Depaul UK manages a range of accommodation for homeless young people in the UK and Ireland, as well as providing resettlement, pre-employment training and other support services for homeless and socially disadvantaged young people.

Project description

The ‘Employability skills’ (ES) project aims to support our young people to engage in a range of exciting opportunities and activities to widen their job searching and employability skills. The project also aims to support our young people to develop in their confidence, self esteem and to learn all the essential skills required to help them move into employment and live an independent life. Our program runs for 8 weeks followed by a two week break. The ES program will allow for our young people to have some scope over the content.

Aim of the volunteer role

The aim of the Education Training Employment (ETE) volunteer is to support our ETE lead volunteers, in delivering a young person focused workshop around their education and employment responsibilities and actions. Creating a young person centered, focused goal setting plan, is vital.

Main Tasks:

a) You will be responsible for developing and leading a number of engaging and interesting Workshop sessions on a variety of different areas relating to ETE

b) Lead, plan and facilitate one drop in a week that help young people to create an up-to-date, tailored and personalised CV. Identify gaps in experience and education and develop goals

c) Support our young people to access information around their current income based benefits, including helping them to understand expectations, wordings and responsibilities

d) Lead, plan and facilitate sessions around job searching methods, techniques and activities

e) Support young people to develop a well rounded, continued and fluid employability action plan, with a specific and meaningful outcome goal. Using specific, measurable, attainable, and realistic and time bound goal setting (SMART goals)

f) Support volunteers working within your session.

g) To attend training and support sessions where appropriate.

h) To adhere to the terms of Depaul UK’s policies currently in force and its Code of Practice.

i) To contribute positively to the continuous development of the project/team.

j) To observe clear professional boundaries in our relations with the young people we work with.

Necessary skills, attitudes and knowledge

The following skills and experiences are considered essential to this role:

– Confidence and some experience in managing and facilitating groups of young people who may be considered vulnerable.
– Good organisational capacity.
– A passion for supporting others in their personal development.
– A non judgmental and supportive approach and belief in the potential of others.
– Knowledge of assets in the local area
– Awareness of issues and challenges young people face regarding education, training and employment

Induction & training

An initial induction to Depaul UK and the project will be provided, including an exploration of Depaul UK’s Code of Conduct and Confidentiality policy.  As a lead volunteer you will also have additional training relevant to the role.  The volunteer will have access to all Depaul UK training courses if appropriate.

Benefits to the volunteer

– 1-2-1 supervision and / or group support is available to volunteers.
– Travel expenses to and from the workplace, travel between workplaces, and all genuine out-of-pocket expenses, are reimbursed.
– While working at the project, voluntary workers have full liability insurance cover.
– There are appreciation events to recognise the important contribution that voluntary workers make.
– Personal & professional development through training, support and ongoing evaluation
– Contribute to a project that really does make a difference to the lives of young people.

Equal opportunities

Depaul UK, as an organisation with a Vincentian ethos, believes that it is essential to eliminate discrimination and promote equality of opportunity. Depaul, as both employers and service provider, is committed to opposing discrimination and will not discriminate against any person because of their ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, responsibility for children or dependants, age, employment status, disability, HIV status, religious or political beliefs or because of unrelated criminal convictions.

We kindly request no contact from recruitment or media agencies.
Hours Part Time
3 hours per week

Volunteer Mentor – South Yorkshire

Volunteer as a mentor with young people in the Sheffield and South Yorkshire
Covid-19

Special notice: Please note that during the period of the Covid-19 pandemic we are supporting and recruting volunteers to provide mentoring over the phone. We’d love your support during this trying time, so please do consider making an application.

Introduction

Depaul UK offers homeless and disadvantaged people the opportunity to fulfill their potential and move towards an independent and positive future.  Depaul UK manages a range of accommodation for homeless young people in the UK and Ireland, as well as providing resettlement, pre-employment training and other support services for homeless and socially disadvantaged young people.

