Depaul is a charity helping people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. We believe that they deserve help to rebuild their lives and progress to a positive future. We offer supported accommodation service for single people and couples who are experiencing homelessness, providing professional 24/7 support. Based in the centre of Dungannon.
Community Support Volunteer
A friendly volunteer is needed to accompany Depaul staff on regular community visits. Staff provide Harm Reduction Floating Support to people who are at risk of homelessness, are isolated in their home and are struggling with addiction issues and independent living. Staff focus on tenancy issues, harm reduction and other specific needs and the volunteer can help support the service user socially in a befriending type role. There is also option for telephone support (phone provided). Training will be provided.
Volunteers are required to encourage social interaction in a homeless accommodation service by engaging with service users by having a chat, play cards, play pool, gaming, organise quizzes or bingo, in-house befriending, watching movies, cookery, listening to music, creative activities etc. Volunteers would also be able to assist staff in general daily tasks.
Volunteers are required to provide befriending support to the Housing First, Family Service Floating Support, Harm Reduction Floating Support or Castlehill Re-Settlement teams. Each volunteer will be matched to a service user in their local area. Duties would include making weekly visits to support service users and provide a listening ear and social support. Volunteers will also complete necessary basic admin and update staff regarding any issues with service users that staff need to action.
Volunteers are needed to help male & female service users to move towards a healthier lifestyle using on-site gym and support their physical well-being.