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Volunteering & Placement Opportunities

Join our growing group of volunteers – embrace the Care First passion for helping vulnerable people, some with complex needs

Care First recognises that volunteers bring value to the workplace along with new, fresh ideas and that they can have a positive impact on those around them. As well as helping others there are significant benefits to volunteering such as:

  • The opportunity to develop existing skills
  • The experience of working in a different environment
  • An opportunity to learn more about yourself and your own capabilities resulting in enhanced self-esteem and confidence
  • The chance to develop your networking skills by making new friends and developing contacts
  • An insight into the workings of an alternative sector that you may not have worked in previously

Should you be looking for a work or student placement please see below.

Are you interested in volunteering?

Please note that all volunteers and work/student placement are subject to an enhanced DBS check. If you’d like to know more, please complete an enquiry form on our contact us page.

Helping health and social care students

For many years, students following Health and Social Care Studies at Birmingham Metropolitan College have completed placements at Care First.

Typically, students work across a range of locations either at our premises at Great Barr or in one of the many community hubs where we deliver skills training. Students may be offered the option to return to us to complete further work experience. We receive very positive feedback from both students and the college/tutor alike.

I have learnt a lot about working with adults with disabilities, it’s given me a good insight into life in my chosen job career.

A warm rapport has been developed with both the client group and the staff team, who have made positive remarks about the students’ progress.

Are you interested about placements?

Please note that all volunteers and work/student placement are subject to an enhanced DBS check. If you’d like to know more, please complete an enquiry form on our contact us page.

Alternative provision for secondary school students

Over the last two years we have worked with a local secondary school to give pupils who are experiencing difficulty in engaging with education the opportunity to experience a different form of education. They have been invited to attend one of our practical workshops to work alongside our tutors and students with mild to moderate learning disabilities.

These pupils have engaged and worked well with us, the experience has helped to boost their confidence and self-esteem and improved their communication skills and motivation.

Pupils invariably show improved engagement when returning to school.

Partnership Working

Our current partners include colleges, schools, Local Authorities, charities, social enterprises, the NHS and other healthcare/medical professionals. All of these partners value our expertise in delivering education and training to adults with learning difficulties/disabilities, challenging behaviours, mental health and brain injuries.

We can offer many of our students accredited and practical learning opportunities that have at their core our social enterprise learning model which helps our students to learn many valuable and useful life skills.

Are you interested about working in partnership?

Please contact us if you would like to know more about working in partnership with us or how our partnership working could benefit you.

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