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Volunteer Opportunities

 

Latest Volunteering Vacancies

(Last Updated March 29th  2018) 

To find out more about any of these volunteer vacancies please ring the Volunteer Centre on 01992 564 256 or email volunteering@vaef.org.uk

 

Communication Support Volunteer needed in Loughton

Epping Forest Communications Group are an independent Self – help group affiliated to the Stroke Association and run by volunteers. We provide opportunities for Stroke Victims with aphasia to practice and develop their communication skills. What do we need? We are looking for more volunteers to support the group as we have a waiting list of people who want support from the group. About you Have you got lots of patience, are you persistent do you want to help? If so we would love to hear from you. What will you be doing?
Providing help, either one to one or in a group to adults with aphasia to enable them to develop and practice their communication skills for everyday life using vocal activities developed by the lead volunteer.

Skills
Patience and perseverance
Location:
Barrington Community Hall, 7 Barrington Close, Loughton, Essex IG10 2AZ

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Compassionate Neighbour Community Member

Compassionate Neighbour – Are you someone that has an hour a week and would be willing to meet/visit someone in your community that is isolated or has a life limiting illness, have a cup of tea together, and offer a listening ear and some of your time!!!
Community Member – Do you feel isolated or lonely? Or do you have a life limiting condition? Would you like to create a link to someone in your community to come and visit you once a week to develop some companionship? If yes, then this project may be able to help!!

Skills

· Have some spare time.
· Like meeting new people and developing new relationships
· Interested in finding out about other people and their interests.
· A good listener.

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Smart Life Support Volunteer

Description
We are looking for Volunteers with easy access to Harlow to join our Smart Life service which is a service that supports people over 16 years of age who may be suffering from one or more long term conditions and/or social isolation. Smart Life Volunteers will work with a person for approximately 2-4 hours per week to provide encouragement and support over a 3­-6 month period. All volunteers receive training and ongoing support through the Volunteer Recruitment Consultant.

Skills
* Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, especially listening skills
* Ability to relate to and empathise with people in order to understand their motivation and personal inspiration for change
guidelines and policies.

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Ongar Festival Event Task Force 6 May

The Ongar Town Festival is a new event which aims to embrace all communities within the town. The Festival Event Task Force will be responsible for making the day run as smoothly and successfully as possible. At the start of the day the task force will need to set up the admin stalls, lay the sand for the Petanque Tournament playing area, direct and control arriving stall holders. Later traffic and parking direction will be required, manning of the main event information point, patrolling the high street to offer assistance to the public and assisting the running of the tournament. At the end of the event we will need to conduct a thorough clear up of the playing area sand as well as a general litter picking exercise and make sure the town is put back together to resume it’s normal functions on the next day. Volunteers will of course also have the opportunity to explore what is on offer at the event itself.

Skills

It would be useful for volunteers to have good interactive social and communication skills.

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Representative for Healthwatch Essex

Purpose of role:
Our Ambassadors are key to raising the profile of Healthwatch Essex and providing an interface with the general public. An opportunity to make a real difference. As a Representative Ambassador, you will be the face of the organisation and will be happy to attend meetings on our behalf and report back to the team with any relevant feedback.

Your role may include:
 Attending meetings or events as an independent representative of HWE.
 Reading relevant documents and information in advance of meetings so that you are fully prepared.
 Feeding back to HWE after the meeting giving a summary of matters relating to our work.
 Promoting the work of HWE at all opportunities, including through your own networks/channels.

What we can offer you:
 A chance to volunteer for a local award-winning charity that makes a difference!
 Our award-winning ambassador training on lived-experience, along with other training relevant to your work, when the occasion arises.
 An annual get-together with other Ambassadors and HWE stakeholders to showcase your contribution to our charity.
 Reasonable travel expenses for any work you conduct with us.
 A dedicated member of HWE staff to support you.

Skills

What we require from you:

 Excellent networking and communication skills.
 Ability to present information in a concise and structured way.
 Reliability and professionalism.
 General or specific interest in, and understanding of, health and social care.
 A passion for wanting to improve services, patient experience and to make a difference.

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Wellbeing Group Volunteer

Action for Family Carers

To assist with Wellbeing Groups in Epping (second and fourth Thursday of the month) and/or Wellbeing Drop in sessions in Loughton (every third Thursday of the month) for 2 to 2.5 hours.

The role involves:

Meet, greet and welcome Carers at the beginning of the sessions. Assist with the smooth running of the meeting – befriending any new carers in the group so they feel they can take part. Helping to make all carers feel comfortable whilst support worker is making teas and coffees.

Other:

Helping out at occasional events where the organisation have a stand.

Skills required

Good listening and communication skills, Approachable manner, ability to put others at their ease. Ability to work as a member of a team. Flexibility of approach to all tasks.An awareness of the needs of Carers. A willingness to undertake training.

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Beautician required once a month on a Monday

Princess Alexandra Hospital Trust

We are looking for Volunteer Beauticians to assist on our Fabulous and Beautiful programme. The session runs on a Monday once a month from 11am-3pm and we provide beauty treatments to Female only patients with a Cancer Diagnosis. You will need to be a qualified beautician for this role and commit to a Monday once a month. The position will be at St Margaret’s Hospital, Epping in our Breast Screening Clinic.

Why volunteer with us:

At Princess Alexandra trust we believe we are Caring, Committed, Responsible and Respectful. Our staff will support your development and allow you to reach new levels of confidence. You will develop new skills, be appreciated and meet lots of amazing new people.

