Job title: All-Rounder Volunteer
The Choir with No Name (CWNN) runs choirs for people affected by homelessness. In 2018 CWNN partnered with Brighton Housing Trust to launch the newest choir of the family!
We meet every Monday at One Church, Gloucester Place with dinner at the end of rehearsal and perform regularly. Our aim is for our members (and volunteers!) to have fun, build their confidence, improve skills and wellbeing, and make friends.
What do you have to do?
- Assist with ensuring that rehearsals runs smoothly and keep a safe, supportive atmosphere
- Act as a good example to members (being friendly and open, and upholding CWNN’s and BHT’s values)
- Provide informal support to choir members
- Be aware and listen to members supportively
- Report any concerns about members to staff
- Assist with food purchasing, cooking, preparation, serving, and washing up
- Administrative tasks, eg attendance register, members’ expenses
- Contributing to generating a positive atmosphere
And optional stuff for those who are able to:
- Singing and/or playing musical instruments
- Assisting with publicity, eg website, video production
- Attending and assisting at gigs (at times and locations other than the regular rehearsal)
We ask that volunteers…
- Are willing to commit to 2 rehearsals per month – rehearsals are once a week on a Monday evening, from 6.15pm-9.30pm, One Church, Gloucester Place, Brighton
- Have the ability to get on well with choir members, who often have personal difficulties
- Have a calm and non-judgemental attitude
- Are good team players
- Ask for support or guidance when they need it, from more experienced volunteers as well as staff
- Follow health and safety regulations, safeguarding and confidentiality policies (once explained)
Support offered to volunteers
Many choir members experience a range of difficulties in their everyday lives, some of which they may choose to share with volunteers. So, as well as staff being on hand at rehearsals to help you with any questions or concerns, we’ll hold quarterly reflective practice meetings – to share your concerns about members and rehearsals and find solutions to problems alongside your fellow volunteers.
Benefits for Volunteers
Volunteers get direct first-hand understanding of the challenges facing people affected by homelessness and other marginalisation. There is the opportunity to develop skills in delivering frontline line services and learn about how an effective choir runs. All our volunteers share a free meal with choir members at the end of rehearsal, and we can offer travel expenses to those who need them. Volunteers will also receive an induction as well as ad-hoc training sessions on specialist areas.
How do I sign up to volunteer?
Email Choir Manager Alex at [email protected] and we’ll be in touch with more information on how to get started.