Connections Week 2019
Connections Week is back for 2019 and we need your help! At the end of 2017, 160 community volunteers in Brighton & Hove spoke to rough sleepers about their lives, hopes and aspirations. The purpose was to ensure that the views of homeless people feed into service redesign and to bring together different sections of society to discuss innovative housing solutions.
We're holding another Connections Week in October 2019 in order to check that our aims are still aligned with those of people sleeping rough in our city. It also allows us to benchmark data from 2017 to highlight areas that need further improvement.
We'd like to invite you to a pre-Connections Week event to mobilise our best asset - you! - and talk about the process and how you can support.
This event is Wednesday 26 June, 6-7.30pm at Community Base in Brighton (full details and address here).
RSVP here to secure your place.
We look forward to seeing you there!
Current Volunteer Opportunities
We need a range of volunteers to help us with our upcoming Connections Week. To see how volunteers last time felt about their experience watch this video
Interviewer of People Who Are Street Homeless Roles
These volunteers will work as part of a small team going out into Brighton & Hove late at night or early in the morning to survey people living on the streets, to gather information to improve services. You need to be prepared to walk around the city for several hours - each session will be around 5 hours.
You need to be willing to engage with a variety of people. We strongly encourage people with an additional language to volunteer.
Team Leader for Interviewers
This role is the same as above but you also need experience organising people, either at home, at work or as part of a voluntary or social activity.
Hub Coordination and Support Roles
These roles support the volunteers by providing a safe space for them to start and finish their interview sessions. This involves keeping in touch with team leaders to make sure everyone is safe, providing an emergency response for complex issues, ensuring the smooth running of the outreach sessions and quality checking the returned surveys.
These sessions will take place early in the morning or late at night during Connections Week and each session will last about 5 hours.
Data Inputting Roles
This role involves inputting survey data into a database to generate reports, allowing better service development and delivery. This work will be during the day of Connections Week.
We need data analysts to consider the collected data and produce informative reports. To volunteer, you need to be computer literate and have some experience in this field.
We need report authors who are able to turn the data we gather into an engaging report that will have real impact on a wide audience.
In order for the report to have the widest possible impact we are looking for Graphic Designers to design and format the report.
If you are interested in volunteering please register
When will we need you?
Volunteers interviewing street homeless people, Hub Coordinator and support roles and Data entry volunteers need to be available on at least one of the following sessions:
Sunday 13th October 4am – 9am & 9pm – 2am
Monday 14th October 4am – 9am & 9pm – 2am
Tuesday 15th October 4am – 9am & 9pm – 2am
Thursday 16th October 4am – 9am
Data analyst volunteers need to be available in the second half of October.
Graphic designers need to be available in November once the data Analysts have completed their work.
You will also need to be available for training before October – dates to be confirmed.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org