The Clock Tower Sanctuary (CTS) is an organization working to help prevent homeless and insecurely housed 16-25 year old’s from becoming part of the long-term homeless population.
To achieve this mission, we provide these young people a safe space in central Brighton to use during the day. The CTS is a place where they can escape some of the pressures of their living situations, and can access showers, food, laundry facilities and case work support. The volunteers here are vital to the delivery of the service and are instrumental to the day to day running of the Centre, providing support, advocacy and a friendly welcome to the young people who use the Centre.
What does the opportunity involve doing?
Volunteers are a vital part of The Clock Tower Sanctuary. We can’t operate or provide our services without them. They take care of the day-to-day running of the Centre and provide support, advocacy and a friendly welcome to the young people we work with.
If you come and volunteer with us you'll be in our day centre working directly with the young people who use our service. You'll spend time getting to know them, chatting with them, and offering them support.
We'll give you lots of training and backup so that you feel well-prepared for the role. You'll learn transferable skills and gain experience working with young people that can open up lots of career opportunities. .
Sometimes it can be challenging but the impact you’ll have on building a homeless young person’s confidence and helping them set goals for their future is really rewarding.
What induction, training and support is offered?
We'll provide both introductory training modules and opportunities for learning and development. We have morning and afternoon check ins and check outs, bi-monthly supervisions, volunteer meetings and socials so you'll feel well-supported and part of a team.
What skills or qualities are needed?
• Ideally able to commit to a minimum of six months volunteering
• Can do at least one full shift, one day per week (Mon to Sat)
• Attend the initial volunteer induction training process
• Empathy with the needs of young people who are homeless
• Effective communication and interpersonal skills
• Understand and practice commitment to Equality and Diversity
• Able to maintain safe personal boundaries and confidentiality
• Ability to work as a team and support colleagues
• A good sense of humour, and ability to multitask and flex in a sometimes pressurised environment
Desirable (training will be provided)
• Experience working with vulnerable people and those with challenging behaviours
• Basic Microsoft Excel and Word skills
• Ability to attend group supervision sessions
Deadline for applications
6 Sep 2020
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