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Carpentry Classroom Assistant Volunteer - Oxford

About Crisis

Crisis is the national charity for homeless people. We are committed to ending homelessness.

Every day we see the devastating impact homelessness has on people's lives. Every year we work side by side thousands of homeless people to help them rebuild their lives and leave homelessness behind for good. We do this at Crisis Skylight Oxford through providing education, training and support with housing, employment and health.

Role outline and the difference you will make

Crisis Skylight Oxford offers carpentry classes that help clients learn the maintenance and safe use of carpentry tools and make their own project. We are looking for a volunteer who is engaging and interested in working with people but will also lend a hand with practical tasks.  You will encourage people to take part in sessions and ensure safety measures are observed to keep people safe. Woodworking experience is not essential as training is provided but an interest in the subject is required. 

What you will gain

An opportunity to be part of a friendly team who are committed to ending homelessness and the knowledge that your role is making a difference to our clients’ lives
A supportive environment in which to share your existing skills and develop new ones
Access to support as and when required including regular supervisions with a relevant supervisor
A way to learn more about homelessness and the charity sector through a structured induction and training sessions
Travel and lunch expenses reimbursed where appropriate
A factual reference from a reputable, national organisation

Core tasks

Assisting the tutor in delivering high quality sessions and keeping clients focussed, taking direction from the tutor on how best to support the class
Providing support to individual clients within the group to help them achieve their learning objectives, encouraging them to develop their skills and confidence  
Supporting the tutor with preparation of classroom resources
Maintaining the classroom environment during class times as well as packing away at the end
Assisting clients with the completion of any relevant paperwork, where requested by the tutor

Who we are looking for

Good observation skills
Willing to learn basic carpentry skills
Commitment to learning and an interest in the subject
Interpersonal communication skills with a particular focus on listening
Good time-keeping and reliability
Non-judgmental, patient and friendly
An understanding of the importance of confidentiality and maintaining boundaries
Additional information

All Crisis volunteers are asked to:

Comply with Crisis policies including health and safety, data protection and code of conduct at all times
To maintain the privacy and confidentiality of all accessible information about clients and the organisation
Be positive, productive and have the passion to help end homelessness

We value diversity, promote equality and encourage and applications from people of all backgrounds and communities.