We hold various events throughout the year which include Volunteer Workshops, Recruitment events, Annual Christmas dinners, and Awards.

Skills required, Caring, Committed, Respectful and Responsible

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Research and Campaign Worker

Citizens Advice Epping Forest District

Description

Provide support and guidance to advisers on research and campaigns work. Keep up to date with research and campaigns issues, including monitor trends in bureau enquiries, to identify issues for potential local or national research and campaigns work. Network with other people involved in research and campaigns work within Citizens Advice, locally, regionally and nationally. Network with other local groups and agencies involved in research and campaigns work.

Skills required

Uphold the aims and principles of the CAB service.

• A strong sense of justice,• understanding of the importance of research and campaigns work.• understanding of key current social issues, and their potential impact on CAB clients.• commitment to the aims and principles of the CAB service.• ability to give feedback clearly and sensitively.• good report-writing skills.• ability to analyse complex information.• ability to work constructively with other agencies.• ability and willingness to work as part of a team.• ability to work on own initiative, within given guidelines.• desire to continue learning.• good level of written and spoken English.

Office location: Ernest Wythes House, 50a Hemnall Street, Epping CM16 4LS

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Events Organiser

Citizens Advice Epping Forest District

Description

Purpose of the role

• To assist the bureau in holding events such as open days and roadshows.• To assist the bureau in obtaining resources for the service. This could be money, help in kind or equipment.

Main duties and responsibilities may include:

• Assisting the bureau management team in managing and promoting bureau publicity events.• Monitoring the success of events held.• Researching the viability of events e.g. in shopping centres or at fetes.• Identifying possible sources of funding in the community such as local businesses, individuals or charitable trusts.

Skills required

• A commitment to the aims and principles of the CAB service.• Excellent communication skills, both orally and in writing.• Ability to think laterally about events the bureau could hold.• A willingness to attend training and other meetings.• Ability to work on own initiative.• To be able to work as part of a team.• Enthusiasm and confidence.• Excellent organisational skills.• To be approachable and friendly

Office location: Ernest Wythes House, 50a Hemnall Street, Epping CM16 4LS

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Summer Reading Challenge 2018

Opportunity

Essex Libraries are looking for volunteers aged 14 or over to help children with the Summer Reading Challenge. This year’s theme is Mischief Makers. You’ll have fun and gain new skills – and it’s great for your CV!

We are looking for volunteers who can commit to a minimum of 18 hours from Saturday 14 July to Saturday 1 September 2018.

As a volunteer you will help library staff to:

• Join children to the Summer Reading Challenge

• Talk to children (mainly aged 4 to 11) about their books

• Hand out stickers and rewards.

Closing date for applications is Sunday 10 June 2018.

Skills

What skills and experience do you need?

A good team worker, able to work with library staff and other volunteers.

Reliable, well organised and calm under pressure.

Enthusiastic about encouraging children to read.

Able to communicate with customers of all ages including parents.

Able to talk to children about the books they have been reading.

Friendly and approachable.

Committed to helping libraries and our customers.

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TimeBank Member – Epping and Harlow

Join today, do you have time on your hands?

TimeBanking is flexible volunteering using ‘Time’ as a currency.

1 Hour = 1 Time Credit

For every hour you spend helping others you will receive a Time credit to ‘Bank ‘ which you can exchange for services/skills offered by others or gift them to another member or donate them into a community pot.

Members log the hours they volunteer and use the time credits earned at some time in the future.

Everyone’s time is equal, so one hour of one person’s time is equal to one hour of the next person’s time.

Members of the community share and exchange skills and experiences to help others.

The more people who become members and contribute to a TimeBank, the more services will be on offer.

Become a valued member of your Epping + Harlow TimeBank.

The skills and spare time you have can help others.

Skills required

A willingness to help others in their local community.

Everyone has something to offer.

If interested you will need to complete a registration form and supply the names and addresses/email of 2 character referees. These can be a neighbour, friend, colleague but not a family member.

 

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Trustee Role

The Charity manages the historic site, deemed the most important site in Europe for the history of explosives and propellants. The Charity runs its education programmes for local schools and its events through its committed staff and over 100 volunteers.

We need Trustees with great skills, commitment, team work and practical thinking. Your role will include setting the Charity’s strategy and priorities, ensuring good governance, and taking word of the Royal Gunpowder Mills and its importance to your networks and stakeholders to increase understanding of its value, and promote the need for sympathetic development and change.

Skills

We aim to maintain a range of skills within our Board relevant to our work. We would particularly welcome at this time Legal, Finance, Business Development, Property Consultancy, Change Management, Fundraising and other aligned skills.

Closing Date 12 March 2018

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Fundraise at Tesco Church Langley or Tesco Epping

Do you like fundraising?

If so we need your support to raise funds for range of services for children and adults with a disability.

We are having a Charity Collection at Tesco Church Langley on the Saturday 17 March and Tesco Epping on the Friday 4 May 2018. Collection will take place between 9-4
All volunteers will be supported by staff from Accuro.

Skills

Just to have a friendly manner.

If you can offer two hours to collect that would be fantastic.

