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Thank you for expressing an interest in becoming a volunteer at Bardsley Youth Project.

We recognise the importance and value of our volunteers and you are an integral part of our team at Bardsley.  Training will be given for your role and opportunities to develop your skills. We will also support you in any difficulties you may have, so do not hesitate to speak to Simon or Kim about any concerns.

Person Specification For All Roles:

  • Reliable

  • Adaptable

  • Trustworthy

  • Empathetic

  • Have good listening skills

The Application Process:

 

  1. Have a look at the role descriptions below, and have a think about which type of volunteering you would like to do with us. 

  2. Download and complete our application form

  3. Send completed application form to simon@bardsleyyouth.org

What to Expect After Applying:

  1. Before starting as a volunteer, you will be interviewed by the Manager and another member of the team.

  2. We will also contact the referees you have given us. I

  3. f all checks out, as you will be working with vulnerable young people, you will be required to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service check (DBS) before starting your role.

  4. You will also be expected to fully familiarise yourself with our Safeguarding Policies and Procedures.

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Volunteering Opportunities

Befriending Service 

 

Many young people experiencing homelessness and have little to no stable and or positive supportive people in their life. They need someone just to be there to socialise, spend time with them and build a relationship of trust and respect with them – coffee, chat, just generally taking an interest and willing to spend time with them. You will be empathetic, a good listener and genuinely interested in seeing the young person thrive and succeed. You will be prepared to meet with a young person regularly and be adaptable to what they want and need.

 

 

Furniture Project

 

When young people get their first home after living in a hostel there is usually nothing in it so we provide the basics to get them started. Part of this is hiring vans on moving day, shifting furniture and making sure they understand the basics of their utilities e.g. reading and topping up meters.

You will be able bodied and ideally have a current driving licence. You will be confident in driving large vans. We will provide Manual Handling Training (online course), training in how to fit cookers/washing machines as needed.

Donation Collection & Sorting

 

The time for doing this can be flexible.

We collect clothes for our Swap Shop and there is a considerable amount of sorting to be done to make it function well.

We assemble Kitchen Starter Packs and Hygiene Packs so need help with that.

We also need volunteers to check Facebook, Freecycle etc. for household goods free to a good home, to collect the items and deliver them to Bardsley House or direct to the young person who needs them.

You can help with the selling of donated goods on EBay and other auction sites, listing donations that young people can’t use or are more valuable to the project by being sold, packing and posting sold goods as well.

Open Door Day

 

This is a drop-in session on Mondays, 1pm to 4pm, where young people can get advice and help from staff but also play pool, do craft, play computer games and relax. We need sessional youth worker volunteers to be hosts, running the session, making refreshments, organising activities and interacting with young people. You will help make the sessions work, freeing up staff time to give 1:1 help and advice to those who need it.

 

 

Advice & Guidance  

 

Experience of working in/knowledge of the homelessness and advice field is essential for this role. You will be helping young people to navigate the complex statutory systems that often prove to be barriers to those who have not come across them before.

You will help young people with Universal Credit applications and problems, job and college applications etc. You will also go with young people to help and support them at appointments with housing, Universal Credit, advice centres, doctors etc. making sure that the young person gives a full picture of their needs – they often miss out on getting help as knowledge of the system is vital in many cases.

Other opportunities

 

We have a need for ad hoc volunteers to help us out from time to time. This includes cleaning, moving furniture around the building, changing the use of rooms to adapt to the needs of the project and young people, painting and decorating etc. You will be helping the smooth running of the project and providing a pleasant environment for the team and young people.