If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please contact us! Whether you can offer one off support at events, an hour a week to befriend someone, or several hours each week, all of our opportunities are very flexible and are designed to suit you. All travel expenses and any other out-of-pocket expenses are paid.
If you are already volunteering, please could you spare a few minutes to complete this short survey about your experience. This helps us to recruit new volunteers, keep our existing ones, and apply for future funding. Thank you.
As a volunteer driver, you will be collecting clients from their home and taking them to hospital and other appointments. Unlike a taxi service, our drivers wait with/for a client during their appointment, so that they can be taken home immediately after their appointment. This takes away the worry of having to phone and wait for a taxi after their appointment ends.
Many of our clients don’t see anyone from day to day, or only see medical professionals. A befriender can help to relieve feelings of loneliness and isolation, giving a patient a chance to be themselves again. You might just pop round for a cup of tea once a week, or take a client out for a walk, to a coffee morning, or to the hairdressers. It’s up to you and the client to decide what you want to do, and we will endeavour to match each pair up so that they will have similar interests where possible.
Helper at one of our groups
We run a range of group sessions – Memory Café, Coffee Mornings, Carers Meetings, trips – and you could come and lend us a hand at any of these. Just taking the time to chat with clients can make them feel welcomed and part of the community, but you might also help with serving tea and coffee, running activities, and setting up groups.
Marketing and Fundraising
If you’ve got a talent for marketing, then we can always use your talents to help make more people (volunteers and clients) aware of what we offer. This might mean getting out and about and meeting people, managing our social networks online, designing or distributing leaflets and posters, writing press releases, getting involved in organising fundraising events.
Our volunteers meet and greet patients arriving at hospital, to help them check in and make their way to the correct part of the hospital, making this time as stress-free as possible. We are also looking for mealtime assistants to sit with patients whilst they eat meals. This is a great way to gain some hospital experience if you would like to work in a hospital in the future.
Like any other organisation, good administration is vital to ensure that everything runs smoothly. You might be answering the phone, typing letters, filing paperwork, photocopying, making phonecalls. Working from our busy office, you will be an essential part of our team and a central part of the services we offer.
Becoming a Volunteer
If you would like to become a volunteer, simply call the office on 01626 773924. You will need to complete an Volunteer Application Form and attend an interview, as well as providing a DBS (Criminal Records) check and two references.