Support Volunteer - Salvation Army Anti-Trafficking & Modern Slavery

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07552863913
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This role offers an exciting opportunity to come alongside survivors of modern slavery who have transitioned out of crisis and are moving forward in establishing life-based in Birmingham.

The Salvation Army is growing a network of community–based support, which provides survivors of modern slavery with a link to their local community and signposting to the range of available support they may need.

This daytime session will be on a specified weekday and will run for approximately 2 hours. It gives survivors continuity of support as they are served in a group setting at the corps (church) /centre in a drop-in style format that will follow a formal programme to accommodate clients’ needs.

All volunteers will be given specialised training and regular support from The Salvation Army’s Community Hub team.

Role: Support Volunteer (reception, room host, refreshments, help desk or crèche staff)

Location: Birmingham based - further details of the location will be given to successful applicants

Availability: Daytime session on a specified weekday over the total period of 3-4 hours with a preferred 12 month commitment period. Must also be able to attend initial training as well as further ongoing support/training.

Summary of tasks:            

  • To help create a friendly and supportive environment for clients
  • To assist in organising group education sessions
  • Work as a team to demonstrate healthy relationships in an inclusive environment
  • Help people get to know their local city area and services available
  • To get to know clients through a mix of social and structured sessions
  • Signpost clients to helpful resources
  • Introduce clients to specialised services during the session (eg job seeking, debt advice)
  • To be able to offer specific volunteer duties around one or more of the following roles:
    • Reception: Warmly welcome clients, oversee bus fare reimbursement and  record attendance
    • Refreshments: Prepare refreshments and light food options
    • Room Host: Help organise, host and facilitate activities (based on need)
    • Help Desk: Help clients access community advice or services online (eg job seeking, application forms, general online advice, printing information needed etc) and facilitate the use of laptop use
    • Crèche staff: Provide childcare for clients’ children  including organising session materials

Skills/experience needed:

  • Interest in The Salvation Army’s modern slavery work and sympathy with the general aims and values of The Salvation Army
  • Sensitive interpersonal and social skills
  • Ability to keep confidences
  • Commitment to safeguarding and a willingness to raise concerns where necessary
  • Experience of working in a team

Training provided:

  • Salvation Army basic volunteer training
  • Specialised volunteer, group support and safeguarding training from The Salvation Army’s Anti-Trafficking and Modern Slavery Unit (approximately 7 hours over 2 separate sessions)
  • Relevant online courses via The Salvation Army online portal (approximately 6 hours across all courses – support provided)
  • A DBS check and two satisfactory references will be required

Finance:

The role is unpaid but reasonable expenses can be reimbursed.

If you would be interested to discuss this opportunity further please contact Melpo Economou on melpo.economou[at]salvationarmy.org[dot]uk