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Assistant Rainbow Leader – 1st Loughton Rainbows

Would you like to work with girls and young women to make a difference in your community while developing your skills and making new friends? Volunteering with Girlguiding could be for you!
As an Assistant Rainbow leader you will work as part of a team to plan and organise activities for girls aged 5 -7 years old. Rainbows is all about developing self-confidence, building friendships, learning new things and having fun. Girls get their hands dirty with arts and crafts, trying out cooking and playing games. Rainbows is all about learning by doing!
You will be required to commit to attending meetings on a weekly basis as adult to child ratios must be maintained.
In return, we offer everyone support, specialised training and the opportunity to develop new skills, meet new people and have fun. As a new leader you will be supported to complete the Girlguiding Leadership Qualification, most of which is all about doing things with the girls during meetings. Many women have found this experience invaluable to include on their CV when applying for further education placements, and on job applications.

Location:Kingsley Hall 5 Austen Close (off Debden Broadway) Loughton Essex IG10 3TX

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Brownie Leader – 1st Buckhurst Hill Brownies

Would you like to work with girls and young women to make a difference in your community while developing your skills and making new friends? Volunteering with Girlguiding could be for you!
As a Brownie leader you will work as part of a team to plan and organise activities for girls aged 7-10 years old. Brownies work on badges, play games, try adventurous activities and go along to special events, day trips, sleepovers, camps and holidays.
You will be required to commit to attending meetings on a weekly basis as adult to child ratios must be maintained.
In return, we offer everyone support, specialised training and the opportunity to develop new skills, meet new people and have fun. As a new leader you will be supported to complete the Girlguiding Leadership Qualification, most of which is all about doing things with the girls during meetings. Many women have found this experience invaluable to include on their CV when applying for further education placements, and on job applications.

Location: St John’s Church High Road Buckhurst Hill Essex IG9 5RX

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Community Fundraiser – Bucket Collecting Tesco Waltham Abbey

Teens Unite has been given the fantastic opportunity to interact with Tesco Waltham Abbey customers to collect donations and raise awareness of the charity in store.
The role to be undertaken by volunteer will be to:-
• Collect donations from customers.
• Take the opportunity to talk to people about Teens Unite and hand out information leaflets about the charity

 Location:Tesco – Sewardstone Road, Waltham Abbey EN9 1JH

 

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Guide Leader – 1st Buckhurst Hill Guides

Would you like to work with girls and young women to make a difference in your community while developing your skills and making new friends? Volunteering with Girlguiding could be for you!
As a Guide leader you will work as part of a team to plan and organise activities for girls aged 10 -14 years old. Guides take part in a wide range of exciting activities at their regular meetings, and at special events or holidays. Guides are given the chance to explore their individual skills and abilities and try out new challenges as part of a team. Girls can get involved in anything from adventure sports to performing arts, travel and taking part in community action projects.
You will be required to commit to attending meetings on a weekly basis as adult to child ratios must be maintained.
In return, we offer everyone support, specialised training and the opportunity to develop new skills, meet new people and have fun. As a new leader you will be supported to complete the Girlguiding Leadership Qualification, most of which is all about doing things with the girls during meetings. Many women have found this experience invaluable to include on their CV when applying for further education placements, and on job applications.

LOCATION: St. John’s Church,  High Road Buckhurst Hill, Essex, IG9 5RX

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Parent Support Volunteer -Epping Forest Area

We are now recruiting!
FREE Volunteer Preparation Course
Could you spare 3 hours a week to offer positive support to a family with young children?
If so…. we would love to hear from you.
Leading family support charity Home-Start Essex is eager to hear from people with parenting experience, who are approachable and able to identify with parents needing support.
We have exciting opportunities for both Home-Visiting Volunteers and Group Volunteers within the Epping Forest area.
If this sounds like you, our next FREE Volunteer Preparation Course starts on Thursday 22nd February
The course runs every Thursday for 10 weeks (excluding school holidays)
From 10:00am to 2:30pm, in Loughton

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Shop Volunteer Ongar

Help needed in our Charity Shop in Ongar High Street for Monday to Saturday – morning and afternoon sessions 9am-1pm and 1pm- 4.30pm.
Volunteers would get a chance to meet people, and become part of a team, learn new skills, or put to use the skills they already have. They may be asked to sort donations, price goods, work on the till and create window displays with training given on the job, and volunteers would only be tasked with what they feel comfortable doing.

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Reducing Re-offending Volunteer

Nacro are delivering custody resettlement, group sessions and mentoring services in the Essex CRC area. We are looking for a pool of volunteers to support our service users in the community. We recognise that engagement from service users can often be more successful when the professional involved is delivering support in a voluntary capacity.

No experience necessary but please ensure you fulfil the criteria below;
 We would like to see applications from people who genuinely want to support individuals to make positive changes in their life, you don’t necessarily need to have relevant experience

• Applicants should be non-judgemental, passionate and resourceful

• We would like a commitment of a minimum of 2 hours per week for a minimum of 6 months.

Key responsibilities may include;

• Supporting with the co-facilitation of community groups

• Delivering information, advice and guidance and motivating and encouraging service users to adopt a positive attitude and confidence to achieve resettlement goals

• Providing holistic mentoring support to service users on the day of release from custody to ensure smooth transition into the community.

What you will receive from us;

• Initial training programme and ongoing bi-monthly training refreshers

• Flexible training programme to include volunteer requests/suggestions

• Disclosure training

• Supervision and peer-support groups • Safeguarding training • Access to additional training and development opportunities within the Essex CRC and with our other partners Please note volunteers can specify whether they would prefer to deliver groups, 1:1 mentoring or both. This role is subject to a DBS and (where applicable) enhanced prison clearance.

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Duck Champion Volunteer

Description

The purpose of this role is to support the Duck Champion Project Officer in raising awareness amongst the local community on how to feed Epping Forest’s waterfowl responsibly and ultimately on how to preserve the health of its ponds.

