Sports and Outdoor Activities Volunteer (Simon Community)
Throughout Northern Ireland
We are looking for sports and outdoor activity enthusiasts who have a keen desire to share their skills and make a difference in the lives of others. This role is ideal for those pursuing a career in sport or coaching and who wish to gain experience or those who would simply love the opportunity to share their passion.
Please note volunteers must be 18 years or over.
How you will make an impact;
As a Sport and Outdoor Activities Volunteers, you will have the opportunity to:
Motivate clients to participate in activities and in doing so, promote positive mental wellbeing and reduce social isolation.
Facilitate sports and outdoor activity sessions for clients on a 1-1 basis or in small groups.
Support clients to develop confidence and increase their self-esteem in a welcoming and supportive environment.
Assist clients in setting goals and encouraging them to achieve these.
Assist clients to access sports and outdoor activity opportunities in their local communities.
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 have the opportunity to:
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
Enthusiasm and passion for sport and the great outdoors!
Motivation to support individuals who are experiencing homelessness
An empathetic and non-judgemental outlook
Excellent communication and timekeeping skills.
The ability to work in a team but also able to think on your feet
Able to work with people who may present with complex needs
Open to learning
Your commitment We are looking for someone who would be available 2-3 hours per week, 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 with us, we will 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.