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Volunteer Opportunities

 

Latest Volunteering Vacancies

(Last Updated June 28th 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

 

Young Carers Support Group Volunteer – Loughton

Description

A Young Carer is someone between 8 and 18 years, who cares for someone in their family or household due to a disability, illness or drug/alcohol addiction. Our charity offers these young people support and respite in the form of a youth group during term time and days out during the school holidays.

Volunteers are needed on alternate Wednesdays in Epping from 5pm until 7pm and will involve interacting with and supporting the young people in a variety of activities. These include organising sports, crafts and assistance with IT/homework.

The groups are held during the school term.

Occasional day trips are also held during the school holidays as well as on a weekend or evening.

Skills required

As a volunteer you would be expected to be empathetic, considerate and have a fun approach. In return you will be offered an interesting and rewarding experience, with ongoing training and development, in a supportive environment.

Click here for more details and register your interest

www.volunteeressex.org/opportunities/young-carers-support-group-epping-9678

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

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

Volunteer Riders/Drivers

Description

Essex Blood Runners are a charitable organisation that delivers blood, samples, and emergency plasma to hospital departments across Essex.

Our volunteer bikers/car drivers are on call from 7:00pm to 7:00am, 7 nights a week, 24 hours Weekends and Bank Holidays.

 

Volunteers pick up from Brentwood blood bank and deliver to the following hospitals:

• Princess Alexandra (Harlow)

• Waltham Abbey (Herts & Beds)

Among others

Volunteers are expected to give up 1 evening a fortnight.

Skills required

Based in the community but driving skills are needed.

Click here for more details and register your interest

 www.volunteeressex.org/opportunities/volunteer-riders-drivers-9686

Community and Event Team Member

Voluntary Action Epping Forest

Description

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. Click here for more details and register your interest

 www.volunteeressex.org/opportunities/community-and-event-team-member-9700

Trustee

CanalAbility is an award winning charity dedicated to providing facilities for disabled people and people with special needs to enjoy boating on the River Stort in Harlow, on specially adapted canal boats. This opportunity offers the chance to play an integral role in running and managing the charity. It will also provide you with the opportunity to develop new skills, make new friendships and gain varied experience.

Charity Trustees are the people who serve on the governing body of a charity. Trustees have, and must accept, ultimate responsibility for directing the affairs of a charity, and ensuring that it is solvent, well-run, and meeting the needs for which it has been set up.

Individuals with all kinds of skills can sit on a trustee board from trained accountants and lawyers to experienced parents or carers. The best boards are made up of a wide variety of motivated people all who share a common interest in the charity’s services and success.

Location: Burnt Mill Lane, Harlow CM20 2QS

Skills required

We are not seeking specific skill-sets but the kinds of activities a trustee is responsible include:

• Set and maintain vision, mission and values,

• Maintain effective board performance,

• Promote the organisation.

Click here for more details and register your interest

 www.volunteeressex.org/opportunities/trustee-at-canalability-9702

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.

Click here for more details and register your interest

www.volunteeressex.org/opportunities/volunteer-befriender-9505

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.

Click here for more details and register your interest

www.volunteeressex.org/opportunities/peer-mentor-9508

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

Click here for more details and register your interest

www.volunteeressex.org/opportunities/peer-activity-volunteer-9507

Driver Client Coordinator Ongar and Villages

Description

Have you some spare time on your hands to make or receive telephone calls in your own home? Do you want to make a real difference in your community to clients who are frail and in need of transport to a medical appointment?

Ongar and Villages Voluntary Care are a caring group of volunteers aiming to relieve situations of need by coming to the aid of people in Ongar and the surrounding villages that are served by Ongar Doctors. We transport on average 10 clients to appointments each week.

Coordinator Volunteers who can match volunteer driver availability to clients transport request. Coordinators are on duty for a week at a time and in a rota over three months.

We also have vacancies for telephone volunteers to take calls on one afternoon or morning a week from their own home when the projects helpline number is diverted to their home. Your role is to take information from clients and inform the coordinator who will allocate drivers.

Skills required

No special skills needed.

Enthusiasm and commitment are very welcome qualities.

Volunteering from own home

Expenses are reimbursed.

Click here for more details and register your interest

 www.volunteeressex.org/opportunities/driver-client-coordinator-ongar-and-villages-9724

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.

Click here for more details and register your interest

 www.volunteeressex.org/opportunities/gardening-team-member-with-own-transport-9627

Drivers for Ongar and Villages

Description

Have you recently retired or have you found that you have some spare time on your hands? Do you want to make a real difference in your community to clients who are frail? Do you drive your own car?

Ongar and Villages Voluntary Care are a caring group of volunteers aiming to relieve situations of need by coming to the aid of people in Ongar and the surrounding villages that are served by Ongar Doctors. We transport on average 10 clients to appointments each week.

Volunteers who have their own car to join a team of volunteer drivers who can drive frail clients to mainly medical appointments ensuring that they have a safe reliable journey and keeping them company while they are waiting to see the doctor. Most journeys are to local hospitals and the local surgery.

Skills required

Full driving licence needed.

Caring person who is kind to frail clients and can be relied on.

All agreed expenses are met, including mileage at 45 per mile and 5p per passenger.

Click here for more details and register your interest

www.volunteeressex.org/opportunities/drivers-and-assistants-9707

 

Summer Fayre Event Volunteer 2 July

Description

The summer fayre is our annual event where we open our hospice grounds to local people and their families. It is a fun packed day that entertains all of the family and often we have around 1000 visitors on the day. This year it will be a circus themed day.

We need volunteers to help us run the event on the day. Volunteer roles include:

Helping us set up the venue and tidying up when the event is finished.