About us:

The Epping Forest Centenary Trust was established in 1978. The Trust aims to inspire people to enjoy, understand and value Epping Forest and to contribute to its conservation. It is soon to come together with the Friends of Epping Forest to form the Epping Forest Heritage Trust. Its special focus at present is working with groups with learning difficulties.

What you will be doing:

You will assist the Duck Champion Officer in a range of tasks, such as supporting the delivery of school outreach sessions as well as feeding sessions with schoolchildren around some of the ponds of Epping Forest. Additionally you will help run weekend and holiday activity sessions for the general public. If you wish to join this exciting new programme, we would love to hear from you.

Your views on the success of sessions and resources will be valued and time will be made to discuss how well we are achieving our aim to connect the general public with looking after Epping Forest.

Skills required

We are looking for someone who:

• Has a passion for wildlife, in particular birds, and Epping Forest

• Has an understanding of working with the public, in particular children of primary school age and younger

• We’re hoping this programme will last beyond our initial 6-month project phase so we would welcome someone local with plenty of energy to take things into their own hands after the project finishes

• We would like someone who is crafty, enthusiastic and approachable

• Has the time and ability to work independently

What you will gain:

Volunteering is fun! You meet new people, explore new places and get behind the scenes of how things run.

It is a great way to try out and become good at new things, or get better at things you already do.

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Health Drop in Advisor

Description

Are you passionate about health and nutrition? Would you like to help others achieve their goals?

If so this is the role for you…………………..

The purpose of this Volunteer role is to provide “Front of house” support for the ACE Adult Weight Management My

Weight Matters Programme

About ACE

Anglian Community Enterprise (ACE) is commissioned by Essex County Council to provide Tier 2 weight management programmes.

The service is community-based and designed to support people to achieve a gradual, long term weight loss by weighing in at a variety of community sites, accessing the MWM online programme. We care about treating everybody with kindness, dignity and respect at all times. Interventions provided are in accordance with evidence-based practice and national guidelines.

The service is widely promoted to health professionals and the general public through promotional campaigns, social media and traditional media. Referrals are received and triaged via our helpline (0800 022 4524 option 3) or online at

www.acelifestyle.co.uk.

Skills required

What you will be doing:

Meeting and greeting clients, offering a warm and friendly welcome to the session

Explaining how the programme works to new clients

Weighing clients & recording for client’s and ACE Lifestyles records

Handing out relevant supporting materials (leaflets, hand-outs etc.)

Keeping a register of attendance

Helping to order resources and keep the My Weight Matters resource box adequately stocked

Generally help organise the session

Skills:

We are looking for someone who:

Knows their own limits re: skills, competencies and responsibilities and work within them

Is able to follow the programme content and resist imposing their own personal thoughts and feelings. Consistency is key!

Is able to accurately record all relevant information

Is a good listener and able to communicate with a wide range of people from different backgrounds

Is able to encourage and motivate those who find themselves in challenging situations.

Demonstrates the ability to work independently using own initiative

Non judgemental

Able to maintain confidentiality at all times

Able to identify, assess and manage risks

Personal Attributes:

Motivated and positive outlook

What you will gain:

Volunteering is fun! You meet new people, explore new places and get behind the scenes of how things run.

It is a great way to try and become good at new things, or get better at things you already do.

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Home Visiting Volunteer

Following an initial training course, volunteers will be matched to a family with young children who are experiencing stress or difficult circumstances. The volunteer needs to have 3 hours a week spare to visit at a mutually convenient time and offer friendship, encouragement and practical help. Volunteers can play with children and support parent(s) with all aspects of parenting, helping the family to get out of the house and access their local community. With support from

Home-Start staff, volunteers can help sign-post parents and support them at appointments to help their lives move on in a positive direction. Home-Start Essex’s approach is very personal and friendly and this often reassures parents that what they are going though is not unusual and that they are not alone.

Skills required

You need to have parenting experience, be approachable and able to identify with parents who need support.

You will receive full training on one of our preparation courses; this course is run over 10 weekly sessions. You will be subject to an enhanced DBS check before being carefully matched with a family where your own set of experiences and skills can help the most. The next training is planned to start in February 2018.

Location: Normally it will be the family home however, sometimes it may be going out into the community with a family.

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Minibus Chaperone and Back Up Driver

Voluntary Action Epping Forest Befriending Project offers club activities and days out to elderly residents in the area. This is a vital service for its users who rely on being picked up and dropped off to attend their activities.

The main role is to chaperone by assisting users on / off the bus and to load / unload wheelchairs and mobility aids, from their home to the club or trip. Our clients are very frail, most will have mobility issues, or problems with their balance.

We are a warm and welcoming presence for our users so our volunteers need to really enjoy the company of older people, have empathy and are able to be patient. A sense of humour will go a long way and good physical fitness is a must for this role. We will need you to have a category D1 driving licence and be able to drive a minibus to act as a backup driver when other drivers are on leave. You will never be left alone and will always have at least one driver and one chaperone on duty at a time.

This is a great role where you can see quickly the difference you make, you will be volunteering as part of a team and will also give support within club activities. The day starts at 10am and finishes at 5pm.

Clubs run on a Tue, Wed and Friday with trips once a month or so. Thursdays are regular trip days. You can choose which day/s you would like to offer Tuesday to Friday.

Skills required

Good listener and patience due to elderly client’s needs and abilities.

Commitment, empathy and be able to work well as a member of a team.

Flexible enough to be able to drive minibus if driver is on leave.

