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Offered by:
Inspire: Culture, Learning and Libraries
Location(s): Outside of Nottingham City
Address where volunteering takes place: This opportunity takes place in your local library See opportunity details for list of libraries  

How many places are on offer?
Purpose of Role:

We are looking for volunteers to host a regular Places of Welcome group at their local library

Role Description:

Places of Welcome is a national initiative aimed at providing a network of community venues where anyone can go to find a friendly face and for a cuppa and a chat. It’s a way of providing a free social meeting place for those who may live alone or feel isolated, are new to the area or have little opportunity to meet other people in their neighbourhood. It’s somewhere everyone is welcome and it’s important that there should always be someone on hand ready to provide a smile and a greeting and to encourage people to drop by. This is where you come in.

Would you be able to host a group at your local library? We’re looking for people who can:
- attend a 2 hour session at a regular time once a week
- make and serve refreshments to visitors and clear away at the end
- chat to diverse people on a variety of subjects, but more importantly, be a good listener
- share knowledge of local organisations where further help and support can be found (AgeUK, Mind, Notts Help Yourself).

Over a period of time groups may develop in a variety of ways, depending on the skills and interests of those participating, and the volunteer hosts would be instrumental in passing these ideas to library staff for consideration.

All volunteers should be willing to undertake some short training sessions to help them in their new roles. This role will also require two references.

Currently, we have vacancies for Places of Welcome Hosts at the following libraries: Mansfield, West Bridgford, Worksop, Newark, Sutton-in-Ashfield, Kirkby-in-Ashfield, Bingham, Southwell, Retford, Carlton, Forest Town, Mansfield Woodhouse, Huthwaite and Bilsthorpe. Others may follow shortly.

For more information on Places of Welcome visit https://www.placesofwelcome.org.uk

Skills and Qualifications:

Customer service skills essential, and the ability to talk to different people, no matter their circumstances. Specific training about Places of Welcome will be provided

When required:

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Additional information:
Are there age restrictions for this opportunity? No
Are there gender restrictions for this opportunity? No
Is the opportunity accessible to disabled people? Yes
How long before volunteer can expect a response?

Up to 10 working days

How long to complete training and recruitment?

approx. 4 weeks

Volunteer Expenses offered? No
Induction and Training offered? Yes
Support and Supervision offered? Yes
Has a risk assessment been carried out? Yes
DBS Disclosure required? No

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