Skills and Training Network (STN) is an educational charity catering to beneficiaries living in North London. We have a core professional admin unit which services a team of enthusiastic, multi-skilled volunteers. STN are currently seeking volunteer teachers, mentors, carers, advocates and befrienders.
We are looking for the following attributes:
- Patience and good listening skills: it takes time to get to know the client and earn their trust.
- Open minded and accepting: you must value the opinions and beliefs of others.
- Excellent communicator: you will talk to your client about a wide range of experiences and encourage them to talk about their ambitions.
- Dedication: you must be available to meet your client every week.
Do I need to have a particular skill?
We are looking for highly-motivated self-starters who are able to work on their own initiative. You should have a sound knowledge of Microsoft Office and the internet. You should have a good command of written and spoken English. Please check the list below for the roles we currently have available. If you have a particular skillset, or more than one – let us know!
When can I volunteer?
We recruit all year round and operate on a rolling schedule. We are always looking for talented people with passion and drive. Submit your application and we will be in touch.
How long can I volunteer for?
The assignment period depends on the role – see individual job descriptions below. We are looking for an initial commitment of half a day per week for 6 months. This not a binding requirement and we do accept lesser time-frames. Some of our volunteers work from home.
Where will my volunteering take place?
Skills and Training Network (STN) is based in Edmonton Green, North London. You will work from our offices with the full team in support.
Are there restrictions on who can apply?
Applicants must be over 18. If you are under 18 and looking for a work experience volunteer placement feel free to contact us for advice.
Become a befriender
STN is looking for volunteer befrienders. These will be expected to spend time with someone who feels lonely and isolated for two hours once a week. The initial period that a volunteer is asked to commit is one year with one service user, but the support may continue beyond this. We do our best to ensure that our volunteers and their wards are matched according to mutual interests and preferences.
Ideally befrienders should be pursuing a career in mental health care or have experience of working with people with mental health problems. The befriending service provides personalised companionship for people with dementia or their carers, either in their own home or with outings and activities in the community.
This could include:
- support to continue hobbies and personal interests
- support to participate in leisure and social activities
- support to carry out regular activities such as shopping
- general companionship
STN community programs provide a range of support actions; we aim to help people feel less socially isolated, to have more confidence and a greater sense of independence. Volunteers are essential to our achieving these goals.
Become a Patron
Being a Friendship Ambassador is a socially and personally beneficial action. You can help to promote the work we do by telling people about Skills and Training Network.
As an ambassador you can:
- Tell family, friends and colleagues about STN – especially if you think they might make a good mentor, know a person who would benefit from our services or know a fundraiser looking to support a worthy cause
- Arrange a lunchtime presentation at your workplace to introduce colleagues to STN
- Like us on facebook, follow us on twitter and help us to start conversations online about our services
- Nominate us as your ‘Charity of the Year’
- Act as an official media spokesperson, be available for interviews with journalists and be ready to talk about the work we do (available only to existing mentors, patrons and fundraising supporters).
STN has a history of successfully working with vulnerable Middle Eastern women. We offer support and provide information on a variety of issues to raise awareness and develop self confidence. We provide befriending, mentoring and holistic therapies such as dance, Pilates, and Qigong.
Our BAMER Women department needs volunteers in the following areas:
- Befriending Middle Eastern women
- Running sessions and workshops relating to health and wellbeing
- Planning events
- Running our website and making leaflets
It will be beneficial if you are a native speaker of Arabic, Kurdish, Turkish or Farsi.
Interpretation & Translation
STN staff and volunteers acting as advocates have accompanied and assisted users dealing with with: police, solicitors, hospitals, councils etc. We will act as interpreters and provide translation as necessary.
For more information on volunteering opportunites, please call us on 07507614843 or email your cv to firstname.lastname@example.org