Literacy and Numeracy Volunteer

Have you experience in teaching literacy and numeracy? We are looking for an enthusiastic volunteer to lead English and math sessions at our new Recovery College in Leicster.

About the opportunity

While sleeping rough is the most visible form of homelessness, the causes and consequences of having nowhere stable to live are often much more complicated. That’s why we’ve developed a recovery based approach for our clients, focusing on addressing the issues a person faces to help them move on with their lives.

A big part of this is encouraging clients to engage with activities and training, either in the accommodation where they live or through our Recovery Colleges. The Recovery College supports people who have been homeless or are at risk of homelessness to rebuild their lives and fulfil their potential through learning skills, training and sustained employment. We are very excited to be opening a Recovery College in Leicester and the service be open in mid Janaury.

As a Literacy and Numeracy tutor you will be leading English/Maths sessions and drop in activities in English or Maths studies. These could be group sessions or on a one to one basis. This would be a two hour session, one day a week.

Many of our clients have literacy and numeracy support needs and developing these core skills is a crucial aspect of our client’s recovery. This will be a fantastic opportunity to share your passion, enthusiasm and skills with a diverse group of people with lived experience of homelessness. We believe that everyone has strengths and you need to be able to facilitate sessions in a way which is inclusive and empowering. If you have teaching experience and would like to share your skills we would love to hear from you.

 Volunteers must meet the following criteria:

• Have a teaching qualification and teaching experience.

• Ability to see the best in people and to motivate individuals in a learning environment.

• Have good communication skills with a friendly and calm manner.

• Understanding of the causes of homelessness and its impact.

• Ability to work with people who may have offending behaviour, substance use and/or mental health, with sensitivity and respect. We particularly welcome applicants with experience of using and moving on from support services.

• Willingness to attend training to develop you in your volunteer role


  • Relevant qualification or training
  • References needed
  • Willing to take a DBS Check
  • Accepts ex/offenders

A teaching qualification or experience would be preferable for this role.

When you can volunteer

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Tue Tuesday Morning Tuesday Afternoon
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Thu Thursday Morning Thursday Afternoon
Fri Friday Morning Friday Afternoon


Main Address: 
The Dawn Centre
Conduit Street