Host Volunteers – Covid 19 Programme, Particularly targeted towards our Host Volunteers working at the Saddlers Centre and Tipton Sports Academy Vaccination Centres. More details and to register here:
Thanks to everyone who stepped forward locally in the last year to respond as volunteers to the Covid 19 situation.
We have been asked to help out with an evaluation for the NHS Volunteer Responders programme. So, if you were involved in any way with the programme, please take time to respond to the request below.
Did you participate in the NHS Volunteer Responders Scheme – GOODSAM?
Whether you’ve offered your time as a Volunteer Responder or accessed help and support from a Volunteer Responder, we would love to speak to you about your experience.
We are looking to interview a number of volunteers and residents that participated in the programme between March 2020 and March 2021. Your insights and experiences will be used to inform how future schemes are designed and improve the way national health partners work with local voluntary and community sector organisations.
If you are able to spare a few minutes, please could you contact Natasha on 07590 523 540 or click the link to email her at Natasha@kai-zenglobal.com with your name and contact number.
We’re only looking to speak to a handful of people from each of the five boroughs in the next fortnight. Are you happy to help out?
|Opportunities: (including brief role description)||Woodland Walk Organiser|
You will help organise a Woodland Walk to raise funds for its Woodland House Appeal, to bring a brand-new, purpose-built bereavement centre to the hospital for families experiencing pregnancy or baby loss. This sponsored walk will be one of a series of local, community -run walks taking place across the Midlands in a local park, a nearby country park or a favourite nature trail. You can personalise the walk to your community with Kids Activity Zones, catering, remembrance ceremonies etc. The Regional Fundraiser will support you.
Your duties will be to:
Investigate and decide on a suitable walk venue & route; Complete a Risk Assessment for the event;
Promote via social media, posters, leaflets, local press Complete all relevant event planning documents;
Recruit volunteers and helpers to help run the event; Contact and welcome registrants, remind them to raise sponsorship /set up a Just Giving page to raise donations;
Organise ‘on the day’ activities and send out instructions to attendees and volunteers prior to the event;
Keep accurate records of all participants and volunteers, in line with data protection/ GDPR guidelines;
Source local sponsorship to help cover the event cost; Send a thank you to attendees & volunteers post event; Send all donations raised to the Charity after the event.
Requirements/ Skills Sought: A passion for organising with contacts in the community, great communication skills and a keenness to both plan and budget.
|Hours:||Planning to start now and the time required will increase as the date approaches. A fortnightly catch up on the phone with a representative from the Hospital Charity.|
|Location/Address:||Volunteer Organisers choice. |
Walk to be arranged in late Summer/ Early Autumn.
|Referral type:||Referral by Volunteer Centre|
|Other information:||You will receive constant support from the Regional Fundraiser as well as a full information and planning pack including risk assessment ready for you to use.|
Wolverhampton Volunteer Centre is still open and helping you get into volunteering with whatever your journey and whatever your reasons.
Even under current restrictions, you can still volunteer. You can register on our web site and find volunteer opportunities to suit you. We can deal with queries over the telephone on 01902 328980 and can offer limited appointments if necessary.
Also, Our dedicated BBO ‘Building Better Opportunities’ Bridges Team are also here to help if you are over 25 and looking at help and support in getting back into employment. On behalf of Frank, Ren, Julie and myself, Pete Emms Project Coordinator, we look forward to helping you reach your ambitions and goals in 2021.
Volunteers required for various roles to help out with vaccination roll out across Wolverhampton…….
|Opportunities: (including brief role description)||Digital Champion |
To help residents take advantage of being online and enjoy the benefits the internet offers such as saving money, being in touch with friends and family and searching for jobs. The role is to: Meet residents within the community on a weekly basis to enable them to access digital devices such as tablets and personal computers; Help build residents confidence and self-esteem with using digital technology; Keep a good record of your work including reporting verbally to a supervisor and completing relevant forms; Adhere to Hope Community Project’s policies and procedures at all times especially with regard to safeguarding vulnerable people; Attend induction and training sessions delivered by Hope Community Project or another approved provider
Requirements/ Skills sought
Ability to use computers & IT equipment; understand the needs of a diverse community; confident to teach digital skills in a friendly and supportive manner; an excellent listener, empathic, caring; patient reliable and respectful of confidential information; a positive attitude; can remain calm in challenging situations; ability to keep notes and report back to staff and manager; good verbal and written communication skills; a commitment to equal opportunities and and discriminatory practices; approachable, mindful, non-judgmental and a good sense of humour.
