We currently have the following volunteering opportunities:
Working with beneficiaries on a one-to-one basis, volunteers will help our beneficiaries move forward into meaningful education, training, voluntary work or employment. Their work may include:-
- Acting as a listening board for any issues or problems a person may have
- Helping to build confidence and motivation.
- Support with the implementation of a person’s action plan and encouraging them with their career pathways
- Offering practical help with personal statements, CV writing, application forms, job searches, interview techniques etc.
The support will consist of an initial one-to-one meeting before the course which will also be attended by the course facilitator or training manager. This will be followed up with five subsequent meetings over a six-month period. Volunteers will need the ability to build good relationships with beneficiaries and be enthusiastic and pro-active in their approach.
Volunteers will host a business focus day for beneficiaries to give them an idea of what it may be like to work in an office environment. The day will consist of both group and individual sessions where participants can learn in greater detail about what interests them, for example, reception, administration and accounts, or IT, sales, marketing, catering and finance. This would not only help to inspire our beneficiaries but also give them valuable experience for applications and job interviews.
Volunteers will assist our trainers during our five week courses and support with small group interventions and one-to-one’s. They may also take part in IT training at post course training sessions.
Volunteers are an integral part of what we do and often provide inspiration and encouragement. A positive attitude is important to boost beneficiaries’ creative energy. Good interpersonal skills and patience are important qualities to have for this role, as well as initiative.
Ask your friends to connect with us through our website, Facebook and Twitter - it help us to build a local supporter base which can help with future appeals and fundraising activities. And if you don’t “do” social media, there’s old-fashioned social networking through family and friends, clubs and societies, work colleagues, churches, sports teams, many of them keen to support a charity that helps people here in Southampton.
We hold a weekly lunch club at St James Church in Southampton on Thursdays and new volunteers are always welcome to serve tea and coffee and chat to beneficiaries who attend.
Volunteers will need good interpersonal skills, patience and the ability to act with initiative.
We often need help in a variety of admin and I.T. tasks like: inputting data into our computer system; scanning documents; photocopying and printing; shredding and filing - just to name a few! We are in the office generally Monday to Friday, 8.30-5pm, so any time between then would be great!
For anyone with graphic design or website production skills we are looking for help to redesign our brochures, website and other marketing materials.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please contact Nina Kelly on 01273 216010 today!
"The more we can enable the community to deliver psychological services and psychological knowledge the better that community will function. "
Professor Nick Maguire. Director of Psychology. University of Southampton
Safe New Futures employs both paid trainers and voluntary workers to help deliver our courses. We love to work with people who have attended previous courses as they really understand the benefits of our work. Many go on to become Community Volunteer Facilitators in their own right which creates a ripple effect in our communities, bringing about new improvements and hope.
We will reimburse travel expenses, provide refreshments & often lunch if available.
"Before I came to Safe New Futures, I felt bored and demotivated, but this course has helped me overcome my anxiety, which I’ve had most of my life, and set new goals. I now want to help other young people to feel this happy and positive.”
“I’m now looking forward not back. I want to try different things and go to different places. I used to be a kayaker and although I can’t go back to it, I will look for something else. I’m going to be restricted in a job but plan to do car park security if I can work on my maths.”