Volunteers are the life blood of our charity and without their commitment and time we would not be able to achieve all that we do.
Clean Slate covers such a broad range of topical areas that a volunteer's role could be found to meet almost any expertise or interest.
Role of a Volunteer
Volunteers must demonstrate an enthusiasm to complete manageable tasks with support (where appropriate). Undertake on the job training when and adhere to Clean Slate Policies and Procedures. Avoid putting themselves at risk, respect confidentiality of all clients/volunteers/staff information that they come into contact with and treat all employees of Clean Slate, members of the public and external agencies with respect.
Volunteers will have the opportunity to gain experience, which may help them if they wish to seek paid employment. They will be provided with an opportunity to learn new life skills and develop self-confidence. Expand their horizon, increase their self-esteem by having the opportunity to gain knowledge and understanding of organisations, statutory and voluntary agencies. Also showing how they can work together with communities to improve the health and wellbeing of the local population.
Volunteers will undertake a range of activities which enhance Clean Slates established workforce. They will be placed in areas where the staff with whom they will be working with agree to the arrangements and therefore shall welcome the contribution that volunteers can make to the service. Where possible the work that volunteers undertake should match their motivation and the reason that prompted them to volunteer.
Volunteer Counsellor – Placement (Telephone and Video Counselling)
If you feel passionately about supporting people affected by abuse, then we would be delighted to hear from you. We offer you training, on-going support and supervision and have a wide range of roles available so you can support our services in a way that suits you.
Help people to explore feelings and emotions that are often related to their experiences. This allows their clients to reflect on what is happening to them and to consider alternative ways of doing things.
Work in a confidential setting and listen attentively to their clients. They offer them the time, empathy, and respect they need to express their feelings and perhaps understand themselves from a different perspective. The aim is reducing their confusion and enabling them to cope with challenges or to make positive changes in their life wherever necessary
Administration volunteers do a broad range of administrative tasks essential to the effective running of a typically busy office. For example, they may help maintain the extensive leaflet library and local information resources, the producing of a quarterly newsletter, compile statistics of existing and new clients.
Administration volunteers also provide crucial administrative support to the volunteer listeners by helping with filing and the production of letters, handling incoming and outgoing mail.
What you will hope to gain from volunteering
The enjoyment of being part of a team, a chance to meet new people, make new friends and gain confidence.
The chance to use your individual talents and skills to benefit adults and young people with their personal growth and development.
The rewarding feeling of supporting someone to achieve their full potential.
The knowledge and satisfaction of making a real difference.
Support to gain a qualification, for example, NVQ in Health & Social Care.