any of us are preoccupied with the giving of gifts at this time of year, what will suit each person on our list and can we afford it? The greatest gift we can give, which needn’t cost a penny, is our time. Giving the gift of time can make such a difference to someone who needs a bit of help, support or companionship, or to an organisation struggling to provide a much needed service or to raise vital funds. The gift of time can bring a great deal of pleasure to the giver, too, as it always does when you are able to give someone exactly what they need. In this newsletter are just a few examples of volunteering opportunities currently available. Contact Volunteer Centre One Community for more information, or to arrange to have a chat with a member of staff about what volunteering role might suit you: telephone 023 8090 2458 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
One Community Mini Bus Driving Being a volunteer minibus driver for One Community Transport is a varied role taking local groups to their club meeting or on trips out, visiting places of interest. Often the driver is invited to take part in the activity though that is optional! We have a pool of drivers who may drive regularly for a group, or respond to one-off requests for special outings, but we need more drivers, because we hate having to disappoint groups who are planning a special day out because we don't have a driver available. The clubs and trips mean so much to local older people, disabled people and carers. MIDAS training is provided in-house and is free of charge as long as you drive for One Community. All you need is a clean driving licence with D1 entitlement. (You will automatically have D1 entitlement if you passed your driving test before 1st January 1997 and you are aged under 70). Travel expenses for getting to and from the minibus compound are paid.
Rodbard House Day Centre Volunteers are needed on a Wednesday and a Thursday to assist with the general running of the Rodbard House Day Centre, Bursledon, which
provides an enjoyable day out with lunch and activities for frail older people living in the Bursledon and Netley areas. Your main role would be to chat with members and join them in a variety of activities, making sure that they get the best out of the day. Help is also appreciated in the kitchen with washing up.
Volunteer Centre Drop-Ins
Looking for a volunteering opportunity that’s just right for you? Need volunteers for your group or organisation? Drop in and see us at: Eastleigh Museum, 25 High Street, Eastleigh SO50 5LF, second Tuesday of every month 10am-12 noon, Tuesday 13 December Chandlers Ford Library, Oakmount Road, Chandlers Ford SO53 2LH, 10am-12 noon Friday 9 December
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The Day Centre is looking for volunteers over the age of 16 who are patient, caring and have an empathy with older people.
Bishopstoke & Fair Oak Good Neighbours Bishopstoke and Fair Oak Good Neighbours are in need of a co-ordinator to arrange driving jobs and more volunteer drivers to escort people, mainly elderly, to doctors' and hospital appointments, visiting, shopping etc. Vehicle or telephone (coordinators) expenses are paid. This is an opportunity to make new friends whilst providing valuable assistance to the community. Volunteer drivers are required to undergo a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check. If you can spare some time, however small, to help others in the community, without obligation, then please contact us.
Befriender Training Course Opportunity
Following successful completion of the training course, the befriender will be carefully matched to a child, who is aged between 5 and 13 and in need of someone to provide regular, sustained support. Befrienders visit the child once a week for a period of 12 months. During the two hour visits, which usually take place after school, befrienders spend quality time with the child and undertake enjoyable activities both inside and outside the family home. Volunteers receive regular supervision, paid travel expenses, opportunities to undertake further training and invitations to volunteer gettogethers. 5s to 13s Befriending Manager Sam Hunt said: “This is an extremely rewarding voluntary role and we would urge kind, caring people, who enjoy spending quality time with children, to get in touch. If you can spare two hours a week, then you can make a positive difference to a child’s life.”
Southampton Area Talking Echo
Friends of the Family is running its next befriender training course in February 2017 and is encouraging men and women, aged 23+, who can spare two hours a week to befriend a child, to register their interest now. The two day course takes place in Winchester and covers all aspects of the befriending role including confidentiality, safeguarding and communication skills. It seeks to equip volunteers with the tools necessary to offer positive support to a child. This year, Friends of the Family’s 5s to 13s Project has trained 15 local men and women to become volunteer befrienders and support a child living in the Winchester district. Volunteering Matters Page 2
The Talking Echo is a small registered charity run entirely by volunteers. Every two weeks for the last 40 years they have provided a free audio newspaper covering local news, events and magazine articles for blind and partially sighted people, mainly within the Southampton and Eastleigh areas. They are a member of the Talking News Federation. They currently have the following volunteer vacancies: Editor To compile news scripts for recording Reader To sight-read scripts at recording sessions Volunteer Co-ordinator To prepare rotas, appoint new volunteers etc Recording Manager To arrange recordings and associated mailing lists/ copying and dispatch of memory sticks
Countess Mountbatten House Hospice – Weekend Ward Helpers Weekend Ward Helpers support the nursing staff on Saturdays and Sundays to ensure there is a friendly and reassuring presence to answer telephone enquiries from relatives, assist visitors and patients at the hospice with their enquiries
and help with any ad hoc admin duties as requested. Volunteers are an important part of the support we provide to all of our patients and their loved ones and the duties can really vary to reflect that, from making refreshments to arranging transport, volunteers ensure the hospice provides support that really is ‘over and above’. Volunteers should be confident working in a busy environment and answering and making telephone calls. At times volunteers will need to work alone and be proactive to complete tasks. Listening skills and the ability to demonstrate empathy are very important. Volunteers should be aged 18 or over and physically able to sit, stand, move around, carry light loads and make hot drinks if required. Training is provided for volunteers and they are required to attend an induction. Volunteers are entitled to be reimbursed for their travel expenses if they wish to claim for the cost of travel.
