Volunteering opportunities explained
Information, Advice & Guidance
Whether in prison or the community we offer opportunities for volunteers to help us support our participants through 1-2-1 sessions/workshops, delivered by our dedicated team in the following areas:
- CV, cover letter and application forms
An opportunity for participants to learn about what employers look for in CVs and how to put together a CV that demonstrates their skills and experience in the best light. Also explore cover letters and application forms.
- Identifying and searching for jobs
Exploring job satisfaction and building aspirations, matching the participant’s interests, skills and experience, to relevant industries and job roles. Also, looking at practical skills and approaches for seeking work.
- Interview skills & techniques
Exploring effective impressions and boundaries at interview, questions and interview styles and provides the skills and confidence that participants need to be prepared for a successful job interview.
- Wellbeing & Nutrition
Workshop delivered in a kitchen-based setting, seeking healthier alternatives on a budget, learning how to cook, understanding how our brain reacts to poor quality food etc.
- Communication in the workplace
Exploring workplace relationships and effective communication. Helping participants learn how to navigate a new job and respond with professionalism to workplace challenges and conflict.
- Personal Development & goal setting
The starting point for any successful life change, is hope for the future. Helping participants to focus on their beliefs about themselves and becoming employed and helping them to identify strengths and confidence. Exploring transferable skills including organisation and time management, problem solving, and initiative. Providing basic tips and supporting participants to devise a self-development plan.
- Digital Skills
These sessions will equip participants with an understanding and knowledge of the digital skills needed to search and apply for employment. They also include creating and managing their social media presence on LinkedIn etc.
The Kangaroo course supported by City and Guilds will guide participants through the skills they need to be ‘work ready’. This means looking at the personal development of skills we all need to function in today’s society. Participants will be asked to complete activities and to reflect on past experiences and behaviours. Volunteers will be inducted with an Engagement Manager, to ensure they are properly prepared, as they will be required to co-facilitate this workshop.
The best way to change perception and demonstrate the wealth of talent in prisons is to understand their journey from prison. We regularly facilitate visits for small groups of employers to come and meet our prison-based teams, see our training centres in action and have an opportunity to speak with our participants directly. We welcome volunteers to attend and see this side of our work in action.
Lunch & Learn Sessions and Hosting Workplace Visits
Inviting participants to your place of work or using our training space, showing what you do and how you got to where you are now will provide valuable insight into the world of work and equally it creates an opportunity for volunteers to learn from our participants. Lunch & Learn sessions can be delivered over 1 – 2 hours and include a light lunch.
Why not share your expertise? Within the Livery Companies there are undoubtedly a lot of unique skills that the NGB Team could benefit from. Whether your expertise lies in sales, marketing, technology, customer service, or somewhere else entirely – why not offer support our team in an area they need help with? This can be a great opportunity for you and your colleagues to share their knowledge, and help our team develop key business skills. E,g,
- Work with us to help us to tell our story and promote our cause
- Help us to leverage social media and digital advertising channels to increase our brand awareness or deliver a targeted fundraising campaign.
- Help us with a website review covering areas (general functionality, usability, accessibility, performance, and compatibility) with advice for improvements.Other ways to help us…
- Help with venues for hosting some of our workshops & training events
- Donation of notebooks, dictionaries, toiletries etc. for our participants