Men in Sheds Assistant
Hosted by: Age UK Barnsley

Men in Sheds Assistant

Purpose of the Role:
To assist the Men in Sheds project worker to run a creative, enjoyable & safe environment.
Main Tasks:
• Greet new and existing shed members.
• Learn how to use machines and tools safely.
• Take an interest in the member’s hobbies and interests, talk, support and listen to members about their interests. With a special focus on members who have no interest in woodwork.
• Help members with projects if required and ensure that members follow health and safety rules.

Days required: Mon AM, Mon PM, Tues AM, Tues PM, Weds AM, Weds PM, Thur AM, Thur PM, Fri AM, Fri PM

Recruitment process:

We always welcome new volunteers and value the contributions that our volunteers make to the work we do for the elderly people of Barnsley.
We do have a procedure for the recruitment of volunteers, this includes the completion of a short application form followed by an informal chat with the Volunteer Coordinator or the Service Manager.

Skills and quaifications:

Requirements:
• Good communication and interpersonal skills
• An interest in woodworking and the ability to work safely
• Have a good knowledge of Health and Safety working practices. Set good examples and interrupt poor working practices.
• Ability to listen, talk and support members.
• Be discreet, polite and non-judgemental
• Reliability is essential
• Commitment to the policies of Age UK Barnsley, particularly those relating
To equal opportunities, confidentiality and health & safety
• Be aware of health and social issues that may affect older men and respond appropriately
• Be aware of safeguarding issues and pass on any concerns to the project
coordinator.
• Not to advise members but to signpost to Age UK Barnsley’s Information & Advice Service if required.
• Work as part of a team with Age UK Barnsley staff and other volunteers.
• Participate in training sessions and meetings as necessary.
• No specific previous experience or qualifications are required as training and on-going support will be provided.

Gender restrictions?: Yes
Gender restrictions- details:

Due to funding restrictions, this role is to work with Male service users only.