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Provide a listening ear and a friendly face to those affected by sexual exploitation

Support volunteers needed for RAHAB

Rahab offers practical support, signposting and a listening ear to those affected by sexual exploitation, including street prostitution, in Reading.

Our Rahab volunteers run weekly street-based night outreach in West Reading. We go out in teams of two to three people, up to four times a week. Meeting at 9:30pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, and 10pm on Fridays. The session usually finishes at 11:30pm, except on Fridays when we finish around midnight. However, on busy evenings these hours can sometimes be extended.

We use this opportunity to identify women who are exploited in prostitution. The conversations we have may be long or short, but all help to build a relationship. The people we approach are working, and therefore are not always able to engage in a chat, but we are able to give out supplies.

Our teams take refreshments and supplies with them, which we hand out to those we see. These include chocolate bars, crisps, drinks cans, hot drinks, wet wipes, contraception, sanitary items, rape alarms, and clothing depending on the weather. These chats are an opportunity for us to talk to clients about how we can further support them.

Organisation
Contact person firstname
Lucy Richmond, Rahab Manager
Lastname
Contact person's position
Their phone number?
01189567000
Contact instructions?
Please email for our volunteer application form

Map
Location description
West Reading
Wheelchair accessible?
Not specified
Car parking for the volunteer?
Yes
Secure bicycle parking?
Yes
Near public transport?
Yes
How much time?
A few hours a month
What times and days of the week?
Tue EVEWed EVEThu EVEFri EVE
Availability required
Any of these times
Additional timing details
Commitment of 1 evening per month
Task type?
Support
Will suit someone like this:
Enjoys variety and changeGood sense of humourSociablePatientSupportiveWants to get out and aboutEmotionally robust
Post suitable for supported volunteering?
No
Is training given?
Yes
Training description
Shadowing/On the job
Is support given?
Yes
Description of support
From staff and volunteer team leaders and whole team meetings
Are expenses paid?
No
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?
20
Opportunity added on
10 June 2019

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