2x Volunteer Creative Activity Support Workers

Day/Time​​: Mondays, 11am – 2pm, weekly

Job Location: Happy Days Residential Settings

Happy Days support homeless and at-risk individuals through the provision of supported community housing, access to skills enhancement and opportunities to gain employment; nurturing them into living purposeful lives for the benefit of themselves and their community. Happy Days believe spending time with people, listening, building trusting relationships and providing opportunity to enhance skills, helps residents to gain confidence to improve their lives. Each week they deliver supported activities in the residential setting. These activities provide skills and experiences that enhance community relations and employability.

Details of the Project:

You will be working with members of the Happy Days community – residents, volunteers and staff to deliver activities which includes making creative pieces for community events, upcycling old furniture and items that will be turned into retro/vintage pieces, which will then be sold via pop up shops and social media outlets.

The residents have all experienced homelessness. Many have poor mental and physical health, and some are managing addictions to substances and/or alcohol. Therefore the ideal volunteer for these sessions will be, confident, calm and must enjoy engaging and talking with people. You must be willing to provide a welcoming, positive and safe environment and be able to encourage our residents to participate in the upcycling sessions.

Volunteer Activity Responsibilities:

  • Be reliable, committed, professional
  • Have a genuine interest in creative arts and upcycling
  • Support and encourage residents to engage in the Creative Activities
  • To ensure Health & safety is adhered to, including keeping the work room tidy and safe for yourself and other users, and all paint and tools cleaned and put away at the end of the group sessions
  • To support the residents to plan prepare for each task including sourcing and purchasing materials
  • To support residents to use materials such as, paint, glue, spray paint and/or any other materials or resources we need to complete projects
  • Complete monitoring and evaluation records at the end of each session
  • To report any problems or issues to a member of staff and adhere to safeguarding principles

Qualifications/Skills:

  • DIY, painting, joinery and creativity are desirable
  • Some admin skills will be essential and the session does need to be evaluated
  • Knowledge of power tools but supervision and/or training can and will be provided
  • Have some understanding of working with vulnerable individuals and boundaries.
  • Training and help will be given.

Volunteers will be requested to have a DBS check done before starting in this role.

For more details on or to apply please contact Katie Fawcett on 01422 303458 or email: ​​katie@happydaysuk.org

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