Want to volunteer on Christmas Day? Make a difference to people on their own at Christmas? Read on …

25-decAre you thinking you’d like a change for sitting in front of the TV this Christmas Day? Want to do something different?  We have just the thing!  Creative Support are putting on a Christmas lunch again this year and are keen to get some volunteers to help.

What would I be doing?

  • welcoming people
  • preparing (but not cooking) food
  • facilitating activities
  • decorating the room
  • helping to clear away at the end

Date: 25th December 2015

Time: 10:30 to 4.00 pm approx

Venue: The Savoy Centre, Northfield Road, Dudley, West Midlands, DY2 9ES

Want more info:

Contact Aiesha Parker on aiesha.parker@creativesupport.org.uk

Acorns Children’s Hospice requires a Hospice at home volunteer

Based: Community (To be arranged) acorns
Essentials: Must be 18+ and able to drive with access to a vehicle

Aim of role:
To offer regular support to hospice at home staff during visits to an Acorns child or young person’s family home. You will support or provide (under supervision of hospice at home staff) suitable activities for the child or young person. Your role will vary depending on the individual needs of your matched family and child.

ALL under supervision of Hospice at Home staff.

Essential skills and qualities:
– Driver
– Excellent communication skills
– Sensitivity
– Reliability
– Friendly and approachable
– None judgemental approach
– Commitment to confidentiality
– Confident in working with children and young people with life limiting/threatening conditions
– Confident in working within the family home environment
– Flexibility in responding to a variety of family situations
– Ability to work within boundaries
– Previous experience or current active interest in working with children and families (can include on a personal basis)
– Willingness to attend training arranged by the volunteer department

Desirable Skills:
– Creative
– Craft skills

Desirable experience:
– Professional background in health, working with children, working with disability, working with families
– Currently studying related subjects
– Parenting skills
– Working with families

Benefits:
– Training
– Regular support
– Making a difference in your local community
– New skills and experiences
– Out of pocket expenses

Timescales and commitment:
Minimum commitment: 6 months
Average hour’s commitment per week: regular commitment is necessary, hours to be agreed dependent of family needs and volunteer availability
Possible volunteering hours: morning, afternoon, evening, weekends.

FOR MORE INFO OR TO APPLY please contact:

Louise Meehan
Volunteer Department
Tel: 01922 422 500
Email: louise.meehan@acorns.org.uk
Website: www.acorns.org.uk

Acorns Children’s Hospice requires a Family Support Volunteer

Based: Community (To be arranged) acorns
Essentials: This is a lone working role.

Aim of role:
To offer regular practical support within an Acorns family home. Your tasks will vary depending on the individual needs of your matched family.

Essential skills and qualities:
– Excellent communication skills
– Reliability
– Sensitivity
– Friendly and approachable
– None judgemental approach
– Commitment to confidentiality
– Confident in working with children and young people with life limiting/threatening conditions
– Confident in working within the family home environment
– Flexibility in responding to a variety of family situations
– Ability to work within boundaries
– Previous experience or current active interest in working with children and families (can include on a personal basis)
– Willingness to attend training arranged by the volunteer department

Desirable Skills:
Any practical home based skills would be an advantage

Desirable experience:
Working within the family home environment

Benefits:
– Training
– Regular support
– Making a difference in your local community
– New skills and experiences
– Out of pocket expenses

Timescales and commitment:
Minimum commitment – 6 Months
Average hour’s commitment per week – Regular commitment is necessary, hours to be agreed dependent of family needs and volunteer availability
Possible volunteering hours – Morning, afternoon, evening, weekends.

FOR MORE INFO OR TO APPLY please contact:

Louise Meehan
Volunteer Department
Tel: 01922 422 500
Email: louise.meehan@acorns.org.uk
Website: www.acorns.org.uk

Toolkit for bringing arts events to community venues across the UK

Booktrust, a national early intervention and cultural access programme for children have been in touch as they wanted to share with you a recent toolkit they have pulled together from a project they worked on, bringing arts events to community venues across the UK. They found working with community centres a really good way to support children and families who wouldn’t normally access the arts to do so.

They produced a toolkit to share what they learnt and encourage more venues and artists to hold events in community settings. You can find information about the programme online including the toolkit and the training they offered – http://www.bookstart.org.uk/professionals/get-involved/stories-tour/toolkit/

They also have hard copies of the toolkit which they are really keen to send out to Community and Voluntary Services across the UK so if you would like a hard copy please email Lizzie Poulton, contact details below.

 

Lizzie Poulton

Project Development Manager, Early Years

 

Booktrust | G8 Battersea Studios | 80-82 Silverthorne Road | Battersea | London | SW8 3HE

020 7801 8824

Lizzie.Poulton@booktrust.org.uk

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