As a Lancashire Women Volunteer we will provide you with support and training to make a difference in women’s lives within your local community. You will also learn transferable skills that will help you with your own personal journey of self-discovery and development.

Requirements

  • Applicants must be over 18
  • Applicants must be available to volunteer for a minimum of 4 hours per week and for at least 6 months
  • If the application is successful, a 4 week (one day a week) online training course must be completed starting Friday 13th March 2024, 9:30am-2:30pm
  • A DBS check will be required

How to apply

Please read the list of available positions below and the guidance notes before filling out the online application form.

Closing date for applications is Friday 23rd February 2024

Once you have returned the application, we will be in touch to discuss further in the next few weeks.

Befriending Volunteer

Befriending Volunteer Role Description

What does a Befriending volunteer do?

Our befriending scheme aims to provide weekly wellbeing support to our service users in order to reduce isolation and offer continued support.

Role description

  • You will offer a non-judgemental listening service via telephone to women who feel isolated or feel they need continual support for well-being and mental health reasons. This may be post-therapy follow-up call, a keeping-in-touch call to a service-user still on the waiting list for counselling or a call after an initial assessment.
  • You will help support and navigate women through our service provision and signpost where necessary.
  • You will track and monitor your calls and keep an accurate record.

Location

The Befriending Scheme is mainly offered at our Accrington centre.

What you will get

  • Opportunity to develop your listening and inter-personal skills
  • Opportunity to develop your organisational and office skills
  • Chance to meet new people and be part of a friendly team
  • Chance to give back and support women who feel vulnerable and isolated
  • Enhance your CV and your employabilty

Expectations

  • Ensure confidentiality is maintained at all times in relation to electronic files, paperwork and verbal discussions.
  • To work within the policies and procedures of Lancashire Women and uphold this ethos at all times
  • Commit to a regular time and day ( at least 3 hours) for a period of 6 months or longer
  • A willingness to have a DBS check.

Knowledge & Skills

  • A sensitive attitude towards other people​
  • Non-judgement​
  • Friendly and patient approach​
  • Listening skills ​
  • Good communicator​
  • Positive outlook​

This role description is not intended to be exhaustive. The post-holder will be expected to adopt a flexible attitude to the duties which may have to be varied (after discussion with the post holder) subject to the needs of the service, and in keeping with the general profile of the post.

Group Support Volunteer

Group Support Volunteer Role Description

What does a group support volunteer do?

There’s always something going on at Lancashire Women – whether that’s Creative Journalling, Vision Diary, Steps to Confidence, Art Therapy or our Mind Fit programme. As a group support volunteer, you would play a key role in helping the group facilitators.

Role description

  • Meeting and greeting group participants and taking the register,
  • Managing resources for the group facilitator,
  • One-to-one support when needed,
  • Helping to create a positive and welcoming atmosphere.

Location

Across Lancashire but primarily in our Accrington centre

What you will get

  • Improved Confidence,
  • Improved Communication Skills,
  • Self-reflection - builds on your own Personal Development,
  • Resilience,
  • Builds your leadership skills,
  • Improved employability,
  • Gain from supporting and shadowing experienced therapeutic tutors.

Expectation

  • Ensure confidentiality is maintained at all times in relation to electronic files, paperwork and verbal discussions.
  • To work within the policies and procedures of Lancashire Women and uphold this ethos at all times
  • Commit to a regular time and day ( at least 3 hours) for a period of 6 months or longer
  • A willingness to have a DBS check.

Knowledge & Skills

  • A professional and friendly manner
  • Ability to work on own initiative
  • A willingness to get involved
  • A sensitive attitude towards other people
  • Good communicator
  • Positive outlook​

This role description is not intended to be exhaustive. The post-holder will be expected to adopt a flexible attitude to the duties which may have to be varied (after discussion with the post holder) subject to the needs of the service, and in keeping with the general profile of the post.

Fundraising Volunteer

Fundraising Volunteer Role Description

What does a fundraising volunteer do?

As a fundraising volunteer you can help coordinate fun activities and events, enabling us to be out in the community, raising awareness of our charity and raising much needed funds.

There is a clue in the title - "FUN!", we want all our volunteers to enjoy their time with us while also developing their skills.

Role description

There are two options for being a Lancashire Women Fundraising Volunteer, either ad hoc event support or weekly fundraising volunteer support. One offers you the chance to support events throughout the year on a flexible basis. The other is an opportunity to help out a couple hours a week in the office with research, administrative tasks, or event preparation.

Location

Ad hoc event support – across Lancashire

Weekly fundraising volunteer support – within Accrington/Blackpool centre locations

What you will get

  • Opportunity to develop fundraising and event management skills
  • Chance to meet new people and be part of a friendly team
  • Give back to the local community
  • Enhance your CV

There are lots of benefits for volunteering in our Fundraising team, help make a difference to a special local charity. You will be part of an enthusiastic fast moving team! It's one of our most varied and fun roles - no two days will ever be the same!

