Street Buddies is a peer led befriending service that started in Westminster in 2013 to help work with entrenched rough sleepers. It has been so successful that it is being expanded into three neighbouring boroughs, the aim is to give that extra bit of support by encouraging engagement with the services that are available.
As part of the role previous experience of rough sleeping is essential, volunteers will need to have successfully moved away from the streets into their own accommodation.
- Identify, engage and work with rough sleepers that are allocated to you.
- Provide befriending support whilst on shift.
- Act as a role model and share your experience of moving away from the streets.
What you can gain from this opportunity
- Tailored training package included starting with a 3 day induction.
- The opportunity to gain new skills and experience whilst improving your confidence and self-esteem.
- Using your own skills, strengths and experiences you will be able to break down barriers that other services have found challenging.
The support you can expect from Street Buddies
At street buddies we want you to feel part of a team and that you can make a difference to someone’s life. You will be supported by a member of the team to ensure you have everything you need to carry out your role including training via internal or external. You will also receive regular 1-2-1 support from your line manager and check in’s either by phone call or video phone.
Queen Mary's Hostel
28 Greencoat Place
Your skills, knowledge and attitude
- Good communication and listening skills with a non-judgmental approach.
- Ability to relate to people and share relevant experiences from your past and how you overcame any issues to turn your life around.
- Ability to engage and motivate people.
- Ability to form effective relationships with customers.
- Good timekeeping and reliability.
- Treat others with respect.
Safeguarding and DBS checks
All successful applicants will complete an enhanced DBS check before they begin their placement. You will need to be able to provide one reference.
Please remember that a criminal record doesn’t necessarily prevent you from volunteering.
For more information or for an informal chat please speak to: Karren Ebanks
M: 0787 621 7074 E: Karren.email@example.com
Deadline for applications: Thursday, 11 February 2021