VOLUNTEERING – WORK WITH US
Birmingham Pastors is a volunteer street care team based in and around the city centre offering pastoral care to those in need.
Connected by radios to central city CCTV (City Watch), our volunteer pastors will work daily alongside police, retail security, street wardens and ambulance services, tackling rough sleeping, poverty and vulnerability. This makes for a safer city with a co-ordinated caring approach.
Scroll down to find out more about how to get involved with Network Four as a volunteer.
VOLUNTEER WITH US
What will I be doing if I join the team?
As one of our amazing volunteers, there are two opportunities to get involved.
Each shift you will go out in pairs actively supporting and giving valuable pastoral time, advice and care to those in need, whilst often acting as a vital bridge and breathing space for our city’s police, ambulance, and street wardens.
As a volunteer Birmingham Pastor, you will join a daily street team of four pastors and, after completing your DBS vetting, training and several orientation shifts, you will be ready to head out onto our city’s streets.
Monday – Friday, 9am – 2:30pm
As one of our volunteer support workers you will be trained to handle daily client issues passed through from our Outreach Pastors by making phone calls or writing letters.
You will then look to follow up on each client’s situation, building and implementing a care plan that transforms and brings hope to their difficult situations.
This role does require good people skills, great office and IT skills and the ability to work in a vibrant, fast paced and flexible team.
Due to the nature of clients we support, you will require lots of patience to care for these hard to reach and often very challenging individuals.
As a registered charity, our volunteers are vital to our work and as such we seek to safeguard, equip and train you to be able to safely respond to a variety of situations or step back and call for emergency assistance when required.
As part of your ongoing training you will be given a Volunteer Survival Kit, which includes essential knowledge of agencies and emergency services within our city’s day and night time economy. You will also receive valuable training that will up-skill you in the following areas:
- Basic First Aid
- Drugs Awareness
- Observation Skills
- Mental Health
- Domestic Violence
- Vulnerability Awareness
- Use of the Radio
- Conflict Management
- Alcohol Awareness
There’s no minimum requirement but we suggest a 5-hour commitment once a month, but if you want, you can do more.
As a city wide charity, we are committed to working together with a diverse collaboration of partner agencies and emergency services to ensure that the lonely and vulnerable individuals on our city’s streets get the support, love and help they most need.
WHO IS SUPPORTING US?
As a registered charity, Networkfour is working closely with Westside BID, West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner, Mayor Andy Street, West Midlands Police, Birmingham City Council, a range of local churches and the West Midlands Ambulance Service. Together we will help, positively care for, and support hundreds of vulnerable individuals.
VOLUNTEER WITH US
We are always looking for new volunteers so if you would like to join Birmingham Pastors or find out more about what we do, then please get in touch.
If you’d like some more information about volunteering with Network Four, you can download our volunteers information pack.
Volunteers must be 18 and over.Networkfour Registered Office: 19 Highfield Road Edgbaston Birmingham B15 3BH
Networkfour is a Limited Company in England and Wales Number: 07316168
Networkfour is a registered charity in England and Wales Number: 1146639