The aim of the Maintenance Technician volunteer role is to support our Maintenance Technician team in their day-to-day activities. Our Maintenance Technician team supports everyone aged over 60, as well as people of all ages who have a disability, are on a low income or coming out of hospital by carrying our minor repairs, adaptations and home improvements. We are appealing to versatile and caring individuals to carry out minor DIY jobs which require the support of two people and to provide emotional or peer support to older people who may be particularly anxious about having work carried out in their homes.
This role offers an excellent opportunity for individuals who would like to share their free time and skills to help people in their local community. We would strongly encourage individuals with a keen interest in DIY and who don’t mind pulling up their sleeves to get their hands dirty! Experience of having housing repairs, adaptations or moving is desirable but not essential to become a part of our volunteering team. We especially welcome applications from people aged over 50 and from black or minority ethnic (BME) communities for this role.
What will you gain from this role?
- This role comes with a thorough training programme in manual handling, asbestos and much more
- You will be issued with work wear and personal protective equipment
- Working closely with the handymen will also give you the opportunity to find out the training and qualification our handy people have developed to work in their roles
- The opportunity to spend your free time positively engaging with your local community and making a difference to the lives of your neighbours.
What will you be doing and how often?
- Work alongside a Maintenance Technician to assist with minor DIY tasks in clients’ homes
- Tasks may include: Holding fence panels, lifting furniture and holding rails
- Help reduce client’s anxiety by offering empathy, emotional support and by sharing your experience of having repairs carried out in your own home
- Empower clients to make decisions about their home and well-being by raising awareness of other services or organisations that may support the client; helping the client to access these if desired
- The length of average visits take one to three hours. However, fencing jobs can take three hours or more
- To help us plan the handy person jobs it would be useful to have your availability in advance. A flexible approach would also be welcome if a job pops up on the day
- The locations of the visits vary as we support clients across Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol or North Somerset.
- Have a keen interest in DIY, home repairs and manual work alongside an interest in supporting vulnerable people
- A passion for positively contributing to your local community
- Enjoy working as part of a team
- Have a warm, empathetic and neutral communication style
- Ability to listen well
- Be patient and reliable
- Have confidence to support people in their homes
- Preferably have access to a car or a willingness to travel on public transport.
DBS check: Due to the nature of the role you will need to have completed an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check including a check of the DBS barred list before supporting a client.
How to apply