We’re looking for volunteers for Brixton!
It’s the most vulnerable families who will suffer most due to the Coronavirus crisis as parents lose jobs, children are shut up indoors, and mental health suffers. That’s why we’ve launched an emergency relief response to support families and young people through this crisis. You can read more about it here.
For families, we will provide a helpline that they can call for support and advice, manned by volunteers. We will respond to their immediate needs by providing emergency support ourselves as well as signposting them to other specialist services. In addition, we will pair families with volunteers to check-in with them weekly and offer additional support.
We’re now urgently seeking to expand our team of volunteers.
Can you help?
We’re looking for a number of volunteers across three different types of role, starting as soon as possible. You can apply for one or more of these.
PHONE LINE VOLUNTEER
We need volunteers who can commit to a certain time each week to man our phone lines. As the first point of contact, you will be able to help families at their greatest time of need and provide a sense of calm to their anxiety. We will provide you with training to be able to help them with their the most likely needs.
FAMILY SUPPORT VOLUNTEER
Our family support volunteers will call families at least once a week to check-in, catch up and ensure we meet any additional needs. We will provide you with training to be able to help families with their most likely needs and provide the emotional support that they may require.
ERRAND RUNNING VOLUNTEER
We also have many families who are isolating and unable to leave their homes. We need volunteers who are able to run errands such as grocery shopping or picking up medication.
We hope that through volunteering you will be able to gain new skills, friendships, and renewed purpose during the crisis. You will be able to benefit from training designed for this crisis situation, you will be supported by professionals from a variety of sectors and experiences, and we will provide expenses to cover any direct costs you might incur.
Want to sign up as a volunteer? Brilliant!
Next, please take a look at the attached Brixton Volunteer Role Descriptions for the full role specs. Please note that we are currently prioritising people who have enhanced DBS checks.
If that sounds like you, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject ‘COVID Volunteer’ and attach a recent CV or a summary of your relevant experience.
And finally, one of our staff will be in touch with you as soon as possible to get you set up and as answer any questions.
Thank you and we look forward to hearing from you soon!
We will do our best to reply to your email in a timely fashion but we may receive a high number of enquiries and might not be able to reply to everyone.