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Organisation Information
Christian CARE Association
Opportunity Description

The Christian CARE Association runs a Furniture Project, collecting donated good-quality furniture, white goods and other household effects and delivering them, at no charge, to families in need within the London Borough of Merton. The items are stored in 3 lock-up garages in Raynes Park. We own a 3.5 tonne Ford Transit van which is taken out by volunteer drivers with helpers each week on at least one weekday and a Saturday to make collections and deliveries. Since November 2015, Christian CARE has been the only furniture project in the Borough offering a free service.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES

to visit homes of donors and clients to make collections and deliveries as directed by the Coordinator.
to report back to the office, preferably by email, on work done and any problems.
to check the van before starting out to make sure that it is roadworthy.
to assess the needs of new families and to refer to the Chair/Co-ordinator of any further support which may be required.

SKILLS AND ABILITIES

to have good people skills when dealing with fellow volunteers, clients and donors on the phone and face to face.
to be reliable and a good time keeper.

to be able to act on own initiative and take decisions.
to be fit and able to lift heavy items.
to drive the van [not essential for helper].
to have basic DIY skills [not essential].

ESSENTIAL REQUIREMENTS

to be in sympathy with the Christian ethos of the Association and to be prepared to work with people of any faith or none.
to be prepared to have a Disclosure and Barring Service(DBS) check if required.
to abide by the all Association policies, and in particular the Health and Safety Policy.
to have an acceptable driving licence [driver only].

HOURS:

individual teams may agree a specific time each week.
some flexibility to cope with emergencies would be appreciated.

EXPENSES:

travel to and from the van may be claimed.
any purchases of diesel, van equipment or small items for clients will be reimbursed.

Essential Skills
Essential Skills: 
DIY
Driving
Teamwork
Desired Skills
Desired Skills: 
DIY
Driving
Listening Skills
Mentoring
Verbal Communication Skills
Interests
Interests: 
Buddying
Driving
Family Support
Homelessness and Housing
Driving
Practical Work and DIY
Practical Considerations
Is a driving licence required?: 
Yes
Is this opportunity at a location with full disabled access?: 
No
When are Volunteers required?
Flexible


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