Hope Community Project offers a telephone befriending service to older/vulnerable residents in the community. This role involves making a weekly call to chat, reassure and identify any concerns raised. You will:
• Make telephone calls to assigned contacts
• Record details of call on Telephone Log sheet
• Contact befriending coordinator, as required to raise any concerns
• Email Log sheet to befriending coordinator
• Adhere to policies and procedures at all times especially regarding safeguarding vulnerable people.
• Complete on line safeguarding training
You will need: to be an excellent listener, empathic, caring, patient, reliable and respectful of confidential information; a positive attitude and remain calm; some understanding of the impact of isolation; Good verbal and written skills; an ability to keep notes and report back as required; to be approachable, mindful and non-judgemental; a commitment to equal opportunities and anti-discriminatory practice.
|Hours:||Depends on role|
|DBS Check:||Yes – clear|
|Other information:||Applications are subject to satisfactory references. The Hope Community seeks out and supports vulnerable families and the wider community in Heath Town, Wolverhampton. |
|Opportunities: (including brief role description)||Volunteer Telephone Befriender |
To provide positive social interaction for Social Prescribing clients who are socially isolated through regular weekly phone calls. You will: Make regular phone calls on a weekly basis with clients allocated by Social Prescribing Link Worker; Provide some positive social interaction through phone calls; Undertake basic recording and share monitoring information with Link Worker about the calls; Pass on any concerns or identified support needs to Link Worker
Requirements/ Skills sought:
Good listening and communication skills; ability to understand and act within the boundaries of the role; person centred approach, client led; open-minded and non-judgmental; pleasant, approachable, welcoming; enthusiastic, reliable and committed; open to learning and able to reflect on experiences; commitment to WVSC policies and procedures including confidentiality and equal opportunities.
IT Support Volunteer Role
To offer support and practice for Social Prescribing (SP) clients using IT skills, and offer positive social interactions for them. You will: Make regular weekly contact with clients allocated by SP Link Worker using phone and internet based apps such as WhatsApp and Zoom; Liaise with the organization, Access to Business, about input already given and areas of focus for IT practice; Provide some positive social interaction alongside the IT support led by client’s needs and wishes as to the level of interaction.
Requirements/ Skills sought:
Good working knowledge of IT applications i.e. Zoom and WhatsApp; good listening, communication and problem solving skills; person centered approach, client led; ability to patiently explain and encourage use of IT applications; open-minded and non-judgmental; able to understand and act within role boundaries; pleasant, approachable, welcoming; enthusiastic, reliable and committed; open to learning and able to reflect on experiences; commitment to WVSC policies and procedures including confidentiality and equal opportunities.
|Hours:||Mutually convenient times for client and volunteer – remote support|
|Location/Address:||Home based – remote support|
|DBS Check:||Yes – clear|
|Expenses:||Yes, as necessary|
|Other information:||Induction provided, full training, ongoing support and regular update meetings with Link Worker. WVSC work to maintain and develop a thriving and diverse voluntary and community sector. The Social Prescribing service provides a non-medical approach to supporting adult’s in Wolverhampton to improve their health and wellbeing. Our aim is to link people with activities and support in their local communities which might help them to feel better and more connected. This is an opportunity to enhance your own CV, use and enhance your skills through helping others, and to access to training and personal development opportunities.|
Just a quick update on what’s been happening at The Volunteer Centre. In March, WVSC put a call out for volunteers to respond to the Covid 19 situation.
We have had over 600 people respond to help out to volunteer across Wolverhampton and our focus over the last few months has been in responding to this.
The good majority of these volunteers have been placed and have been helping some of the most vulnerable residents in our City.
