Life Skills Volunteer (Simon Community)


Simon Community NI is the leading homelessness charity in Northern Ireland. Established in 1971 we now support over 3000 people every year across 22 projects across Northern Ireland.

Every day, our volunteers end homelessness for someone. Could you join our team and help us create a society where everyone has a home?

As a Life Skills volunteer, you will play a key role in helping clients develop the vital skills e.g. cooking, budgeting, CV writing which will enable and empower them to overcome the barriers associated with moving on to independent living.  

Please note volunteers for this role must be 18 years or over. 

How you will make an impact:

As one of our Life Skills Volunteers you will have the opportunity to:

  • Motivate and encourage clients to participate in activities that will help them to develop life skills e.g. cooking, budget management and job skills.
  • Support clients to develop confidence and increase their self-esteem in a fun, welcoming and supportive environment.
  • Assist clients in setting goals and encouraging them to achieve these.

We’re with you every step of the way:

As a Simon Community NI volunteer, you’ll receive excellent ongoing support from a supervisor, our Volunteer Coordinator and existing volunteers. Before beginning your volunteering, you will receive a full induction and any necessary training, ensuring you feel a valuable member of the team from the start.

In addition to this you will also:
  • Be part of a team dedicated to ending homelessness.
  • Enhance your CV by using and developing your interpersonal and communication skills
  • Receive out of pocket expenses as outlined in our Volunteer Expenses Policy.
The skills and personality we are looking for
  • Previous experience of teaching others/ group facilitation would be beneficial but not essential.
  • Motivation to support individuals who are experiencing homelessness
  • Able to work with people who may present with complex needs with sensitivity and respect.
  • An empathetic and non-judgemental outlook
  • Able to work in a team but also able to think on your feet
  • Able to encourage client-participation and involvement in activities.
  • Good communication and timekeeping skills
Your commitment:
We are looking for someone who would be available for one session per week (2 – 3-hours), ideally for six months.

We would also ask that you commit to the following:
  • Demonstrate Simon Community NI values of being non-judgmental and client-led.
  • Willingness to attend supervision and training to develop you further in your volunteer role.
  • Operate within all relevant Simon Community NI policies and guidelines, including safeguarding, health and safety, equal opportunities and confidentiality.
Essential checks we need to complete with you:
When you apply to volunteer, we need to process some routine pre-volunteering checks. These will include an Enhanced Access NI check (free for all volunteers). 
You will also be asked to provide two satisfactory references. Please note that we cannot accept references from family members, or partners.

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