CANW VOLUNTEERING OPPORTUNITY

ROLE TITLE:               Volunteer Archiving Assistant

REFERENCE:             AA01

 

DESCRIPTION OF ROLE:

CANW’s Head Office in Wilpshire was formally Blackburn Orphanage, which opened in 1891. We have many documents within the organisation that require archiving. We are seeking volunteers to assist us in the process of sorting, cataloguing and scanning important documents. Main duties will also include:

 

  • Working to a cataloguing and indexing system
  • To input data into database systems
  • To assist with the care and preservation of archive collections and maintaining good order in the designated storage area
  • To support the development and maintenance of digital resources, including handling, scanning and digital manipulation

 

 

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Experience of carrying out administration duties in relation to the secure filing and retrieving of records and documents
  • Experience of dealing with confidential information
  • Experience of working with databases, spread sheets and word processing programmes
  • Experience of working within the archive environment
  • The secure handling of documents to meet data protection requirements
  • Understanding of the need for confidentiality in respect of sensitive information.
  • Good communication skills
  • Ability to use own initiative
  • Good attention to detail

 

 

HOURS:

Number of hours flexible depending on your availability but they will need to be during office hours. Days of work are also flexible but preferably Mondays, Wednesdays or Fridays.

 

WHERE:

This role will solely be based at our Wilpshire Office in Blackburn.

 

WHEN: To start as soon as possible and then on-going.

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

  • This will be of particular interest to anyone with an interest in local, or general, history.
  • Training, supervision and development opportunities will be available.

 

 

WHAT YOU WILL GAIN:

This role will help improve IT skills, improve confidence, give you the chance to meet new people and learn more about our organisation and its history. You will learn about archiving, archiving databases and processes along with handling sensitive records.

 

If you are interested in this voluntary role or would like any more information, please contact Leanne Labrow, Volunteer Coordinator, Child Action Northwest, 01254 244700, llabrow@canw.org.uk

CANW VOLUNTEERING OPPORTUNITY

ROLE TITLE:  Fundraising, Events and Communications Volunteer

REFERENCE: FEC01

 

DESCRIPTION OF ROLE:

 

CANW is a modern, not for profit Charitable organisation and it is really important that we get positive messages out to the wider community about the work we do in order to raise the profile of CANW and to generate fundraising support.

 

We are seeking volunteers to:

  • Assist with event planning and the running of events
  • Support events by advocating on behalf of the charity
  • Building positive relationships within the local community: i.e. local businesses, schools and members of the public
  • To encourage businesses and organisations to adopt us as their chosen charity
  • Assist with general office administration duties: i.e. thank you letters, money collections, introduction emails / telephone calls

 

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Enthusiastic with an interest in fundraising and events
  • Good communication skills and the ability to build positive relationships
  • Good written skills with basic IT knowledge including using the internet
  • The ability to be proactive and use own initiative

 

DAYS& HOURS:

Number of hours are flexible based on your availability and can be explored further during discussions. The role is predominantly during office hours 9-5 however some flexibility is required for out of hours’ events.

 

WHERE:

This volunteering will take place specifically within Blackburn with Darwen

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

  • References will be sought for this role
  • Induction, training, supervision and development opportunities will be available
  • Agreed out of pocket expenses, including travel, will be reimbursed

 

WHAT YOU WILL GAIN:

This is a fantastic opportunity increase confidence and experience and learn about our charity, the wider voluntary sector and the role of fundraising and events.

You will develop your public relation skills and work based skills, meet new people and be part of a thriving fundraising team.

 

If you are interested in this voluntary role or would like any more information, please contact Leanne Labrow, Volunteer Coordinator, CANW, 01254 244700, llabrow@canw.org.uk

CANW VOLUNTEERING OPPORTUNITY

ROLE TITLE: Criminal Justice Team Volunteer

REFERENCE: CJ01

 

DESCRIPTION OF ROLE:

CANW’s Criminal Justice Team has a proud history of providing support for young people involved in the youth justice system. We are looking for volunteers who can work in partnership with staff to be a positive role model and offer practical support helping to provide alternatives to being in Custody and support the young person to access relevant services, positive activities and tackle issues within their lives. We have 3 main services that volunteers can get involved in:

EYJS (extended youth justice service) which operates on Saturday and Sunday mornings providing mostly home visits to young people on court orders who are high risk of reoffending, on bail or on licence from custody. Sessional staff carry out offence focussed work and assist with accessing positive activities, volunteers support the sessional staff to deliver the service.

