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We break our volunteer programme down into two stages, When each stage is successfully passed, you will receive a coloured lanyard, indicating your stage of progression. Each stage takes roughly four weeks to complete before graduating to the next level. Training will only commence once a DBS check has been completed.

Light Groups are an integral part of The Homeless Pastors Outreach programme. It is a tried-and-tested model of community group that tackles isolation and gets people back into the community. They deal with the spiritual and emotional burdens that members may be facing by exploring issues such as forgiveness and thankfulness. They are a place where people can encounter the love of Jesus and respond to the good news of The Gospel.

In order to develop a strong faith in God, people need to build new foundations away from alcoholism and drug use. In addition, many people suffer from severe mental health related issues. The Light Group understands and appreciates these challenges and works with individuals to leave chaos behind and experience peace in supportive communities.

We use existing recovery resources and discussion points to help people maintain their journey but also consider rehabilitation and a life without drink and drugs. We encourage people to further access church and work with local church leaders to develop constructive pathways.

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INTRODUCTION SESSION

This outlines our work with the homeless and a brief introduction to volunteering and outreach.

BOUNDARIES TRAINING

Having the right boundaries is essential, for both the homeless folks and yourself. This session will teach you how to build and maintain good boundaries.

INTRODUCTION TO OUTREACH

More detail about what to expect on outreach and includes scenarios training.

OUTREACH

Attend eight outreaches in a four week period.

LIGHT GROUPS

Light Groups are conversational groups led by a Homeless Pastor. These groups help create community and have a different theme each week. Candidates are required to attend two Light Groups over the four week period. More details on page 3.

ONE-TO-ONE WITH SENIOR MANAGER

A one hour meeting over coffee to find out how you are doing and to feedback.

GRADUATION

Once you have successfully completed these steps, you have graduated to level two.

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SAFEGUARDING TRAINING

Safeguarding is really important. Our priority is to keep the homeless folks and the team safe at all times. This session last 1.5 hours.

FIRST AID TRAINING

Quality first aid training, giving you the wisdom and knowledge to save lives. This session lasts 2 hours.

INTRODUCTION TO HOMELESS SERVICES

Part of our success as Homeless Pastors is to understand what organisations are helping the homeless locally and to network and create relationships with them. This session will outline how to do that effectively.

OUTREACH

Attend eight outreaches. Four will be critiqued by the team leader.

LIGHT GROUPS

Attend two Light Groups over a four week period.

ONE-TO-ONE WITH SENIOR MANAGER

A one hour meeting over coffee to find out how you are doing and to feedback.

CHURCH TALK

Attend and participate in a church talk with a homeless Pastor.

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