George House Trust is a registered charity that has been supporting people living with HIV in Greater Manchester and the wider North West since 1985. Our vision is for all people living with HIV to live happy and healthy lives and be free from stigma and discrimination. We aim to meet the changing needs of people newly diagnosed with HIV, living with HIV and ageing with HIV. HIV is no longer the disease that it was in the 1980’s when the epidemic first hit the UK and our services have changed accordingly: from helping people to die with dignity in the early days, to helping people live and age well and confidently with HIV today, free from stigma. Our core objectives reflect this:
Medical advances now mean that HIV is a manageable long term health condition when diagnosed early, but continuing levels of misunderstanding and a lack of up to date knowledge mean that HIV remains a highly stigmatised medical condition within our society. At George House Trust we offer a range of services to support people to live a positive and empowered life, helping them to increase their HIV knowledge and equipping them with the confidence to tackle stigma. Activities include: one-to-one advice, peer mentoring support, counselling, welfare support for destitute service users, support for people ageing with HIV, money and debt advice, HIV confident courses and social events.
We are a service user-centred organisation and promote the involvement of people living with HIV at every level, through regular consultation, volunteering, employment, Trusteeship and membership. 60% of our Board of Trustees, 30% of our staff and 55% of our volunteers are HIV+. This ensures HIV and the people affected by it remain at the heart of our choices.
Two exciting and rewarding volunteer positions have become available in the Advice Support team. These roles would be best suited to people who have experience of welfare benefits and the issues which face people living on benefits or low incomes. We are looking for volunteers with excellent IT skills, excellent written and spoken English and the ability to manage a variation of tasks.
As an Advice Support Volunteer you’ll be playing a key role in helping to reduce poverty for people living with HIV in the North West. You’ll gain experience of completing financial applications, further develop your administration and IT skills and gain an insight into the issues affecting people living with HIV today and how a charity works.
Undertaking one to one financial application appointments with people living with HIV
Completing paperwork for financial applications and writing support letters, including online applications
Data entry onto Civi CRM – the system that we use to manage service user records
Contacting service users about upcoming events
Other administrative tasks as appropriate
We ask that volunteers can commit 1 day per week for a minimum of 6 months if possible, on either a Wednesday or a Thursday from 10am-3pm with some flexibility. Full training will be provided.
Minimum commitment level: Once a week
Start Date: 07-03-2018
Start Time: 10:00 AM
End Time: 03:00 PM