The Y Project require Theatre Set Designers

We are the Y PROJECT, a brand new charitable organization based in the Black Country dedicated to connecting young people to their community.

We are delighted to announce that we are getting involved with a local theatre group on their latest production. It will be going out during pantomime season.

Over the next few months, we are looking to work with eager young
people in the area with a passion for art and creativity to come along
and volunteer.

The following vacancies are open for:
– Set Designers
– Stage Builders
– Music and Lighting Technology
– Scenery and Prop Designers

FOR MORE INFO OR TO APPLY please contact:

Gail Hickman
Tel: 01384 482881/07553 962981

Age UK Dudley requires a Volunteer Counsellor

Purpose of age uk dudleyrole:
To help people explore feelings and emotions that are often related to their experiences.

Reporting to: Charlotte Dean
Location: Merry Hill

Duties and responsibilities:
– Establishing a relationship of trust and respect with clients.
– Agreeing a counselling contract to determine what will be covered in sessions (Including confidentiality issues).
– Actively listening to client concerns and empathising with their position.
– Accepting without bias the issues raised by clients.
– Helping clients make decisions and choices regarding possible ways forward.
– Referring clients to other sources of help, as appropriate.
– Volunteering to agreed targets in relation to client contact.
– Keeping appropriate records.
– Adhere to relevant Age UK Dudley policies and procedures.
– Represent the professional standards of the charity
– Wear a personal identity badge whilst volunteering.

Person Specification:
– A liking for and an empathy with older people.
– Friendly attitude, confident and outgoing.
– Patience and understanding.
– The ability to work as part of a team.
– An understanding of the need for confidentiality.
– Good timekeeping.
– Reliability and trustworthiness.
– Membership of BACP

Travelling expenses will be reimbursed at the agreed volunteer mileage rate or bus fare on production of receipts.
Lunch (if volunteering over lunchtime period).

FORE MORE INFO OR TO APPLY please contact:

René Evans
Volunteer Development Manager
Tel: 01384 356150

Chatting and meeting new people has its benefits!

old peopleVolunteering has lots of positives and one of these is meeting people.  There are a few roles where you may be volunteering on your own, but not many and the majority involve interacting with other people. This is one of the joys of volunteering, meeting new people, chatting about all sorts of things and even boosting your cv. You may also make new contacts for a different volunteering role, or even a project, or new job.

Even if the people you meet don’t have any degree of influence, you may still be able to form close, fulfilling relationships with people you can honestly call your friends. For many people this is the sheer joy of volunteering, particularly if they live on their own, are isolated, or don’t get out much. The people you meet may have something in common with you, or be completely different, it’s still a pleasure to meet someone new and take the time to chat.

We hope you’ve enjoyed our quartet of posts to get you thinking about volunteering.  So take up the challenge today and volunteer :)

The support you need: the role of infrastructure in criminal justice

Supporting the voluntary sector to thrive is a key aspect of any infrastructure organisation. We want to see healthy voluntary sector organisations that are effective at supporting the most marginalised people in our communities to desist from crime and get their lives back on track.

Clinks, Action for Prisoners Families, Women’s Breakout, The Arts Alliance, and BTEG are all infrastructure organisations that provide support for organisations in the voluntary sector, working in criminal justice and community safety. We want to find out what you think about the role and value of this support. Have your say here

Our support for the sector takes many forms, including practical guidance, training courses, fundraising support, disseminating grants, consultancy support, service development, network creation, research, campaigning, and influencing policy. What do you value most about Clinks, and what do you think we could do to further support your work?

In order for infrastructure to ensure that its services are effective, sustainable and efficient, the Ministry of Justice has asked Clinks to co-ordinate an extensive independent review of criminal justice infrastructure support – read our blog on this review here. This will help us to determine the future direction of support and how it should be funded.

More organisations confirmed for Volunteer Fair!

autumn vol fairOn 21st October we are holding a Volunteer Information Event and have now got more groups confirmed. As you can see we’ve got 10 confirmed so far and more to come we hope. It’s great that potential volunteers will get a good selection to chat to and choose from!