Category D1 Driving Licence.

Physically fit.

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Vocal Coach for young adults with learning

disabilities- Ain’t No Mountain High Enough

Description

Our music project is funded by the national organisation Youth Music and is for 16-25 year olds with learning disabilities.

It offers opportunities to develop skills in a number of instruments as well as singing, primarily in the area of rock and pop.

We are delivering a large number of sessions to our young musicians and seek to add to our dynamic team of staff and volunteers.

We are looking for a person who can work with ensembles, smaller groups and one-to-one, to develop our participants’ vocal skills.

The project is based in and around the Epping District with planned trips to gigs, performances and places of musical interest.

Skills required

No formal qualifications required.

Experience of vocal coaching is a must.

An interest in working with young musicians with learning disabilities.

Patience, empathy and adaptability.

Enthusiasm and a ready smile.

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Action Team Member – Essex

Join our fantastic Action Team in locations across Essex to help us raise money and campaign for improved local cancer care. Bring your energy and enthusiasm to help us ensure that life with cancer is still life – let’s help people live it!

Various roles available.

Skills required

No specific skills required – just a willingness to interact with people at events and collections.

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Event Crew and Route Marshals – The MoonWalk

London (Saturday Evening/Sunday Morning)

We are looking for dedicated, amazing volunteers to support us at The MoonWalk London – 15,000 women and men walking either a full or half marathon in their fantastically decorated bras, raising money and awareness for breast cancer…quite a sight to behold!!

We have many opportunities for Volunteers to choose from, so we guarantee there is something for everyone, no matter of your experience or ability.

Join in the party atmosphere at MoonWalk City on Saturday 12th May 2018 where things are just getting started…a busy period when our Walkers & Volunteers arrive en masse!! Start times vary depending on your role, but no earlier than 5pm and finishing at midnight. Our 24 available roles include Baggage, Tattoos & Balloons and Water Crew.

Not sure what you want to do? Let us know what your skills and experience are and we’ll find the right role for you!

Skills required

You simply need a positive and hard-working attitude for helping a great cause! In return you will meet some amazing people, raise millions of pounds for breast cancer and have the most incredible time at one of London’s most iconic events! It really is an opportunity to experience something truly unique, fun & challenging where you can donate your skills in a very practical way!

A briefing pack and handbook are provided to all successful applicants.

All volunteers must be over 13 years old – those between 13 & 17 must be accompanied by a volunteer over 18 years old.

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Click here to register your interest Sunday

 

Administration Volunteer

The Christian Drama Resource Centre lends costumes, props & scripts to churches, schools and community groups. We have been a registered charity for 20 years and wish to promote the Dramatic Arts and use our resources in the wider community. We’ve helped hundreds of schools, churches and communities providing costumes and props. Because when you look the part, you feel the part

As an admin volunteer it would be helpful to be computer and social media literate (however, it is not imperative) in order to help respond to emails, and administer our social media accounts. Responsibilities would include creating original text and photo content, managing posts and responding to followers and customers, as well as organising and booking appointments for clients.

We are looking for Volunteers to help organise costume hire, help manage our social media accounts, perform admin duties on the computer. We’d love somebody who’s a fast learner and with knowledge of periods throughout history and their relevant costumes, however, training can be given on this subject.

• Based at LifeWorks Creative Arts Centre, Loughton Methodist Church

• Minimum hours half a day a week, ideally a whole day – closed Thursdays, weekends and Bank Holidays, open term time only.

• Suitable for theatre/drama students, the retired, or anybody interested in pursuing an interest in fashion or history.

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Games Group Leader

The group is open to all comers on a drop-in basis. Most regular attendees are older people who enjoy getting out of the house and having some fun. Scrabble and cribbage feature heavily, there are a number of other board and card games available, as are refreshments.

The volunteer role is to be the main host, encouraging people to join in and making them feel welcome. A small team of volunteers may need to be deployed to ensure everyone is enjoying themselves. New games may need to be bought for the group. There is minimum admin – keeping simple attendance records and short reports for quarterly committee meetings.

Excellent communication skills, including listening skills

A good team player, with the ability to lead the team

Empathy and understanding of social isolation and cognitive impairment are desirable

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Games Group Volunteer

The group is open to all comers on a drop-in basis. Most regular attendees are older people who enjoy getting out of the house and having some fun. Scrabble and cribbage feature heavily, there are a number of other board and card games available, as are refreshments.

The volunteer role is to be an active part of the team hosting the group. This means encouraging people to join in, making them feel welcome and enabling them to have fun.

Excellent communication skills, including listening skills A good team player.

Empathy and understanding of social isolation and cognitive impairment are desirable

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Inventory Volunteer

The Christian Drama Resource Centre lends costumes, props & scripts to churches, schools and community groups. We have been a registered charity for 20 years and wish to promote the Dramatic Arts and use our resources in the wider community. We’ve helped hundreds of schools, churches and communities providing costumes and props. Because when you look the part, you feel the part.

Inventory Volunteer

As an Inventory Volunteer the key responsibility would be managing our stock, particularly preparing our orders and putting them away once they’ve been returned. This further includes fetching and returning orders from the office to the store and putting away our costumes back into their designated place.

Upkeep of our costumes is particularly important to us; therefore somebody who is willing to wash and iron the pieces, as well as alert our Sewing Team to any damaged outfits that may need repairing would be greatly appreciated.

The responsibility of managing our stock would also extend to helping to decide which costumes we are lacking and what we need to buy more of, as well as which items that are donated to us are worth keeping, and whether it’s worth replacing with any other stock.

