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Use your skills to become a Matthew Project superhero!

Upholstery or Furniture Repair (Next Steps) Volunteer

Can you stretch, sew, hammer and tack? Do you enjoy giving furniture a new lease of life?

This is an amazing opportunity to pass on your upcycling expertise!

The Matthew Project is a welcoming and vibrant place for building community, providing support, and helping to develop the confidence and skills for those in recovery from substance misuse.

We are looking for volunteers to support the Next Steps Recovery Team to enable service users to learn new skills in upholstery and/or furniture repair for either self-development and enjoyment or to college entry level. The Recovery Hub (at 70-80 Oak Street, Norwich NR3 3AQ) includes a workshop that is equipped with tools, etc. which is currently open Monday to Friday.  However, soon, the plan is to open at weekends too.

We recognise that developing new skills helps to increase someone’s confidence, makes a positive contribution to their ongoing recovery, and can increase their employability.   Therefore, we are looking for volunteers who can encourage people to join in and make them feel comfortable by providing a supportive learning environment.

Tasks may include:

  • delivering upholstery and/or furniture repair training to small groups;

  • providing guidance in setting up equipment for training sessions;

  • ensuring that health and safety requirements are maintained;

  • supporting our programme of furniture upcycling for income generation by motivating service users to get involved; and

  • signposting service users to other activities, further training, or employment opportunities.

Out of pocket expenses will be reimbursed.

Personal qualities are very important to volunteering roles. You will need to be reliable, friendly, enthusiastic, and have a positive attitude to life. We also value good listening and great communication skills. These all need to be coupled with a commitment to substance misuse recovery principles.

The application process will include an interview, referencing and, if appropriate to the volunteering role, checks with the Disclosure and Barring Service.

If you are interested in volunteering with us, please complete the Volunteer Application Form by clicking on the link: https://forms.office.com/e/tStq5NnUdc

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