Rapid Response Team - Outreach Volunteer

People and communities | Homelessness and housing | Offenders and ex offenders | Older people | Social justice and democracy

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Location: Hillingdon, Haringey & Hackney , Newham, Barking & Dagenham , Harrow, Enfield and Barnet, W21EB (see map)

Travel: Edgware Road (Bakerloo line) station. Church Street Market bus stop.

Start date: 01/09/2019 (ongoing)

What will I be doing?

  • Engaging and building relationships with rough sleepers on the streets.
  • Assisting with the shift notes during the shift.
  • Making or receiving phone calls on shift.
  • Accompanying located rough sleepers into temporary accommodation.
London Rapid Response Team

London Rapid Response Team

What impact will this have?

  • London Rapid Response (RR) work across the capital, 365 days a year, acting as a safety net for some of society’s most vulnerable men and women.
  • Outreach support volunteers accompany an experienced outreach worker in a vehicle and together they respond to referrals, searching for people rough sleeping on the streets and provide practical help in responding to their individual needs.
  • Our teams of outreach workers and volunteers find and engage rough sleepers in a bid to help them away from the streets.

When are you needed?

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Commitment

  • To feel comfortable accompanying the outreach worker on the streets at night, searching for people rough sleeping, sometimes in isolated areas. (Please note: all outreach workers operate within Health & Safety guidelines). To have the ability to establish good rapport and working relationships with people rough sleeping; To have the ability to follow the directions of the outreach worker leading the shift.
  • We look for a minimum commitment of 6 months from all our volunteers.
    Outreach Support Volunteers are required to do a minimum of 1 shift per month.

What else do I need to know?

  • After 6 months of volunteering for the team we are able to provide professional references for volunteers.
  • There are opportunities to develop your volunteering role.
    Please note taking on extra responsibility is optional and would require assessment of skills and additional training.
  • Development opportunities might involve leading Client Assessments of people rough sleeping and progressing into paid employment when vacancies arise.

Expenses

  • We pay out-of-pocket expenses for our unemployed/low income volunteers to cover travel fares to the volunteer placement. Receipts are required to claim expenses.

Background checks

  • A DBS check is required

About the organisation:

Additional Information

What skills will be useful?
  • Academic
  • Foreign languages
  • Charity
  • Creative
  • Interpersonal
  • Caring
  • Listening
  • Negotiating
  • Team working
  • Leadership
  • Organising
  • Practical
  • First aid
  • Professional
  • Technology
What skills can I gain?
  • Academic
  • Charity
  • Campaigning
  • Creative
  • Interpersonal
  • Advice and support
  • Caring
  • Coaching
  • Listening
  • Negotiating
  • Team working
  • Leadership
  • Leadership
  • Organising
  • Practical
  • Professional
  • Technology

Training

  • Volunteer Induction
  • Volunteer handbook
  • On-the-job training;
    Volunteer Feedback opportunity after 1st shift and at 3 and 6 month periods; Volunteer training including mandatory Personal Safety Training

Location

Hillingdon, Haringey & Hackney , Newham, Barking & Dagenham , Harrow, Enfield and Barnet, W21EB

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