Finally, the role of an Inventory Volunteer would include finding orders that have not been returned on time, as well as pursuing items that have been lost or are missing from a particular order.

Skills required

We’d love somebody who’s a fast learner and with knowledge of periods throughout history and their relevant costumes, however, training can be given on this subject.

• Based at LifeWorks Creative Arts Centre, Loughton Methodist Church

• Minimum hours half a day a week, ideally a whole day – closed Thursdays, weekends and Bank Holidays, open term time only.

• Suitable for theatre/drama students, the retired, or anybody interested in pursuing an interest in fashion or history.

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Sewing and Costume Volunteers

The Christian Drama Resource Centre lends costumes, props & scripts to churches, schools and community groups. We have been a registered charity for 20 years and wish to promote the Dramatic Arts and use our resources in the wider community. We’ve helped hundreds of schools, churches and communities providing costumes and props. Because when you look the part, you feel the part

Sewing and Costume Volunteers

As a volunteer interested in costumes, your role would include preparing costumes that have been ordered. This can vary from small requests to large orders from schools and churches for plays and nativities.

Additionally, we would greatly appreciate anybody with fashion and sewing abilities. Ideally we are looking for somebody with the ability not only to be able to repair and fix broken costumes, but have the creativity and flair to design and make new historical costumes or overhaul existing costumes into something new and exciting.

We are looking for Volunteers to help organise costume hire, sew and repair our costumes. We’d love somebody who’s a fast learner and with knowledge of periods throughout history and their relevant costumes, however, training can be given on this subject.

• Based at LifeWorks Creative Arts Centre, Loughton Methodist Church

• Minimum hours half a day a week, ideally a whole day – closed Thursdays, weekends and Bank Holidays, open term time only.

• Suitable for theatre/drama students, the retired, or anybody interested in pursuing an interest in fashion or history.

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Winter Warmth Project Volunteer

Voluntary Action Epping Forest hosts several projects supporting vulnerable and older people in the district. From

October to March we will be delivering services in Epping Forest District in support of Essex County Councils Winter

Warmth Campaign.

The service will provide help to those whose health and wellbeing is at risk during the winter. Those in need may be offered food parcels, warm clothing/bedding, small heating appliances & microwaves, fuel tokens, fitting draft excluders & curtain rails, sealing windows.

We need a number of volunteers to support this project:

a) Volunteers who can drop supplies to clients and/ or

b) Volunteers who can coordinate activities and keep records (office based)

Role Description

Take enquiries from referring organisations and individuals enquiring about the service.

Maintaining records and entering data onto the project database (office based role)

Record stock levels and assist in purchasing supplies

Assist in the delivery of supplies to vulnerable people

Assist in the publicity of the service by attending promotional events and advice sessions

Good communication skills

Able to maintain strict confidentiality

For the delivery role you will need to have own transport

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Urgent need for Pony Leaders

To lead ponies or walk beside helpers giving riders moral support and a sense of security. We would welcome your assistance with any aspect of Chigwell Riding Trust. When one considers that it sometimes takes one person to lead the pony and one person either side to assist the rider, it is obvious that the Trust could not function without voluntary help.

Times: Daytime weekdays approximately 10.30 – 5.00 and/or approx. 11.30pm-1.30pm weekends (summer times). 1.45-3.45 winter times.

You will be able to do some limited volunteering while Chigwell Riding Trust arranges for you to be DBS (police) checked. Particularly looking for volunteers on weekdays.

Skills

It is not necessary to have any knowledge of horses as the qualified staff will show you just what to do. All that is required is a willingness to help. Empathy for people with special needs.

A liking for horses.

Location: Grange Farm, High Road, Chigwell, Essex, IG7

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Gift Aid Administrator

To introduce Gift Aid scheme to the organisation to maximise the potential of gifts received.

To be responsible for answering the phone, for booking in collections and deliveries and for entering deliveries/collections onto the database as well as undertaking a variety of administrative support activities.

The volunteer should have knowledge of gift aid scheme or willing to acquire the knowledge be able to deal with the public in a friendly, helpful but firm manner.

The project will be based in the industrial estate in Bower Hill. Close to Epping Tube Station and bus links.

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Grants Application Writer

We are a registered charity and not for profit Social Enterprise supporting people in need in Epping Forest District and surrounding areas. We sell furniture, white goods and household items to the general public at affordable prices, to those on income based benefits at a discount and in some instances we provide for free. We work with a wide variety of agencies and seek to help those who are struggling to help themselves.  We are looking for a talented grant application writer to research organisations to which our charity can apply for funding and, supported by the Epping Forest ReUse team, to draft and submit grant applications.

Ideally the volunteer would have some knowledge of the workings of a voluntary organisation and experience in bid writing. The ability to research thoroughly, to assess criteria and to produce winning applications are all key attributes.
Practical Considerations
This role can be home-based or working with the office team as preferred.
Location: The project will be based in the industrial estate in Bower Hill. Close to Epping Tube Station and bus links

 

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Handyperson

We need a handyperson who can touch up donated furniture, ensuring that all components are there and to undertake minor repairs. You will be volunteering on the shop floor and may need to advise customers where goods are located. Maintain outside areas to ensure that the site remains attractive to customers. Good practical skills, communication skills and be able to lift light loads.
Location: The project will be based in the industrial estate in Bower Hill. Close to Epping Tube Station and bus links.

