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Virtual Volunteering

Our virtual support volunteers provide a vital support to us and our customers. We have several volunteering opportunities outlined below:

Virtual Support Volunteer


Virtual support volunteers provide mentorship and one to one support to Pawsitive Squad client. They work within a team of virtual support volunteers to enable up to 3 Pawsitive Squad clients with additional or alternative needs to access all aspects they wish of the virtual training program offered and enabling the client to fulfil their full potential within the program. 

Exact duties will vary between volunteers depending on the need of the clients they are supporting but can include:

Exact duties will vary between volunteers depending on the need of the clients they are supporting.

  • Reaching out to the clients you are supporting on a weekly or fortnightly basis to check if they need any support or have any questions and check they are on track.
  • Support the client to develop/ improve study skills.
  • Providing email support to clients who are facing any difficulties in accessing the assistance dog program.
  • Training clients on how to use the various virtual resources and records used.
  • Scheduling and supporting study time for the virtual learning programs and helping explain the virtual learning materials or reading the material aloud as required.
  • Support clients through virtual assessments, this can include the client reading you the answer and you typing it for them or reading aloud questions and/or providing emotional support.
  • Helping clients to book onto suitable classes and assessments for them.
  • Raising any questions or concerns with the trainer which the client is struggling to raise directly.
  • Ensuring clients have read/ heard and understood any changes to the assistance dog program which may have an impact on them.
  • Liaising with the Pawsitive Squad team with regards to any concerns for the young person or dog and any ways in which you or the client feel we could improve the service we provide.
  • Typing out subtitles for clients as the trainer speaks in live zoom classes to support clients with hearing impairment or learning difficulties.
  • Signpost clients to other services (e.g. Samaritans, shelter) as required.

The main skills and qualities we look for in potential virtual support volunteers are:

  • Good reading, writing and comprehension skills.
  • Have basic ICT skills.
  • Be a good listener.
  • Be compassionate but able to maintain a professional boundary.


No previous experience is required and training is provided. As with all Pawsitive Squad roles, this role is subject to enhanced DBS check, 2 referees and interview. 


Sibling Support Volunteer


Description: Working in pairs with another sibling support volunteer to provide monthly virtual activities for siblings of disabled young people on our assistance dog programs. At Pawsitive Squad, the whole family is included in the community. We run parent activity sessions weekly already and are adding in these new sibling sessions to ensure the siblings do not feel left out. Siblings of disabled children can often feel excluded and face additional challenges which other young people do not face. By having these sessions, we want to feel a part of our community, to have a special time where they are the focus and where they can socialise and share with other young carers.

Duties:

  • To work with your fellow volunteers to create an hour of activities to be ran monthly via zoom. These can be adventure activities, arts and crafts, imagination activities. Ideally activities should loosely have a dog theme.
  • To contact the volunteer supervisor with a list of any equipment which needs to be purchased and posted to participants to enable them to participate in the activity (such as craft supplies).
  • To design a visual social media post using canva.com to attract siblings to participate in the sessions.
  • To run the session, live, on a Friday evening, as a pair once a month via zoom
  • To encourage open communication and the development of friendships between siblings from the Pawsitive Squad program.
Skills/ Knowledge:
  • Good listening and communication skills
  • Have good organisation skills
  • Be reliable

Experience required:
  • No experience required
  • Desirable to have experience working/volunteering with children but not vital.

Training & support:

Successful candidates will be provided with a volunteer manual outlining how to perform their role as well as 2 hours of zoom group training. The volunteer’s supervisor will check in with the volunteer via email monthly and 3 monthly via zoom. Top up training provided, as necessary.


Hours Required:
From one to five hours every month, 1 hour on a fixed date to run the session but the other hours are flexible planning time. 

Practical considerations:

This is a position where volunteers are required to work from home only. The volunteer requires secure access to a computer/laptop/ tablet with up to date virus prevention software and reliable WIFI connection.

All volunteers will require an enhanced DBS (criminal record) check and 2 references (one professional, one personal).  

Other:

Due to conflict of interest we are unfortunately unable to accept volunteers who work with dogs or in animal therapy or who are studying an animal course. 

Volunteer writer

Volunteer writers role is to create content for our blog, website and social media -  this includes interviewing clients about their disabilities, the impact they have and training journey through Pawsitive Squad to share as their public profile upon completing their gold award. Hours per month is very flexible. You simply select a new assignment from the selection provided once you complete the previous. For this role you will be required to have an interview, enhanced DBS check and referees as you will be having direct virtual contact with clients. For this role you need to be confident 

Ready to apply?

If you wish to apply to join us as a virtual volunteer, please complete the initial enquiry form by clicking here.

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