Volunteering is really vital for us as an organisation in order to keep providing the best support and opportunities for our members. Our volunteers help us in many different areas, from social groups to teaching to being on our board of trustees.
Benefits of volunteering
Volunteering is a very rewarding experience with lots of reasons and benefits for doing so. Here are just some of the reasons to volunteer with People Matters:
- We support some amazing people who are fun and friendly to be around
- All volunteer expenses are paid – so you are never out of pocket
- We have a volunteer’s handbook to give you guidance and record your experiences
- Full training is provided to help you develop in your role
- We also provide further training where possible in other care related areas so it is a great way to learn and develop in a safe, inclusive environment while having fun!
Treasurer and Trustee
Following the resignation of the current treasurer due to changing professional responsibilities People Matters is seeking a new trustee who has financial expertise. Could this be you?
All our trustees hold a voluntary role and are responsible for taking messages from members and translating these into leading the strategic direction of the organisation and monitoring the performance of the management team. The board meets approx every 6 weeks and other post holders include a mix of professionals with relevant expertise and people with lived experience of disability. This post holder will both provide board level financial expertise and contribute across all aspects of decision making. As a social enterprise the organisation wishes to secure commercial expertise to support its growth.
More information can be found in our treasurer role description. and on the ‘about us’ pages of our website. Interested volunteers are also welcome to discuss the role with the CEO Tina Turnbull by contacting the office on 0113 2346896 and leaving their contact details. Applications can be made by CV through Reach Volunteering. Trustees will consider all applications as they arrive in order to make a prompt appointment and may hence close the selection process early before 15th October 20, the closing date specified on Reach Volunteering, if they make an early appointment.
Applications are particularly welcomed from people with minority ethnic backgrounds who are underrepresented on the board of trustees. As an organisation shortlisted for an Inclusivity award at the Leeds Care Awards 2020 we are actively trying to improve the influence and presence of those from minority ethnic backgrounds across the whole organisation.
Volunteer Assistant Group Leader
To support our social groups for adults and young people with learning disabilities, autism and other hidden disabilities. Our social groups meet once a week on an evening or Saturday afternoon. For more information, see the role description here.
Other roles available include supporting delivery of our adult learning courses, fundraising, specific admin roles and trustees. Please keep checking back here for our current vacancies or contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org
As an organisation we are committed to providing students (year 12 through to postgraduate) with opportunities for work placements. For more information contact us on email@example.com
Successful volunteers may also need an enhanced DBS check.
Work Experience Blog from Mila
We are very proud of our link with Häme University of Applied Sciences (HAMK) in Hämeenlinna, Finland and now offer their social work students international placement opportunities.
When I started my placement at People Matters in August, I was new to the UK and I had no idea how much I would experience during these couple months. I came here to learn as much as possible not only about organisational work but also about the UK’s service system. The tasks I have done have supported creating a picture of them: Thank you for all the opportunities to get to know different parts of the work in People Matters and for arranging visits to other services. It has been a great pleasure to be able to see the contrast between them. This has helped me to come to a better understanding of what type of work I would be interested in doing in the future.
I have heard from so many people here that people in Leeds are very welcoming and helpful and after being here I can agree with that 100%. Both the staff and members have taught me a lot and it is amazing how welcome I have felt to every part of the work of People Matters: For example, even though I have been new to every group that I have visited, it hasn’t shown in any way and everyone that I have interviewed has been surprisingly open about their experiences. It feels great that people have felt secure enough to share their stories with me and that the staff has been able to rely on me to do that. My placement has included a lot of interviewing which has been a great way to get to know people and what kind of effect the work of People Matters really has on them. It has also been good practice for maybe the most important project for me in University: Thesis, which at least in our studies consists of research and interviews. I have interviewed both members and staff and it has been a nice chance to get to know a little about the wellbeing of the staff too, because wellbeing at work is one part of our studies.
Life at the office is sometimes very busy and since the Finnish people are known to be quite reserved and shy, it has been a very welcome challenge for me to learn how to gain courage to go and say what I have to say. The tasks and responsibilities I had and the way nobody judged me but helped me with my English got me feeling more and more comfortable speaking it and improve my English skills in general – So a big thanks for that too!