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Renovate and Decorate Volunteer

How to apply

Please complete a Volunteer Application Form and email it to claire.douglass@pathwaysofchesterfield.co.uk

Aims of Volunteer role:

Pathways of Chesterfield have been housing the homeless since 2006 and we have successfully housed over 240 people in the last financial year. Unfortunately, we have found that in many cases the accommodation allocated to our clients may not be clean, decorated or the property may have been left in an undesirable state by the previous occupants.

The new role of the Renovate and Decorate Volunteer will be to use individual skills to work alongside other volunteers and the client to achieve a good standard of decoration to the property. This could include painting, wallpapering, sanding, small DIY jobs such as putting up shelves and curtain poles and helping assemble flat pack furniture.

We aim to assist our client achieve their vision of home, making them feel in control of their environment and positive for the future. A place to feel settled, to call home and one that they are proud of can really mean the difference between short-term and long-term tenancies.

Required tasks

  • To support the client in creating a home by decorating up to 2 rooms (preferably a lounge and bedroom).
  • To encourage the client to be involved in the manual work and transformation of their home.
  • Empower the client by supporting their choices but also guide them if they require help with decisions (making sure their choices are achievable within our and their capabilities).
  • Completing tasks within reasonable time frame.
  • Ensuring all tasks are carried out in a safe and well thought out manner.

Skills, abilities, and experience needed

  • Good level of physical fitness.
  • A flexible approach as the volunteer will potentially be starting at different times and the task may differ at each session dependent upon the client’s requirements.
  • Good communication.
  • Experience of decorating and/or renovation not essential but preferred.
  • Friendly and approachable.
  • Ability to act with discretion and self-awareness.

Date and time of sessions where volunteers are required

Friday sessions – 2 half day sessions or a full day. (As & when required).

Place of volunteer duty

The volunteer will be expected to work at varied properties within the Chesterfield area.

Number of Volunteers required

2 – 3

Does the volunteer require DBS check?


Travel – Does the volunteer require their own transport

Preferred but not essential.

Who will manage the volunteer?

The Volunteer will work directly with, be supervised and managed by Claire Douglass (Pathways Volunteer and Activity Coordinator).

Does the volunteer have to attend any essential training?

  • Induction Workbook
  • Boundaries and Confidentiality training
  • Safeguarding training
  • Health and Safety – Manual Handling, trips, slips and hazards
  • Sharps Training

Also, it is not essential, but the volunteer will be offered a training package which includes:

Homelessness, Challenging Behaviour, Mental Health awareness, Drug and Alcohol awareness and Domestic Abuse.

Benefits offered/ How will volunteer contribution be recognized and appreciation be shown

  • Out of pocket expenses can be reimbursed.
  • Volunteer Award Scheme.
  • Recognition may be shown to volunteers through our spotlight on volunteer’s posts, on our website, and in media publications.
  • Volunteers leaving pathways who have made a regular commitment to it are entitled to request a reference and/or other statement of their achievements up to one year after leaving.

How many/which type of references are required

Volunteers will be required to provide 2-character references that are not from family members.


If you have any questions at all regarding the nature of the project, Pathways or any practical questions, please do not hesitate to contact Claire, the Activities and Volunteers Coordinator at claire.douglass@pathwaysofchesterfield.co.uk or 01246 498204.

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