Volunteering

Befriender

General Information

The potential Befriender will need to:

  • have an awareness and some experience of working with vulnerable people
  • have sufficient time to give to befriending
  • have own transport
  • be willing to take time to learn about the organisation
  • have initial awareness training if necessary

Befriender duties

  • To support individual members of MENding UK as appropriate to the Befriending contract
  • To have in-house supervision with the allocated person
  • To keep confidential notes appropriate to the befriending process
  • To ensure that the confidential notes are emailed or handed in to the appropriate person
  • To read and understand the Policies and Procedures essential to the work and to the organisation

Befriender responsibilities

  • To be punctual when befriending.
  • To up hold confidentiality with regard to the befriendee at all times
  • To be respectful
  • To ask for help from the appropriate people within the organisation when necessary.
  • To be available for training.

Counsellor (Voluntary)

General Information

The counsellor will need:

  • To be either qualified or in training at the appropriate level
  • To have had or be in the process of personal counselling
  • To be willing to have in-house awareness training if appropriate before starting
  • To have or be willing to have a DBS check

Counsellor duties

  • To work as a therapist within MENding UK
  • To write up confidential session notes and either email or send in to appropriate person
  • To have in-house supervision if in training
  • To attend in-house group supervision when appropriate
  • To maintain appropriate confidentiality at all times

Counsellor responsibilities

  • To be proactive in ongoing personal and professional development
  • To attend team meetings where possible
  • To understand the necessity and be proactive in establishing professional indemnity insurance
  • To ensure that paperwork relevant monitoring and reviews is kept up to date

Support Worker (Voluntary)

General Information

MENding UK Support worker will need:

To have an awareness and some experience of working with vulnerable people.

  • To have sufficient time and consistency to give to the drop-in
  • To be willing to take time to learn about the organisation
  • To have initial awareness training
  • To have a good understanding of professional boundaries
  • To have a good understanding of confidentiality issues
  • To committed to attending and engaging with MENding UK training

Support worker duties

  • To support individual members of MENding UK as appropriate
  • To support groups of MENding UK members in the drop-in service
  • To support members to work with MENding UK drop-in ground rules
  • To support members when required to engage with social activities within the group
  • To help gather information required from the drop-in to aid monitoring when required
  • To have In House supervision with the allocated person
  • To read and understand the Policies and Procedures essential to the work and to the organisation
  • To liaise with other organisations when required
  • To follow all safe guarding procedures
  • To assist the drop-in manager when necessary
  • To assist in the smooth running of the drop-in sessions

Support worker responsibilities

  • To be punctual and consistent in attendance and give a appropriate notice if you are not able to attend
  • To up hold confidentiality at all times
  • To be respectful
  • To ask for help from the appropriate people within the organisation when necessary.
  • To be available for training.

Trustees

Trustees Duties:

  • To ensure that the Organisation complies with its governing document (Memorandum and Articles of Association), charity law and other relevant legislation or regulations
  • To ensure that the Organisation pursues its charitable objects as defined in the governing document
  • To ensure that the Organisation applies its resources exclusively in pursuance of its charitable objects, i.e. the Organisation must not spend money on activities not included in the governing document, no matter how worthwhile or charitable those activities are
  • To contribute actively to the Board’s role in giving firm strategic direction to the organisation, setting overall policy, defining goals, setting targets and evaluating performance against agreed targets
  • To safeguard the good name and values of the Organisation and to comply with the Code of Conduct for Trustees
  • To ensure the effective and efficient administration of the Organisation
  • To ensure the financial stability of the Organisation
  • To protect and manage the property of the Organisation and to ensure the proper investment of the charity’s funds
  • To appoint and support the Chief Executive and monitor his/her performance.

Trustee Responsibilities:

  • Each trustee should use any specific knowledge or experience they have to help the Board reach sound decisions. This will involve scrutinising committee papers, leading discussions, focusing on key issues, and providing advice and guidance requested by the Board on new initiatives, or other issues relevant to the area of the charity’s work in which the trustee has special expertise
  • Each trustee is expected to commit to serving on at least one of the organisation’s committees, task groups or other project teams and to take on an appropriate ‘Portfolio’ (area of interest or expertise), in addition to membership of the board
  • Each trustee is expected to promote the organisation’s values, objectives and initiatives at all appropriate opportunities

To ensure continuity, persons standing for election to the Board should be prepared to serve for a minimum of three years, subject to being re-elected/ re-appointed.

For a complete profile of the position and the person specification, please download the relevant fact sheet:

Role Description Trustee

Role Description Chairperson

If you would like to apply for a Trustee role, please download the Trustee Application Form here. It’s a Word document, please fill in, save, then send to info@mending-uk.org