VOLUNTEER

Most volunteers are local people keen to donate their time to improve their own community who also feedback concerns and issues and offer ideas and suggestions. 

GET INVOLVED

If you’re looking to volunteer with The Halliday Foundation you will make a real difference to the vulnerable and less fortunate.

Our volunteers’ purpose is to establish a trusting relationship with service users to address their needs. Trusting relationships are established by listening, being open and flexible and encouraging them to engage with other services available once the relationship is met.

Our core volunteers are fully trained on Alcohol Awareness, Drug Awareness, First Aid, Mental Health First Aid, Safeguarding, Addiction and life-saving naloxone training which allows us to provide the best support and help to those in need.

If you would like to volunteer please e-mail us volunteer@thehallidayfoundation.org.uk

Our volunteers are key to the work we carry out at The Halliday Foundation. We have volunteers who work in our unit, participate in our outreach services and deliver for the foodbank and houses2home initiative.

Most volunteers are local people keen to donate their time to improve their own community who also feedback concerns and issues and offer ideas and suggestions. 

23 volunteers have developed their own skill set and been given specialist training to benefit of the charity ranging from mental health first aid, naxoline training, food hygiene and bid application writing.

FAQ

Below you will find the answers to some common questions about volunteering, including who can volunteer, why you might consider volunteering and what we can do to support you.

Volunteers are so important to The Halliday Foundation and help us to support far more people experiencing homelessness or bad housing, from providing direct support to our clients to raising vital funds on our fundraising challenges. We really value the contribution of volunteers, and want to ensure that volunteering is a positive experience for you as well! It can help you to meet new people and develop new skills, as well as being enjoyable. It can also improve your health – research has shown that volunteering can reduce your likelihood of getting a number of major health conditions. Finally, it can help you to get a new job – 80% of employers said they are more likely to hire someone who has volunteering experience on their CV.

 

If you’re volunteering with us, you will receive all of the training required to complete your role confidently and safely. You’ll also have regular contact with a member of staff who will help you identify goals you’d like to reach in your position.

You are welcome to get in touch, but we are unlikely to be recruiting for roles that aren’t on our website. We can advise when we are likely to be next recruiting and can add your name to our waiting list, but may not be able to give you any definite timescales.

Absolutely! The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) recognise that volunteering is a worthwhile experience for people either seeking work or experiencing ill health. You just need to make sure that your contact person at the DWP is aware of your volunteering activity.

Yes! Asylum seekers and refugees are permitted to volunteer as long as it fulfils Home Office requirements, which all of our roles do. We may need you to complete certain vetting requirements such as references or Disclosure checks, but we will support you to try and overcome any issues that you might have with this.

We do ask for references for some of our roles, but don’t worry if you are struggling to think of somebody. We have a flexible approach to references and would be happy to help you identify people that are suitable. This could be a family friend or a support worker for example.

We might ask you to complete a Basic Disclosure if you will be interacting with our clients or accessing our IT systems as part of your role, and you will need to become a member of the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) scheme if you are working directly with children or vulnerable adults. Don’t worry though! We will support you through the whole process and you will not be expected to pay for this yourself. We also have an inclusive approach to volunteering, and will still consider your application if you have convictions.

No absolutely not, Although we do have personalised uniforms available to buy if your planning on staying with us for a long period. The uniform prices can be accessed by asking one of the Managers onsite.

We provide all training for our volunteers once they have been with us for a while. The courses consist of Naloxone Training, Drug Awareness, Alcohol Awareness, Addiction Awareness and First Aid, We are also looking into further training courses to link in with the criteria of our work.

WHAT VOLUNTEERS HAVE TO SAY?

I have been volunteering with the Halliday Foundation for some time now and find it very pleasurable and rewarding. The people within the charity itself are all genuine people who simply care about looking after those less fortunate.

I volunteered with the charity after helping to organise a clothes donation day, some of which went to The Halliday Foundation. After speaking with those involved I wanted to see what they do on a weekly basis. When I saw their organisation and general set-up and the impact it had on service users, it was clear the charity was fulfilling a noticeable void in society.

I would recommend volunteering with the charity to anyone who has an inclination with wanting to help the vulnerable and less fortunate in society. The hard work, dedication and effort that goes in to this on a weekly basis from those who run the charity is admirable and obviously produces results as we have dozens of regular service users on our outings and more who benefit in other ways.

Volunteering has showed me the reality of the subjects I cover as part of my job. My first-hand knowledge of this, often forgotten, area of society has allowed me to pass this knowledge on in much more depth.

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