We all need to stay at home to protect ourselves and others. However, those who are well and not at risk can provide essential support for their family, friends and neighbours who cannot leave the house.
Simon Community Scotland is a values led organisation. We expect all of our staff and volunteers to reflect this, to care about people and demonstrate compassion, tolerance and tenacity. You can find out more about our mission and vision here, http://simonscotland.org/about-us/.
The role of a Streetreads Volunteer involves selecting appropriate books for our service users and taking them, usually by car, to different services. Volunteers then set up a Streetreads table and encourage people to come up and take a book. The books are a gift and therefore we want to tailor the books to the readers where possible. A volunteer role may also involve helping to collect, receive, sort and catalogue book donations.
Some tasks require a certain amount of physical mobility (e.g. packing and lifting book boxes), whilst some are more sedentary (e.g. cataloguing books). Roles can therefore be tailored to individuals’ needs.
We need people who care about our client group, who are enthusiastic and able to respond flexibly to a role that can sometimes be challenging, but bring great rewards and satisfaction. We value our volunteers and want to ensure they are equipped with the skills they need to fulfil their role. A full and comprehensive induction and training is provided for the role.
Every day we help make positive things happen for people facing extremely difficult circumstances. We provide expert, compassionate and flexible support and link people into the services they need. We deliver a range of services across Glasgow, Edinburgh (Streetwork) and across Central Scotland. We work with people so that they can resolve their homelessness as quickly as possible. We maintain contact with people – in diverse circumstances – so that we can help them address the underlying reasons for their homelessness and get the support they need. By working and learning together we can drive impact and change person to person – to transform everyone’s experience of homelessness in Scotland.
Ideally, two 2 hour shifts per month, excluding travel time. A minimum commitment of one 2 hour shift per month. This can be flexible, although arranged in advance.
Experience required: Able to approach your volunteering role and tasks with a flexible and non judgemental attitude
Empathetic towards our client group
Good communication and people skills
Enjoy meeting and interacting with people from diverse backgrounds
Genuine interest in books
Some of our readers do not have English as their first language and therefore applications are sought from a culturally diverse audience
Experience not required as full training and induction will be given to the right candidates
Minimum age: 18
Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: Agreed expenses covered
Training details: Simon Community Scotland’s comprehensive Volunteer Induction and Training program inc policy & procedures