Matching and Guidance Volunteer
One of the major roles of the Volunteer Centre is to provide a brokerage service between charitable/voluntary organisations requiring volunteers and members of the public wishing to volunteer. This service is currently provided by a dedicated volunteer team from our office at Community Base using our website, online services, email and telephone.
This role is to respond to enquiries from the public regarding volunteering via telephone and email; supplying people with information about specific volunteering opportunities, advising them on any issues relating to their search and providing other information that may be relevant to them finding a volunteering opportunity.
Interest in volunteering comes from all members of the community, with varying levels of support issues and many different individual circumstances. This role is carried out within good practice guidelines on confidentiality and equalities issues at all times.
Experience and confidence in providing customer service via telephone is a must and therefore a happy, helpful and confident phone manner is essential as well as understanding, patience and good communication skills. In addition this role requires the following;
- Good communication skills
- Good literacy skills and the ability to write detailed, informative emails
- Listening skills and the ability to work with people holistically
- Research skills, especially online
- Competent user of computers, especially email (Outlook), MS Word, and a willingness to learn in-house databases
- Able and willing to work under own initiative when office is unsupervised
- A reliable and trustworthy disposition
- An understanding and friendly approach
- Experience of the volunteer recruitment process and / or voluntary sector would be a bonus but not essential
- Knowledge of issues faced by vulnerable and disadvantaged client groups would be bonus but not essential
- A commitment to the value of teamwork and the ability to consider and contribute towards a team effort
- The willingness to act within Community Works policies, in particular Equal Opportunities and Confidentiality policies which may involve undertaking equalities training from time to time
- The chance to gain understanding of the voluntary and community sector
- The chance to support people to volunteer within local community
- The opportunity to work with a committed group of people
- The chance to improve skills in research, communication and managing data
When do I need to be available?
|Details||In order to learn the tasks and procedures of a role like this, settle in to the team and manage the number of enquiries coming in we ask for a commitment of around 4-6 hrs per week, ideally on a Tuesday or Wednesday for a minimum of 6 months. We try to be as flexible as possible to match volunteers’ availability but it is also important that our service is supported across the week and we therefore try to fill slots according to where the gaps are. NB: Initial flexibility around days is very helpful as you are trained in your role by other staff and volunteers|
Where does this role take place?
3rd Floor, Community Base
113 Queen's Road
- Civic Responsibility and Communities
- Employment, Education and Training
- No specific interest
- Disabled Access
- Equal Opportunities Policy or Statement
- Health and Safety
- Insurance Cover for Volunteers
Appropriate for (e.g. 18+, LGBT, BME, Women only)
minimum age of 18 years
- Support on Offer