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

Are you interested in volunteering with Healthwatch Dudley?

Enter and View training for Healthwatch Dudley volunteers

Broken down into two evening sessions:

Monday 1st September 6pm – 8.30pm

Continuing on:

Monday 22nd September 6pm – 8.30pm


Who is the training for?

People with a friendly approach who are already – or who would like to become Healthwatch Dudley volunteers and:

  • Have a strong interest in improving health or social care services in Dudley borough.
  • Can show empathy, with good communication and active listening skills.
  • Have an ability to gather evidence-based information that is not loaded with personal opinion.
  • Understand the importance of not discriminating and being non-judgmental.

What is Enter and View?

  • Healthwatch Dudley has the power to access public / communal areas in any publicly funded health or social setting.  This could include:
  • Residential care or nursing homes
  • Disability day centres
  • Doctor and dentist waiting rooms
  • Hospital accident and emergency departments
  • Pharmacists
  • Opticians
  • Enter and View gives us the opportunity to listen to views of the public, patients, carers and relatives who access local health and social care services.
  • The information you will be asked to gather could range from finding out about what care home residents think about meals and activities, to listening to patients experiences of hospital wards. The factual information gathered will be shared with key decision makers to improve local services for everyone.

For more info, please get in touch


Special volunteers needed to support family carers!

teapotOur Carers Co-ordinator, Sharon, is looking for some very special volunteers to help her with a pilot project … can you help? She needs 3-4 volunteers and below is what they will  be doing:

  • Once weekly/ fortnightly (depending on their availability) to offer relatives on the wards a drink and a chat and some information if required during visiting time.
  • They would need to commit to the 3 hours at a time to enable them to set up a tea trolley and visit 2-3 wards in one session and then tidy away afterwards.
  • I would like them to assist me in identifying unpaid family carers at the hospital and the support that is available to them.
  • They need to have good communication skills and an interest in health and social care.
  • Some knowledge of caring for someone might be useful but not essential
  • I will personally supervise them, but they will need to enrol as a volunteer at the hospital to receive the mandatory training and hospital insurance

Interested? Please contact the Volunteer Centre