Resident Friend Volunteer (RFV)
Reports to: Clerk or Co-Clerk to Premises Committee
Hours per week: up to 20 (Monday to Saturday)
- Address: 9 Hop Gardens, London, WC2N 4EH. (The main entrance to the Meeting House is at 52 St. Martin’s Lane.)
- There is a well-proportioned 3-bedroom penthouse flat above the Meeting House. The flat is reserved for the RFVs rent-free. The accommodation comprises shared living room, kitchen, bathroom and toilet, and a conservatory. Fibre optic Wi-Fi*. Each RFV has a bedroom. There is also a large shared roof garden.
- Westminster Quaker Meeting House is very well served for public transport. It is close to many bus routes, tube and mainline services. Nearest tubes are Leicester Square, Covent Garden, Charing Cross and Embankment. There is ample parking nearby, once a Residents’ Parking Permit has been obtained.
Note: All applicants for this opportunity should be mindful of the need to ensure they have a plan for their future accommodation at the end of the term of this Agreement. You will be asked about this at interview.
What we are looking for:
- Applications from members of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) or regular Attenders are welcomed; however we also invite applications from others who are in sympathy with the Quakers.
- The position may suit a person in employment or studying so long as this is compatible with their volunteering.
- The accommodation is for two RFVs plus a spare room which may be used, by prior arrangement, by someone who is providing cover when the RFVs are not able to carry out their voluntary role (due to holiday, illness, etc.).
Note: The RFV is supported by the Premises Committee, a member of which is the RFV’s designated contact.
Desirable attributes for the role of Resident Friend Volunteer
- Reasonable degree of fitness and strength
- Experience of outreach/community engagement
- In sympathy with Quakers
- Of a practical and capable disposition
- Knowledge and experience of buildings maintenance
- Available one Saturday in two
- Able to manage invoices and receipts
- Reliable record keeping
Volunteer activity may include some or all of the following:
- To be an active, welcoming and responsible Quaker presence in the Meeting House with ongoing care for those who hire, visit or worship on the premises.
- Responsibility for the day-to-day care of the building (Monday to Saturday). We hope that, in addition to these volunteering activities, you will play an active part in the life of the Meeting.
- At times to be the first point of contact for potential hirers, visitors and enquiries.
- The care, servicing and security of our building, undertaking and arranging minor repairs, and on occasion liaising with any contractors.
- Volunteering on occasions when the Premises Coordinator is not available.
- To support the Premises Coordinator in managing the logistics of hosting multiple group activities on the premises; this may include issuing keys or door-keeping, contributing to shared timetables and generally ensuring the smooth running of the building to meet the needs of hirers and visitors.
- Communicating with both the Premises Coordinator and the Premises Committee effectively on matters arising as and when needed.
- Preparing the Meeting House for various uses. This may involve moving chairs and tables.
- To support local outreach activity through developing networks with local organisations and neighbours. This could include attendance at local events.
- To attend part of each Premises Committee meeting and to present an Annual Report to Local Meeting.
- This list is not exhaustive!
If you would like an informal conversation about any aspect of this volunteer service please contact email@example.com, with the reference “Resident Friend Volunteer” in the subject line. If you would just like to see the building, you are very welcome to attend any of our Meetings for Worship or Drop-in Silence, which are all open to the public.
*We have a contract for 100Mb fibre optic broadband to the building; it is currently being installed.