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Volunteer Opportunities

 

Latest Volunteering Vacancies

(Last Updated May 17th 2017) 

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

 

Community Volunteers for Victims of Crime URGENT need in Epping Loughton and Harlow

As a Victim Support volunteer we will train you to support victims of crime from the first time you meet them until they feel strong enough to move forward on their own. You will listen to victims to identify their individual needs, help them explore how their experience of crime has affected their lives and identify ways to enable them to move on. You will do this by providing confidential listening, practical support and advocacy either by phone or face to face, enabling victims to overcome the emotional, psychological and practical effects of crime. You will get a rewarding sense of having made a positive difference to people’s lives, all you need is the willingness to help and a little time.

Flexible opportunity volunteers are asked to give 6-8 hours per week to fit around their commitments.

Click here for more details and register your interest

www.volunteeressex.org/opportunities/community-volunteers-for-victims-of-crime-7362

Telephone Helpline Volunteers required

Would you like to help those suffering with anxiety and other mental health issues, what better way to help people than from the comfort of your own home

Volunteers cover 3 hour shifts, which operate 7 days a week 10 am to 10 pm. We ask volunteers to commit to doing 1 shift per week for a minimum of one year.

Click here for more details and register your interest

www.volunteeressex.org/opportunities/helpline-volunteer-chelmsford-area-4087

Summer of Open Gardens Ambassador

Volunteer help to promote the Summer of open Gardens fundraising initiative, Summer of Open Gardens gives people the opportunity to open their gardens to supporters between May and September and raise vital funds in aid of Essex and Herts Air Ambulance.
Key activities include:
– Identifying suitable new gardens to take part
– Make contact with the garden owner and inspire them to open their garden for the charity
– Work with local organisations, including contacts in your own network, to find new gardens
– Be the main point of contact for the garden owner, ensuring they have everything they need for the smooth running of their open garden event, such as materials and fund raising packs

Click here for more details and register your interest

www.volunteeressex.org/opportunities/summer-of-open-gardens-ambassador-9474

Volunteer Youth Work and Mentors Loughton

Worth Unlimited is a youth work charity and at Spark we are looking for volunteers to support young people aged 14-16 who are attending Spark as an alternative to mainstream secondary school. You will be volunteering in small groups of a maximum 7 students together with experienced and qualified Youth Workers. You will be based at Loughton Youth Centre, 106 Borders Lane, Loughton IG10 3SB.

We do Maths and English in the mornings and other activities in the afternoon, both on site and off site at bowling, top golf, sports centre etc.

Click here for more details and register your interest

http://www.volunteeressex.org/opportunities/youth-work-volunteer-8059

Social Knitting and Crochet Group Facilitator

The Restore Community Centre was set up 3 years ago by Restore Community Church. It is an open access drop in Centre, and is open from Tuesday and Saturdays, 9am – 5pm. We also run various activities, and there are computers for anyone to use. We usually welcome between 30 – 40 visitors a day, sometimes to have a “cuppa and a chat” other times because there is help that is needed.

Every Wednesday we have a social knitting and crochet group from 1.30pm – 3.30pm. We would love someone to work alongside our regular attendees and develop the group, including teaching beginners, facilitating sessions, providing opportunities and activities for people to explore their creative potential, as well as to benefit from the social nature of the group. You would:

  • Plan, organise and facilitate knitting and crochet projects
  • Consult existing group members when planning activities
  • Contribute ideas towards the programme.
  • Encourage conversation
  • Prepare the knitting table and ensure it is left clean and tidy after the session
  • Liaise with the Centre Manager regarding the use and purchase of materials
  • Report any concerns to the Centre Manager as soon as possible
  • Have regular meetings with the Centre Manager

At the same time other people will drop in for tea/coffee, and the group takes place in the main communal area. 6 -10 people attend.

So far one of the main achievements of the group is to have provided blankets for communities in Africa.

Click here for more details and register your interest

http://www.volunteeressex.org/opportunities/shop-volunteers-3687

Office Administrator

To work in a friendly office in Epping, Essex assisting with general administrative tasks which will include inputting records onto database, maintaining accurate and up to date records, answering general telephone calls
Volunteering one day a week . Flexible to suit volunteer.

Click here for more details and register your interest

http://www.volunteeressex.org/opportunities/office-administrator-8571

Chingford Green Gym

Join in, feel good. The Green Gym enables volunteers to get physically active whilst improving the environment and their local community. All sessions are FREE, run weekly and everyone is welcome regardless of experience, ability or fitness.  Each session provides a range of new and interesting outdoor practical conservation experiences to improve strength and stamina, boost practical skills and give the opportunity to meet others with similar interests.

Click here for more details and register your interest

http://www.volunteeressex.org/opportunities/chingford-green-gym-9343

Gardeners needed in Epping Forest Area

Location: Epping Forest District.

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.
The scheme operates on Monday, Tuesdays, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and you will be part of a team. Volunteers hours can be flexible (but ideally at least once a month ) and arranged through the VAEF Gardening Project Administrator.
VAEF would welcome links with schools and youth or community groups who would like to become involved with this service.

Click here for more details and register your interest

http://www.volunteeressex.org/opportunities/gardener-3630

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.

Click here for more details and register your interest

www.volunteeressex.org/opportunities/assistant-guide-leader-4th-loughton-guides-9438

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.

Click here for more details and register your interest

www.volunteeressex.org/opportunities/assistant-rainbow-leader-6th-loughton-rainbows-9439

Befriender

Our volunteers usually work with elderly frail clients in a 1:1 situation on a weekly or fortnightly basis. You would be going into the house to visit or bring shopping. You might be the only person, except for carers, that they see regularly and will be their window on to the outside world.