Parking marshals

Stall volunteers

Supervising the children’s play area or bouncy castle

Registering guests and meeting and greeting on the day

Location: Woodford Green

Skills required

No specific qualifications are needed for this role, we are just looking for enthusiastic and motivated people who are willing to turn up on the day and have a hands on approach.

A volunteer brief will be sent out 1- 2 weeks before the event which will explain all of the timings

A volunteer briefing will be held on the day, before the event starts and volunteers will be allocated a role and a staff member/ zone manager contact for the day.

It is an all-day event so volunteers will be on site from 9am – 6pm.

Click here for more details and register your interest

 www.volunteeressex.org/opportunities/summer-fayre-event-volunteer-2-july-woodfordgreen-9540

 

Trustee

Description

Culture without Borders Development Trust’.

Created to support Epping Forest District Lowewood Museums and the Spotlight Theatre.

If you live in the area of Epping Forest District or the Borough of Broxbourne, or have a passion for history and learning and believe that you have the relevant skills and expertise to offer this exciting new development trust, we would love to hear from you.

The new charitable trust will play a key role in developing funding strategies, including individual giving and legacies, to assist with the future development and help attract or create new exhibitions and events, building on the strong body or work already undertaken.

Skills required

We would welcome applications for Trustee positions, from those based in the Epping District, Broxbourne and beyond, who are not only committed to ensuring that the museums’, culture and theatres futures are secured and that they go from strength to strength, but also have specialist skills in the following areas: Finance – Fundraising – Philanthropy – Marketing – Communications – PR -Arts and Heritage – Leisure and Culture – Retail, hospitality and tourism – Charity & Social Enterprise Click here for more details and register your interest

View this opportunity: www.volunteeressex.org/opportunities/trustee-9713

 

Volunteer Hosts – Epping

Contact the Elderly

If you enjoy tea and cake and would like to help make a difference in your local community, then look no further!

Contact the Elderly organises monthly Sunday afternoon tea parties for isolated older people who live alone and find it difficult to get out and about by themselves.

Each older person is collected from their home each month by a volunteer

driver and taken to a volunteer host’s home where they meet with a small group for tea, chat and companionship.

We are looking for volunteer hosts to hold a tea party for the local group just once or twice a year on a Sunday afternoon.

All we ask of our volunteer hosts is that they have a big teapot, a warm heart and the facility to seat 6-8 older guests comfortably. The volunteer drivers (approx. 3-4) will also join and assist you at the tea party.

Our monthly Sunday afternoon tea parties are a vital lifeline for our older guests, and our volunteer hosts often say that they genuinely get as much enjoyment from the gatherings as the older people do, and lasting friendships are formed.

Skills required

Due to the mobility needs of our older guests, hosts are required to have an easily accessible home with fewer than three steps, and a downstairs toilet.

We are looking for friendly sociable hosts, who are happy to welcome people into their home. Becoming a volunteer host is the perfect volunteering opportunity for those who enjoy baking (but shop bought cakes are fine!) and would like to

make a difference to the lives of lonely older people.

With such a small time commitment, our volunteering opportunities are perfect for those who lead busy lives.

Click here for more details and register your interest

View this opportunity: www.volunteeressex.org/opportunities/volunteer-hosts-epping-9783

Volunteer – Service User Review Panel Support – Epping

We are looking for a volunteer to support a Service User Review Panel (SURP) group in Epping, on the second Wednesday of the month 10.15am – 12.45pm for 4 months.

The role of the volunteer can include:

• Providing a support function to individual or small groups of people with dementia who want to influence the work of the

Society or get involved in awareness raising and campaigning

• Liaising with people to agree what involvement activities they wish to pursue and what level of support they will need

• Where required, accompanying a person with dementia to an activity (e.g. a meeting) and supporting their active involvement in it.

Skills required

• You have excellent listening and communication skills and the ability to show empathy, be calm and supportive

• You have the ability to be punctual and reliable

• You have the ability to complete basic records in writing (where relevant)

• You have an understanding of, and commitment to, confidentiality

• You have experience, or an interest in, enabling those who can benefit from extra support to make their views known and supporting and motivating people

You have knowledge of, or a willingness to learn about, dementia and how it can affect individuals, their families and carers

View this opportunity: www.volunteeressex.org/opportunities/volunteer-service-user-review-panel-support-epping-9761

Active living Champion

About Active Living

Do you enjoy being active? Do you like meeting new people? Would you like to encourage and support someone to make

a positive change in their life? If so than why not help us by becoming an Active Living Champion.

The Active Living Project run by Epping Forest District Council provides support for individuals who are at high risk of poor physical and mental health due to physical inactivity. We offer people who join the project one to one support to help them change their behaviour to become and stay active.

We are looking for people who are active, friendly and would like to help others in their community. By volunteering to be

a Champion you will be offering people the opportunity of knowing a friendly face at new activity and reducing the fear of the unknown. You will also play a key role in helping people stay motivate and active.

About the role

Depending on the time you can commit to being an Active Living Champion we will shape the role around you.

But typically the role may include;

• Befriending people so that they have a friendly face at new activities

• Meeting and greeting people at activities to help them feel welcome and part of the group

• Encouraging people to try a new activity

• Explaining to people what to expect at an activity helping to reassure them

• Joining people at new activities

• Encouraging people to sustain their activity

• Provide people positive reinforcement on their progress

As an Active Living Champion you will not be expected to;

• instruct or coach physical activity sessions

• Give medical or health advice

• Solve personal problems

• Transport people using your own vehicle

Skills required

None needed just passion for being active and for wanting to help people

Click here for more details and register your interest

View this opportunity: www.volunteeressex.org/opportunities/active-living-champion-9796

 

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