Expectation

  • Ensure confidentiality is maintained at all times in relation to electronic files, paperwork and verbal discussions.
  • To work within the policies and procedures of Lancashire Women and uphold this ethos at all times

Knowledge & Skills

  • A professional and friendly manner
  • Ability to work on own initiative
  • Previous fundraising experience would be a bonus , although not necessary
  • Enjoy having fun and ability to think of fun ideas to raise money
  • A willingness to be involved
  • As the role is flexible, you can give as much or little time as you want

This role description is not intended to be exhaustive. The post-holder will be expected to adopt a flexible attitude to the duties which may have to be varied (after discussion with the post holder) subject to the needs of the service, and in keeping with the general profile of the post.

Money & Energy Advice Volunteer

EAG VOLUNTEER

Volunteer Role Description

What does an EAG volunteer do?

Our team work hard to give Money and Energy advice to those needing it across Lancashire.

Role description

You will help provide vital information and support to local people. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Debt advice
  • Council tax debt
  • Benefit advice (claiming to appealing)
  • PIP help
  • Rent advance
  • Grant/trust applications
  • Energy advice over the phone and in person
  • Budgeting support
  • Free Supply and fitting of energy saving measures.
  • Home energy assessments including minor repairs that help save energy in turn money.

Location

This is an office-based role in one of our centres, but the role may also require you to undertake home visits with another member of the team.

What you will get

  • Opportunity to develop your knowledge of money and energy advice and improve your communication and office skills
  • Chance to meet new people and be part of a friendly team
  • Give back to the local community
  • Enhance your CV

Expectation

  • Ensure confidentiality is maintained at all times in relation to electronic files, paperwork and verbal discussions.
  • To work within the policies and procedures of Lancashire Women and uphold this ethos at all times

Knowledge & Skills

  • Willing to learn.
  • Good Admin skills
  • Know you way round Microsoft.
  • Friendly
  • Non judgemental
  • Able to commit minimum 4hrs (would be great if you could give a full day)
  • Interested in this field of work and happy to go on home visits but not essential as have office-based roles.
  • Great communicator.

Interested?

Then please complete the application form and join this wonderful organisation and be part of a fabulous team who helped save over 250K of energy in last 6 months and put over ½ million pounds back in the pockets of people in Lancashire. We would love to have you.

This role description is not intended to be exhaustive. The post-holder will be expected to adopt a flexible attitude to the duties which may have to be varied (after discussion with the post holder) subject to the needs of the service, and in keeping with the general profile of the post.

Hub Volunteer

Lancashire Women Hub Volunteer

Volunteer Role Description

What does a HUB volunteer do?

We need kind and welcoming volunteers for our Lancashire Women hubs. As the first point of contact for women requiring support you will explain and refer women to relevant services both internally and externally. We also need creative souls to help manage our charity shop in the Accrington Hub.

There are a variety of roles available as a Hub volunteer:

  • Meet and greet visitors. You could be the first friendly face someone has seen that day, week or even month. Your warm, welcoming manner could make a real difference to someone’s day.
  • Signpost and refer our service users to our array of courses and support.
  • Help with coffee mornings and other events
  • Help make the centre an accessible and welcoming place by cleaning and maintaining our hub space.
  • Use your creativity and flair to merchandise and display goods in our charity shop.
  • Serve and help our customers in our charity shop.

Location

We need hub volunteers in Accrington and Blackpool, and potentially Burnley.

What you will get

  • Meet new people and gain confidence,
  • Opportunity to develop organisational and communication skills,
  • Develop skills in retail and gain valuable retail experience,
  • Develop creative skills in merchandising and window display,
  • Give back to the local community,
  • Enhance your CV.

There are lots of benefits for volunteering in our Hubs, help make a difference to a special local charity.

Expectation

  • Ensure confidentiality is maintained at all times in relation to electronic files, paperwork and verbal discussions.
  • To work within the policies and procedures of Lancashire Women and uphold this ethos at all times.
  • Undertake regular supervision and training.
  • Undertake a DBS check.

Knowledge & Skills

  • A professional and friendly manner
  • Ability to work on own initiative
  • Proficiency in MS is a bonus , although not necessary
  • Good interpersonal skills and empathy
  • A willingness to be involved
  • Ability to give at least three hours a week over a six month period
  • Willingness to undertake four initial induction sessions

This role description is not intended to be exhaustive. The post-holder will be expected to adopt a flexible attitude to the duties which may have to be varied (after discussion with the post holder) subject to the needs of the service, and in keeping with the general profile of the post.