Statutory Reparation in Blackburn and Darwen, which operates most week days into early evening and alternate Saturday mornings. This service is for young people who have received a court order and part of that order is to complete some hours of reparation (community work – painting, allotment work, gardening etc.)

Triage Reparation which operates most afternoons on weekdays and Saturday mornings. This service is for young people who have been arrested but have been diverted away from court as the offence is low level. These young people are given a second chance by completing a “Triage” session, which is a one off session that can include understanding consequences work, community work and sign posting to other agencies when further needs are identified. The young person will not receive a criminal record after completing this session.

 

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Valid driving license and access to own transport
  • You must be over the age of 18 (21 for EYJS)
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills
  • Reliable and flexible in order to meet the needs of young people
  • Access to computer and ability to use Word.
  • To commit for a minimum of 6 months from the date training has been completed

 

Desirable (not essential as training will be given):

  • Experience of working with young people and families within the community
  • An understanding of Safeguarding young people and vulnerable adults

 

DAYS/HOURS: Various hours to suit your availability, 7 days a week. To be able commit to a minimum of 2-3 sessions per month.

 

WHERE: Opportunities available throughout Lancashire (Skelmersdale, Chorley, Preston, Accrington, Burnley, Blackburn, Rossendale, Fleetwood, Lancaster and Morecambe).

 

WHEN:  This role will begin asap and then be on-going

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

  • Induction, training, supervision and development opportunities will be available.
  • An Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service checked against the Child’s Barred List and references will be sought for this roledue to the nature of our charity. However, people with criminal records should still apply if interested as previous convictions will be considered on an individual basis regarding suitability for specific roles and/or events.
  • Travel reimbursement of 45p per mile.

 

WHAT YOU WILL GAIN:

This is a fantastic opportunity. You will build your confidence and skills around working with vulnerable/challenging young people and it will give you an invaluable insight into Youth Justice and some of the issues young people face. You will also have the opportunity to network with various relevant agencies in Lancashire and raise your awareness of what they do and how they work collaboratively.

 

If you are interested in this voluntary role or would like any more information, please contact Leanne Labrow, Volunteer Coordinator, Child Action Northwest, 01254 244700, llabrow@canw.org.uk

 

CANW VOLUNTEERING OPPORTUNITY

ROLE TITLE:  Young Person’s Mentor/Befriender  

REFERENCE: MBF01

 

DESCRIPTION OF ROLE:

This role will be based within CANW’s established Mentoring and Befriending service which offers support to young people between the ages of 10 – 17 in Blackburn with Darwen. Enthusiastic volunteer mentors are required to offer 2 hours a week building positive relationships with ‘Looked After Children’ and ‘Children In Need’ with an aim of enhancing their social skills, self-esteem and confidence. Volunteers will be appropriately matched and will have the opportunity to introduce the young person/people to new local social activities and networks whilst being encouraging and offering support.

 

REQUIREMENTS:

  • You must be aged 18 or over to apply for this role
  • Enthusiastic and non-judgmental
  • Good communication skills and the ability to build a positive relationship with a young person
  • Experience and/or awareness of safeguarding young people
  • A willingness to attend relevant training and develop mentoring skills
  • Reliable and flexible to meet the needs of a young person
  • To commit for a minimum of 6 months from the date training has been completed
  • A valid driving licence and access to own transport
  • An awareness of local social facilities and support services
  • An awareness of the issues faced by ‘Looked After Children’ and ‘Children In Need’ would be advantageous

 

DAYS & HOURS:

To be agreed with the young person on a mutually convenient basis – usually early evening or weekend. The minimum will be 2 hours per week per young person

 

WHERE:

This volunteering will take place specifically within Blackburn with Darwen

 

WHEN:

Volunteer Mentors are required now and then the opportunity will be on-going

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

  • Induction, training, supervision and development opportunities will be provided
  • An Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service checked against the Child’s Barred List and references will be sought for this role
  • Agreed out of pocket expenses, including travel, will be reimbursed

 

WHAT YOU WILL GAIN:

This is a fantastic opportunity to build a positive relationship with a local young person. You will develop your skills, experience and confidence around mentoring and befriending and will be particularly of interest to anybody wishing to pursue a career in Youth work or Health and Social Care.

 

If you are interested in this voluntary role or would like any more information, please contact Leanne Labrow, Volunteer Coordinator, CANW, 01254 244700, llabrow@canw.org.uk

CANW VOLUNTEERING OPPORTUNITY

ROLE TITLE:             MEAM Support Volunteer

REFERENCE:            M01

 

DESCRIPTION OF ROLE:

We are seeking a volunteer to start as soon as possible to provide support to our MEAM (Making Every Adult Matter) team. MEAM works with some of the most vulnerable people in the community who have often experienced traumatic and chaotic lifestyles.  They take individuals’ wider issues such as drugs and alcohol and provide bespoke packages to meet their needs. This may include helping them to manage stress and anxieties and keeping appointments to ensure each individual receives the right support to help them find a place of their own with the prospect of a happy, healthy and positive future.

