Volunteer & Community Engagement Apprenticeship

Responsible to:                    Volunteer Manager

Length of contract:              Dependent on length of apprenticeship

Rate:                                     £7.49 per hour

Based at:                              Salford/ Remote Working

Hours:                                  30 hours

Our Mission

We help people to achieve the outcomes that matter to them in their lives, by providing high quality advocacy                                                                                                                

Purpose of Role

Working from our Salford office, your own home and out in the community, you will play a pivotal role in actively supporting and helping to recruiting volunteers across our Independent Visitor (IV) service to contribute to our wider volunteer programme. Our IV volunteers befriend, support, and spend time with young people in care once a month and we actively encourage anyone with personal experience of children’s social care (i.e. care leavers) to apply for this position.

Key Tasks

  • Support the Volunteer Manager to recruit and retain volunteers.
  • Support in conducting 1:1 supervision with volunteers.
  • Support with training volunteers to a high standard.
  • Review volunteer practice and quality assure volunteer delivery.
  • Support to develop and maintain good practice in line with national standards to the needs of volunteers and the service.
  • Develop positive relationships and partnerships with stakeholders and relevant agencies.
  • Keep up to date with relevant legislation and best practice.
  • Collaborate with the Volunteer Manager to enhance service delivery.
  • Foster positive partnership links to support people in need.
  • Manage a small non-statutory case load.
  • Support drop-in sessions at our community hub in Burnley.
  • Support outreach activities to raise awareness and recruit volunteers.
  • Participate in peer support sessions with team members.
  • Assist with community events and promote our services.
  • Support to deliver advocacy awareness sessions to increase awareness and engagement with advocacy services.
  • Attend monthly staff meetings and necessary training.
  • Identify areas for personal development.
  • Represent Advocacy Focus at meetings and provide feedback to the team.
  • Build trust within the community and identify those struggling to access necessary support.
  • Occasionally work evenings and weekends as required.

You can download the role description, equal opportunities monitoring form and privacy notice below:

Please send a copy of your Privacy Policy, Equal Opportunity Monitoring & Application Forms to HR@advocacyfocus.org.uk to be considered for this role.

Alternatively, you can post this to us at Advocacy Focus, First Floor, The Old Tannery, Eastgate, Accrington, Lancashire BB5 6PW.

Don’t meet every single requirement? Studies have shown that women and people of colour are less likely to apply to jobs unless they meet every single qualification. At Advocacy Focus we are dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive, and authentic workplace, so if you’re excited about this role but your past experience doesn’t align perfectly with every qualification in the job description, we encourage you to apply anyways. You may just be the right candidate for this or other roles.

Please note that the salary advertised is for full-time hours. If this post is less than 37 hours per week, the salary will be pro-rata.

This vacancy will close when sufficient applications have been received.  Therefore it is advised to complete your application as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

Please ensure you check the email account from which you apply regularly as we will use this to contact you regarding your application.

Please note, that shortlisting is completed anonymously with candidates being assessed against the essential criteria for the post.  Therefore only persons who can clearly demonstrate how they meet our person specification criteria in their application will be short-listed.

Please ensure you check the email account from which you apply regularly as we will use this to contact you regarding your application.

Advocacy Focus is committed to fighting racism and other forms of oppression and discrimination. We want to be a great employer for all our staff, regardless of their background or characteristics. We recognise that not everyone is the same and that different people will require different support to fulfill their potential. One thing we can do to work towards that goal is to ensure that our staff team is representative of the diverse communities across our service delivery areas. We particularly encourage applications from men, members of the LGBTQ+ community, those living with a physical or mental disability, and those from an ethnic minority background. 

Reasonable Adjustments: Support is available to candidates with disabilities when applying for vacancies. For more information on reasonable adjustments please contact our Recruitment Team by any of the following methods: 

By telephone 01254 958940

or email hr@advocacyfocus.org.uk 

or write to HR Team, Advocacy Focus, The Old Tannery, Eastgate, Accrington, BB5 6PW

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