Clothing Provision & Housekeeping Volunteer

Location: The Bradbury Centre 103-107 York Road, Southend-on-Sea, SS1 2DL

Availability:   Monday to Saturday 9:30am – 12.00pm

Age:   Must be 18+

 

We are looking for enthusiastic, supportive and committed volunteers and would ideally require a minimum of 1 shift per week for a minimum of 3 hours.

About the role

 

We are looking for Clothing Provision and Housekeeping Volunteers who will be responsible for the smooth running of the clothing sheds and laundry rooms, with support from the Coordinator. Duties include:

  • Serving our clients requests for clothing and other necessities.

  • Ensuring that the daily laundry in both the Bradbury Centre and Heath House is washed and dried.

 

Skills required

  • An interest in serving people who are overcoming homelessness and multiple disadvantages.

  • Enjoy sorting through donations and organise them into categories, either to be used on site or sent onto the shops, or for rag. 

  • A happy, empathetic demeanour, with the ability to cope with occasional challenging behaviour.

  • A willingness to complete daily laundry tasks, ensuring that people who are accessing support have clean towels, clean bedding and toiletries for their morning shower. 

  • Be organised, punctual and reliable and keep the volunteering environment clean and tidy in compliance with health and safety legislation. 

  • Ability to work autonomously using your own initiative, following training and guidance, accurately tracking all tasks to timely completion.

  • Committed to equal opportunities and respectful of other cultures.

 

About volunteering with us

This role description outlines the tasks and responsibilities applicable to this position.  It also protects the volunteer from being asked to do tasks they may consider unreasonable.

We recognise that volunteers have different strengths and want to gain different skills.

As a volunteer working within the clothing provision and housekeeping role you will have the opportunity to experience a new environment, as well as helping to support people in a homelessness charity. It also provides a social environment to meet other like-minded people, have a chat, and gain a sense of satisfaction and community spirit.

Training and Support:  A structured induction will be provided and training will be available to all volunteers.

Out of Pocket Expenses: On request, HARP reimburses volunteers for travel expenses as per the Volunteer Expenses Policy VOL8. Food and beverage expenses for volunteers working four or more hours in one day will also be reimbursed up to £3.50 on request.

Due to the nature of the role (working with vulnerable adults), DBS Disclosure barring checks are sought.

For more information please contact volunteers@harpsouthend.org.uk

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