Role: GMFRS Community and Support Volunteer
Salary: £0 (Volunteer)
Hours: Flexible (6 hours a month or 2 activities)
Contract: NA Volunteer Agreement
Location: Flexible opportunities across Greater Manchester
Advert closing date: Ongoing
Click here to view role profile: Community and Support Volunteer Role Profile
Join our fantastic team of volunteers to make a difference to your communities, by delivering informative, educational safety messages and supporting our mission: ‘Saving lives, protecting communities, working together’.
Apply to register your interest in volunteering with GMFRS. If your application is successful, we will invite you to a group assessment session. Please note, assessment sessions are held a few times a year, depending on volunteering vacancies, therefore, whilst we will inform you if you have been shortlisted, it may be up to 6 months before we invite you to assessment session.
Please carefully read the details of the volunteer role you are applying for, so you understand the role and commitment we are asking you to make before submitting your application. Volunteering roles are not associated with applications to be a Firefighter, volunteer activities do not include undertaking any Firefighter duties, the volunteer team advise on Firefighter applications, or taster sessions.
When and we need you:
The majority of our events are during the day, weekdays, with some opportunities for weekend support at Open Days and Charity Events. You need to be able and willing to commit to six hours or 2 sessions per month.
By volunteering and sharing your time, knowledge and experience you will be helping communities across Greater Manchester, and you will also join GMFRS colleagues at activities, meet new people, develop new skills, improve your CV, boost your confidence and improve your communication skills.
As a Community and Support Volunteer you will be offered opportunities to help reduce risk of fire, road traffic collisions and water incidents by engaging and educating members of our communities and supporting our operational crews, by attending operational exercises to role play a live casualty to help create a more realistic and challenging training scenarios.
How we will identify your suitability as a volunteer
Tell us all about you in your application! We will use your application to assess your skills, knowledge and experience and availability to identify if you are an ideal candidate to volunteer for GMFRS.
If you are successful, we will invite you to a group assessment session where we can learn more about you and you can demonstrate your ability to work with others, engage members of the public and clearly communicate to deliver safety information and advice.
Assessments are done as a group, this provides the opportunity for us to learn more about you. At the group assessment, there will be two activities:
Activity 1: You will have two minutes to briefly introduce yourself to assessors and other candidates and share with us your skills, knowledge and experience and motivation for wanting to volunteer with GMFRS.
Activity 2: You will be provided safety information from one of the following topics; Home Fire Safety, Road Safety, Water Safety or safety campaigns, which can be found on the Manchester Fire Website Your Safety - Greater Manchester Fire Rescue Service. You will work with others in a small group to identify key messages and as a group, give a short presentation.
The ideal volunteer for this role will be:
Passionate about volunteering
Reliable, punctual and committed
Willing and able to provide 6 hours volunteering or participate in two activities a month
Confident in engaging and educating our communities and presenting information
Able to communicate effectively with a range of people from different backgrounds and communities; additional languages, including BSL are a benefit but not a requirement
Willing to attend training sessions to learn safety education information and communicate safety advice to different audiences, using a range of resources and technology
A UK driving licence. Not compulsory, but you will need to be able to travel to locations across Greater Manchester to attend volunteering activities and training sessions. D1 (minibus driver) on your license is also a benefit but not compulsory.
Able to be part of a diverse team and follow direction
As an employer, the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) is made up of a number of key Greater Manchester strategic functions and service providers including; Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS); Waste and Resources; Environment; Work and Skills; Research; Public Sector Reform; Police, Crime and Criminal Justice; Homelessness; the Greater Manchester Ageing Hub and the Commissioning Hub.
We value the diversity of our employees and volunteers and aim to recruit a workforce which reflects our diverse communities across Greater Manchester. We welcome applications from all suitably qualified individuals, irrespective of people's age, disability, Trans status and identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation. We have guidance in place to ensure that all applicants are treated fairly and consistently at every stage of the recruitment process, including the consideration of reasonable adjustments for people who have a disability.
To find out more about working for us please click here: https://www.greatermanchester-ca.gov.uk/