Volunteer

VOLUNTEER


Are you interested in becoming a NightWatch Volunteer?

(If you are looking to volunteer with ChaplainWatch in a way other than with the NightWatch Chaplaincy, please contact us here)



What is a NightWatch Team Member?

 

 

The NightWatch Team Member role IS the NightWatch Chaplaincy project. When the NightWatch Chaplaincy was founded in 2001, we were an entirely volunteer organisation. We continue to believe in being an organisation which champions volunteering.

The NightWatch Chaplaincy is committed to ‘watching out for you when good times go bad’ in the night-time entertainment precincts, on weekends, overnight. Our team members recognise that people matter and commit to serving all of those who participate within the precincts. Our services are undergirded by an approach that is chaplaincy-based, which means that our major concern is the wellbeing and dignity of each person. In the entertainment precincts our team members are available to intentionally intervene to ensure the safety and wellbeing of others. This looks like: helping people to work out how they will get home safely, giving directions and being available for a conversation; providing care and support for people in distress; providing first aid for people who have been in accidents or due to intoxication; deescalating aggression and tension on the streets or; providing mental health first aid to people experiencing crisis.

Our team members are often identified as first aid providers. We need to stress that while we provide first aid, this is all part of meeting the needs in the precinct – we are not first aiders who do chaplaincy, we are a chaplaincy who do first aid, as well as fulfilling many other needs..

 

Selection Process

 

No qualifications or experience necessary on application – full training provided*

Volunteering as a NightWatch Chaplaincy Team Member is a demanding role – we pride ourselves on ensuring that all volunteers are of an appropriate character, have appropriate skills and experience and are appropriately trained, qualified and equipped to undertake the role. We believe people matter, and we recognise that it is our volunteer NightWatch Team Members who ensure that those who use our services experience the value, dignity and service that we know is inherent in them.

In all applicants, we are primarily searching for what we call a DNA match between the applicant and ChaplainWatch; a commonality of values and attitudes that align within ChaplainWatch’s Core values (Divinely Led, Intentional Intervention, Owning Responsibility, People Matter). In order to assess the DNA match, our selection and assessment process is two-way, with the applicant assessing our fit with them, as we assess theirs with ChaplainWatch. At all points through the following process, applicants will be assessed for suitability, and continuation in the process is not guaranteed simply by application.

Our normal section and training process is this:

1. Fill in the enquiry form below and send. Please pay particular attention to the acknowledgement section at the end.

2. A 15-30 minute phone interview will be conducted with you by the NightWatch Senior Team Leader.

3. You will be invited to undertake a ‘ride along shift’, which is an opportunity for you to observe NightWatch from the perspective of an observer. Usually ride-alongs are invited to attend 3-6 shifts, which involve placement with a number of leadership staff in a variety of patrol modes and with increasing on-job training and involvement by the ride-along.

4. An assessment of your ride-along shifts is undertaken by NightWatch Leadership. If you are deemed appropriate and you agree you would like to proceed to Team Membership, you will be invited to attend induction training.

5. Having completed Induction training you will be invited on as a NightWatch Training Team Member. Over 3 months, you will be invited to undertake training and regular NightWatch shifts and to complete some more policy and procedural training. Following this you will be a fully trained NightWatch Team Member.

6. As a team member, you will be offered a range of training and development opportunities (eg. Mental Health First Aid, Management of Actual and Potential Aggression training etc.)

Please note: Current (at your own expense) First Aid qualifications (HLTAID001, HLTAID003) and Working with Children Blue Card is a requirement for all NightWatch Team Members – They are not required upon application, but will be required in order for you to undertake NightWatch duty after induction training.

*You will need to attain a first aid certificate early in the process at your own expense

 

 

 

What you'll need before making an enquiry

 

 

 

 

To make it easier for you to complete your enquiry, make sure you have the following before you begin:

  • A copy of your blue card (if you have one already)
  • Copies of first aid certificates
  • Copies of any relevant qualifications
  • Contact details for:
    • A church referee (if applicable to you)
    • A personal referee

 

 


Volunteering Enquiry – NightWatch Team Member

PERSONAL DETAILS

Your Full Name (required)

Your Phone Number (required)

Your Email (required)

Your Mailing Address (required)

Your Age Range (required)

BLUE CARD

Do you have a current Blue Card? (required)

(if yes) What is your bluecard number?

(if yes) Please attach a photo or scan of your blue card

(if no) Are you aware of any reason you would be unable to be issued with a blue card?

(if yes) please explain why you might be unable to be issued with a blue card?

FIRST AID

Do you hold a current first aid (HLTAID003) qualification? (required)

What first aid qualifications do you currently hold (required)
Never held a first aid qualificationExpired first aid qualificationsCPR (HLTAID001)First Aid (HLTAID003)Advanced First Aid (HLTAID006)Advanced Resus (HLTAID007)First Aid or Medical Qualifications other than those listed

Please attach copies of any current first aid qualification you hold


QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE

Do you possess any other relevant qualifications?

Please attach copies of any relevant qualifications


Do you have any previous experience relevant to NightWatch Chaplaincy (paid, volunteer or otherwise)? (required)

REFEREES

Can you provide a church referee? (required)

(if yes) Name of Church or Pastor?

(if yes) Contact details of Church or Pastor?

Can you provide a current personal referee? (required)

(if yes) Name of referee?

(if yes) Role of referee?

(if yes) Contact details of referee?

NIGHTWATCH

How did you hear about NightWatch Chaplaincy? (required)

What is your understanding of what the NightWatch Chaplains do? (required)

Why do you want to volunteer with the NightWatch Chaplains? (required)

Volunteering as a team member with the NightWatch Chaplains can be strenuous physically, emotionally and psychologically. Any given shift may involve up to six hours of walking, pushing wheelchairs, assisting people with mobility, managing highly stressful or complex situations, responding to people experiencing the impacts of trauma or mental health crises and aggression. You will be required to work in an uncontrolled environment, work as part of a team, use a radio to communicate, and be able to produce basic written reports.

Are you aware of any reason medical, physical, psychological or trauma-related, that may impede on your ability to undertake the role of being a team member with the NightWatch Chaplains? (required)

To your knowledge, does any conflict of interest (real or perceived undue benefit or influence gained by yourself or someone close to you) arise from your undertaking a voluntary team member role with the NightWatch Chaplains? (required)

Are you available to volunteer two or more nights (Fri/Sat, Sat/Sun) per calendar month? (required)

What length of time do you intend to volunteer with the NightWatch Chaplains (number of years, months or days)? (required)

What factors influence your answer to the previous question? (required)

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF EXPECTATIONS
The following are expectations of NightWatch Volunteer team members. Please read and check each box as an acknowledgement that you accept these conditions, should you be accepted as a volunteer team member with the NightWatch Chaplain: