Group Lead Volunteer – South Powys area, Wales

Who this opportunity is open to

Someone who:

  • has lived experience of (desirable but not essential) : (i) arthritis or MSK condition; or (ii) caring for/supporting a person with arthritis or MSK condition; or (iii) has knowledge of arthritis or MSK condition (eg Health Care Professional)
  • is aged 18 years old and over
  • can reach / live within 10 miles of any of the following postcodes/areas : to restart a group in Brecon (LD3 9AY); or to start new groups in Llandrindod Wells (LD1 5DY), Crickhowell (NP8 1AG), Builth Wells (LD2 3DZ), Hay-on-Wye (HR3 5DS)
  • can be involved face to face, with a small group (eg 2-10 people), medium group (eg 11-39 people).

A bit about the role

We’re looking for Group Lead Volunteers to offer local support for people across the South Powys area to help us build, co-ordinate and lead peer support and activity groups. Seeking someone locally who can build on our initial work and continue to ensure that support remains in place locally. Some administration tasks would need to be completed after every group meeting held.

Support available from the local Coordinator:

  • in the setting up of these groups
  • helping you settle into your role
  • attend initial meetings and sporadically thereafter (depending on the level of support needed)
  • continue to link in with you throughout the life of the group.

Start date: from June 2021
End date: ongoing

This role requires a criminal records check.

What does the role involve?

The areas of our work you would be involved with are:

  • Administration
  • Leading activities
  • Leading events
  • Participating in activities
  • Supporting people

You would need to give some time each month. Amount of time would depend on how often a group meets – eg if once a month (approx. 5 hours each month), if twice a month (approx. 8-10 hours each month). This includes travel, group session time, administration tasks, preparation for following sessions, checking in with Coordinator.

To undertake this role you will need the following skills/experience:

  • Ability to share opinions diplomatically
  • Ability to understand that everyone’s experience of arthritis is different
  • Administration skills
  • Comfortable to challenge us
  • Facilitating meetings
  • Interpersonal/people skills – ability to build relationships
  • IT literacy/confident in using IT
  • Organisational skills
  • Providing relevant support and/or advice to people
  • Public speaking
  • Social media / digital skills
  • Team building
  • Teamwork
  • Training/presenting
  • Verbal communication
  • Written communication

In this role you would be expected to uphold the following:

  • Able to maintain confidentiality
  • Flexible and responsive to meet needs
  • Friendly and approachable
  • Interested in meeting and talking to people
  • Open to having fun supporting your peers
  • Respecting equality and diversity
  • Willing to join and participate in training/induction/skill development
  • Willing to offer peer support

Practical Considerations

You will need:

  • Access to a computer/laptop/smartphone (desirable but not essential)
  • Access to the internet (desirable but not essential)
  • Access to a phone
  • Ability to travel
  • Access to a car and/or public transport

Induction and training are not required before starting this opportunity.

Some training is to be undertaken after starting this opportunity and would be made available through a blended approach - a combination of online, face to face, and hard copy materials. Approximately 4 hours for local training, plus any further identified training for volunteers across the organisation.

Our Promise to you

We promise that you will be fully supported throughout your activities with Versus Arthritis. As different people require different types and levels of support based on their needs and their role, so the offer will be personalised to your requirements. Such support includes:

  • Induction
  • Core training
  • Bespoke training as required
  • Record of training and certificates
  • Annual acknowledgement of activities
  • Handbook
  • IT/ access to Microsoft 365/ materials as appropriate
  • Role brief and support/ supervisor/ named contact
  • Process to feed in ideas/ being listened to
  • Access to all volunteer policies and procedures
  • All out of pocket expenses as detailed within our expenses policy
  • Use of different methods of communication/ no jargon/ Welsh
  • Good lead in times to enable meaningful involvement and volunteering

The staff role supporting this opportunity is:

Service Co-ordinator – South Powys, Wales