Could you be a volunteer for NKWA?
North Kent Women’s Aid (NKWA) are committed to the use of volunteers to support their work.
If you do have some time to spare then please give us a call, even a few hours a week can help others.
Using volunteers gives women in the community the opportunity to be involved in services to women who have experienced domestic abuse. It also raises awareness about domestic abuse within the locality.
It is our belief that volunteers, with their varied skills, complement the work of the staff and enrich and extend the services offered by the organisation.
The Scope of Volunteering within NKWA
The types of activities that volunteers can be involved are:
- Direct work with women and young people/children on issues that are set out in their Support Plan
- Help with practical issues relating to the upkeep of the Refuge
- Support Project Workers in their daily work
- Answering telephones; taking telephone referrals with assistance from another Worker
- Promotional work with local organisations
General administration such as filing, keeping statistics, financial issues etc.
The Volunteer's function is to supplement the service. Volunteers will not adopt a Key Worker role with women and children directly. Any tasks volunteers carry out with/for service users will always be co-ordinated by the Key Worker concerned.
Volunteer Application process
After their first contact with NKWA, prospective volunteers must complete a Volunteer Application form giving information about themselves as well as asking the prospective volunteer to name two people who NKWA can contact for a reference.
The Interview Process
After receipt of the application form an interview will be carried out with the prospective volunteer.
The interview will be an informal meeting and will use the format of the application form as a basis for the discussion.
Following a successful interview and the receipt of two satisfactory references, you will be asked to take part in a training programme (one day per week for 6 weeks).
The induction and training will cover –
Getting to Know NKWA, the staff and the administration process
An Overview and the Dynamics of Domestic Abuse
Civil and Criminal Law as it relates to Domestic Abuse
Housing and Benefits as they relate to Domestic Abuse
NKWA Policies and Procedures
For further information or to receive our Volunteer application pack please contact the Volunteer Co-ordinator on 01322 280686 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.