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 email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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.
Wolverhampton Voluntary Sector Council have an exciting opportunity for a competent and committed person to play a key role in the delivery and development of the City’s volunteer service.
£15,882 – £16,998
You will be working as part of a small team which supports over 1,000 people a year into volunteering.
Your role will involve providing administrative support to the service and will include regular contact with people from all backgrounds.
You will be an experienced administrator with good IT and people skills.
We welcome enquiries from everyone and value diversity in our workforce
For a job description and/or application pack, please download them from our website or contact Kath Pye on 01902 773761
Closing date: Tuesday August 5th 10:00 am
Interview date: Week commencing Monday 11thAugust
Wolverhampton Voluntary Sector Council
16 Temple Street, Wolverhampton, West Midlands, WV2 4AN
Tel: 01902 773761 (Mainline) Tel: 01902 328981 (Direct Line)
Before a volunteer leaves or thinks about leaving, there may be some signs to give you a clue that things aren’t going well. Some volunteers may already display some or all of these as their natural disposition though, so be observant! Just remember that having a good relationship with your volunteers, keeping in regular contact and scheduled support/supervision sessions, should pick up on all of these!!!
- Not turning up regularly / unwilling to commit – if they don’t turn up when they were previously very committed, something is wrong.
- Making excuses – if there’s always an excuse for not coming or doing something, be on the alert, it could be a sign things aren’t going well.
- Moody – upset, angry - when a normally sunny volunteer suddenly becomes grumpy, you’re going to notice. It may be something personal that’s nothing to do with their volunteering, but try to find out why the change.
- Not joining in/lack of interest – another sign that all’s not well, when previously they were exuding enthusiasm. Try to dig out the reason.
- Moaning – for some volunteer this can be a natural demeanour, we are talking about excessive moaning or volunteers complaining, who have previously been content.
- Service users notice/making comments – your service users can be a great indicator of potential issues with volunteers and they may spot things that you don’t.
- Other volunteers/staff notice – just like service users, volunteers/staff are a great gauge of how other volunteers are doing and may spot the signs before you!
- Not doing what’s expected – when Mavis suddenly decides no-one is getting a drink today and locks herself in the kitchen, something’s wrong. Anything that’s not usual behaviour for a volunteer needs to be investigated, but be sensitive and empathic. Confrontation could result in a high speed exit!
- Asking for a reference – this could be a genuine request as the volunteer has found a job or is looking at a college course, but could also be a sign that things aren’t going well.
- Body language – if you understand body language and a volunteer is standing with their arms folded and exuding a truculent manner, things aren’t good.
- Ignoring attempts to make contact - this one is a fairly obvious one in some cases. If a volunteer’s mobile number is suddenly permanently not available, it’s not a matter of needing to buy credit, there’s a good chance they’ve changed it.
- Asking about other roles – a subtle way of saying that the volunteer is either bored or unhappy in their current role.
- Not communicating with you/vols/clients – when a sociable/chatty volunteer suddenly clams up this could be a sign of personal issues, but equally be a sign of a deeper malaise with the volunteer. Approach delicately and try to fish for reasons for their change in behaviour.
- Health deteriorates – this may be really obvious, but there are lots of hidden health conditions such as depression, stress or other illnesses that don’t show. Again this will need to be handled delicately.
- Turned down for paid role – a common result of this is a volunteer exuding dissatisfaction and their behaviour changing. It’s a difficult situation and it may be that the volunteer was wholly unsuitable, but needs to be handled with the ultimate of tact and diplomacy to avoid any fallout.
- Being negative - this is another tricky one and may be a result of the above issue. Then again, it may be a matter of a volunteer feeling disillusioned – not always with their volunteering role, but because of things going on outside the volunteering environment. Get those kid gloves out and try to coax the reasons from them.
- Confrontational - something’s wrong if your normally placid volunteer suddenly argues about everything and seems to want a fight. Something has obviously happened to upset them. Just remember it may not be to do with their volunteering and approach with care. If it’s a large, well-built volunteer, it may be an idea to have back up!
- Wants to keep swapping roles/days – this could be for several reasons eg they are unhappy with their current role, or something is going on outside the volunteering environment and they are struggling to fit everything in.
- Other volunteers leaving -this is very serious and must be tackled immediately. It could be that a long-serving volunteer doesn’t like new people coming, feels threatened by them, or has unpleasant personality traits. Whatever the reason you need to get to the bottom of it and tackle it squarely, or you could lose volunteers!