Van volunteer driver

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One25 Outreach Service

One25’s outreach service is often how women first make contact with us, meeting us on our fully equipped outreach van. Two or three volunteers, one an experienced team leader, go out on the van at night and meet women’s basic needs by providing nutritious food, first aid, warm clothing, condoms, safety alarms etc. They provide the chance to talk and get advice in a safe space and encourage women to get more in-depth help by visiting our drop-in or seeing a caseworker.

Weekend Van Driver

Availability

  • Must be available to attend a volunteer induction day on Thursday 22nd September 2022
  • Shifts: Friday and Saturday nights 20:45 - 01:30am, Sunday nights 20:45 - 00:30am
  • Available to commit at least one evening per month, for at least a year.
  • Willing to attend training, support and feedback sessions and be in regular contact.
  • Able to travel to and from St Pauls, Bristol before and after van shifts.

Person Specification

  • Understanding of the issues women involved in street sex work experience.
  • Non-judgmental and compassionate approach.
  • Empathy and ability to actively listen.
  • Ability to be friendly, but professional.
  • Ability to maintain boundaries and be firm about rules.
  • Ability to take direction from a Team Leader.
  • Willingness to learn from mistakes and progress in your role, potentially becoming a Team Leader (after approx. 20 shifts).

In addition, for VAN DRIVERS:

  • 25 or over with a clean driving license.
  • Successfully complete a van driving assessment with One25
  • Driven a van or similar sized vehicle before (desirable, not essential), OR
  • (if no experience of driving a van) initially drive as a ‘shadow driver’ supported by an experienced supervising driver. Complete 15 hours of supervised driving.

Tasks will involve

  • Preparing cheese or meat sandwiches ahead of shifts, as agreed with Team Leader.
  • Working as part of the team to prepare and stock the van for going out, and engaging with the pre-shift briefing.
  • Inviting women on to the van for food, drink and a chance to talk with the volunteers.
  • Listening, supporting and signposting women around addiction and health, and supporting women to disclose ‘ugly mugs’ (assaults and abuse).
  • Giving the women gloves and hats in cold weather, personal alarms, and condoms to help the women take care of their basic health and physical safety.
  • Helping to take clear and legible notes of the interactions on the van.

In addition, for VAN DRIVERS:

  • Driving the outreach van, under the direction of the van team leader.
  • Making sure that the van is locked when women are accessing the van.
  • Supervising and supporting new van drivers (once experienced in driving the van)