Volunteer caseworker training day Sat 31st October 2015, Birmingham

The NBTA is running its second training day for volunteer caseworkers on Saturday 31st October 2015 from 10.30am to 6.30pm at St Luke’s Church Centre, Great Colmore St, Lee Bank, Birmingham B15 2AT. Lunch will be provided.

We receive a lot of requests for help from boat dwellers without permanent moorings. The majority of those who contact the NBTA are experiencing problems with the following: enforcement action by the Canal & River Trust and other navigation authorities; eviction from riverside moorings by local authorities and other riparian landowners; and denial of access to welfare benefits, especially Housing Benefit.

We are looking to expand our team of volunteer caseworkers, especially as enforcement by Canal & River Trust and some local authorities is being stepped up. This training day will cover these scenarios in detail. Background reading material will be provided beforehand.

The training day is free, but donations are welcome towards the cost of room hire and amenities.

Places are limited. If you want to take part, please book your place as soon as possible by emailing secretariat@bargee-traveller.org.uk with your:

1) Name

2) Email

3) Mobile number

Please also provide brief details of the following:

4) Your experience of living on a boat without a permanent mooring

5) Your knowledge of the law relating to living on a boat

6) Any advice work or casework you have done in this or other sectors

7) Any other relevant experience that equips you to be a volunteer caseworker with the NBTA

8) The role of volunteer caseworker often requires you to be available to boat dwellers at short notice. Can you commit to being a volunteer caseworker in these circumstances, and can you further commit to attending two feedback and support meetings per year to continue your development in this role?

Thank you. We look forward to hearing from you.