Volunteer Support Assistant

Could you be a Volunteer Support Assistant with Choices the Assisted Volunteering Project at Volunteering Bradford?

This is an excellent opportunity for anyone looking for a career or experience in social care.

We are looking for Volunteer Support Assistant’s who will be specifically chosen for their skills and whose role it will be to work with adults with a variety of additional needs (including mental health issues, physical disabilities, sensory impairments), to enable them to volunteer in the opportunity of their choice.

Volunteer Support Assistant's will support people with additional needs to (the level of support provided will be dependent on each individuals needs. this WILL NOT include personal care):

  • Find out about local volunteering projects
  • Contact projects they’re interested in, fill in forms and arrange visits
  • Visit a project by planning their journey or by going with them   
  • Support volunteers in their volunteering role, to enable them to undertake the role independently.
  • Sort out any problems or questions
  • Mentor and guide, promoting independence
  •  Attend regular volunteer meetings and supervision
  •  Attend training to develop skills

Skills

Skills needed for this role:

  Positive attitude

  Excellent communication skills

  Willingness to take part in relevant activities

  Ability to follow instruction and work as a member of a team

  Ability to reflect on own practice

  Willingness to undertake training

  Commitment to working in ways that promote and value individual choice

  Commitment to working in an enabling way that promotes independence

  Commitment to working in ways which promote equal opportunities

  Willingness to work within Volunteering Bradford’s policies


This role in return will provide Volunteer Support Assistants with the opportunity to build upon their own:

  •     Communication skills
  •     Confidence
  •     Use of own initiative
  •     Interpersonal skills
  •     Leadership skills
  •     Active listening skills
  •     Mediation skills
  •     Negotiation and influencing skills
  •     Planning and organising skills
  •     Problem solving skills



Details

  • Age restrictions
    Over 18 years only
  • DBS check required
    Enhanced DBS check will need to be undertaken and two references required
  • Equal Opportunities Policy
  • Expenses reimbursed
    Travel and meal provision provided
  • Health and Safety Policy
  • Ongoing support
    Regular team meetings and supervision will be a part of this role
  • Training provided
    Volunteer Support Assistant’s will have to complete a compulsory training course. Topics covered will include: • Confidentiality • Boundaries • Disability awareness • Diversity • Safeguarding
  • Volunteer induction
  • Volunteer Policy
  • Volunteers covered by insurance
  • Written role description

Application Process

  • Application Form
  • Informal Discussion
  • Interview
  • References
  • Trial Period

When can I volunteer?

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Morning Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
Afternoon Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
Evening No No No No No No No

Availability Details

Volunteers should be willing to commit to a minimum of 3 hours a week for a minimum of 6 months.


Location

Perkin House
82 Grattan Road
Bradford
West Yorkshire
BD1 2LU


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