Veterans in Volunteering offers veterans, and others with experience of life in the Forces, the opportunity to be trained and supported as volunteers within our Rehabilitation through Volunteering Programme.
Veterans in Volunteering will help to promote the programme, research volunteering opportunities and provide additional support for Veterans in their local communities.
At Step Together, we see the positive impact that volunteering can have every day, for those who volunteer and those who benefit from volunteers. For you, this could be a boost in confidence, experience of supporting others or the opportunity to meet new people.
What experience do I need?
You don't need any specific experience or skills to volunteer. We will provide the training and support you'll need for the role.
We are looking for volunteers who know about life in the Forces and/or of the issues affecting Wounded Injured and Sick (WIS) service personnel, e.g. volunteers who may already have been through our Rehabilitation through Volunteering Programme, veterans or people with a military connection such as partners of former or serving personnel. Volunteers must be 18 years of age or above.
What will I be doing?
There are three ways in which you can get involved as a volunteer (these roles are not mutually exclusive, and you may be interested in volunteering in more than one of these roles):
- helping to promote the programme in your local area/community by attending events and/or visiting local groups, societies or advice agencies
- helping to research appropriate volunteering opportunities in your local area/community, through on-line research and/or visiting organisations offering volunteering opportunities.
- providing additional one-to-one support to individuals to help them into volunteering.
For all of these roles, the volunteering activity could take anything from a couple of hours up to a day at a time, depending on your availability and/or the availability of the client.
What training and support will I receive?
ViVs will receive a comprehensive induction and training package which will include a two-day training course to equip you with the skills and confidence to get the most out of your volunteering. Depending on when you apply, you may have to wait for the next available training course but we believe this is in everyone’s best interests.
How do I get involved?
To find out more, or ask any questions, please contact the National Volunteer Coordinator (Telephone: 07872 635073 or email: [email protected]).
To apply, please read this additional information before completing the Volunteer Application Form. To help us to monitor equality and diversity, we also invite anyone applying to complete an Equality and Diversity Monitoring Form.
On receipt of your application to volunteer, the National Volunteer Coordinator will contact you as soon as they can. This will be for an introductory chat and to arrange for you to meet, either with them or a colleague, for an informal discussion and opportunity to get to know us and ask any questions.