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Wellbeing Liaison Officer - Volunteer

210000M7 Requisition #

Volunteer-Wellbeing Liaison Officer 

Closing Date-13th December 2021

As part of West Midlands Police, Dudley Partnerships team works locally to improve community safety, prevent crime, harm and fear in the area. We work closely and collaboratively with the local community to support them in the same mission. 

The team focus on a variety of areas not limited to but including anti-social behaviour, licensing, hate crime, youth crime, school support, vulnerability and mental health. We work closely with our partners to create effective preventative and reduction approaches. Whilst we have strong working relationships with our partners, we are committed to developing new partnerships and provide an efficient and effective service for our communities.

We realise that there are many members of the public with experience, skills and qualifications highly relevant to the work we do in keeping the public safe, and would like to help us achieve this whilst allowing them to expand their experience, and develop their skills. We also feel that diversifying our workforce and bringing in enthusiastic, committed volunteers would benefit both West Midlands Police and our partners, as well as the wider public.


Why we need your help:

Truffles the Wellbeing Dog also known as “Terrific Truffles” joined the force back in May as the Force’s first ever wellbeing dog and has since had a massive impact on the wellbeing of the community taking part in over 40 engagements. Truffles works in the community, with police officers, staff and victims helping people to smile and open up. 

We need your help to support the management and promotion of Truffles. Volunteers will help to coordinate and schedule Truffles diary, social media posts and support our wellbeing project. You will be helping us increase our positive engagement with the local community in a unique way.

What we can offer you:

While volunteering is unpaid, there are a number of benefits our volunteers gain from their time with us:

•    Be a part of our Policing family
•    Opportunity to work with our partnerships team on our unique wellbeing project
•    Opportunities to develop and share you skills and expertise 
•    Gaining valuable work experience and new skills
•    Experience in communications and marketing
•    Enjoyment in doing something you like while meeting new, like-minded people
•    Contributing to the local community by helping in the work West of Midlands Police (WMP)
•    On-going training related to these roles
•    Additional opportunities to become involved with other organizations that partner with WMP
•    Travel Expenses/Subsistence covered 


We are looking for a team of enthusiastic volunteers to assist us with any of the following:

•    To coordinate and schedule calendar entries for Truffles the Wellbeing Dog
•    To promote Truffles by creating fun and engaging social media posts, blogs and press releases
•    To support Dudley’s commitment to the wellbeing project
•    To support Police engagement with the local community in a unique and positive way

Essential information:

•    Applicants are considered on their merits and regarded equally
•    We will induct and train you to carry out the role
•    You will undergo Level 2 vetting (please note a time scale cannot be given for how long this will take)
•    Having a criminal record isn’t a barrier to volunteering, this is simply to protect children/vulnerable people we work with
•    This is a voluntary position and will be unpaid however reasonable travel expenses will be reimbursed.  
•    This role description is intended as an indicator of general areas of activity and will be amended with any changing needs of West Midlands Police  It is expected that the volunteer will be flexible, using this document as a framework


Skills and Experience 

We are looking for people who are passionate about supporting the community. 
•    Qualifications or experience using social media platforms is beneficial
•    Friendly and approachable
•    Passionate about communications and marketing
•    Creative skills
•    Good communications skills & a good level of written and spoken English
•    Reliable with good time-keeping skills
•    Happy to work independently or as part of a team
•    Administration skills (Microsoft Office, Internet)

West Midlands Police is a Disability Confident Leader - the highest level an organisation can achieve under the scheme run by the Department of Work and Pensions.  As part of our commitment we operate a ‘Disability Confident Interview Scheme’ - all candidates who declare a disability and meet the essential criteria for the role will be offered an interview.  

It is important to note that there may be occasions where it is not practicable or appropriate to interview all disabled people who meet the essential criteria for the job. For example: in certain recruitment situations such as high-volume, seasonal and high-peak times, the employer may wish to limit the overall numbers of interviews offered to both disabled people and non-disabled people. In these circumstances, the employer could select the candidates who best meet the essential criteria for the job, as they would do for non-disabled applicants.

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