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Library Volunteer

A dedicated team of volunteers managed by Buckhurst Hill Parish Council are keeping the Library Self Service facility open to the public on Mondays and Wednesdays. We need more volunteers to support us with running this vital community service.
Making customers welcome, supporting them to use the library and talking to them about the library services. Dealing with basic enquiries and supporting people to borrow and return books on the self service units. Provide basic IT support on public computers.

We are looking for volunteers who are enthusiastic and enjoy working with people of all ages. You will need to make a regular commitment. There will be initial training and ongoing support.
Location: Buckhurst Hill Library, 152 Queens Road, IG9 5AZ

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Retail Assistant – Loughton

Our retail shop plays a vital role in raising funds and awareness for our cause. As a shop volunteer you are among the most visible faces of the charity and contribute hugely to how the public perceive us and the work we do. The purpose of the role is to assist in the day to day running of our charity shop(s) to maximise sales and profitability.
• Good communication and customer care service skills are essential to fulfil this role.
• Being able to work as part of a team environment and with the general public is essential.
• Being flexible
Address:192 High Road, Loughton, Essex IG10 1DN

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Upcycling Buddy for young person with Learning Disabilities

This is a rewarding opportunity to work alongside a young person with learning disabilities on our exciting new upcycling project. We upcycle old pieces of furniture and make smaller items from wood such as garden planters and picture frames and notice boards.

Good practical skills in either painting/crafts/upcycling or carpentry.
Must be patient, friendly and approachable with a good sense of humour.
Location: Bower Hill, 5 min walk from Epping Station.

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Volunteer white goods engineer

We are a registered charity and not for profit Social Enterprise supporting people in need in Epping Forest District and surrounding areas. We sell furniture, white goods and household items to the general public at affordable prices, to those on income based benefits at a discount and in some instances we provide for free. We work with a wide variety of agencies and seek to help those who are struggling to help themselves. As a Social Enterprise, 100% of our funds are used to help those in need. There are no shareholders or anyone else profiting from our operation.

We need a volunteer to support us with ensuring the safety of our donated white goods before we sell them.

You need to be fully qualified as a white goods engineer.

Location: The project will be based in the industrial estate in Bower Hill. Close to Epping Tube Station and bus links.

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Weekend Meet and Greet

As a ‘Meet and Greet Volunteer’ you will be welcoming anyone who is coming to join lifewalks for the first time, introduce yourself and introduce the new joiner to the other leaders and to other walkers of a similar age and walking ability. You will help them register and complete the PAR Q safety questionnaire. You will generally ‘look after’ them, make them feel a welcome part of the group until the walk starts. Meet and Greet volunteers can also check in existing Life-Walkers on the register. Friendly personality, patience, reasonably fit and a first aid qualification would be an asset but is not necessary. Walk Leader training will be given to you sometime after you start.
The walks are held across the Epping Forest District mostly within Epping Forest or the Lee Valley Park.  Need own transport to get to walk starting points.

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Weekend Walk Leaders and Assistants

Volunteer Walk leaders look after new walkers and those that like company on the walks. They encourage and motivate walkers of all abilities to walk as if late for an appointment to get their heart working but so they are comfortable with this speed. Volunteers also help with the general running of each walk they attend. Also have the chance to front and back lead when confident and trained.It helps if volunteers attend one walk at least every couple of weeks and remember, you’ll be keeping fit at the same time!! We are particularly looking for volunteers at weekends and those who can help with walkers who are either visually impaired or have dementia or Alzheimer’s as we have a list of people who want to come on the walks who either can’t get to the walk and need transport or need someone to walk them round.  Friendly personality, patience, reasonably fit and a first aid qualification would be an asset but is not necessary. Walk Leader training will be given to you sometime after you start. Need own transport to get to walk starting point.

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Special Constable

Could you compassionately support someone who has just been assaulted or lost a loved one? How do you think you would cope when required to talk someone down from a bridge who wants to harm themselves? Do you have the courage to walk into a public order situation and physically restrain individuals who are fighting? Could you investigate gang culture, drug supply, fraud or corruption?

If the answer is yes, then apply to join the Essex Police family as a Special Constable. Essex Police are looking for

Special Constables across all of Essex. Special Constables are volunteer Police Officers, they have the same police powers, uniforms and equipment as regular Police Officers.

A Special in Essex is someone who will be valued, supported and integrated into the wider policing family. They’re someone who will learn new skills, see new things and make tangible differences to the lives of the public they serve. A Special in Essex is someone who makes new friends, sees life from new perspectives and upholds the law.

Skills required

Our Specials come from a variety of backgrounds, some are stay at home mums, some are ex-military, some in retail, beauticians, accountants and teachers to name a few. Whatever their background, their skills have brought something unique and valuable to their officer role.

To become a Special Constable you must:

be a British, Commonwealth or European Economic Area (EEA) citizen or have leave to remain in the UK for an indefinite period

• have resided in the UK for a continuous period of three years immediately

• be at least 18 years old

• be of good character (ideally you should not have a criminal record but some minor offences may not exclude you)

• be able to meet our required medical and fitness standards prior to the date of your application.

- Commit to a minimum of 16 hours per month for operational duties plus mandatory initial training and on-going training.

A Special Constable is an extraordinary person, a remarkable person, a special person. Join us and be that person.

Hours are flexible and you are reimbursed for expenses.

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Occasional Minibus Driver

We provide support, friendship and respite for informal carers and those living on their own in isolation with occasional trips

out. As a volunteer driver you will be ensuring that all our clients are collected and transported to their activities and taken

back home again after. You will be assisted by a Volunteer Escort who will assist you in getting the clients on and off the

minibus and ensuring that everyone is seated safely and comfortably.

