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.
Christmas can be a difficult time of year for those experiencing homelessness. We are seeking enthusiastic and dedicated individuals who are committed to making a difference in the lives of others.
As one of our Christmas Volunteers, you could help to prepare and serve a delicious home-cooked meal for clients or facilitate activities which create a relaxed, positive and welcoming atmosphere.
You must 18 years or older to volunteer for this role. How you will make an impact: As one of our Christmas Volunteers you will have the opportunity to:
Help prepare meals and serve to clients.
Help keep the kitchen and dining areas clean and tidy.
Facilitate activities which encourage clients to participate.
Help staff foster positive interaction among clients and reduce social isolation.
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
Friendly, approachable and non-judgemental
Flexible and adaptable
Ability to work as part of a team but also act on own initiative when necessary
Enthusiasm and patience
Excellent communication skills
Passionate about the mission and ethos of Simon Community NI.
Your commitment: We have shifts available on Christmas Eve (minimum commitment - 2 hours) and Christmas Day (minimum commitment - 3 hours).
A mandatory training session will be held on Thursday 12th December from 6.30 – 9.00pm.
We would also ask that you commit to the following:
Demonstrate Simon Community NI values of being non-judgmental and client-led.
Operate within all relevant Simon Community NI policies and guidelines, including safeguarding, health and safety, equal opportunities and confidentiality.
Essential checks we will 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). For us to complete the check we will ask you to provide relevant documentation at your interview.
You will also be asked to provide two satisfactory references. Please note that unfortunately we cannot accept references from family members, or partners.