The majority of organisations are now up to capacity for volunteers but we are still endeavouring to continue placing as many volunteers as possible. We thank everyone for their patience.
The Volunteer Centre is still offering a day to day service for volunteering, however, many organisations have suspended their volunteer recruitment due to the impact of Covid 19. So, once again, placements are taking a little longer to be offered.
Our BBO Bridges Project is still accepting referrals and continues to operate under these unique circumstances.
Organisations are slowly beginning to offer volunteer opportunities but it’s going to take a while for everyone to start operating at full capacity.
Thanks to everyone who has come forward at this moment in time and we look forward to working with you in the future and your volunteering journey.
Pete Emms: Volunteer Centre Coordinator.
Do you want to volunteer with the NHS to ease pressure on staff during the COVID-19 / Coronavirus outbreak?
They are currently recruiting Clinical Volunteers
Application deadline: 24th March 2020 (today!)
You will join a pool of volunteers who are willing to be deployed into areas of need within the Trust. Duties can involve bed making, making hot drinks, meal time assistance, running errands for staff and answering phone-calls. Training in basic skills required for the roles will be provided. Deployment of volunteers into specific duties (e.g. admin/ clerical, staff ward support) will be based upon volunteers preference and as well as their skills and experience.
You will need communication skills, empathy, a willingness to help and a can do attitude.
This role will mainly be at New Cross Hospital Wolverhampton, however it may involve West Park Hospital or Cannock Chase Hospital.
“I work at HR at New Cross, it has been a challenging fortnight for our staff and they are being absolute heroes but we know the worst is yet to come. In response we are looking to recruit clinical volunteers to help out, feeding patients, changing beds etc.
For more info go to: https://buff.ly/2QzvRJ0
Interested in ‘One-off’ Volunteering Opportunities ?
The two organisations (below) are looking for Volunteers to give their time to volunteer on a one-off basis:
All Saints Action Network (ASAN) Christmas Fayre
Saturday 30th November, 4pm – 8pm
Several roles are available:
1) Volunteer to set up and pack down
2) Volunteer helpers for Santa
3) Volunteer helpers on stalls
4) Volunteer for general duties
The Christmas Fayre will take place at The Workspace, All Saints Road, Wolverhampton WV2 1EL
Wolverhampton Church Shelter
Short term commitment
(or ongoing if you prefer)
The Shelter provide beds overnight for homeless people and support them into accommodation, training and employment
Two roles are available:
1) Overnight Volunteer (8pm to 8am)
2) Evening Volunteer (8pm to 11pm)
The Church Shelter is located in the city centre on Waterloo Road
Please get in touch and tell us which volunteer role you’d like to do
Tel: 01902 328980
On World Mental Health Day remember to look after your own mental health and wellbeing. We all need to be able to reach out when we need help, and notice when others need our support.
Volunteering is a great way to look after your own mental health and wellbeing by helping others and getting involved with the local community.
There are lots of opportunities to befriend and support others who may need some encouragement, including people who may feel lonely and isolated.
Feel good about yourself and Volunteer 😊
Contact us to find out about the opportunities available.
Tel: 01902 328980
National Mentoring Day 25th October 2019
Mentoring Charity looking for Volunteer Mentors
Children’s charity Mentor Link is a National Schools Mentoring Award winner delivering dedicated mentoring and counselling service to schools across the West Midlands.
Mentor Link provides long term one to one social and emotional support to vulnerable and distressed children. The charity professionally recruits and trains volunteer Mentors, to listen to and support young people who may be facing difficulties such as anxiety, low self- esteem, bereavement, family breakdown, self-harm, relationships with others. Our aim is to create a more positive attitude towards themselves and learning. The well-being of these young people forms the focus of our work.
When Eve was referred to our service she had no self- confidence, her parents had divorced and she didn’t see her dad. There were members of the family who had mental health problems and autism. Eve had to care for members of her family.
Eve was mentored by Christine one of our trained volunteers. The mentoring support helped Eve become more self- confident and secure a place at college to study Childcare.