You will find this a very rewarding and fulfilling role as you form a trusting and supportive relationship offering a smile, a

listening ear and much needed support helping clients on and off the bus.

To ensure passenger safety, MIDAS training is available

Skills

This role will involve collecting the community minibus from its location and working from a passenger list to establish

your route.

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Assistant Guide Leader – 4th Loughton Guides

Would you like to work with girls and young women to make a difference in your community while developing your skills and making new friends? Volunteering with Girl Guiding could be for you!

As an Assistant Guide leader you will work as part of a team to plan and organise activities for girls aged 10 -14 years old.

Guides take part in a wide range of exciting activities at their regular meetings, and at special events or holidays. Guides are given the chance to explore their individual skills and abilities and try out new challenges as part of a team. Girls can get involved in anything from adventure sports to performing arts, travel and taking part in community action project

You will be required to commit to attending meetings on a weekly basis as adult to child ratios must be maintained.

In return, we offer everyone support, specialised training and the opportunity to develop new skills, meet new people and have fun. As a new leader you will be supported to complete the Girl guiding Leadership Qualification, most of which is all about doing things with the girls during meetings. Many women have found this experience invaluable to include on their

CV when applying for further education placements, and on job applications.

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Assistant Rainbow Leader – 6th Loughton Rainbows

Would you like to work with girls and young women to make a difference in your community while developing your skills and making new friends? Volunteering with Girl guiding could be for you!

As an Assistant Rainbow leader you will work as part of a team to plan and organise activities for girls aged 5 -7 years old. Rainbows is all about developing self-confidence, building friendships, learning new things and having fun. Girls get their hands dirty with arts and crafts, trying out cooking and playing games. Rainbows is all about learning by doing!

You will be required to commit to attending meetings on a weekly basis as adult to child ratios must be maintained.

In return, we offer everyone support, specialised training and the opportunity to develop new skills, meet new people and have fun. As a new leader you will be supported to complete the Girl guiding Leadership Qualification, most of which is all about doing things with the girls during meetings. Many women have found this experience invaluable to include on their

CV when applying for further education placements, and on job applications.

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Community and Event Team Member

Voluntary Action Epping Forest

Community and Event team volunteers to promote the services of Voluntary Action Epping Forest.

Are you interested in?

Linking up with people and promoting services that can enrich the life of isolated residents. Do you want to make a difference to your community?

Voluntary Action Epping Forest runs supported volunteering projects and provide direct services to older, disabled or vulnerable residents, by providing befriending clubs and visitors, benefits advice, gardening and handyman services. We need to reach more people and ensure that everyone is aware of what’s available and how to access our services.

To do this we are looking to recruit a team of Community and Event Volunteers to help promote Voluntary Action Epping Forests work by speaking to members of the public and handing out literature at key community venues in Epping Forest District. Volunteers will work in pairs and will be fully trained and informed.

Skills required

No experience necessary as training will be given.

Volunteers should be confident when dealing with people, approachable and have an outgoing and friendly personality. Time commitment: Approximately 10 hours over a month it can be weekday or weekends daytime.

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Volunteer Befriender

Futures in Mind

Description

A fantastic opportunity to volunteer in an innovative, exciting, vibrant dynamic service.

To provide company, support and encouragement to people accessing community services and activities.

To be a caring listener for people who may not have others they feel comfortable talking to.

To support adults feeling isolated and lonely.

Skills required

Good people skills.

Awareness of confidentiality and professional boundaries

Non-judgmental and inclusive attitude to all people involved with Future in Mind

Basic admin skills.

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Peer Mentor

Futures in Mind

Description

To support mentees with individual solution focused goal setting. Support mentees to leave secondary mental health services and/or treatment providers in a planned way where relevant, liaising with everyone involved in the person’s care and support.

Skills required

To be on your own personal journey of recovery from mental ill health and/or substance misuse

Good people skills

Willing to undertake training for the mentor role

Basic administration and money handling skills

To be non- judgmental and inclusive attitude to all people involved with Futures in Mind.

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Peer Activity Volunteer

Futures in Mind

Description

To create safe, comfortable and welcoming environments for new and existing service users to meet together for social contact activities.

Skills required

To be on your own personal journey of recovery from mental ill health and/or substance misuse.

Good people skills

A friendly approachable manner

Non-judgmental and inclusive attitude to all people involved with Futures in Mind

Basic administration and money handling skills

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Gardening team member with own transport

Voluntary Action Epping Forest

Description

When gardens and lawns become overgrown, most of us find it a nuisance. People who are physically unable to do their gardens find it distressing, particularly those who are usually housebound. The aim of the garden service is to provide volunteers to maintain the gardens of people who cannot manage unaided.

VAEF Gardening service provides a practical service which enables people to go on living independently. The project also brings together clients and volunteers who benefit from the social interaction of helping clients and working with other volunteer gardeners (we work in teams to make the tasks more fun!).

Volunteers work with a gardener and are given training and equipment.

Gardner needed for Mondays or Thursdays to volunteer in the district.

Skills required

Skills

VAEF Gardening volunteers can be of all ages from all different sectors of the community. You do not need to have any specialist gardening skills – most of the work involves simple weeding, pruning, mowing or trimming.

Own transport is a must as gardens can be in locations not well serviced by bus routes.

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To find out more about any of these volunteer vacancies please ring the Volunteer Centre on 01992 564 256 or email volunteering@vaef.org.uk