Where: Sight Service is based in South Shields and works across South Tyneside and Gateshead.
What: Sight Service is a registered charity providing a broad range of specialist services, support and training, together with social and leisure activities to visually impaired people of all ages across Gateshead, South Tyneside and the surrounding area. It works out of two Centres, and provides services to a total of over 4000 visually impaired people. Sight Service works very closely with both health and social care statutory agencies, and is a ‘User Led’ organization. Sight Service is recognized as a beacon service locally, regionally and nationally.
1. Volunteer Development Officer (voluntary post)
2 days a week (weekdays) , hours to be agreed
Sight Service, Bensham Hospital, Saltwell Rd. Gateshead
Man activities to,
1. Set up a new volunteer bank and devise relevant strategies.
2. Look at recruitment strategies to encourage volunteers to work at all levels within the charity using a wide variety of methods.
3. Organize and set up a volunteer training scheme.
4. Work with Sight Service staff to identify useful volunteer tasks
Person Specification and Work Skills required:
1. Good understanding of recruiting and managing people.
2. Sound administration and people skill
3. Good written and verbal skills.
4. Ability to work alone and use own initiative when necessary.
5. Sense of humor.
This is the perfect opportunity for the right person to use their existing skills and develop new skills to help build a new scheme for a charity, to learn more skills and to work with motivated people. The charity has many experts working in their own field so the skill you will bring will enhance and expand their work. Training will be available.
2. Personal Assistant to CEO
12 hours a week (weekdays) by arrangement
Sight Service, Bensham Hospital, Saltwell Road, Gateshead NE8 4YL
To provide administrative support by conducting research, help in the preparation of reports, handling information requests and performing clerical function such as preparing correspondence, receiving visitors, arranging conference calls and circulating papers of meetings etc.
Skills and Personal specification
1. Good communication skills
2. Good written, verbal and IT skills
3. Good organisation skills
Training opportunities will be available alongside paid staff, for instance visual awareness training, health and safety, training for trainers, voluntary sector management, working with volunteers, etc etc.
Other benefits would include networking, opportunities to attend local and regional events. etc
Volunteer expenses will be paid
Applicants will benefit from working in an organisation that has a excellent track record, working with people who are skilled professionals in their own field (ie. Social workers, rehabilitation officers for the blind, benefits advisors, management staff to post graduate level, accountants etc.)
Applicants will benefit from experiencing working within the voluntary sector, but with an organisation that is delivering services on behalf of the local authority.
Sight Service staff and volunteer enjoy ‘outside’ social events etc.