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Volunteering: An opportunity to learn through service
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15th September
to 30th September
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Volunteer Befriender

15th September to 30th September
Want to make a difference to someones life by working with them 1-1? Volunteer for Wayfinder, a befriending scheme to support individuals with a history of homelessness to manage their tenancies, build life skills, and access support.
This activity is brought to you by The Union in partnership with Manchester Community Central
As a Wayfinder volunteer, you will be matched up with a participant and arrange with them to meet every 1 or 2 weeks. You will be someone who's got life experience to share and be willing to offer a listening ear as well as practical support. You will be lone working during your meetings but will have access to support and training from the Wayfinder coordinator.
We are urgently recruiting for volunteers for our Wayfinder befriending programme, supporting people who have experience of homelessness to manage their current tenancies and empowering them to take charge of their lives. Your support would make a huge difference in ensuring an individual can increase their knowledge, skills and confidence while feeling supported by a friendly volunteer.
This is a long term volunteering role, Volunteers will provide regular support to Participants, minimum 2 hours over a fortnight.  Meetings will be primarily in person but also remote. The period participants will receive support will be determined by themselves and their needs. 
In return you will get access to dedicated support from your Wayfinder coordinator, regular reflection spaces and training opportunities. Volunteering for wayfinder isn’t just about supporting others to improve their skills, but committing to developing your own as well.

Priority: Urgent
Location: Volunteers should be based in Greater Manchester and able to travel to meet participants at venues in their local area. Travel expenses will be provided.
Main tasks will include: Building a befriending relationship with participants. You may help them with tasks to manage their rent, pay bills, access disability support, social services, support groups - and more. 
Skills required: Life experience (lived experience of homelessness is also a plus), comfortable with lone working
Number of people – 45
A DBS check is required for this role

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