DIY Skills Volunteer - Bristol

Shelter Volunteering
Contract Type: 
Part Time
One day a week for a minimum of six months, but this is flexible
Details of Role: 

DIY Skills Volunteer - Bristol


Role Summary- To support the operation of housing support services by assisting the DIY Skills Advisor (DIYSA) in their day to day business, helping them to meet the needs of their clients so that they can maintain and keep a home

Time Commitment: One day a week for a minimum of six months, but this is flexible

Location: Shelter Bristol, 3rd Floor, New Bond House, Bond Street, Bristol, BS2 9AG

Supervised by: Volunteer Lead


As a DIY Skills Volunteer you will support the DIY Skills Advisor to help clients from across all of our Bristol services to make their house a home, through skill sharing and practical support. 


Main Tasks can include:

  • The role of the DIY Skills volunteer is to support the DIYSA with low risk, planned tasks in clients' homes. This may include:
  • Assisting the DIYSA with decorating (including painting and wallpapering)
  • Assisting the DIYSA with gardening and other outdoor tasks such as fencing
  • Conducting minor repairs under the supervision of the DIYSA
  • Putting together flat-pack furniture
  • Supporting clients to purchase goods for DIY in their home (shopping)
  • General administrative tasks (photocopying, scanning, creating client files and filing) 


Skills and Experiences required:

  • Practical skills in DIY and/or gardening and outside maintenance or an interest in learning these skills
  • An interest in supporting and motivating people to make positive changes in their lives through acquiring new skills and interests
  • Effective communication skills and the ability to understand the needs of our clients
  • An ability to organise your own work, manage your time and work on your own initiative
  • An ability to confidently use Microsoft Office, including Outlook, Excel and PDF documents to a good standard 
  • Willingness to follow Shelter’s policies, including volunteering, health & safety, equality & diversity, confidentiality & data protection


Induction, Learning and Development:

  • To enable you to take part in this opportunity, Shelter will:
  • Provide you with a Volunteer Handbook and all Policies and Procedures
  • Provide E-Learning: Equality and Diversity, Health and Safety, Data Protection, Environmental Awareness and Safeguarding
  • Provide free access to our suite of internal training programmes an other appropriate Shelter training
  • Provide on the job induction
  • Reimburse "out of pocket" expenses in line with Shelter's volunteer expenses policy


Benefits of Volunteering with Shelter

  • Supporting Shelter in our fight against bad housing and homelessness
  • Gain valuable work experience as part of a team
  • Be part of a great team
  • Build your confidence and develop transferable skills
  • Enhances your CV, we can help you to update this and will provide references when you leave


Why get involved with Shelter?

Shelter helps millions of people every year struggling with bad housing or homelessness through our advice, support and legal services. And we campaign to make sure that, one day, no one will have to turn to us for help. We're here so no one has to fight bad housing or homelessness on their own. Shelter volunteers are involved in our head office, services, shops, campaigns, events and our legal teams and they all contribute their valuable time, skills and experience. We simply couldn't achieve our goals without them.

Closing Date: 
Friday, 12 April, 2019 - 23:00
How to Apply: 

Next Steps:

Please complete an application for this role. After you have applied, we will invite successful candidates to an interview to discuss the role further.

You will be involved in regulated activity for this role, and for this reason we require you to undertake a basic DBS check

Please note, you will be asked to declare any unspent convictions. Having a criminal record does not mean that you cannot volunteer with us. It may limit the different ways that you can get involved, but please contact us, if you require more information.

This is a voluntary position that supports the work of our services and is not replacing the work of a paid member of staff. This role profile does not form part of any contract of employment.

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