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Volunteering: An opportunity to learn through service
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1st November
to 6th May
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Ad- Hoc Advice Volunteer

1st November to 6th May
We are keen to seek someone to deliver ad-hoc advice sessions on housing or benefits advice. This would suit someone who wants to gain volunteer experience in the anti-slavery sector but is unable to commit to something on a more regular basis.
This activity is brought to you by The Union in partnership with Manchester Community Central

Medaille Trust supports and empowers survivors of modern slavery, trafficking and exploitation. We do this in a number of ways, from offering safe accommodation, to offering support both in our safehouses and out in the community on our Moving on Projects. Our work also includes advocacy and awareness raising in the UK as well as an entrepreneurship academy in Albania, which provides meaningful alternatives to those who may otherwise be at risk of exploitation. All our work embodies a commitment to personalised support, recognising the dignity and agency of our service users and empowering them on a path to a life that is free from slavery and exploitation.
As part of the work we do, we offer activities to service users to help them to gain skills, learn new things and create friendships.
As part of these activities we also offer group sessions, these could be educational, visits or arts and crafts.
We are keen to seek someone to deliver ad-hoc advice sessions on housing or benefits advice. This would suit someone who wants to gain volunteer experience in the anti-slavery sector but is unable to commit to something on a more regular basis. 
The activities should be trauma informed and meet the specific needs of the service user group.
We are looking for Volunteers to help support us with ad-hoc advice sessions, tasks will include:

Delivering advice sessions to clients on issues such as benefits and housing.
To offer a safe and comfortable experience for all service users, showing awareness of service users’ varying physical and mental well-being needs.
To provide feedback to the Local Coordinator including reporting any observations or concerns in a timely manner.
Making refreshments/drinks
Helping to set up and tidy up group space
To take part in regular supervision and support
To regularly attend volunteer or staff meetings
To attend training as and when required
To work within agreed professional boundaries at all times
To provide a safe and non-judgmental environment that promotes the core values and ethos of the Trust, in accordance with the Medaille Trust Policy, Data Protection Act, and Health and Safety Regulations.

We are looking for someone who fits the following:

The role would suit someone who is friendly, kind, empathetic and non-judgemental.  This position is very rewarding and would suit a person who is happy to work in a team, in a busy and sometimes challenging environment.   
This role requires maturity, and an ability to engage with adults in a trauma informed way, while working alongside staff members to deliver the activities in line with agreed procedures and systems. 
Volunteers must be at least 18 years old.
Must have relevant qualifications and experience in activities that they are delivering – such as benefits and housing advice.
Volunteers will need to be computer literate and have a good standard of spoken and written English
Ability to maintain confidentiality is essential
Volunteers to have knowledge and understanding of human trafficking issues or willingness to learn
Knowledge of mental health issues and the challenges faced or a willingness to learn
An understanding of the importance of professional boundaries in the role
Must be able to get to the venue which is based in Manchester

Training provided:

Induction to the Medaille Trust, overview of Modern Slavery, safeguarding, GDPR etc.
Any additional training that is commensurate to the role. 
Regular supervision is required for this role.   

Reimbursement of expenses:

Travel costs and other expenses inline with our expenses policy.

Other information:

An enhanced DBS check is required for this role. 

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