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Could you be our next volunteer?

Our amazing volunteers are an important part of helping Ategi to support people to live their best lives. 

Our volunteers bring different skills and experiences, and do a range of different roles at Ategi. 

Take a look at our current volunteer roles are below...

Danny, one of our volunteers

Our current volunteer roles

Core duties include:

  • Commitment to Ategi; its vision, mission and values
  • Contribute to its strategic direction, setting overall policies, defining goals, setting targets and evaluating progress.
  • Ensuring the charity is carrying out its purposes legally and for the public benefit
  • Providing oversight and taking responsibility for directing the charity’s affairs
  • Scrutinising board and committee papers; preparing in advance in order to contribute positively to discussions.
  • Monitoring the charity's resources responsibly
  • Ensuring the charity is accountable
  • Ensuring Ategi remains focused on delivering its intended charitable outcomes
  • Using individual skills, knowledge and experience to help shape its development and enable it to reach sound decisions.
  • Acting as an ambassador using networks where possible to inform and promote our work

Who are we looking for?

As well as a shared commitment to our vision, we are specifically seeking trustees with skills in;

  • Human Resources - you will have operational or strategic HR knowledge with organisational change expertise
  • Support services for adults with additional needs - you might be a clinical psychologist, behavioural specialist. You will be qualified in your professional: NCS, BACP, MBACP, MUKCP Psychologist MSc HCPC-Clin. Psych CBP
  • Fundraising - you might be an experienced fundraiser, have CSR experience and/or have strategic fundraising and marketing expertise
  • Legal Advice/Risk Management - you will be legally qualified and may be, or have been, a lawyer or solicitor

No experience, no problem – we provide training and support to empower you every step of the way. As a Trustee, you'll play a vital role in shaping our strategy of delivering quality support and social care within our community.

Why join us?

  • You’ll be part of an organisation that instils its values at all levels of the business, ensuring the people we support are at the forefront of our decisions.
  • Our people love working here, and most trustees stay for many years, becoming as passionate as we are.
  • This opportunity will be useful for anyone wanting to learn more about being a trustee, develop a more rounded skill set, or will hold the interest of someone with many years of experience.

If this sound like you, then please get in touch to find out more about Ategi and the role.

Please send your CV to Karen Thomas, Company Secretary karent@ategi.co.uk

Download our Trustee Appointment Brief to find out more.  

Shortlisted applicants will have an informal discussion with the CEO followed by an interview with the Chair of Trustees.

If you would like to receive information in Welsh please contact Karen Thomas on 01443 484400 or by email karent@ategi.co.uk and we will arrange this.

What are Support Circles?

These are small groups of adults with additional support needs.  Group size will depend on the people in the group.. Together the group will explore their strengths, identify shared goals and support each other as they work towards achieving these. The groups aim to have fun, meet new people, try new things, build confidence and skills. 

Some groups will be for people with learning disabilities, others will be for other people who have support needs in other areas of their life.  

What will you do?

  • Come to the support circle meeting every week (1-2 hours)
  • Share your strengths, and the things you want to achieve
  • You will help the other group members, and they will help you, to achieve your shared goals
  • Agree ‘group rules’ with your circle
  • Meet with the Project Lead for support and training
  • You might do things with other group members outside of support circle meetings

Our first circle is for people with learning disabilities.   

To apply: 

Matthew can help you with this process.  Please call him on 07795 358375 or email him on matthewj@ategi.co.uk

1.  Read the Role Description  -  it tells you about what you will do. 

2.  Fill in the Easy Read Application Form.

3. Send your forms to supportcircles@ategi.co.uk  

We're excited to hear from you.

Do you believe that all people, whatever their support needs, have skills, strengths and abilities that can have a big impact?

Do you want to be part of an exciting new project that helps people with learning disabilities to do just that – use their strengths to support others and as a group to work towards shared goals?

Are you keen to use your strengths and develop your skills whilst supporting others to live their best lives?

Do you have 2-3 hours per week to volunteer?

Ategi is a charity supporting people with additional needs to live their best lives.  We are based in Rhydyfelin, Rhondda Cynon Taf and provide support in run a range of services in Wales and England.

Support Circles is our new project, which will bring together small groups of 6-8 people with additional needs within a local community within Rhondda Cynon Taf.  They will come together weekly as peer-support volunteers. They will build on their own strengths and work together towards shared goals, developing skills and confidence and enhancing their wellbeing. Goals will vary but may include building friendships, doing more in the community, having fun, using public transport etc.

Our Project Lead will lead each group, and the Volunteer Facilitator will support the Project Lead to support and facilitate the group.

Are you our new Volunteer Facilitator? 

To find out more, please download the Volunteer Facilitator Role Description

To apply, please send your completed Volunteer Application Form to supportcircles@ategi.co.uk.. 

If you need help to apply or want an informal chat about it, please contact supportcircles@ategi.co.uk.    Thank you for your interest.

Hear from our volunteers!

Sam, Ategi intern, sat behind a desk

Sam

"The experience I have gained from working with a charity, and being able to use my background skills and knowledge to help meet Ategi’s environmental goals has been invaluable – the first stepping stone of a fulfilling career. I am extremely grateful for this!"

Sam, a Cardiff University graduate, came to intern with Ategi through Cardiff University’s Student Futures team. Sam was taken on to take a look at the environmental impact of Ategi’s operations and services.

Mary

"I would recommend volunteering for Ategi if you have something to offer. It could give you the chance to meet with other people who have a vested interest in the future lives of people with learning disability and to develop their independence."

Mary has been a member of Ategi's Shared Lives panel for 22 years. The panel asseses potential Shared Lives carers to see if they're a good fit. Before becoming a panel member Mary was a Shared Lives carer herself and has been a foster carer since she was 23.

Danny

"I feel I am being encouraged more and being encouraged to do more for myself. I feel I am on the right track."

Danny has been supported by Ategi's Supported Living service since 2022. His team support him to take on different volunteering activities, including coming into the office and doing shredding!

Jill volunteers as Chair of our Trustee Board

Volunteering

Each employee, Shared Lives carer, trustee and volunteer plays a vital part in the delivery of services regardless of their role. One of the charity’s key strengths is our personality; we have the determination and enthusiasm to make a difference to the lives of others.

If you can't see the right role for you above, please get in touch - we may have a suitable role coming up.  

Express your interest in volunteering.

We're still developing our volunteer programme, but if you'd like to express an interest in volunteering for Ategi, then please do get in touch!

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