Our comprehensive learning and development programme offer an abundance of ongoing training opportunities, allowing you to continually advance, improve and document your professional skills.
Our volunteers have a unique view on how we work, and it is important that they can express this and feed it into our decision-making. We ensure that volunteers can discuss any issues relating to their volunteering and to provide feedback on how they are doing.
Volunteers at SIG have full access to the training and development opportunities that form our Workforce Development Strategy. All volunteers have access to our independent Employee Assistance Programme which provides advice and support 24 hours a day 365 days a year. We also have a suite of volunteer-specific policies and procedures.
There will always be a staff member available during their time volunteering to discuss any immediate issues and help resolve problems.
During the induction period, volunteers meet with their supervisor weekly for the first six weeks to discuss their progress and any difficulties they are experiencing. After six weeks, the meeting frequency reduces to bi-monthly. In addition to this, all volunteers have a bi-annual review to allow them to reflect on the previous six months and plan for the forthcoming six. Training needs are also reviewed during these meetings.
When I decided that I would like to find out about recovery roles, there was quite a lot of charities and organisations that came up on my Search engine.
It was not only Social Interest Group’s ethos that struck a chord with me, but the website was inviting and easy for me to navigate.
I sent an email to People and Culture to say that I was interested in recovery work but didn’t really know what to do about it!
I was contacted swiftly and met with kindness and respect.
When I applied to be a volunteer, I also liaised with someone at People and Culture and had a video call too. I was able to ask questions as the video caller was very patient and welcoming. This meant that before I started my volunteering, I already felt valued by Social Interest Group.
Brook Drive volunteer