Can you become a volunteer for Stockton Town Pastors?
Stockton Town pastors provide a caring presence on the streets of Stockton-on-Tees on Friday and Saturday evenings between 10pm and 3am during the ‘night-time economy’ period when members of the public may become vulnerable and in need of help.
- Are you over the age of 18?
- Do you want to meet lots of new people & friends?
- Do you want to learn new skills?
- Can you commit to ONE night a month volunteering?
No formal qualifications are necessary, volunteers are expected to be able to communicate concisely and accurately both verbally and in writing.
Find out more details from the Volunteer specification and apply to become a volunteer below.
We look forward to meeting you
We care about our volunteers and want them to be able to provide the best service they can to the community so we train volunteers in the following:
- STP Volunteer Handbook Policies and Procedures
- First Aid training
- Conflict Management and Personal Safety
- Child & Vulnerable Adult Safeguarding
- Self Defence
Training is provided online as well as in person training and when registered as a team member, you can access all the materials via your login.
There are different levels of volunteer with different responsibilities:
The project is borne out of and is sustained by prayer. If you are the leader of a church or small group, or an individual and would like to be kept informed of our activities then please sign up to our newsletter and we will send regular prayer requests along with news on what is happening with Stockton Town Pastors and how you can get involved
What is the process of becoming a volunteer?
Observer (Initial volunteer)
1. Fill in the application form to initially be an observer
2. Your application will be checked and any references confirmed
3. You will be invited to complete the core training and volunteer handbook
At this point you can come out as an observer with the team
To become a Team Member, you must also cover training on Working with Vulnerable Adults & Child Safeguarding and conflict management
At this point, you will be able to come out as a team member.
You will also be offered training on First Aid, and awareness of other services
There is further training available to become a team leader or coordinator and how to use the radio if requested.
Why do people volunteer with STP?
These are some of the reasons given during a confidential survey:
Whilst the volunteer application and vetting process already ensures that volunteers meet high personal standards, it is necessary to ensure these are maintained in order to secure long-term consistency and corporate responsibility. An open policy of continuous assessment of all volunteers and mutual identification of any training needs will be carried out by the project manager.
The Stockton Town Pastors project is fully dependent upon the effort, care and compassion of its volunteers in order to extend this service to the community. The STP Board is extremely grateful for the personal commitment of volunteers. Thank-you for considering to become a volunteer with STP, I am sure you will find it a personally rewarding and enjoyable experience.
Chair, STP Board