Volunteer at Crisis Skylight South Yorkshire

Thank you for your interest in volunteering for Crisis Skylight South Yorkshire. Volunteers play an important and valuable role in the services we deliver throughout the year. These include:

  • Classroom assistant roles in arts, functional and technical skills (for more on classes see What we offer)
  • Administration /office based roles
  • Events roles
  • Member engagement roles

The volunteer opportunities we have available change all the time. Some of our roles are new and still in development. Our classes operate on a termly basis. Vacancies for classroom assistants usually arise at the start of a new term.

Current vacancies

Office based volunteer roles

We are currently looking for enthusiastic and passionate individuals to support us in our office. These roles will be based from our office which is at Manvers, Rotherham and you will be volunteering in a team who are passionate about ending homelessness. For more information on each role please click on the role title and this will take you to the volunteer role description (word document).

Member Communications and Admin Volunteer- We offer many opportunities for our members whilst on their journey out of homelessness; including ensuring they have a voice at our member forums, holding member celebrations to recognise their achievements and organising fun activities such as local walks and Skylighter social activities. In this role, you will be supporting our team by contacting members to make them aware of opportunities and encouraging participation, helping with the planning and preparation of some of these and supporting with related admin tasks. You will be making a difference as we find our members regularly say it is the personal phone call or text from a volunteer that reminds them of opportunities and encourages them to engage. Ideally, we require someone for half or one day per week (day flexible Monday to Friday), and you will need to be confident using computers and contacting people on the phone.

Housing Support Volunteer - Our housing coaches are helping people out of homelessness on a daily basis with the support they provide. In this role you will be making a difference by supporting them with this by phoning members they have secured housing for and checking how they are managing their tenancy and whether there are any further support needs; researching properties to let in the local area and helping with onward referrals. Ideally, we require someone for either half a day or one day per week (day flexible Monday to Friday) and you will need to be confident using computers and contacting people on the phone.

Classroom volunteer roles

Our Winter term started on 9 January 2017 and lasts for twelve weeks. We are recruiting classroom volunteers for the following classes. These roles may continue into our Spring term:

IT Classroom Volunteer -  Our IT class operates as a drop-in for members where they can come along and develop their IT skills. This may be learning how to use different software packages such as Word to using the internet to complete job searches to completing an online qualification in something such as food hygiene. Your role will be to support the tutor in helping members to develop their skills; often members come wanting to achieve different things so you may be supporting an individual within the group to achieve their goals. For this role you will need a good understanding of different IT packages, the Internet and how to set up laptops for people to use.  We have vacancies as follows:

Wednesday 1.30-3.30pm at Voluntary Action Rotherham

 Renting Ready Classroom Volunteer - Our renting ready class is an accredited course which helps members prepare for moving onto rented accomodation. The course covers a range of topics and is broken into three main themes - how to find a home, how to afford a home and how to maintain a tenancy. You will be supporting the tutor in the delivery of this class, encouraging members to participate in the learning and supporting individuals who may require additional help or motivation. You will be making a difference by helping our members to achieve their learning goals and start their journey towards finding or maintaining a home. We have vacancies as follows:

Wednesday 1.30-3.30pm at Target Housing, Rotherham

Cookery Classroom Volunteer - Our cookery class teaches members how to cook healthily on a budget, with different recipes being prepared each week. Your role will be to support the tutor with the class, ensuring members are where they need to be in the cookery tasks and providing any guidance as directed by the tutor, ensuring health and safety is maintained in the kitchen envorinment and supporting the tutor with setting up and washing up during the class. We have vacancies as follows:

Thursday 10-12noon at Lighthouse for Women, Rotherham

Our recruitment process is application form - interview - reference - induction training and we will be looking to hold interviews and induction training as soon as possible.

How to apply for these roles

If you are interested in any of these roles please complete our volunteering application form and equal opportunities monitoring form and email to emma.vizor@crisis.org.uk. Emma will then be in touch to discuss the next stages of your application. If you need a printed copy of the application form please contact Emma to arrange this.

Training and interviews where possible will be held at our office in Manvers, Rotherham - travel expenses will be reimbursed and lunch will be provided on the training if it is over lunch time. For the classroom roles there may be some flexibility in where the interview can be held - this can be discussed with Emma.

If you have any questions about these roles please do not hesitate to contact our Volunteer Coordinator Emma on emma.vizor@crisis.org.uk or 0114 317 7304.

Regional Volunteering Opportunity 

Experts by Experience Panel Member (North Branch)- we are looking for people with experience of homelessness who want to contribute to the work of Crisis. You will meet as a panel of Experts by Experience to discuss and inform the work of Crisis, ensuring the perspective of people with lived experience of homelessness is a core  part of our services. For this role, you will be required to attend quarterly meetings on a Saturday in York every three months for up to one year (out of pocket travel expenses will be reimbursed in line with our policy). Interested - download the Experts by Experience Panel Member role description and find out how to apply now.

Contact us

For information on volunteering in South Yorkshire, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Emma Vizor on 0114 317 7304 or email emma.vizor@crisis.org.uk 

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