Become a Community Advocate to increase Black blood donations

Become a Community Advocate to increase Black blood donations

South London Gives is a new Sickle Cell Society project supported by NHS Blood and Transplant aimed at increasing the number of people from black African and black Caribbean communities donating blood. There is a significant need to increase the number of these donors to address the demand for specific types of blood to treat sickle cell patients. 

As a Community Advocate you will use your existing links into black African and black Caribbean communities to: raise awareness of the need for more black donors; encourage people to donate blood, and break down some of the concerns and preconceptions that exist around giving blood. 

Volunteer Role title: South London Gives Community Advocates 

What day: Flexible, any weekday or weekend 

When: Time flexible 

Minimum Commitment: 6 months – Volunteers are asked to take part in a minimum of 10 ‘outreach activities’ during this time. Outreach activities may last between 2 hours and a whole day. 

Where: In the community of Southwark 

About Sickle Cell Society

The Sickle Cell Society supports and represents people affected by sickle cell disease to improve their overall quality of life. 

Main activities/tasks: 

You will do this by: 

  • Making contact with groups of people in Southwark (groups could be community or social groups, work places, faith groups, etc.) 
  • Providing accurate information about blood donation and why it is needed and,  
  • Signing people up as blood donors in their area.  
  • You will also be required to support occasional blood donation events designed to raise the profile of black blood donation. 

Who are we looking for? 

We are looking for people who:

  • Have links into black African and black Caribbean communities  
  • Are comfortable initiating contact with organisations and groups  
  • Have the ability to complete accurate and clear records documenting achievements   
  • Can volunteer independently within established guidelines  
  • Are friendly and approachable. 
  • In addition, fluency in a community language is helpful but not essential 

What the volunteer would gain from the volunteering opportunity: 

Through this role you will: 

  • Be able to use your work, education and/ or personal networks to help improve the lives of people affected by sickle cell. (Every person who donates blood can save or improve the lives of up to three people) 
  • Use your existing communication skills to help demystify the process of giving blood 
  • Meet new people and develop your contacts  
  • Take part in a flexible and rewarding volunteer opportunity that you can fit around your professional and personal commitments  
  • Learn more about the work of the Sickle Cell Society and the ‘Community Organising’ approach that we will use in this project (training provided) 
  • Receive ongoing support from your volunteer supervisor. 

Other information: 

  • You will need to attend approximately 3 training sessions scheduled for April 2019 (first group) or October 2019 (second group) 
  • The recruitment process comprises of an application form, two references and an informal interview. 
  • Agreed travel expenses will be reimbursed. 

Find out more/ apply!