 

MAIN DUTIES:

  • To shadow the project worker when delivering face to face work
  • To act as a positive role model for the client
  • To assist the client in attending non priority appointments/ support groups
  • To assist in the development and delivery of consultation
  • To attend events and training relevant to the project
  • To report back any issues to their project worker
  • To liaise with the project worker and have regular update meetings

 

REQUIREMENTS:

  • You must be aged 18 or over to apply for this role
  • Experience of assisting chaotic and vulnerable adults
  • Minimum of 3 months face to face volunteering experience
  • Good knowledge of confidentiality and safeguarding
  • Good communication skills and engagement skills
  • Ability to work as a part of a team
  • Good understanding of client focused approach and the MEAMs project aims
  • Appropriate training – Safeguarding and Health & Safety
  • A valid driving licence and access to own transport

DAYS / HOURS:

At least 3 hours per week on a mutually convenient day. You will be able to volunteer more than this if desired.

 

WHERE & WHEN:

This volunteering will take place the community – we are looking for support in Blackburn with Darwen and Burnley. To start as soon as possible and then on-going.

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

  • Induction, training, supervision and development opportunities will be provided
  • An Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service against the Vulnerable Adults Barred list and references will be sought for this role
  • Agreed out of pocket expenses, including travel, will be reimbursed

 

 

WHAT YOU WILL GAIN:

This is a fantastic opportunity to develop experience and skills supporting vulnerable adults who have multiple needs living in hostels or who may be homeless. The role will give you the chance to meet new people, increase confidence and experience the real world; through hands on work in the community. Not only will you develop lasting personal and professional relationship but it also a great way to learn about people from all walks of life and different environments. You will gain in-depth knowledge of supporting and empowering vulnerable adults to makes life changes. This is a very friendly and sociable working environment and you will be welcome to attend team meetings, training and development days as appropriate.

If you are interested in this voluntary role or would like any more information, please contact Leanne Labrow, Volunteer Coordinator, Child Action Northwest, 01254 244700, llabrow@canw.org.uk

 

 

CANW VOLUNTEERING OPPORTUNITY

ROLE TITLE:                                     Familywise Support Volunteer

REFERENCE:                                   FW02

 

DESCRIPTION OF ROLE:

We are seeking a volunteer to start as soon as possible to provide support to our Familywise team. Familywise supports children, young people and families working primarily with schools and other organisations to offer holistic support and early interventions through a ‘total family’ approach.  You will be supporting the team to deliver 12 week intervention programmes – this includes one to one support and group work.

 

REQUIREMENTS:

  • You must be aged 18 or over to apply for this role
  • Enthusiastic and non-judgemental
  • Good communication skills and the ability to build positive relationships with young people
  • Be aware of the safeguarding policy and procedure for children and vulnerable adults and ensure that the safeguarding of children, young people and adults is given the highest priority in the work undertaken.
  • Reliable and flexible to meet the needs of the service
  • T. skills using Microsoft Word/Excel – will be using online record keeping systems
  • Ability to work in a team and on own initiative
  • To commit for a minimum of 6 months from the date training has been completed
  • An awareness of local social facilities and support services would be advantageous

 

DAYS / HOURS:

At least 3 hours per week on a mutually convenient day. You will be able to volunteer more than this if desired.

 

WHERE & WHEN:

This volunteering will take place the community – we are looking for support in the following areas:  Blackburn with Darwen, Preston, Chorley, Leyland and South Ribble. To start as soon as possible and then on-going.

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

  • Induction, training, supervision and development opportunities will be provided
  • An Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service checked against the Child’s Barred List and references will be sought for this role
  • Agreed out of pocket expenses, including travel, will be reimbursed

 

WHAT YOU WILL GAIN:

This is a fantastic opportunity to develop experience and skills supporting children, young people and families. The role will give you the chance to meet new people, increase confidence and experience and learn more about our organisation. You will gain knowledge of family support and if desired will have the opportunity to experience different areas of our service. This is a very friendly and sociable working environment and you will be welcome to attend team meetings, training and development days as appropriate.

If you are interested in this voluntary role or would like any more information, please contact Leanne Labrow, Volunteer Coordinator, Child Action Northwest, 01254 244700, llabrow@canw.org.uk