Recruitment and Volunteer Fair success
Caudwell Children held a Recruitment and Volunteer Fair, last week, at its new state of the art HQ in Keele.
The charity threw open the doors to the Caudwell International Children’s Centre, the UK’s first independent purpose-built facility dedicated to providing multi-disciplinary assessment, support and research of neurodevelopmental conditions, including autism, on Thursday 10th January 2019.
The new centre, located on Innovation Way, Keele Science & Innovation Park, ST5 5NT, marks a new era for the charity as they continue to expand creating many opportunities for volunteers and job seekers.
The charity is regularly looking to recruit dedicated professionals and volunteers and it organised three time slots, throughout the day, for interested individuals to learn more about the vacancies on offer.
“It was fantastic to meet new people who were keen to join the charity, either as a volunteer or as a full time member of our clinical team,” said Karen Roberts, HR Manager at Caudwell Children. “Our volunteer manager and members of the clinical team put on presentations to inform visitors of the opportunities on offer and we were delighted to sign up a number of volunteers on the day.”
The charity has a number of volunteering posts on offer including Short Breaks Assistant (various locations across Staffordshire), Administration, Family Services, Support Assistant, Receptionist, Fundraising, Events Support, Gardner, Activities Assistant, and Hospital Volunteer (region specific).
“We’re also looking to fill a number of full-time posts in our clinical team including clinical psychologists, a specialist speech and language therapist and an occupational therapist,” concluded Karen.
The charity plans to run a dedicated Volunteer Recruitment Fair later in the year and Katie Lowe, National Volunteers Manager at Caudwell Children, says volunteering can be important in securing a permanent post. As she explained: “For those who are looking for a job in the Third Sector volunteering could be vital in kick-starting their career.
“The sector is a large industry employing huge numbers of people, so for those wanting to forge a career with a charity one of the things that may help them to boost their CV is the chance to hone their skills through volunteering.
“At Caudwell Children we pride ourselves in meeting the expectations of each individual volunteer.
“For example it’s not enough to have someone who wants a career in Social Work packing envelopes and franking mail. The role has to be appropriate to their aspirations.
“By doing this volunteers will remain enthusiastic, safe in the knowledge that they’re gaining the skills that will help them to progress. The benefit to us, of course, is that they will make a real contribution to the organisation.”
You can keep up to date with volunteering and job opportunities by visiting the web page here.