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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
North West 3 hours per week / Flexible

Volunteer Mentor – NW

Volunteer as a mentor with young people in Greater Manchester and the North West
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 Cherelle Farrell.  Cherelle 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 Cherelle.farell@depaulcharity.org.uk

We kindly request no contact from recruitment or media agencies.
Location Greater Manchester, North West Hours Part Time
North West 2-4 hours a month

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.

Commitment

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
THE DISCLOSURE & BARRING SERVICE – DISCLOSURE

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
North East 3 hours per week / Flexible

Volunteer Mentor – NE

Volunteer as a mentor with young people in the North East
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, Emma Mohan.  Emma 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 Emma.Mohan@depaulcharity.org.uk

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