Possability People is a user led organisation that promotes independent living for all.
We work towards equality by inspiring disabled people to identify barriers and define solutions.
What does the opportunity involve doing?
What we need:
The Right Track project is a collaboration between the voluntary sector and the health service to support people with MSK (musculoskeletal) conditions to manage their aches and pain and become more active. We can link people who have been referred or signposted to us by their health care professional into support and activity in their local community which can help improve their health and wellbeing. We operate throughout Brighton and Hove, Mid Sussex, Horsham, Crawley and East Grinstead.
We’re looking for volunteers who can support the Right Track team to provide a service for people living with MSK conditions.
What you can do:
· Provide administrative support to the Right Track project - preparing assessment packs, updating resources and maintaining accurate records using MS Excel, online survey tools and Cloud based management systems
· Conduct online research into signposting options – supporting the creation of person centred action plans that are relevant to service users’ interests and needs
· Access and support the development of Possability People’s Citywide Connect Services to provide appropriate support to the project, including the It’s Local Actually site
· Develop Right Track’s outreach and signposting potential by researching non-clinical services and groups in the Community and Voluntary Sector; identifying gaps and suggesting options that could be included in future
What induction, training and support is offered?
Each volunteer will attend a group induction session in order to familiarise themselves with the overall working practices of the organisation and to prepare for their volunteering role. You will also have an induction with the Right Track team around the specifics of your role.
Day to day you will be supported by the Right Track team and will have regular supervisions (minimum every 3 month) with the Project Lead. There will also be team meetings and get-togethers throughout the year.
As well as project-specific training to carry out your role, volunteers are eligible for a range of free courses and receive a training allowance for additional relevant training.
What skills or qualities are needed?
Expected time commitment:
Your availability and the needs of the team will be discussed at an informal meeting after we have received your application form. Where possible we ask for a minimum 6 months commitment, 3 hours per week on a regular day and time.
The role will mainly be based at our Montague House office, with possible travel to other locations across Brighton and Hove if you are involved with any outreach.
Can you provide the following:
· Strong communication skills when using the phone, email, letter or face to face
· Able to use MS Outlook, MS Excel and MS Word for basic functions
· Confident using the internet for research and locating information
· An interest in working with disabled and / or older people at risk of social isolation
· A knowledge of / willingness to learn about the social model of disability and the social prescribing model (in relation to supporting people with MSK conditions to engage in physical and social activity to improve their health and wellbeing)
· Experience of / interest in disability issues. You do not have to identify as ‘disabled’ to be involved. Carers, professionals, family, friends, partners and supporters are also equally welcome to participate
· Ability to contribute positively to team work and activities, attend team meetings and be solution focused.
· A commitment to Possability People’s policy on anti-discrimination for all groups in society.More info
Deadline for applications
1 Jan 2021