Volunteers Week has gone and of course, I know that lots of organisations recognise their volunteers all year round, but with us currenlty asking for nominations for this year’s Dudley Volunteer Awards, I started thinking about what volunteers do for their local communities.
I came across this great quote on Twitter and it got me thinking about volunteers and the amazing difference they make every day across the world. So what do volunteers do that makes them so special? Would love your suggestions and we’ll do a special blog post with your answers.
“Never be afraid to do something new. Remember, amateurs built the ark; professionals built the titanic.” – Anonymous
CLINKS is We believe that volunteers play a vital role in the successful rehabilitation of offenders.
Our project ‘Justice Involving Volunteers in Europe’ (JIVE) is currently undertaking a piece of Europe-wide research in the form of the ‘Value of Volunteers in Europe’ survey. By completing the survey, you’ll be helping us to collect vital data that will enable us to better understand the role and value of volunteers working in criminal justice across Europe, and identify ways in which we can be even more effective and collaborative in our approach.
We are aware that little research exists on how and why organisations use volunteers within the area of prisons and working with ex-offenders, and so this survey will give you the opportunity to detail your experiences and achievements and help us begin a dialogue on best practice. Have your say here…
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The Office of Public Health Weight Management Team is currently looking for volunteers with an interest in supporting adults and children with Learning Disabilities. The Weight Management ’learning disability programmes’ are run in partnership with the Ridge Hill Learning Centre (for adults) and Kids orchard (for children). Volunteers will work alongside staff from both of these organisations and the Office of Public Health, as well as participants and members of their family/carers.
You will support staff to prepare and deliver weight management sessions, share healthy lifestyle messages and help participants to set goals.
• Support participants through their weight loss journey
• Be able to use your personal experience to empathise and support in a non judgemental way
• Be willing to engage with and support families in a positive way using meaningful conversations and information at a level that is appropriate for the participants
• Have good listening skills and either have experience of or be willing to learn some basic makaton to help communicate effectively with participants
• Be provided with training and support to carry out your role and agreed volunteer expenses will be reimbursed
• Have the opportunity to observe the programme before fully committing yourself.
FOR MORE INFO OR TO APPLY please contact:
Healthy Communities Volunteer Coordinator
Tel: 01384 816263
Chaos Summer Playscheme are seeking volunteers for the following roles:
Summer Playscheme Helper/Volunteer
- Giving additional support to enable the children to participate fully in activities and get maximum enjoyment from the playscheme
Summer Playscheme Cleaning Volunteer
- Making sure we leave the room spotless after each session
- This is a key role in the team
Summer Playscheme Refreshment Volunteer
- Keep the team fuelled up, by providing regular drinks to keep their energy levels up
- This is the most important role in the team, keeping the team going will ensure all the children have a wonderful time
Who’s it for?
- Children of all ages with severe disabilities and additional needs.
- The aim of the scheme is to give the children chance to do things that are fun and maybe they haven’t tried before
- Children will be offered a range of creative play, wet play and messy play activities, both indoors and out. Arts, crafts, music, performance and more
- Activities will be suggested by the children attending
- They will be able to choose what from the range of activities available on that day
- 4th August for 3 weeks
- 0900 to approx 1600, Mon-Fri
- Volunteers would need to be available from the week before for induction/planning
- Initial meeting and induction will be at Insight House, Pearson Street, Brierley Hill
- Sessions will be run at Pens Meadow Special School.
- Complete registration form on website
or email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
- Take up references
- Complete DBS checks
- Complete a week’s induction/training prior to starting playscheme
References will be given at the end of the scheme.
For further information please call 01384 483708.