Who: Open to all volunteers aged 18+
Who: Open to all volunteers aged 18+
Volunteer Facilitator Role Description
Title: Volunteer Facilitator
Responsible to: Project Lead
Location: Within local community; occasionally at Head Office
Time: Around 12 hours per month. (2 hr session per week plus preparation/ training as needed)
Flexibility: Some flexibility on time may be possible.
Duration: As you will be working with a group of people with additional needs, we ask for a three-month commitment.
We can often make changes to a volunteer role to suit the skills and availability of the volunteer, and can sometimes create new roles to make the most of particular volunteers’ skills. If this role isn’t quite right for you please contact us to discuss.
What are Support Circles?
Support circles are small groups of 6-8 people with additional needs within a local community. They will come together as peer-support volunteers each week. They build on their own strengths and work together towards shared goals, developing skills and confidence and enhancing their wellbeing. Goals will vary but may include building friendships, doing more in the community, having fun, using public transport etc.
Each group will be led by our Project Lead, and the volunteer facilitator will support the project lead to support and facilitate the group.
What’s in it for you?
You will be responsible for working with the Project Lead to facilitate a weekly meeting of a volunteer circle for adults with additional needs. The Project Lead will lead facilitation of the group.
Each week you will volunteer for around 2 hours to support the group meeting. You will also have some additional volunteering tasks:
As volunteer facilitator, you will assist the Project Lead and the group to establish their own group name, agreements, priorities and group goals, identify strengths, community assets/resources and develop a group strengths based plan.
For example, this could include:
Who is the role suitable for?
You will not be expected to offer social care support to people – if an individual needs personal care or other specific support to participate, this will be through a paid support worker who will assist their participation.
If you have specific support or other needs, please discuss these with the Project Lead so we can do our best to make any adaptations or provide necessary support. Volunteers will receive ongoing support from the Project Lead, including regular one to one meetings. The frequency of these will be determined by the needs of the person, likely to be monthly, or as required. Support will be available through our operations team for any concerns around peer support volunteers, including through our Designated Safeguarding Lead. If you have any concerns please discuss these with your supervisor or the project lead.
Volunteers will be provided with the resources they need for the role. This could include access to a computer, telephone or other devices; etc. as required. Your supervisor can explain what you will need for the role.
Ategi appreciates the time and contribution of all its volunteers and offers to reimburse volunteers for reasonable out of pocket expenses occurred in connection with the volunteering activity.
This could include travel costs for driving, car parking fees, bus or train fares. It might also include provision for lunch or meals.
Ategi will cover reasonable travel costs from home to the place of volunteering. Taxi fares may not be considered reasonable unless these are approved in advanced.
Mileage is paid at the HRMC rate of 0.45p per mile. We will typically base the claim on the shortest journey distance, but we understand that the shortest journey may not always be the best one.
Where possible, volunteers are encouraged to bring or buy their own food for meal times. However, Ategi may consider reimbursement for meal costs if that is not possible and the volunteer is undertaking a volunteer activity around mealtime or for at least 6 hours.
For more information , or to request an application form, please contact Angharad Rogers - on 07887 418975 or email us at SupportCircles@ategi.co.uk