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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Age UK Dudley need volunteers for their kitchen at Bromley Methodist Church

Purpose: To Provide assistance and support to The Bromley Centre kitchen staff by helping with general kitchen duties.AGE UK
Reporting to: Jenny Bates
Location: The Bromley Centre

Duties and responsibilities:
– Engage with clients using the centre
– Ensure work surfaces remain clean
– Assist with washing up
– Stack and empty the dishwasher
– Serving supplied refreshments as required
– Maintain standards of food and kitchen hygiene
– Maintain standards in any food preparation and assist where required in food preparation
– Adhere to relevant Age UK Dudley policies and procedures
– To wear a personal identity badge whilst volunteering
– Represent the professional standards of the charity

– A liking for and an empathy with older people
– The ability to work as part of a team
– Good listening skills and an understanding of safety issues
– An understanding of the need for confidentiality
– Sense of humour
– Good timekeeping
– Reliability and trustworthiness

– Age UK Dudley will repay any agreed expenses (bus fares, etc) on production of receipts paid out in the course of journeys, so that you are not out of pocket. Travel expenses will be paid on a mileage basis for all authorised journeys undertaken.
– Lunch (If volunteering over lunchtime period)

FOR MORE INFO OR TO APPLY please contact:

René Evans
Volunteer Development Manager
Tel: 01384 356150
Email: volunteer@ageukdudley.org.uk
Website: www.ageukdudley.org.uk

Volunteering : What’s in it for me?

volunteer_heart_of_community_logoSo you are considering volunteering, but not sure whether it’s for you or not.  Hopefully we can help you weigh up the potential of taking on a voluntary role and decide to take the plunge!

“Voluntary work, although lacking monetary reward, offers long-term benefits that far surpass money.  Volunteering can build your reputation for being a caring person with a strong work ethic.  According to the Timebank website, 73% of employers would prefer to hire someone who’s served as a volunteer!”   [www.ehow.co.uk - advantages voluntary work]

So what are you looking for? What’s made you consider joining the thousands of volunteers already loving what they do across the UK?

We are going to do a series of blog posts, looking at the advantages of volunteering for you and the communities you volunteer with


Are you a business looking to build your relationships with local communities?

Eaton Volunteers from left to right: Graham Read, Steve Allsopp, Dale Webb, Becky Noble, Mel Whitbread, Jo Kelly, Angela Hayes-Sinclair, Jeff Nelson

Eaton Volunteers from left to right: Graham Read, Steve Allsopp, Dale Webb, Becky Noble, Mel Whitbread, Jo Kelly, Angela Hayes-Sinclair, Jeff Nelson

We regularly support local businesses by brokering relationships with voluntary and community groups. Our latest was with Eaton from Brierley Hill, who undertook a challenge with Thomas Pocklington Trust in Stourbridge.

Why not see what they said about the whole experience and look for something for your organisation today!

Free Training to Help Get Back to Work

EOS in Brierley Hill is offering free one day training courses for people over the age of 19 who are unemployed and receiving benefits. Taking and passing a course gives a Level 2 qualification and will increase employment prospects. Spaces are currently available for three courses:

  • Food Safety: This course looks at issues such as personal hygiene, hazard control and cleaning;
  • Health & Safety: This course looks at safety in the workplace, risk assessment, fire safety, electricity and first aid;
  • Manual Handling: This course is ideal for anyone wanting to work in warehouses or the construction industry.

Interested? Call Ken McLean on 01384 483187. E-mail: kmclean@eosworks.co.uk