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Help us provide vital support to the people who welcome homeless asylum seekers, refugees and vulnerable migrants into their homes

Support volunteers needed for Sanctuary Hosting

Sanctuary Hosting matches homeless asylum seekers, refugees and vulnerable migrants to people (our ‘hosts’) who are willing to have someone (a ‘guest’) to stay with them rent free, for a pre-defined period of time, while the individual is receiving support to explore routes out of destitution.

Host support workers provide vital support to the people who welcome guests into their homes. They are the main contact point for hosts and are essential in maintaining good links
and communication between a host and Sanctuary Hosting.

Main host support worker duties:

  • Meet potential hosts who have applied to Sanctuary Hosting and inform them about the hosting scheme, and the work and ethos of the charity.
  • Assess their appropriateness as hosts and risk assess the physical environment being offered.
  • Provide ongoing support to hosts who have guests staying, to foster a successful hosting placement.

What we are looking for:
You need to be;

  • An excellent communicator with good listening skills and a high level of spoken and written English
  • aware of conflict and migration issues, and empathetic about the situation and needs of refugees, asylum seekers and vulnerable migrants
  • sensitive to cultural issues
  • willing to adhere to Sanctuary Hosting’s policies and procedures
  • able to uphold confidentiality
  •  willing to undertake a criminal record check.

Tasks may include;

  • Lead or assist in the assessment of prospective new hosts, including making a record of the assessment and providing feedback to Sanctuary Hosting
  • providing support at move-in, when a new guest arrives at a host’s home
  • be responsible for regular contact with a host by phone/email/visit. Review how the placement is going. Provide support to the host, including on any issues that may be causing concern, and alert Sanctuary Hosting if appropriate
  • provide feedback to Sanctuary Hosting after regular hosting reviews
  • liaise with the guest support worker, particularly in case of any concern/problem
  • attend review meetings between the host, guest and guest support worker.
Organisation
Contact person firstname
Sarah Wahby , Service Manager
Lastname
Contact person's position
Mobile?
07818 555986
Contact instructions?
week days

Location description
Across Reading (also needed in Oxford and MK)
Wheelchair accessible?
Not specified
Car parking for the volunteer?
Not specified
Secure bicycle parking?
Not specified
Near public transport?
Not specified
How much time?
A few hours a week
What times and days of the week?
Mon AMMon PMMon EVETue AMTue PMTue EVEWed AMWed PMWed EVEThu AMThu PMThu EVEFri AMFri PMFri EVESat AMSat PMSat EVESun AMSun PMSun EVE
Availability required
Any of these times
Additional timing details
Routine contact with a host may be during the day, evening or weekend and will be agreed on an individual basis. Contact is more frequent at the beginning of a placement, or with a new host. Can be dependent on volunteers availability to a certain extent.
Task type?
Support
Will suit someone like this:
Enjoys variety and changePrefers a specific roleNegotiatorSociablePatientSupportiveCommunicatorEmotionally robust
Post suitable for supported volunteering?
Not specified
Is training given?
Yes
Training description
We offer Induction training, and ongoing support and supervision
Is support given?
Yes
Description of support
ongoing support from Service manager and coordinator
Are expenses paid?
Yes
Description of expenses
Reimbursement of reasonable travel and other expenses
Will I need my own transportation?
No
Will the volunteer be CRB or DBS checked?
Yes
Are references required?
Yes
Will there be an interview?
Yes
Are they properly insured?
Yes
Minimum age
18
Do they need a specific gender?
No
How many volunteers needed?
10
Opportunity added on
1 May 2019

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