So you’re looking for experience of a work environment – why not volunteer?

  • MH900400367Have you no work experience?
  • Are you currently studying and wondering if you would want to do this as a job?
  • Are you thinking of a career change?
  • Have you not worked for a while and need to get a reference to help you find paid work?

Volunteering may be the perfect way to help you into employment. Although volunteering is usually with a not-for-profit organisation and there is little chance of it leading to paid permanent position with the organisation, the skills you gain could really help you find that elusive job.

It will certainly boost your CV and give you some new found confidence in your abilities, so why not give it a go?

We’re holding a Volunteer Fair in October, February and June next year, so why not come along and find out more? Autumn (Read-Only)


Beacon Centre for the Blind require a Fitness & Exercise Assistant Volunteer

Responsible to: Ben Brettlebeacon centre
Physical Education Officer

Hours available: Flexible over 5 days (Mon-Fri) 10am – 6pm
Also required: Late night support (TBC via instructor.)

Purpose: To provide assistance to the gym instructor supporting visually impaired clients to use the gym facilities and to assist with exercise classes

Summary of Duties:
– To learn how to operate gym equipment in the correct manner
– To assist in the delivery of a range of activities within the gym and recreation room
– To assist with the induction programmes for new clients, taking into consideration their disability
– Assisting in guiding and instructing customers in the use of the gym/recreation equipment
– To ensure that regular monitoring and reviews of fitness programmes are carried out and records are updated as necessary
– To ensure that all equipment is used in a safe environment

Skills required:
Good communication skills and a friendly, approachable manner are required.

No gym experience or high levels of fitness are required however this would be advantageous to the role. But a willingness to learn and follow instruction is necessary.

An outgoing, self-motivated individual is required with a natural ability to engage with people/clients.

FOR MORE INFO OR TO APPLY please contact:

Rachel Shaw
Employer Liaison Officer/Volunteer Coordinator
Tel: 01902 880111

Where would we be without our wonderful local volunteers?

As you will have seen from yesterday’s post, we are currently doing a mapping exercise of volunteers across our borough. We launched the survey last month and have had quite a good response, with around 32 organisations responding to date.

Some of the stats are really amazing, comparing them to the last survey in 2005.

Average number of volunteers per organisation:

2005: 41   2014: 86  

Average number of hours per volunteer:

2005: 72   2014: 88

Bearing in mind only 91 organisations responded to the survey in 2005 and these stats are just for 32 organisations, it’s going to reveal a definite increase in the number of volunteers, plus the hours they are giving.

Watch this space for more fascinating info and the report will be widely available by the end of October.

Age UK Dudley requires a Gateway Volunteer

To provide support to Gateway patients, and if necessary, enable them to access services to which they have been referred.AGE UK
To provide basic administrative support to the Gateway team.

Reporting to: Gateway Coordinator, Project Assistant

Duties include:
– To offer support to patients in their own home or over the telephone.
– To accompany patients to activities or appointments.
– To assist with basic administration duties as and when required e.g. filing, taking/making phone calls.
– To ensure the health and safety of clients at all times.
– To adhere to Age UK Dudley policies and procedures.
– To wear an identity badge whilst volunteering.
– To attend any relevant training.
– Willing to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service clearance.
– Must be willing to travel to various locations across the Dudley Borough and on occasion into neighbouring Boroughs

– Hold a current, clean driving license, and be insured for Class 1 Business use. Business mileage is currently reimbursed at 0.45p per mile.
– Willing to undertake manual handling training.
– Willing to undertake basic first aid training.

FOR MORE INFO OR TO APPLY please contact:

René Evans
Volunteer Development Manager
Tel: 01384 356150

We’re mapping the diversity of our local volunteers!

volunteers colourAs I am sure you are aware, volunteers make a major social and economic contribution towards the quality of life for people across the Dudley borough.  In 2005 we did an audit and once we’d analysed the results, found that 14822 volunteers gave around 1 million hours that year!

However, we also want to know which age groups volunteers are from, what their employment status is etc.  Things have no doubt changed from the last survey and we are keen to get an up-to-date picture of the difference volunteers make to local communities and services.  The Volunteer Centre, for example, has seen a 300% increase in the number of unemployed people coming into the Centre to seek support to develop their skills, and enhance their employment prospects.

Dudley CVS are looking for your help in completing this audit which will be used to provide an accurate snapshot of local volunteering activity.  The information gained will be used to raise the profile of volunteering in the borough, demonstrate the diversity of volunteers and the impact they are making.  It will be shared with local stakeholders and the final report will be available in October, when interested groups may contact us for a copy or download it from our website.

Could you please complete this survey and forward it to anyone you know who works with volunteers across our borough. The more people who complete it, the more accurately we will be able to map volunteering activity. We know they make a difference and it would be nice to back this up with some current data. Please follow the link below to download the form.

2014 survey form

You can save this to your computer and fill in as you gather the information.  Please send the completed forms to Eileen or and contact us if you experience any problems with the form.

Thanks so much in anticipation of your support.  The closing date for completing them is Friday 26th September 2014.

Did You Steal My Idea?

Originally posted on volunteerplaintalk:

toddler cell phoneI was reading the Sunday paper and came across an article on a local man who volunteers. It was the predictable template that press articles post about a volunteer who has spent five decades shelving library books or is still volunteering at the age of 100.
I always read these volunteer articles as though I might be a prospective volunteer interested in the organization referenced. Sadly, not one article has actually piqued my interest and I highly doubt that new volunteers are beating down the doors after they read another article entitled “Volunteer turns 99, wants to keep volunteering when she reaches 100.” (Guess I know what article I’ll be reading a year from now).
I’ve been involved with articles on volunteers I’ve worked with and truly you can get down on your knees and beg and it doesn’t make a bit of difference, the paper is going to print…

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