Surrey Care Trust - Swingbridge Community Project (Guildford)

Training Support Volunteer - Swingbridge

About Surrey Care Trust (SP)

Surrey Care Trust provides a range of services in alternative and first step education, family support and community safety.

The role

This is a "supporting people" role, the work takes place on a canal boat, conducting environmental work, however, other volunteers manage the boat and environmental training can be provided if needed. No boating or environmental skills are needed to apply for this role, although a willingness to work in this environment is essential.

 Personal Attributes required

  •  Professionalism
  •  Diplomacy

  •  Patience
  •  Ability to support people with limited literacy skills and/or behavioural issues
  •  Willingness to help supervise environmental work

 Skills required

  •  Coaching and/or motivational skills
  • Ability to challenge negative behaviour

  • Physically fit as the work can be strenuous

  • A car driver is an advantage as the boat is sometimes moored when there is no easy access to public transport


    Time Required

    The minimum time commitment is one day every 4 weeks, and ideally we would like volunteers who can spare one regular day per week, as consistency is important for those whom we help. If you have  a particular interest or skill and would like to volunteer to support a particular group eg young people or offenders, it is likely this can be arranged, subject to the relevant checks.

    Background Checks

    Two references will be required, the Trust will also make a "Disclosure and Barring service" check, formerly CRB.


    Travel expenses may be claimed

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Mission Statement

Tackle disadvantage, social exclusion and hardship in local communities and to help people improve their life chances. We will reach out to people to equip them with the skills to improve their economic situation, to reduce their social isolation and to convince them that they have a valuable contribution to make to society.


Amongst the ways this is achieved are:


Helping people to help themselves for the longer term by providing life-changing opportunities through education and training.

  • Running innovative programmes designed to keep disaffected and vulnerable young people in education, either at mainstream school or at one of our own learning centres, so that they achieve the skills and self-confidence they need for a successful and fulfilling life.
  • Offering second chance learning and training to people of all ages whose lack of skills limits their opportunities and leaves them economically vulnerable.
  • Making training and education programmes available to offenders and ex-offenders, both to improve their own life chances and to create safer communities by helping to reduce re-offending.