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Volunteer Administrator and Volunteer Befriender Vacancies

SDCA logo_JPEG imageSandwell Deaf Community Association (SDCA) aims to actively encourage, empower and enrich the lives of deaf and hard of hearing people in Sandwell by providing accessible community-based services, and to lead by example, an accessible society without barriers.

Volunteer Administrator
SDCA are currently seeking to recruit a volunteer administrator to cover their reception desk and also assist staff with any admin duties.  The main responsibilities of the role will be to welcome visitors to the centre and appropriately deal with telephone calls and enquiries.  Other administration responsibilities will consist of supporting the staff team and mail shots, creating forms and maintaining databases using spread sheets. Volunteers must have a good knowledge and experience of using Microsoft Word and Excel, have a good telephone manner and good listening and communication skills including the ability to work as part of a team, as well as on their own within an office environment.

Volunteer Befriender
SDCA welcome any volunteers but are seeking particularly to increase the number of male volunteer befrienders as they are currently under-represented within their organisation.  The role of the befriender will be to befriend deaf and hard of hearing males within the Sandwell area.  Individuals are matched with a volunteer to enable them to achieve their aims/objectives.  The support provided is diverse and ranges from assisting people with daily living tasks, providing communication and companionship, assisting with integration and access to social opportunities.  Volunteers will be based within the community, home or SDCA.

Both of these roles are an excellent opportunity for people interested in gaining valuable experience to further develop their CV.  Including the opportunity to improve communication skills, try new challenges and meet new people.  Volunteers will receive an organisation induction, ongoing support, development and training opportunities.  Applicants will require a minimum level 1 in British Sigh Language, DBS clearance and two references.

SDCA values the time, energy and unique contribution that volunteers can bring, if you are interested in volunteering for SDCA and would like to find out more please contact Siobhan Lyne, Volunteer Co-ordinator, Text/voicephone: 0121 525 5347 or e-mail siobhan@sdca.co.uk

 


Volunteer Activity Assistant – Birmingham and Sandwell

VolunteeringCreative Support currently provide support to people with Learning Disabilities within the community and their homes. They are looking to expand this service by running activity sessions from their Birmingham Office and within the community. They are most interested in developing activity sessions around arts and crafts, music, drama, creative writing and social sessions.

This is an exciting opportunity as all the volunteers will be involved in the development of these activity sessions and we will welcome any ideas for activities.

Volunteers will help to plan and deliver activity sessions at the Water Street Office and if necessary within the community.  Volunteers will also be encouraged to use their own skills and interests to inform the activity timetable. The volunteer will assist attendees to get the most out of each session, and to support them to undertake tasks where necessary. The timetable for activities will be decided with the service users. Volunteers will deliver the sessions in conjunction with other volunteers or staff members.

A minimum of three hours a week, Monday – Saturday between the hours of nine and five. Sessions are around 2-4 hours long, and volunteers are welcome to choose how many sessions they would like to cover in one week.

If you would like to find out more information about this opportunity or to apply please contact Kieran Flynn by email at Kieran.flynn@creativesupport.org.uk or on 07815500374. Deadline: 9th January 2015


Woodland Volunteer Days at Massey’s Bank

EconEnvHousing4Work is resuming to improve some areas of plantation woodland at Massey’s Bank, Tividale, and the Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country  are looking for volunteers to come and join them and learn about woodland management techniques.

The Wildlife Trust  invite you to join and help them nurture nature and create wonderful woodlands.  You will learn how to fell trees, make dead-hedges and habitat piles and about the methods they use to manage plantation woodlands to improve biodiversity and encourage new species at Massey’s Bank.

Woodland Volunteer Days are being held on 13 November and 27 November, 10am – 3pm at a meeting point on East Avenue (Just off City Road).

Please contact Su James if you would like to attend, so that they can make sure that they have enough tools and equipment for everyone. Email:  Su.J@bbcwildlife.org.uk

For more information please visit their website and for other exciting volunteer days click here


Volunteer Centre Sandwell – Annual General Meeting

posts - Volunteer Centre Logo2The theme for Volunteer Centre Sandwell’s AGM this year is “Looking to the Future – Seizing Opportunities”.  Volunteering dialogue this year has told the Centre that residents need small and regular steps to help them get more involved in their community.  Giving practical and emotional support to residents enables them to contribute positively to things around them and has astounding consequences on their lives.

The AGM will be taking place on 28 November from 10.30am – 11.15am and followed by a Mini Conference from 11.30am – 12.45pm at Sandwell Council House Chambers, Oldbury, B69 3DB.  A light buffet lunch will be available after the Mini Conference.

Rose Vakis, former Chief Executive Officer of Lichfield & District Community and Voluntary Sector will be the key note speaker.  Rose is a professionally qualified experienced coach and Leadership Mentor and has worked for over 20 years with senior managers in local authorities, the NHS and the Voluntary Sector, supporting them to achieve things they often had previously thought were beyond their reach.

To book a place, please e-mail: volunteer@volunteercentresandwell.co.uk or call 0121 544 8326


Community Transport Volunteering Opportunities

VolunteeringCommunity Transport provides an affordable and reliable transport fleet with specially adapted vehicles for use by voluntary organisations or community groups, providing services for people unable to use existing transport because of deprivation or disability in order to assist them in their essential activities.

Community Transport currently have the following Volunteering opportunities available:-

Volunteer Mini Bus Driver
Transporting community groups to activities using Community Transport vehicles and assisting clients as required.  Based in Great Bridge travelling to various locations across Sandwell and Dudley – day times – Monday to Friday.  Full driving licence required.  Good customer skills required/ability to manage work schedule and team player.  Volunteer commitment is 1 day per week minimum – to suit individual’s availability.  Midas Mini Bus training and full induction training will be provided provided.  Expenses will be paid and DBS check is required.

