English Conversation Club Volunteer


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English Conversation Club Volunteer 


Role Summary:  

We are looking for volunteers to facilitate our new English Conversation Club working in partnership with SAVTE (Sheffield Association for the Voluntary Teaching of English). The Conversation Club will support clients to enhance their English language skills and to understand how to respond to real life situations. Clients who are learning English as a second language will access the Conversation Club to learn and practice words and phrases that will benefit them in their daily lives. Each week you will prepare a relevant topic to discuss with clients. The topics will range from typical daily conversations to more specific housing related interactions.  

Our expert partners SAVTE run various Conversation Clubs across the city. SAVTE will provide ongoing training for the role with access to a conversation group volunteers network and insightful events to meet with other peers. Shelter will facilitate the Conversation Club and manage the volunteer roles. This is a great opportunity to work alongside two forward-thinking Charities who are looking at innovative ways to improve people’s lives.  

Volunteers must be passionate about helping others to make positive and meaningful changes in their lives. This role is perfect for individuals who have a passion for upskilling others, enjoy facilitating learning in an interactive and enriching environment, and can organise resources that offer purposeful conversation topics for clients.  

Suggested Involvement: 2 hrs per week (30 mins preps, 1hr 30 mins session) 

Availability: This volunteering opportunity will take place within our working hours, Monday-Friday, 9-5. 

Location: Shelter Hub   

Supervised by: Volunteer Coordinator 


Why volunteer with Shelter? 

Shelter helps millions of people every year struggling with bad housing or homelessness through our advice, support, and legal services. And we campaign to make sure that, one day, no one will have to turn to us for help. We're here so no one has to fight bad housing or homelessness on their own. 

The Conversation Club is a new offer Shelter is delivering in partnership with SATVE. Shelter is aware that people with English as a second language have greater barriers to accessing help, support and acting on their rights. The Conversation Club aims to empower individuals to break down barriers they are facing and tackle discrimination within the housing system. The opportunity will also offer clients the chance to expand their understanding of the English Language and help them integrate into their communities, increase their employment prospects, and have other beneficial factors such as parents supporting children with their homework. This is a fantastic opportunity to offer individuals support to make transformative steps in their lives and join an exciting new initiative.   

Main Tasks 

  • Initiate and facilitate a weekly Conversation Group with suitable topical discussions, ensuring participants involvement. 

  • Willing and able to work with participants from diverse cultures and background  

  • Manage or facilitate conversations in a group and provide positive guidance and encouragement.  

  • Refer any safeguarding issues or concerns to Shelter and SAVTE.  

  • Collect participants feedback and own comments and suggestions to improve sessions. 

  • Working with other volunteers to deliver sessions and ideas and resources and best practice. 


Skills and Abilities required 

  • Enthusiasm to support people to learn and empower them to improve their lives. 

  • Ability to facilitate discussion and involve the whole group in the conversations. 

  • An organised individual who will prepare the conversation topics on a weekly basis. 

  • Patience in communicating with individuals who speak English as a second language. 

  • Be friendly, welcoming, respectful, and have a positive attitude.  

  • Capacity to clearly relay information to others and communicate topics effectively.  

  • Willing to work with other people sharing ideas to enable the groups continued learning.   

  • Willingness to work with SAVTE to increase your knowledge and learn from other established conversation group volunteers. 


Learning & Development 

To enable you to take part in this opportunity Shelter will: 

  • Provide you with a Volunteer Handbook 

  • Provide a local induction into your role 

  • Provide access to eLearning including Equality & Diversity, Health & Safety, Data Protection, Environmental Awareness and Safeguarding 

  • Provide access to our other training appropriate to your role 

Benefits of Volunteering with Shelter 

  • Supporting Shelter in our fight against bad housing and homelessness 

  • Gain valuable work experience and enhance your CV 

  • Be part of a great team 

  • Build your confidence and develop transferable skills