WHICH VOLUNTEERING ROLE IS FOR YOU?
We have over 250 volunteers who take on many different tasks. We couldn’t provide our services without them. Below you will find some information on some of our roles. However, do get in touch if you have a skill that you feel our clients or charity could benefit from.
BEFRIENDERS – As part of our social inclusion programme our Befrienders are matched with a client and visit them at home for about an hour for a cup of tea and a chat. Some of our clients are very lonely, housebound or just lack the confidence to go out. Befrienders take time to get to know our client and give them something to look forward to. Many of our volunteers have been visiting their clients for years and have become friends. This role can be developed into a relationship that suits both you and the client. We ask a commitment of at least 6 months, visiting regularly (preferably once a week) so that a relationship can develop. We always have a waiting list of people who would like someone to visit.
BEFRIENDERS FOR PEOPLE WITH DEMENTIA – You will be visiting an older person with early stages of dementia in their own home to provide social contact, company and share life experiences. This can be a very rewarding role and gives someone a chance to reminisce and perhaps get involved with an activity. You will be given full training.
DRIVERS – We provide a service to collect clients and take them to medical appointments or to visit family members in care. The Volunteer accompanies them on their visit and returns them back home. This is a very flexible way of volunteering – some of our volunteers set aside a particular day, or times and others operate on an ad-hoc basis. The choice is yours. You will require your own vehicle.
Another driving role is on a Sunday afternoon, once a month (2nd Sunday of the month). Collecting clients (up to 3 if you have the space) and taking them to our client Sunday Tea in the Longmead Centre for 2.30pm and then home again around 5pm. You are not expected to stay for the tea.
COMMUNITY COMPANIONS – Many of our clients lose confidence in going out and our Community Companions are them to support them on occasional trips where they would prefer to be with someone. This may involve accompanying clients to day centres, clubs, shopping for clothes or presents, going out for a walk or for tea, being at home with them when a trades person visits to quote or do work. This maybe a one-off arrangement or a short project over several weeks.
IT SUPPORT – If you have good IT skills and lots of patience you may like to visit our clients at home to give them advice and encouragement on using IT devices. We support desktops, laptops, IPads and phones. Usually we offer 6 one hour sessions per client.
DIY & GARDENING – Are you ‘handy’ around the house and garden? We have a team of volunteers providing an ‘odd job’ and gardening service. Jobs such as hanging curtain rails, repairing broken items, putting up a coat hook, chopping back a bush, general tidying and lawn mowing then we would love to have you on our list. Again, this is a very flexible way of volunteering as you decide if you wish to take the role on as they arise.
TOENAIL CUTTING CLINIC – RECEPTIONISTS – Welcoming our clients to the clinic and general receptionist duties. It is a very busy role and you must be very familiar with computer systems as all the bookings are done this way. However, you will be given full training. Although it can be hectic with clients coming and going, the phone ringing and bookings being made, it is an extremely rewarding role. This role is based at the Longmead Centre, Sefton Road, Epsom.
COFFEE MORNING SHOPPERS – On the first Tues of the month we hold coffee mornings for some of our clients at the M&S coffee shop from 9-11am. We have volunteer drivers who take them there and we need volunteers who would be willing to do some shopping within the store whilst they have their coffee.
FUNDRAISERS and CREATIVE – As a fully self-funded charity fundraisers are a key element to our service provision. Our fundraising team is innovative and exciting and we are always looking for volunteers to get involved in our fun events, promotion of our services and fundraising.
Graphic design skills? Creative? We also are always looking for people with graphic design skills to help with keeping the face of our charity up to date and our flyers modern and exciting. Creatives who can keep our events looking fun and engaging.
If you want to host a fundraising event or a sponsored challenge event let us know as we would love to support you.
TRUSTEES – The Trustees are members of the Executive Committee and overall legal responsibility for the work and finances of the organisation. These duties and responsibilities are laid out by the Charity Commission. As a Trustee you are required to attend regular meetings and the AGM and support our work and events.
Each new Trustee will be asked to take on one area of special responsibility which is most suited to that person’s skills and interests. This may involve the Trustee in attending one or two extra meetings.
OFFICE – If you have good office skills, are computer literate, good on the telephone and can help out with various projects we would love to hear from you. We are a very friendly, noisy and busy office but you will always be given training and support.
TRANSPORT DESK ADMINISTRATORS – Another office based position to co-ordinate our transport requests from our clients. As the administrator you will be using a computerised booking system, take bookings from our clients and allocate them to our volunteer drivers. Our Transport Desk is open Monday-Friday 9:45-12.15 and there is a different volunteer each day.
INFORMATION & ADVICE – Our Information & Advice volunteers are office based and take calls or meet with visitors to our offices to advise on age related issues. Our I&A is open Monday-Friday 9.30-1pm. You will need to source information from the internet and in-house systems and impart that information clearly and patiently. This is an office based position and you will be given full training and support.