ROLE: HEALTH FAIR AND OUTREACH VOLUNTEER FOR THE WOMEN’S HEALTH INFORMATION & SUPPORT CENTRE (WHISC) 120 Bold Street Liverpool L1 4JN
WHISC. For All Women.
The Women’s Health Information & Support Centre (WHISC) is a charity dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of women and their families throughout Liverpool and the surrounding areas.
‘Those who have lost a partner or child, women who have suffered abuse, been in prison, women who have been diagnosed with a serious and life changing illness or condition, women struggling to cope with mental illness, women who have lost a partner or child, women suffering from low self-esteem & self-confidence, depression, lack of money, lack of a safe place to live, women who are asylum seekers and refugees who find themselves in an area where they know no one at all. All women who are socially isolated and those who are lonely and simply need a cup of tea and a chat’.
The ages of the women that we see range from 18 to 90 years.
This role involves speaking with members of the public about the work that WHISC does. You will represent WHISC by attending various health information events at community-based locations around Liverpool and occasionally other parts of Merseyside. WHISC will provide appropriate materials and display stands for volunteers. This role is vital to publicising the services offered by WHISC.
This role also involves assisting the Outreach Worker with delivery of sessions at various community-based locations. Duties can include small group facilitation and giving practical assistance in the delivery of sessions as well as answering questions and providing information about the work that WHISC does.
WHAT WE NEED: Hours Mon-Sunday 9.00am-7.00pm We ask for at least 3 hours a week volunteering time. In-house training will be provided. Possible weekend hours.
This volunteering role involves dealing with women who are members of the public who want to find out more about WHISC either for themselves, people that they work with or for friends and family.
The role also includes a range of other duties including preparing training materials, helping clients to find appropriate health information and signposting to appropriate services where necessary. Making contact with relevant organisations/charities to refer clients on to will be important so knowledge of local organisations and an ability to communicate effectively either online or over the phone is key.
Time will be spent at the Centre too to help you gain knowledge about the services that are offered. You will also need to assist in the monitoring of service provision.
ESSENTIAL SKILLS KNOWLEDGE & EXPERIENCE:
- An interest in women’s health
- Friendly, outgoing and enthusiastic
- Non-judgemental & empathic
- Sound communication skills in listening, speaking and writing
- Assimilation skills to help absorb and make use of wide ranges of information and data
- A commitment to participation in training and self-evaluation.
DESIRABLE SKILLS, EXPERIENCE & KNOWLEDGE
- Experience in a public facing role
- Providing of information and support
- Presentation skills
- Knowledge of low to moderate mental health issues
FOR TEAM WORKING:
- An ability to work as a member of a small, friendly team
- A commitment to securing the best outcomes for women
- The capacity to develop specific knowledge and understanding of the WHISC and its community
- A commitment to equality.
Application open to women-only (Exemption under the Equalities Act 2010)
Expenses paid. Training provided. Closing date: 12 Midday Wednesday 30th June.
Please email for an application form firstname.lastname@example.org
0151 707 1826
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