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Current Volunteering Opportunities - December 2019

Here are just some of the opportunities available:

Counsellor – Savana – Stoke on Trent

Description

Volunteer counsellors are needed for Savana, a charity that offer support to anyone who has experienced violence or sexual abuse. Volunteers will receive approximately 50 hours specialised in-house training, an induction period at the centre, and a supervision update session as statutory. Upon successful completion of this, they will begin counselling. Counselling will be at the centre in Hanley, Stoke on Trent, and/or local outposts.

Key responsibilities include:

  • To remain an active Counsellor at Savana for a minimum of two years from the date of commencement of duties
  • To attend the centre on predetermined days and times to provide a minimum of three counselling sessions per week and a minimum of one hours’ admin time • Support at awareness and outreach events
  • To attend and prepare for, supervision sessions with their supervisor, for a minimum of 1.5 hours per month according to BACP ethical Framework for Counselling and Psychotherapy.
  • To attend a minimum of 3 internal workshops a year as an important part of training and continued professional development. Failure to attend will be addressed with the counsellor.
  • To attend a minimum of two outreach events per year.

What are you looking for?

Flexibility, honesty, a willingness to learn and grow, and openness

Practical considerations

It is essential that you have a minimum of a Certificate in counselling and/or are studying towards a diploma or equivalent. You will need to aged 21 years old or over and have an up to date Enhanced DBS check. We ask for a commitment to attend at least three ongoing counselling training workshops and two outreach events each year, along with attendance to the AGM. Good communication, written and verbal skills are needed, along with the ability to work as part of a team or alone

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Trustee – Rosanna's Nature Reserve – Stafford

Description

Up to four trustees are needed to help with the formation of a local charitable group which will work towards creating a nature reserve for the benefit of wildlife and people, including plans for making it accessible to others. Ideal for those interested in taking on a new challenge and helping wildlife in the local area. Help is needed with the following: - Setting up the group - Marketing the project and assisting with fundraising to further improve the site - A passion for helping to raise awareness of wildlife - Ability to form good relationships with the local community to move the project forward - Administration tasks as required which can be done from home and may involve numeracy, research, record keeping, computer work.

What are you looking for?

Suitable experience to carry out the role of trustee. In addition, previous work/training in wildlife conservation, habitat maintenance, project management, setting up groups, fundraising, marketing and business development. Good practical ability, strong communication skills, commitment to carrying out the role, friendly, reliable and able to co-operate with others as part of a team. Flexible hours, full day, part day, work from home

Practical considerations

Experience of wildlife an advantage through employment, volunteering or other means but willing to consider those with other skills. Travel expenses are unable to be reimbursed Refreshments will be provided such as tea/coffee and snacks Working hours are every Sunday between 10am – 5pm Ability to work in all weather and have suitable outdoor clothing

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Officer/ Trustee – Men’s Sheds Lichfield – Lichfield

Description

Men’s Shed Lichfield is a new start up. We are looking for interest from individuals to form a steering group to transition Men’s Shed Lichfield from an idea into a functioning membership organisation. As a steering group member you will initially contribute to:- • Positive publicity, resulting in attracting and recruiting members • The drafting of a constitution • Fund raising, including writing bids for grant funding • Generating and agreeing the necessary policies and procedures for the smooth running of the organisation • Identification and development of suitable premises Steering group members will be required to attend committee meetings and other meetings with supporters and sponsors in and around the Lichfield area. Every effort will be made to arrange meetings at times and in places to allow those with other commitments to take part. It is plausible that Men’s Shed Lichfield will in the fullness of time become a registered charity and that steering group members may be invited to become trustees.

What are you looking for?

Experience/knowledge of the following would be valued but are not essential. • working at the core of a charity organisation • developing and maturing new contacts to help deliver the organisation’s objectives • fund raising, including writing and submitting funding applications • participating in business/committee meetings • writing minutes and progress chasing actions • the rules and regulations relating to charities • working with people

Practical considerations

The role is entirely voluntary. Some training may be available through Support Staffordshire. Qualifications (either formal or through experience) in business management and/or administration would be of great value to the organisation.

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Volunteer Host – Re-engage – Cannock

Description

If you have a warm heart and a downstairs toilet you might enjoy joining Re-engage as a volunteer host by inviting a group, to your home, for afternoon tea. The visit usually takes place on a Sunday afternoon by prior arrangement with the Group Coordinator. Many of our older group members rarely leave their home between monthly outings. A Re-engage group is made up of 5-10 older people and 3-5 volunteer drivers.

What are you looking for?

It is important for the older members to have access to a downstairs toilet. They will also require seating; a combination of lounge chairs and hardback chairs is fine. Do not worry if you do not have chairs for all the drivers, as they will be circulating and helping you if required so you can enjoy the afternoon too. The volunteer driver will assist those older members who have difficulty walking unaided. A lot of stairs can present problems, although just a few steps are usually manageable so please provide access details. We ask our hosts to provide a simple selection of food and drink for the afternoon tea for the older guests and volunteers just twice a year (or more often if you like). Most hosts prepare a small selection of sandwiches, cakes and tea, it is of course, up to you to decide what to offer.

Practical considerations

The Group Coordinator will be your main contact and will make all the arrangements for the visit. Your guests will arrive around 3.00pm and leave around 5.30pm.

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Editor – Stafford and Stone Talking Newspaper for the Blind – Stafford

Description

To prepare news items ready for readers to record Editors select, assemble and prepare items from approved local newspapers and their websites in such a way that; • They are edited in respect of time our listeners receive their recordings. • Provide in excess of 45 minutes recording time, • Cover the full range of locations within our area, • In a format ready for Readers You will be needed for approx. 4 hours, on a Wednesday/Thursday every 8 weeks as shown on a duty rota, and deliver news to our studio by 5.30pm on the relevant Thursday.

What are you looking for?

Literacy skills to a reasonable degree. Ability to work with other members of the team.

Practical considerations

All applicants are invited to our studio where all aspects of our work can be discussed. Generally supervised training is required. Training consists of a partnership with an existing Editor until such time as the trainee is confident and competent in being able to work alone. We have a variety of roles within our organisation. Transfer from one to another is encouraged. Your personal expectations can be declared via our Volunteer Agreement. We normally expect to pay expenses for Editors who need to purchase the Newspapers required. In other circumstances some expenses are available as outlined in our Volunteer Agreement. Our studio is located within Trinity Church, Stafford, offering free parking and easy access from most bus routes.

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