Our Gateshead

Basis@gateshead volunteer

Description of what will be involved: 

The project is within Oasis Community Housings resource centre for anyone in need of housing support.  Basis@Gateshead is located on Warwick Street in Gateshead.

Clinters can drop in to the centre to access an array of services including accommodation advice, referrals to other projects, emergency food, internet access and shower and laundry facilities.

As part of this project volunteers will engage in a variety of tasks to help maintain the Basis@Gateshead project and ensure that service users are welcomed and well supported.  The tasks will include:

  • Providing practical support for service users (form filing, making refreshments, helping with laundry)
  • befriending and engaging with service users whilst in the project.  simply being a listening ear can be invaluable for social excluded individuals with chaotic lifestyles
  • Encouraging service users, recognising and celebration progress.
  • Maintaining a friendly and open relationship with the service users while observing the profressional boundaires protocol outlines during the induction training session.

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Opportunity Location: 
Skills and qualifications needed: 

~~What we are looking for in our volunteer:
• Good listening, communication and interpersonal skills.
• Reliability and punctuality
• Ability to relate to, respect and empathise with people
• Flexibility
• Ability to maintain confidentiality at all times
• An understanding of the issues linked to homelessness, or a willingness to learn.
• A good understanding of personal strengths and limitations
• Clear sense of personal boundaries
• The ability to provide a supportive and non-judgmental service
• A willingness to engage in identified awareness, training and development sessions
 

Does opportunity require DBS check?: 
No
Takes place on: 
Mondays
Wednesdays
Times: 
between the hours of 9:00am and 2:00pm
Opportunity start date: 
1st March 2019
Opportunity end date: 
Sunday, 1 March, 2020
Contact details: 
volunteering@gateshead.gov.uk

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