Where

Volunteering will take place in the community in a variety of locations in Greenwich, Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark. You can volunteer in one borough, or across boroughs

When

You are asked to volunteer for a minimum of 6 months and to take part in a minimum of 10 outreach activities during that time. (Outreach activities may last for between two hours and a whole day.)

Organisation

The Sickle Cell Society supports and represents people affected by sickle cell disease to improve their overall quality of life.

Purpose/Objective of the Role

South London Gives is a new project supported by NHS Blood and Transplant aimed at increasing the number of people from black African and black Caribbean communities donating blood. There is a significant need to increase the number of these donors to address the demand for specific types of blood to treat sickle cell patients.

Tasks & Activities

As a Community Advocate you will use your existing links into black African and black Caribbean communities to: raise awareness of the need for more black donors; encourage people to donate blood, and break down some of the concerns and preconceptions that exist around giving blood

  • Making contact with groups of people in one of the four boroughs above. (Groups could be community or social groups, work places, faith groups, etc.)
  • Providing accurate information about blood donation and why it is needed and
  • Signing people up as blood donors in their area
  • You will also be required to support occasional blood donation events designed to raise the profile of black blood donation

Skills Required 

  • Established links into black African and black Caribbean communities
  • Comfortable initiating contact with organisations and groups
  •  Ability to complete accurate and clear records documenting achievements
  • Ability to volunteer independently within established guidelines
  •  A friendly and approachable manner
  • Fluency in a community language is helpful but not essential.

Training/Support Given

  • Training in Community Organising will be provided
  • Ongoing support from your volunteer supervisor.elf.

Benefits of Volunteering to Individual

Through this role you will:

  • Be able to use your work, education and/ or personal networks to help improve the lives of people affected by sickle cell. (Every blood donation can save or improve the lives of up to three people)
  • Use your existing communication skills to help demystify the process of giving blood
  • Meet new people and develop your contacts
  • Take part in a flexible and rewarding volunteer opportunity that you can fit around your professional and personal commitments
  • Learn more about the work of the Sickle Cell Society and the ‘Community Organising’ approach that we will use in this project.

 Application Process

To register your interest, please complete the Volunteer Registration Form . If you have any questions call Aparna on 07378342131