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Volunteering Coordinator - Berkshire

Volunteering Coordinator - Berkshire

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Volunteering Coordinator - Berkshire

What is a Volunteering Coordinator?

There are SSAFA branches throughout the UK and overseas, each delivering support to serving personnel, veterans, and their families. Every branch has a team of volunteers who make this possible.

Volunteering Coordinators are a key role within the team, leading on the local recruitment, induction, and celebration of volunteers. As the first point of contact for volunteering in the branch they oversee volunteering good practice and ensure volunteers are welcomed and supported.

What difference will you make?

Volunteers are the lifeblood of SSAFA. We have been involving volunteers in supporting the Armed Forces community for more than 130 years. Our beneficiaries come from all backgrounds and age groups and the number of people contacting us for help rises each year. To continue providing help when it's needed most, we need to maintain a diverse and committed network of volunteers who are skilled, supported and valued.

What will you be doing?

Although every SSAFA Branch has different needs, below are the main activities of a Volunteering Coordinator.

  • Keeping track and keeping in touch: Maintaining accurate and up to date lists of branch volunteer details, ensuring volunteers to complete training, checking in with volunteers about their volunteer experience and passing on feedback.
  • Monitoring and planning: Working alongside the Branch Chair to monitor volunteer numbers and develop plans to recruit new volunteers as needed for example, using online volunteer recruitment platforms
  • Creating local links: Taking opportunities to advertise volunteering opportunities locally, including linking with local volunteer centres and community groups to attract volunteers.
  • Welcoming and supporting: Managing the branch volunteer recruitment and induction journey, supporting with interviews and volunteer vetting checks (background checks) where needed, and ensuring every volunteer has an identified volunteer manager.
  • Celebrating and saying thank you: Seeking opportunities to celebrate volunteering, engaging in national and local initiatives and seeking out opportunities to say thank you to your branch volunteers for all of their efforts
  • Partnership working: Building positive relationships and working together with national and regional employees, who are available to offer you support.
  • Being a volunteering champion: Working with the regional Volunteer Development Manager to promote volunteering best practice across the branch and ensure volunteers have the best possible experience with SSAFA.

What about training and support?

  • Instructor led training alongside like-minded volunteers will guide you through everything you need to know about volunteering good practice and volunteer management.
  • On-line training modules to complete at home, so you are up to date on how to keep people and their personal information safe.
  • Local induction and support, from other branch volunteers
  • Access to a range of e-learning courses as well as local opportunities to keep your knowledge and skills up to date.
  • Support from Regional volunteering and operations staff.
  • Regular meetings and events to learn and share information.
  • Reimbursement of out-of-pocket expenses.
  • Volunteers will be covered by SSAFA's Public Liability insurance while carrying out their role

What can you gain from this volunteering role?

  • Use your skills, knowledge and life experience to benefit others
  • Give back to the armed forces community
  • Become part of the SSAFA community and build networks across your local area
  • Experience, training, and skills that you can highlight on your CV and in job interviews
  • Better physical and mental health - studies show that volunteers live longer and experience lower levels of stress and depression!

What are we looking for?

  • Friendly and approachable people with good written and verbal communication skills
  • Some experience of coordinating people
  • Good IT skills e.g. ability to use email and Excel -you will receive your own SSAFA email address
  • Respectful and non-judgementalapproach
  • Understanding of the importance of confidentiality and boundaries
  • A belief in the impact of volunteering
  • This role would suit someone who would like to volunteer regularly, each week.

Minimum Age: 18

Are references required? Yes. Two character references from people who know you well (not family members).

Is a criminal record check required? No

We work to make SSAFA as safe as possible for everyone. Part of this involves volunteers attending an informal interview, providing references, and completing relevant training for your role.

How do I find out more?

We're keen to hear from volunteers of all backgrounds, abilities, races, sexual orientations, socio-economic backgrounds, and of all faiths and none. SSAFA are committed to making reasonable adjustments to support disabled volunteers, so they have access to the same opportunities and experiences as non-disabled volunteers.

Please note this is a volunteer role and does not form part of any contract of employment.