Special notice: Please note that during the period of the Covid-19 pandemic we are supporting and recruiting volunteers to provide activities and befriending support remotely. We’d love your support during this trying time, so please do consider making an application.Introduction
Depaul is a charity supporting people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
DEPAUL BELIEVES HOMELESSNESS HAS NO PLACE
DEPAUL’S VISION is of a society in which everyone, across the world, has a place to call home and a stake in their community.
DEPAUL’S MISSION is to end homelessness and change the lives of those affected by it.
We believe that we cannot achieve our vision & mission without the active involvement of volunteers in our work. Volunteering with Depaul will give you an opportunity to work with an organisation that underpins its work in the following values:
Depaul will give you a unique opportunity to experience our work and what a values lead organisation means. As a volunteer you will experience first-hand our approach to the issue of homelessness and how we work with and value those affected by it.Volunteer Skills/Activities
A volunteer’s role can be flexible depending on your specific interests and abilities, though there are some basic skills that are needed in most all volunteer roles with Depaul.
− Volunteers should be empathetic, non-judgemental, patient, flexible, and supportive toward others.
− Volunteers should be able to engage and motivate individuals who may be apathetic in a gentle manner.
Role Specific Skills:
− Confident in facilitating and leading group or individual activities remotely i.e Yoga, bookclub, virtual tours, poetry contests, art & craft etc
− Confident in remotely facilitating befriending, language support or games i.e bingo, competitions etc.Volunteer Main Tasks
The Volunteers’ first task is to spend time getting to know the service users and the Service. Service users can be difficult to engage in activities for a variety of reasons and we ask that volunteers take a patient and flexible approach.
a) To remotely facilitate outlined activities as above.
b) To provide motivation and structure to visits outside of the service or through social activities as stated above.
c) To maintain open communication with staff using localised communications protocols (Handover/De-brief).
d) To ensure that required paperwork (Volunteer Activity Recording/Risk Assessment, as necessary) is completed and that any issues that arise are discussed with the Service volunteer liaison/manager.
e) To observe Depaul Health & Safety Procedures, in particular a regular review of activity risk assessments.
f) To observe clear professional boundaries in interactions with the service users we work with.
g) To respond to difficult situations appropriately, as guided by the staff team.
h) To respect service users’ right to confidentiality in our relationship with them as per the Depaul Confidentiality Policy and Code of Practice.
i) To be familiar with the Depaul Lone Working Policy, the Depaul Volunteer Handbook and the Depaul Volunteer Agreement and to work within the principles outlined in these documents.
j) To promote respect, diversity and equal opportunity in all Depaul Services.
k) To be able to volunteer as part of a team.
l) To attend a quarterly volunteer meeting to give feedback on your volunteering experience and development (optional).
m) To commit to volunteering once a week for 12 months (unless otherwise agreed).Benefits to the Volunteer
Volunteers receive an induction and information sessions on a range of topics relating to their role. We hope that through their volunteering experience, the volunteer will gain an understanding of the issues faced by homeless people and the ways in which Depaul work to support them.
Depaul strives to create a diverse and inclusive volunteer programme and is committed to ensuring equality of access to our volunteer opportunities and equality of treatment for our volunteers in all our policies and practices. We welcome applications from volunteers aged 18 and over from a diverse range of backgrounds.We kindly request no contact from recruitment or media agencies. Download application form