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Rough Sleeper Outreach Volunteer

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ORGANIZATION: connection support

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Do you want to help rough sleepers gain safe and secure housing?

Hours: Early mornings from 5.30am for 2⅟2 - 3⅟2 hours (depending on your availability)

The Connection Outreach Service (COS) aims to support rough sleepers into stable and secure accommodation. The outreach service supports the street homeless into stable, safe and sustainable accommodation, empowering the client to achieve and maintain independent living.

Volunteer role summary: The main role of the Outreach Volunteer is to work alongside Connection’s Outreach Support Worker, to undertake early morning wake up calls on rough sleepers who have been identified or referred to the service.

Referrals to this service can be received at short notice so we are looking for a bank of volunteers who can be called upon, sometimes with just a day or two's notice. Volunteers can choose to volunteer in their local area or further afield; we are looking for volunteers in North and West Oxfordshire, and in South and Vale.

As the Outreach work covers a large geographical, often rural area, having a car is an advantage but not a necessity as it may be possible to make alternative arrangements. Experience is not required as an induction to the service will be arranged for volunteers. Out-of-pocket expenses are also covered.

We ask all our volunteers to have a non-judgmental attitude, as you will be working with a wide variety of people. Many of those we work with have only very recently found themselves to be homeless which can be for a variety of reason, for example a breakdown of a relationship, unemployment, drugs or alcohol abuse.

1 Shift

  • morning / 06:00 AM to 08:30 AM
    We are looking for volunteers to accompany support workers on early morning shifts e.g. 1x a week
  • NONE OF THESE TIMES WORK FOR ME, BUT I CAN STILL HELP
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About connection support

Location:

Suite 16 challenge house, sherwood drive, milton keynes, buckinghamshire MK3 6DP, GB

Mission Statement

Connection Support has a range of services providing support to people at risk of homelessness or on the edge of needing social care. We work with people made vulnerable through debt, family circumstances, mental health issues, substance misuse, care leavers, learning disability, age, and physical disabilities. We focus on individuals, to understand their unique set of circumstances, challenges and abilities. They tell us what they want to achieve, their goals and aspirations and we will work with them, providing practical and emotional support to help them to build the skills and confidence to deal with the ups and downs of life.

Description

Volunteers play a key role in the provision of vital services to our clients.
Knowing you have helped someone is an amazing feeling, but there is so much more to gain. New friends, new skills and experience, and confidence, to name but a few!
Volunteers are an integral part of Connection Support so you can be sure your time will be valued.
Not everyone has someone to turn to in a crisis, a friend they can chat to or someone to lend a practical hand or teach them how to navigate online. Connection Support volunteers help fill those gaps and, in doing so, often make a lasting difference to another person’s life.
We have many different services to help a wide range of clients and just a few of our statistics for the last 3 years - 99% of clients were supported in avoiding eviction, 99% of referrals were assessed within 3 years, 21 million has been saved in public funds by keeping these clients off the streets.
If you would like to make a difference than connection support is waiting for you

CAUSE AREAS

Community
Homeless & Housing
Community, Homeless & Housing

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.
This opportunity has 1 shift

WHERE

OxfordOxfordshire, United Kingdom

(51.75202,-1.25773)
 

SKILLS

  • Community Outreach
  • Verbal / Written Communication

GOOD FOR

N/A

REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be at least 18
  • 2-4 hours per week
  • DBS check required (Connection Support will pay for and organise this).

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