Location: Loughton

Click here for more details and register your interest

www.volunteeressex.org/opportunities/befriender-9490

Keep Fit Assistants

Our keep fit programme is a new project open to older residents of Loughton and surrounds. It offers low-impact, mostly seated, exercise. You would join a team working with a qualified instructor and help to make it fun and accessible for all participants. This may involve helping residents within walking distance, perhaps pushing a wheelchair and helping with refreshments afterwards. This is a great opportunity to improve your own fitness in a fun session. Location: Loughton.

Click here for more details and register your interest 

www.volunteeressex.org/opportunities/keep-fit-assistants-9487

Keep Fit Manager

Our keep fit programme is a new project open to older residents of Loughton and surrounds. It offers low-impact, mostly seated, exercise. You would lead a team liaising with a qualified instructor (currently from Epping Forest District Council) and help to make it fun and accessible for all participants. This would mean deploying other volunteers to help residents within walking distance to the session and to help with refreshments afterwards. You would also be responsible for keeping records and collecting monies. This is a great opportunity to improve your own fitness in a fun session. Location: Loughton.

Click here for more details and register your interest
www.volunteeressex.org/opportunities/keep-fit-manager-9489

Telephone Receptionist

Our telephone receptionists are the friendly front of house for Loughton Voluntary Care (LVC). You would answer calls to our office from users and volunteers, keep careful records of calls and match user needs to volunteer availability.

Commitment: 2 hours per week (more hours available if required)

Location: LVC office, Loughton Methodist Church. High Road Loughton  

Click here for more details and register your interest

www.volunteeressex.org/opportunities/telephone-receptionist-9486

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES AT THE LOUGHTON FESTIVAL

Many varied volunteer opportunities:-

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www.volunteeressex.org/opportunities/volunteer-opportunities-at-the-loughton-festival-9428

Volunteer Treasurer

Voluntary Action Epping Forest is an umbrella organisation providing advice, information & development support services to voluntary and community organisations and volunteers in the District. Local Voluntary groups are assisted with fund raising, volunteer recruitment and regular information. Volunteers recruited with learning disabilities are offered extra support and team activities. The organisation also hosts a number of direct services for older people which include gardening, carers support, home safety, befriending and handyman.

Treasurer wanted to oversee and ensure that the financial affairs of VAEF are conducted within legal requirements, accounting conventions and good practice.

A knowledge of financial accounting and reporting procedures.

Ability to communicate financial information to those who may have little or no financial background.

Click here for more details and register your interest

www.volunteeressex.org/opportunities/volunteer-treasurer-9477

Approachable and adaptable

Do you have a passion for working with people and improving life opportunities? Are you creative, supportive and inspiring? Then lend us your talents!

We need volunteer Independent Supporters to support at workshops and events. You will be welcoming people to the event, answering questions and empowering families to take ownership of their EHCP process.

For children and young people with Special Educational Needs, and their families, the system for providing support and resources has changed. Independent Support Essex offers a range of support relating to the new Education Health and

Care Plans.

Independent Supporters are trained to:

> explain each step of the Education Health and Care Plan process,

> help children, young people and parents get their views across,

> ensure the parent and child or young person take an active lead role in the process.

iSEssex is a partnership of local organisations, led by InterAct, who work together to deliver Independent Support across

Essex.

Skills required

You need good interpersonal and communication skills, and you need to be self-motivated and adaptable.

You need to be willing to learn and able to motivate people to achieve positive results.

You should have personal or professional experience with disability and additional needs, or of working with children and young people.

Click here for more details and register your interest

www.volunteeressex.org/opportunities/approachable-and-adaptable-9576

Empowering Communicator

Do you have a passion for working with people and improving life opportunities? Are you creative, supportive and inspiring? Then lend us your talents!

We need volunteer Independent Supporters to work directly with families and young people who need support. You will be meeting with them to help them with paperwork, providing them with information and empowering them to take ownership of their EHCP application.

For children and young people with Special Educational Needs, and their families, the system for providing support and resources has changed. Independent Support Essex offers a range of support relating to the new Education Health and Care Plans (EHCPs).

Independent Supporters are trained to:

> explain each step of the Education Health and Care Plan process,

> help children, young people and parents get their views across,

> ensure the parent and child or young person take an active lead role in the process.

iSEssex is a partnership of local organisations, led by InterAct, who work together to deliver Independent Support across Essex.

Skills required

You need good interpersonal and communication skills, and you need to be self-motivated and adaptable.

You need to be willing to learn and able to motivate people to achieve positive results.

You should have personal or professional experience with disability and additional needs, or of working with children and young people.

Click here for more details and register your interest

www.volunteeressex.org/opportunities/empowering-communicator-9575

Dogs Trust Fun Day Event Marshal – 18th June 2017

Supporting our largest annual fundraiser. Marshals are required to provide customer liaison points at our event and to assist with health and safety through the following:

• Offer guidance to visitors about event site and location of items

• Hand out car stickers and poo bags to visitors to promote Dogs Trust.

• Maintain welfare points throughout the site. Top up water bowls and paddling pools

• Health and safety support ie. In the event of an evacuation support staff in leading supporters away from event.

Full training is provided and branded clothing that will be worn on the day. A site map and other resources given to aid role. We can guarantee lots of dogs to say hello to and lots of cake on the day!

• Must be comfortable around dogs

• Good customer service

• Confident manner around the general public

• Troubleshooting abilities with customer service lead approach to problem solving

• No specific skill set except a desire to help and be a smiley representative of Dogs Trust

• Previous experience beneficial but not necessary

Click here for more details and register your interest

www.volunteeressex.org/opportunities/dogs-trust-fun-day-event-marshal-18th-june-2017-9642

 

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