East Surrey Outreach Service is looking for volunteers

Our East Surrey Outreach Service (ESOS) is looking for volunteers to help their work ending street homelessness

East Surrey Outreach Service is looking for volunteers

Our East Surrey Outreach Service (ESOS) is looking for volunteers to help run their outreach service based in Redhill, Surrey.

Skills:

– A calm and purposeful approach to challenges

– Motivation to support people facing disadvantage

– Awareness and understanding of the need for boundaries and confidentiality

– An understanding of equal opportunities, discrimination and diversity

– An awareness of health and safety issues in the workplace

– Ability to listen, follow instructions and build trusting relationships with people facing homelessness

 

Practicalities:

The team is flexible and can accommodate a variety of hours and shifts per week, however they are particularly looking for help with the Friday morning shift 6am-noon.

– Accompany Thames Reach support worker on early morning outreach shifts to respond to StreetLink alerts for new records of people sleeping rough in the area

– Take notes and record accurate information. (Street outreach shifts are typically 6am-9am out on the street followed by some office admin, such as writing up notes)

– Interact with members of the public, local businesses and other stakeholders (via StreetLink) who are involved with those facing homelessness in the borough

– Update the relevant local authority, StreetLink system and InForm database with actions and prepare shift summary document.

 

PPE can also be provided.

For more information or to apply, please contact Kelly, our volunteer programmes manager, at: volunteers@thamesreach.org,uk.

Please note that the role will be based at the ESOS office in Redhill, Surrey.

Thames Reach to run outreach service in East Surrey

East Surrey Outreach Service to work with people sleeping rough or at risk of homelessness across four local authorities

Thames Reach to run outreach service in East Surrey

Thames Reach has been successful in a recent bid to run a service helping people who are sleeping rough or at risk of homelessness in East Surrey.

East Surrey Outreach Service (eSOS) will begin operating as part of Thames Reach in May, and will engage in outreach work to help rough sleepers off the streets, along with preventative work to support people who are sofa surfing, living in other precarious situations, or at risk of losing their home.

eSOS is Thames Reach’s first commissioned service outside of Greater London and the organisation is looking forward to working with partners in the region to develop new ways of helping homeless and vulnerable people.

The service covers four district councils: Epsom & Ewell, Tandridge, Reigate & Banstead, and Mole Valley, a region which includes the towns of Dorking, Epsom, Leatherhead and Redhill.

Catherine Parsons, Thames Reach director of operations, said: “We are pleased to have this opportunity to tackle the issue of homelessness beyond London and to explore new ways of working to end rough sleeping.”

Thames Reach will be recruiting new staff for this service in the coming weeks. Roles will be advertised at www.thamesreach.org.uk/about-us/careers