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Deputy Lead Volunteer - Sudbury

Description of the role:

During Covid-19, we are all taking suitable precautions and finding ways to communicate is key, working remotely and using Zoom etc.
With the support of Head Office help the Local Lead in Sudbury to organise and motivate a small team of local Volunteers. Being a point of contact, liaising with Service Delivery and Volunteer Support to provide efficient information exchange.
Visiting Clients to do initial Assessment to gauge suitability for Our Special Friends and volunteer. Arrange and attend introductory meeting between Client and Volunteer and keep track of case progress.
Be a local presence representing OSF at meetings and fund raising events

Opportunity Activities: Administration, Advice, Information and Support, Befriending and Buddying, Business, Management and Research, Mentoring
Availability required:


What skills are needed?

You will enjoy meeting with a wide variety of people and animals
Able to deal in a collaborative way with a variety of agencies
Comfortable with IT, admin procedures and hopefully Social Media
You will be comfortable meeting people who may have mental health issues, Dementia or other disabilities and vulnerabilities

What skills will be learned / gained?

Increasing the variety of people and animals you interact with, understanding the immense benefits of the human and animal bond
Increasing local networking opportunities
Interacting with a variety of Volunteers, increasing Volunteer management opportunities
Organisation and IT skills

DBS Check Required: Yes
Driving Licence Required: Yes
Does this role have age restrictions?: Yes
Details of restriction:

Lower age limit is 18, the age at which a Full Driving Licence can be held and DBS check carried out

Mandatory training required for role: Yes
Details of mandatory training:

Introduction to OSF Session, covering subjects like Health & Safety, Risk Assessments, Lone Working, Confidentaility, Safeguarding etc.
Office procedures
OSF Assessment processes

Extra information:

You will need your own car and be prepared to travel in and around Sudbury and travel occasionally to Head Office in Newmarket
Need access to Internet, email capability
Will need to be flexible, days/hours cannot be guaranteed

About the Opportunity Host Organisation

Host Organisation: Our Special Friends
Organisation Profile:

Our Special Friends (OSF) helps individuals facing difficult times, perhaps through illness, relationship breakdown or bereavement, to continue to benefit from the companionship of animals and raises awareness of the benefits of the human-animal bond. Founded by Higham-based vet Belinda Johnston, OSF supports the vital relationships between vulnerable individuals and their animals, working alongside human and animal health practitioners and social care as needed. Its volunteers provide a range of services to individuals in need of support, including dog-walking and offer other forms of practical help to enable pets to stay with their owner. They also visit individuals unable to keep an animal with their own dogs, help with the introduction of a new pet and give support around pet bereavement.