Volunteering Opportunity: Energy Agent Volunteer with Communities 1st

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The "Welcome Space Network" is a project designed to provide comprehensive support and resources to vulnerable and isolated individuals across Hertfordshire. This two-year project aims to establish a network of 30 Warm Welcome Hubs, offering a range of services including energy support, community engagement, benefits advice, and digital inclusion programmes in response to the challenges of loneliness, isolation, and energy-related hardships, particularly in relation to the cost of living crisis.

Opportunity Type: Long-term Commitment

District: Broxbourne, East Herts, Hertsmere, St Albans

Location: Indoor

Time of day: Weekday Mornings, Weekday Afternoons

Practical Considerations: Support

● Communities 1st will provide relevant training for the role on energy, conservation and carbon monoxide awareness.

● Training will also be provided on Safeguarding

● Communities 1st Staff members or staff from our partners will be available to provide support at the sessions.

Requirements: Will require a criminal record check (DBS)

Suitable for: 18 – 25 year olds, Aged 26 and over, University students, Older People

Suitable for volunteers interested in: Environment & Sustainability, Food Poverty, Nutrition & Food Banks , Isolation & Loneliness, Social Activities, Voluntary & Community Action

Does this opportunity provide wheelchair access?: No

Full Description:
Main role responsibilities:

· Be a friendly face and engage in conversation with those that attend the welcome spaces.

· Provide practical advice on energy savings, safety, and efficient home management.

Time commitment:

From a one hour commitment to a full session volunteers are invited to attend at the space for as long as they can.

Safeguarding and wellbeing

● Volunteers may be asked to have a DBS check completed with Communities 1st.

● A general risk assessment is completed for each Welcome Space and Communities 1st staff completes another risk assessment before each session.

● Children are allowed to attend the Welcome Space with adults only.

● Volunteers are offering a friendly ear for those that might want to talk while attending the warm hub. If the topics turn to things they don’t feel they can

manage or have experience in, they should sign post attendees to Communities 1st staff members or other organisations.

● Attendees could be referred to their own registered healthcare professionals, if appropriate, for any additional needs that may be identified during a warm hub session.

The role is suitable for volunteers who:

· Enjoy working with people

· Are keen about helping others

· Are confident dealing with a wide range of people

· Want to increase confidence

· An interest in energy savings