Project description

Mentoring is a service within Depaul which supports young people to become more independent, to learn skills that they will use when move on from our services. For example this could be cooking or budgeting skills.  The young people using the mentoring service will already have goals they would like to work on, these goals will all be productive for independence such as getting out into the community and building social networks.  The mentor will meet with their mentee once a week for up to three hours at a time and complete an activity.  The volunteer mentors will always be supported by the volunteer mentor co-ordinator.

Aim of the volunteer role

To provide mentoring support to people from a variety of backgrounds who are making the transition to independence.  To deliver fun and engaging mentoring sessions to Depaul clients.  The focus will be based on health & wellbeing, skills development, creativity and community involvement.

Activities
  • To meet with your mentee for up to three hours a week and complete fun but productive sessions with them working on their already identified goals.
  • To be a listening ear for the mentee
  • To contact your mentee weekly to arrange sessions
  • To contact the Volunteer and Mentor Co-ordinator after the sessions by either text message, email or phone call.  This is logging the sessions and keeping a record of time and activity spent with the mentee.
  • To email the expense record to the Volunteer and Mentor Co-ordinator to claim back expenses
  • To attend one support session every eight weeks with the Volunteer and Mentor Co-ordinator
  • To attend volunteer forums which take place once every three months, volunteer forums are a great way to get together and discuss our experiences.  We often have guest speakers from other organisations.
Necessary skills, attitudes and knowledge

Volunteers should have an understanding of the issues faced by disadvantaged young people such as homelessness.  The ability to work in a non-judgemental manner is also essential. Good communication, listening and IT skills are important to this role.

Support and supervision

As a volunteer you will be line managed by the Volunteer and Mentor Co-ordinator, Katie Monach.  Katie will be providing constant support and guidance throughout your volunteering to ensure that the experience is enjoyable for you as well as for your mentee.

Induction and training

Volunteer Induction training and mentor training must be completed before volunteering can begin. This is to ensure you have a good understanding of your role and feel confident in your volunteering. The Volunteer Induction training is a full day course welcoming you to Depaul and exploring policies and procedures as well as Safety Framework. Mentor training is a half day course covering all of the practicalities for your volunteering role. Volunteers providing an ongoing commitment will have access to Depaul UK training courses if appropriate.

Commitment

A commitment of 3 hours a week is desirable, there will also be some evening and weekend events.  You can choose to volunteer week days, evenings and Saturdays.

If you are unable to offer this much time, but are still interested, please do contact us and we can try to come to an agreement. We are flexible and appreciate that people’s circumstances do change and that it may prove impossible to adhere to this. If you have not been active in your volunteering for 3 months we will contact you and if you have not been active for 6 months your volunteering role will naturally be ended.  You would then re-apply for any volunteering at Depaul again going through the full volunteer recruitment process.

Benefits to the Volunteer
  • Travel expenses to and from the project; all genuine out-of-pocket expenses are reimbursed.
  • While volunteering at the project, volunteers have full liability insurance cover.
  • Appreciation events to recognise the important contribution that volunteers make.
  • Personal & professional development through training, support and ongoing evaluation
  • References will be available after a period of six months volunteering.
  • Contribute to a project that really does make a difference to the lives of vulnerable people.
  • You will be able to add volunteering to your CV.
Equal Opportunities

Depaul UK, as an organisation with a Vincentian ethos, believes that it is essential to eliminate discrimination and promote equality of opportunity. Depaul UK, as both employers and service provider, is committed to opposing discrimination and will not discriminate against any person because of their ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, responsibility for children or dependants, age, employment status, disability, HIV status, religious or political beliefs or because of unrelated criminal convictions.  Part of your volunteering role is to adhere to this ethos.

Application

By email to Katie.Monach@depaulcharity.org.uk

We kindly request no contact from recruitment or media agencies. Download application form
Location Sheffield, South Yorkshire Hours Full Time
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