We are currently recruiting more volunteer mentors in your area. No qualifications are necessary, you just need to be a good listener, and role model with an interest in supporting young people, are able to commit to a minimum of six months volunteering, 1 hour a week with referred children generally during school hours.
Mentor Link is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. This role is subject to safer recruitment checks, including 2 satisfactory references and an Enhanced DBS certificate. Induction training, and ongoing training is provided free of charge and travelling expenses paid.
We welcome enquiries from parents’, schools, health professionals or community organisations.
Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer Mentor, or would like to support the charity raising awareness about their invaluable work; organising fundraising events contact email@example.com or Head Office on 01299 822336.
Registered charity number 1169026.
The Elias Mattu Foundation will be holding a Macmillian Coffee Morning
Saturday 12th October 10am – 1pm
At Brickkiln Community Centre, Cherry Street, Wolverhampton WV3 0QW
Narrindar Slatch will holding a Forever Living aloe bars where she hand out free samples of aloe drinking gels for people to try.
Families are encouraged to bring their Elderly Relatives.
If you would like get involved or would like to donate food toward the event, contact Asha Mattu 07904 310530 or Manjit Kaur Sidhu 0742 717 3171
Funny Things Festival
26th October to 2nd November 2019
We are looking for some volunteers to join the Funny Things 2019 team for this years festival!
Funny Things will be celebrating a wide range of comedians and artists from across the Black Country and further afield. Not only will there be plenty of stand-up on offer, we’ve also got lined up: funny theatre, spoken word, music, film, family activities, talks and workshops.
If you are 18 or above and would like to get involved, we’d love to hear from you!
For more information and to receive a registration pack please send an expression of interest to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 20th September 2019.
We look forward to hearing from you!
Funny Things Festival: 26th October – 2nd November 2019
Do you want to work with Children, Young People and Families?
Are you compassionate, caring and hardworking?
As a Children’s Centre Supervisor you will supervise parents and their children. The role will involve helping parents and children with creative activities and escorting them to outdoor activities including parks, eateries and other public places. You will need a polite telephone manner and good computer skills to answer phone-calls and compile emails etc. You must have a full clean DBS and access to a car with a full clean driving licence. You will need to commit for at least a year from September 2019 and be available day-times, weekends and evenings for a minimum of 6 hours a week.
The Arts of Change (AoC) in Dudley would love to hear from you if you are reliable, patient, mature, friendly and have experience of working with children, young people or families. A background in teaching, early years, social work or similar is desirable, though not essential.
This will be a rewarding opportunity where you will receive full training and ongoing support within a caring and friendly team. Also, great for your CV.
Please contact us for further details.
Thanks to everyone who participated in celebrating Volunteers Week 2019.
The week saw a busy drop in and the Volunteer Centre involved in training sessions with many organisations in Wolverhampton, a volunteers event at Central Library, conducting workshops and Inspiration events with Adult Education and facilitating the whole HR team from Tarmac in volunteering in Wolverhampton and making a massive difference to the community.
Tarmac Team photo by Jay Mcnish
Come along to the Volunteer Centre 16. Temple Street on 26th February to find out how our Bridges can give you a hand getting back into work. Just bring yourself and have a cuppa a biscuit and a chat to our friendly team. Let Frank know if you are interested in coming along email@example.com or call 01902 328980. Look forward to seeing you there.
Volunteering is a great way to help you get back into work. Volunteering is like stepping stones to help you get to where you want to be!
At Wolverhampton Volunteer Centre we have the BBO Bridges Project which specifically aims to help you get back into work. If you have been unemployed for a while through various reasons and circumstances and are over 25, the BBO Project can help you with building confidence, interview skills, advice & guidance as well as finding the best volunteer placement for you. For more information contact Frank on 01902 328980 and have a chat about how BBO can help get you back into work!
Did you know you can make a real difference over the Christmas period by volunteering? It’s the time of year we often think about others and how we can help.
There are many organisations in Wolverhampton that work with the homeless, such as foodbanks and overnight shelter’s, that are all run by volunteers. Get in touch with us at Wolverhampton Volunteer Centre and see how you can give the biggest gift all. Your time!