Countess Mountbatten House Hospice – Drivers Volunteer drivers provide invaluable support to patients and relatives by providing safe transport to and from the hospice, enabling patients to access supportive hospice services and clinics and easing the burden by driving relatives to visit their loved ones. New drivers are needed to join the team and help meet the demand of the hospice’s expanding support services. The hospice is looking for reliable, careful car owners who have some time to give and want to help a local hospice supporting patients with life limiting illness across central, southern Hampshire. You should be reasonably fit and willing to offer your availability on at least one regular day a week. Good listening skills and a calm, friendly demeanour are the greatest skills you can bring to the role. Volunteers should be aged 18 or over and have at least three years driving experience. Volunteers need to have access to and have fully comprehensive insurance on a private vehicle that would be suitable for patients to travel in (nothing too high or low, sports cars not suitable, must have sufficient leg room). Driver training is provided for volunteers with Hampshire County Council and driving expenses are reimbursed at 45p per mile.
Volunteers are required to attend a volunteer induction and attend regular training as required.
Volunteer Community Court Member (aged 14-25) Hampshire Constabulary is looking for young people, aged between 14-25, to assist with the operation of a Community Court to hold young people who commit offences in the community to account by deciding appropriate outcomes, as follows: 1. To become a community court youth juror, judge, usher, community/victim advocate or respondent advocate. 2. To attend and hold community court hearings as requested, involving young people in the community who have committed antisocial behaviour or a low level crimes. 3. To listen to the circumstances of the offence, the views of the respondent, the victim and the community to impartially and fairly recommend an appropriate outcome. This will be based on the community court motto: Where crime hurts, justice should educate, rehabilitate and restore. 4. To help with ideas for restorative justice approaches to community problems. 5. To become a community court ambassador to the public and media and join in with community activities, peer mentoring and other community court tasks. 6. To complete initial and updated training to serve effectively in community court services 7. To give regular and effective service. Secretary, Hedge end Over 60s Club Hedge End Over 60s Club meets at the 2000 Centre in St John's Road, Hedge End, from 1pm to 3.30pm each Monday. The club needs someone to take minutes each week and type them up ready for the next meeting. They also need minutes for the committee meetings which are held times per year. The group is looking for a sympathetic person with IT skills who is able to fit in and help where necessary. Preferably someone who is used to working with older people. Volunteering Matters Page 3
Public Speaker for Make-A-Wish By giving talks in your community you’ll be raising awareness and spreading the word about Make-A-Wish. These talks can be the first step in building strong, long term links with community groups, schools and businesses. You’ll inform and inspire your audience by introducing Make-A-Wish and talking about the wishes they grant. Make-A-Wish UK grants wishes to enrich the lives of children and young people fighting life-threatening conditions. A wish gives a desperately ill child and their family time away from the daily struggles of living with a serious condition. The charity is looking for friendly, positive and outgoing volunteers, with access to the Internet and confidence in using it.
Royal Victoria Country Park – Heritage Event Volunteers The Royal Victoria Country Park in Netley will be running monthly heritage events to engage the public in different elements of the Netley Military Hospital history. Event Volunteers will help to deliver a variety of different events from planning and preparation to setting up and running activities on the day. The days will be fun and informative and aim to encourage visitors to return to the park. This is a varied role and could include many different activities such as: Setting up and clearing down the event, preparing signage and activities, moving tables and chairs etc. Providing a welcoming atmosphere – manning the car park, meeting and greeting the visitors, directing them to activities, managing an exhibition and talking to visitors about it/asking any questions, encouraging them to take part in events. Assisting or running an activity – supervising crafts, handing out heritage trail sheets, running stalls, cash handling. Being aware of the health and safety of the public at an event. Taking a record of how many people take part, handing out feedback cards/questionnaires and encouraging visitors to complete them. Along with having great communication and interpersonal skills, volunteers should be willing to learn about the history of Netley Military Hospital.
Forever Hounds Forever Hounds Trust seeks to place its dogs in loving, permanent homes as pets. Volunteer Home Visitors play an important role by ensuring that the people who offer homes for the dogs are suitable and that the welfare needs of the dog will be met and maintained. Forever Hounds Trust’s homing success is built on matching the right dog to the right home and the home visit is a critical part of this process. Home visits allow the charity to assess the physical aspects of the home, the family dynamic and experience and the type of dog they require. The home visit also gives prospective owners the chance to ask questions, to help establish whether a greyhound or lurcher is the right breed for their needs. It also offers the opportunity to educate people about greyhounds and lurchers and further the cause of these wonderful hounds.
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