We are interested in hearing from people who would like to offer a few hours a week on a voluntary basis to help our service users in a range of practical activities which enhance their lives and aid their progress towards independent living.
Our job is to help vulnerable people develop the skills and confidence to live full and independent lives in the community. Learning new skills, taking part in arts classes, going on trips and even taking a walk to the local shopping centre are all activities which our service users enjoy and benefit from as they move towards independent living. If you would like to contribute a skill, some knowledge, or just some friendly supportive time for a few hours a week we would love to hear from you.
One of our most successful initiatives of the last two years has been our service users’ 5 a side football team, St Martins FC. This has enabled some of our service users to engage in weekly football matches. It has given them an incentive to maintain healthy diets, avoid harmful substances and take pride in striving together to improve results. A number of service users have stated the football team is a key part of their recovery and something to look forward to every week.
We are looking for at least one enthusiastic volunteer coach, to accompany our team to matches on public transport, to support them in their football training and development and report back on any progress or concerns. The roles require knowledge and sympathy towards people living with enduring mental health conditions and severe football addictions. We are also looking for good diplomacy skills, as feelings can become quite heated during matches, and keeping our team level-headed and out of trouble is a key requirement of the role. Another essential skill is some first aid knowledge and the willingness to accompany any players who become injured to A & E. An FA1 coaching badge, or previous sports coaching experience is desirable but not an essential requirement.
You will receive support from St Martins’ staff, who have experience of service users’ needs, personalities and how they fit into the football team. You will have access to the extensive staff training we provide. You will also be accompanied by a staff member to begin with, so that a smooth handover can be conducted and trust built between all parties. Going forward you will still be supported by St Martins’ staff, with whom you will remain in regular contact.
The time commitment includes collecting, accompanying and supporting the team to attend any or all the events listed here:
Wembley Powerleague matches on Thursday nights from 7pm-9.30pm;
Training at Market Road, Camden from 12pm-2pm on Wednesdays;
North London Special League matches which take place on the 2nd or 3rd Sunday of each month from 1pm – 4.30pm.
Please allow time for travel on top of these hours and note that your travel and incidental expenses will be reimbursed.
We are looking for volunteer coaches who can begin in January 2017 and can commit to at least six months.
Successful applicants will be interviewed in November/December 2016. Please note that all roles at St Martins are subject to a full DBS clearance. Details of how to apply are below.
HR Department: Hr@stmartinoftours.org.uk to make any applications.
Please also see how to apply for guidance on completing forms and about us to learn more about our ethos.
Please note that St Martins are currently not accepting applications for locum workers as we have a full complement of individuals covering locum work. If vacancies arise for locum work they will be advertised on this page of our website.