Car Scheme Driver
Transporting individuals to activities using their own vehicle and assisting clients as required.  Working from home travelling to various locations across Sandwell and Dudley – day times – Monday to Friday.  Full driving licence required.  Good customer skills required/ability to manage work schedule and team player.  Volunteer commitment is 1 day per week minimum – to suit individual’s availability.  Midas car driver training and full induction training will be provided.  Expenses will be paid and DBS check is required.

If you are interested in either of the above, or would like further information, please contact John Sanders – john.sanders@communitytransport.org or telephone 0845 209 0191


Tips on Volunteer Management Accreditation

VolunteeringInvesting in Volunteers (IiV) celebrated its 10th anniversary at the beginning of October.

As the UK quality standard for all organisations that involve volunteers in what they do, IiV has provided a framework for almost 800 organisations to benchmark and improve their volunteer management programmes.

The IiV standard was originally conceived in 1995 by Wandsworth Volunteer Bureau, to help them to gauge how well volunteers were being managed within placement organisations.

Ten years on, the standard is as important as ever, especially given the increased demands being placed on volunteering in today’s economic landscape. An independent impact assessment carried out last year supports this, with 95% of achiever organisations seeing it as having a positive impact on volunteering.

NCVO’s IiV Manager for England gives ‘Ten tips for organisations thinking of accrediting their volunteer management programme” in an article celebrating 10 years of the IiV quality standard. Please read the tips here.


Sandwell Deaf Community Association – Volunteers Wanted

SDCA logo_JPEG imageSandwell Deaf Community Association (SDCA) aims to actively encourage, empower and enrich the lives of deaf and hard of hearing people in Sandwell by providing accessible community-based services, and to lead by example, an accessible society without barriers.

SDCA welcome any volunteers but are seeking particularly to increase the number of male volunteer befrienders as they are currently under-represented within their organisation.  The role of the befriender will be to befriend deaf and hard of hearing males within the Sandwell area.  Individuals are matched with a volunteer to enable them to achieve their aims and objectives.  The support provided is diverse and ranges from assisting people with daily living tasks, providing communication and companionship, assisting with integration and access to social opportunities.  Volunteers will be based within the community, home or SDCA.

This is an excellent opportunity for people interested in gaining valuable experience to further develop their CV, improve communication skills and try new challenges as well as providing the opportunities to meet new people, especially for those who are seeking the rewards and sense of achievement through sharing their time with others.

Volunteers will receive an organisation induction, on-going support, development and training opportunities.  Applicants will require a minimum level 1 in British Sign Language, DBS clearance and two references.

SDCA values the time, energy and unique contribution that volunteers can bring.  If you are interested in volunteering for SDCA and would like to find out more information please contact Siobhan Lyne – siobhan@sdca.co.uk or text/voicephone: 0121 525 5347


Cruse Bereavement Care: Committee Members Wanted

Cruse Bereavement CareCruse Bereavement Care are a charity supporting people in Sandwell who have been bereaved.  They are currently looking for committed individuals from all avenues of life to bring additional skills and expertise to help develop their services.

Could you help to:-

promote and grow their service;
to mange their finances;
in other ways using your expertise and experience?

The Committee meetings are every two months.  If you are interested and would like to help, or have a chat about what you could do, then get in touch: cruse.sandwell@gmail.com or telephone 0121 558 1798.


Relate Birmingham – Trustee Vacancy

RelateRelate Birmingham is a local, independent charity and leading provider of relationship support.  They aim to help individuals, parents and families build better relationships by delivering a range of services, including counselling, groups, education and training and professional development.

Over the last two years they have grown and diversified their services and now operate across most of the West Midlands and South Staffordshire.  They are seeking new Trustees to be active members of their Board through their next period of development and change.

The Board has overall responsibility for their strategic direction, ensuring they meet their legal and statutory duties, remain solvent and well run.

They are looking for people who can:-

  • contribute actively to the Board and regularly attend meetings.
  • be involved in setting the direction of the organisation and monitoring performance.
  • use their specific knowledge or experience to help the Board reach sound decisions.
  • work effectively as a member of a team.

Skills or experience in Business or Commercial Sectors, Fundraising, Marketing, PR or IT would be desirable.  Most importantly they would welcome support for the work of Relate and willingness to make the time commitment needed.

Meetings are held quarterly on a weekday evening.  There are also opportunities to participate in sub groups and forums at a local and national level.  This is a volunteer role and an induction to Relate locally and to the wider Federation will be provided.

For more information about this role please contact Ruth Levesley, Chief Executive ruth.levesley@relatebirmingham.co.uk or telephone 0121 633 5524

 


Volunteer Receptionist – Relate

RelateRelate Birmingham is a local, independent charity and leading provider of relationship support.  They aim to help individuals, parents and families build better relationships by delivering a range of services, including counselling, groups, education and training and professional development.

Relate is looking for volunteers to provide reception cover and general admin duties for their Oldbury service.  Based at the Old Municipal Buildings, Freeth Street their role is key in providing a welcoming, supportive and confidential service to clients.

Relate are looking for people who support the aims of the organisation, have good communication skills and most importantly can make a commitment of being available for a regular shift of 3 – 4 hours a week.

Current hours available are:

Tuesday evening 4.45pm – 8.45pm
Wednesday 12.00pm – 3.15pm
Thursday 5.45pm – 9.15pm

A full induction to Relate and training will be provided.

For more information about this role please contact Laura Bayliss, Operations and Administration Manager laura.bayliss@relatebirmingham.co.uk or call on 0121 643 163.

For further information about Relate go to www.relatebirmingham.wordpress.com @relatebrum www.relate.org.uk

 

 


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