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Community Safety Volunteer

Role: Community Safety Volunteer
Responsible to: Volunteer coordinator
Hours: Minimum of 8 hours per month (average over 6 months)

Overall function

  • To support and assist Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service in the planning, coordination and delivery of community safety activities.
  • To assist with any administration work that supports community safety activities.
  • To assist the Community Safety Leads with the development of Community Safety initiatives appropriate to each Delivery Group.
  • To support the work with outside partnership agencies and fire service staff to enhance the safety of the community.

Principal activities

  • To support the Safety Leads to coordinate, publicise, deliver and complete any administration work relevant to Community Safety events and activities.
  • Assist the Central Risk Reduction team to provide appropriate advice targeting at risk groups such as older people and those who are most at risk from fire.
  • Support the promotion and delivery of national, seasonal and local safety events e.g. road safety education, bonfire safety and religious festivals.
  • Carry out any other specific duties in support of the corporate safety plan under the direction of the Community Safety Lead.

Benefits for the volunteer

The placement will provide an opportunity to:

  • Be involved in delivering a valuable service to the community.
  • Meet new people.
  • Enjoy the experience of volunteering as part of a friendly team.
  • Increase their confidence and gain new knowledge and skills.
  • Increase computer literacy skills and administration experience.
  • Contribute to the success of protecting people from the risk of fire in their own homes and providing a safer community.

Training

All volunteers will be required to attend a one day induction course and attend additional relevant training sessions as and when required in order to meet the demand of their principal activities.

Person specification

Essential

  • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Clear written and verbal skills
  • Ability to achieve deadlines, work on own initiative and be self-motivated
  • Ability to work as a team member or individual
  • Maintain a flexible, positive and responsive approach to duties 
  • Good administration and Coordination skills, with a keen attention to detail

Desirable

  • Knowledge of spreadsheets, databases and other computer tools
  • Experience of organising and coordinating events
  • Driving licence, have the use of a vehicle and willing to enter onto the ‘casual car’ user scheme