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Body & Soul

Body & Soul uses a comprehensive, community-based and trauma informed approach to address the life-threatening effects of adverse childhood experiences. Whether someone has been neglected or abused, trafficked, attempted suicide or stigmatised because of HIV – we have helped to liberate thousands of people from the trauma that controls them.

Body & Soul are a charity dedicated to transforming the impact of childhood adversity, supporting people of all ages affected by family disruption, suicidal behaviour and HIV. We deliver a proven transformational programme for people of all ages who have experienced significant childhood adversity We believe that people should be able to live their lives free from shame, and no one should have their life chances reduced because of traumatic experiences in their past. We also believe that transformational change does not have an age limit.

We are looking for volunteers to support on our Adult HIV Support Programme. Through developing hope, resilience and confidence you can help our members reach their full potential and live happy and healthy lives and build the first steps to breaking down stigma in our society. Volunteers are the backbone of our services which range from counselling, legal advice and complementary therapies to workshops on the latest HIV treatment, nutrition advice, managing stress, relationships and wider health issues.

Role Aim: 

You will be supporting in our weekly Adult Service (30+) which is a resource for support, information, encouragement and change. Our members can benefit from services including counselling, legal advice and complementary therapies to workshops on the latest HIV treatment, nutrition advice, managing stress, relationships and wider health issues.

Duties: 

As an Adult Support Volunteer you will be assigned a role on our workshop team, 1:1 support team or evening host/coordinator and sometimes a mixture of all three! You will build rewarding relationships based on trust, empathy and understanding. You will follow a coaching model that maximises productivity by encouraging self-reflection and independence throughout.

Skills needed: 

? Warmth, friendliness and excellent communication skills

* Ability to form strong relationships and discussions with a variety of adults

* Good listening skills and ability to provide emotional support

* A basic knowledge of HIV and the issues our adult member group may face

* Non-judgemental, adaptable and open-minded

* Ability to use own initiative

Training: 

A full induction programme with an adult’s service specific training included. We also have monthly volunteer training evenings/courses that are led by established professionals and focus on a variety of topics ranging from ‘Understanding the impact of trauma’ to an ?Empathy & Compassion training course.?

Location: 
99-119 Rosebery Avenue London EC1R 4RE
Time commitment: 
3-5 hours per week
Opening times: 
N/A
Once you’ve registered interest in this volunteering role, we’ll send your name and UCL email address to the organisation for their records. You’ll also receive information about the next steps to take if you do wish to take things forward. The organisation has signed up to our code of standards, which includes a commitment to protecting your data. We won’t share your information with anyone unless you’ve given explicit consent to. We’ll also retain your details so we can follow up to see how you’re getting on with your volunteering and offer support if necessary. We take good care of your data – you can see full details here