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Holy Cross Centre Trust

The Holy Cross Centre Trust works to promote the inclusion of socially isolated and marginalized individuals. We accomplish our work through innovative projects that support people’s desire to be active in their community, apart of social networks, and valued for what they can give back, as opposed to what they need.

If you’re a student or graduate looking for more experience in the mental health sector and are keen to challenge yourself

A placement with us is an opportunity to work directly with a diverse client group, make a significant impact, and learn about the changing landscape of mental health and social care, and voluntary and community services.

Placement students can expect to be challenged and given responsibility for a wide range of tasks across the organisation - including opportunities to lead on projects. At the heart of our work is modelling learning, growth and personal development and so meaningful reflective practice will be central to the placement.

Role Aim: 

A placement with us is an opportunity to work directly with a diverse client group, make a significant impact, and learn about the changing landscape of mental health and social care, and voluntary and community services.

Duties: 

During their time with us, students can expect to do varied work:

Lead some Floating Support Visits. Students will work with clients 1-to-1 at home and in the community to help them live independent and fulfilling lives. That might mean providing companionship in the community and helping with everyday tasks like getting the shopping, going to hospital appointments or organising household administration.

Support with administrative tasks (e.g. updating client database, doing desk-based research)

Support during day-centre sessions at two different sites (Camden Hub and the Crypt in King’s Cross). The role will be to provide emotional and practical support to clients, as well as to support the logistics through cooking, cleaning and offering administrative support if required.

Skills needed: 

Listening skills, empathy and some good old common sense!

Training: 

We provide ongoing training through weekly supervision meetings. Students will be able to attend training in safeguarding, food and hygiene, first-aid, mental health first-aid. There is the opportunity to complete a Health and Social Vocational qualification.

Location: 
8 Fairhazel Gardens London NW6 3SG
Time commitment: 
At least one day per week
Opening times: 
We're looking for students who want a formal placement, whether part-time or full-time. We work with people across the week - Monday to Sunday and both during the day and evening. We expect to find time-slots that will work both for students and our services.
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