Volunteering is the route into paid work for many support workers. Below are listed a number of specific opportunities where you can build up skills and experience that will increase your chances of securing a paid job in the sector.
Bear in mind, also, that all of our partners routinely advertise for a wider range of volunteer posts on their own websites. Click on the organisation's logo on the 'about CEP' page http://www.cepjobs.org/about.php
N.B. If you are claiming benefits you must follow the rules laid out by the Department of Work and Pensions. If you are a jobseeker, you must have written permission from your JCP adviser; you must continue to look for work; you must be available to attend a job interview at short notice if required and take up an offer of employment within one week. You must also keep copies of receipts for any expenses that you receive.
For more detailed information about volunteering whilst claiming JSA or other benefits visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/264508/dwp1023.pdf
|Volunteering Opportunity||Organisation||Description of Opportunity||Location||Contact|
|Volunteer Support Worker – Benefits Assistant (Ref: VBA-181)||St Giles Trust||St Giles Trust is looking for a Volunteer Support Worker to offer vital assistance to clients experiencing issues with their Benefits.Our Volunteer Support Worker will support the Welfare Rights Coordinator in her work with St Giles Trust clients experiencing issues in making claims for Universal Credit, Job Seekers Allowance and/or Housing Allowance and Council Tax Support. You will also assist clients in setting up online accounts with Local Authorities for Housing Allowance and assistance with Council Tax, setting up email accounts, and helping them to open bank or credit union accounts. For further information, or to apply, please visit our website
|Street Buddies Outreach Volunteer||Street Buddies||Street Buddies is a peer led outreach service supporting rough sleepers in Westminster. We are looking for volunteers who have experience of sleeping rough themselves in the past and who now want to help others. We support with rough sleepers on the streets who are not accessing services.
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|Grounded Ecotherapy Volunteer||Providence Row Housing Association||Grounded Ecotherapy is a horticultural project that support people with mental health and substance misuse issues through their recovery journey. Volunteers have an opportunity to help improve local environments and learn new skills in planting, woodworking and landscape gardening. No two days are the same.
|Tower Hamlets||Jaydee Anciro
020 7920 7328