Training ProgrammeA three stage training programme helps Opendoors volunteers to contribute appropriately to the welfare of both the guests and the other volunteers. We are currently in the process of discussing how we will offer our autumn 2020 training programme during the continuing coronavirus pandemic.
Step 1 is for new volunteers and consists of a Core Session (Volunteering with Opendoors), a special session on Homelessness, a special session on Safeguarding and an online session on Food Hygiene for Kitchen volunteers. We hope existing volunteers will ‘catch up’ on any of Step 1 sessions they haven’t already covered.
Step 2 is mainly for Hall volunteers but Kitchen volunteers are welcome. There is a Core session (Engaging with Guests) and special sessions on Dealing with Addiction, Mental Health Challenges and Everyday First Aid. Volunteers are encouraged to attend two or three sessions this autumn and any they haven't been able to fit in, could then be signed up fpr when they are repeated in the spring.