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About the organisation

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.

Application deadline: 

We are looking for people with a wide range of skills, knowledge and experiences who are enthusiastic about improving the wellbeing of the community as a whole. You’ll gain valuable, hands-on, front-line experience, learn our way of working and have the opportunity to make a real difference in your community and the health and social care sector more broadly.

We have a variety of volunteering and placement opportunities currently available. In these roles you can expect to be challenged, supported and given responsibility for a range of tasks across the organisation – including opportunities to lead on projects.

Role Aim: 

HCCT is a secular charity working to promote the inclusion of socially isolated and marginalized individuals. From the Camden Hub in Swiss Cottage we run a range of different services that’ll give you valuable, front-line, hands-on experience working with a diverse client group and the opportunity to give back to your community.

Duties: 

Depending on your goals and interests you could be involved in a number of ways. You might:

• Support our various day sessions: From the Camden Hub we run a Mental Health and Recovery Service, Refugee and Asylum Seeker Sessions and a Women’s Group. The role in each of these sessions is to provide emotional and practical support to clients, build individual relationships and a sense of community, as well as support the day-to-day running of the services.

• Lead 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.

• Lead an activity in our community wellbeing centre: Help us to break down the barriers between traditionally separated mainstream and mental health services by using your existing interests or hobbies to lead your own wellbeing activity that’ll be accessible to the community as a whole. It could be anything from dance movement therapy, yoga or a walking club, to a film night, colouring in group or a choir!

Skills needed: 

We do not think that you need any particular experience. Placement students are selected based on their ability to work within our values and their desire to learn and grow.

We are looking for people with a wide range of skills, knowledge and interests who are enthusiastic about improving the wellbeing of the community as a whole. You will need to be at least 18 years of age.

Training: 

Volunteers can access our free training opportunities including First Aid, Mental Health First Aid and The Care Certificate (comprised of 15 modules).

Location: 
8 Fairhazel Gardens London NW6 3SG
Time commitment: 
At least one day per week
Opening times: 
Monday- Friday (generally our opportunities are between 9am and 5pm but there are also some evening/weekend opportunities).
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