F.U.N. Foolish, Unproductive Nonsense

Dudley CVS Volunteer Centre:

Love this post Meridian, as always. Does it take you ages to write all these, they seem to flow so beautifully :)

Originally posted on volunteerplaintalk:

Second_stage_of_a_Delta_IV_Medium_rocketWhen Carrie accepted a position as a volunteer manager, she wasn’t sure if her degree in human resources management would translate well into her new job. “I was so excited to be managing volunteers,” she said. “I’ve always thought that volunteering was, well, noble and that anyone who would spend their time helping others for no gain was someone to be admired. I felt a real sense of purpose and immediately started doing research on working with volunteers so that I could do a good job.”
Carrie settled into her new role by combining her academic knowledge with talking to her volunteers and other volunteer managers in her area.
“I started to see that managing volunteers was both very similar to managing employees and at the same time very different. When you remove a paycheck from the equation, you take away the punitive aspect of management and even more challenging…

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Creative Support require a volunteer befriender for adults with dementia

Hours: Up to 4 hours per week. Preferred days can be arranged with the volunteer although this Creative Supportmay limit the number of days a month we can offer.

Purpose of the role: Dementia can be extremely isolating for the person with the condition. We are looking for volunteers to befriend individuals with dementia, offering social and emotional support and reduce isolation.
This role would be perfect for someone looking to gain experience working with individuals with dementia or someone who has a few hours spare each week, who would like to give something back to their local community.

Suggested duties:
– To develop warm and trusting relationships with service users
– Reminiscence activities, games and puzzles
– Support to carry out hobbies, interests and skills
– Opportunity to share a hobby/activity
– To support service users with daily living skills
– Supporting individuals to access community facilities
– Encourage service user decision making
– Encourage service users to communicate their needs through verbal and non verbal communication
– Reporting any changes in service user health/wellbeing to Creative Support
– Reporting any safeguarding concerns to Creative Support and the Local authority Safeguarding contact
Location: Dudley borough, DY8, DY9, B63 AND B64

– Interest in voluntary work
– A basic understanding of the needs of people with dementia
– Good communication skills
– Ability to work safely without direct supervision
– Ability to demonstrate unconditional positive regard to service users
– A common sense approach to problem solving

Creative Support will refund to volunteers any genuine out of pocket expenses incurred as a result of volunteering with Creative Support; this will normally be limited to expenses incurred in carrying out volunteer activities with clients. However, we may agree as part of the Volunteer Agreement to pay travel expenses to and from base.

Work Experience:
This role will provide you with experience in the following areas:

- Professional development
– A positive and rewarding experience
– Meeting and understanding the needs of vulnerable adults and carers
– Communication skills
– Knowledge and experience of volunteering within the social care sector
– Confidence building
– Skills needed to gain employment
– Working with in a team and lone working

Volunteers who have satisfactorily completed a placement may ask the relevant Service Manager to provide them with a reference to prospective future employers.

FOR MORE INFO OR TO APPLY please contact:

Joanne Marsden
Senior Project Worker
Email: joanne.marsden@creativesupport.org.uk
Tel: 01384 896737

TimeBank require a Shoulder to Shoulder Mentor

Brief description of role:TimeBank 
– A mentor is someone who enables their mentee to achieve their goals, who offers support and ‘signposts the way’, often during a period of transition.
– Shoulder to Shoulder mentors are expected to meet with their mentees at least once a month.
– Mentors are expected to provide support and encouragement in order to inspire and empower their mentee to make positive changes in their life.
– Mentors will be expected to attend a training session and complete short updates on how the relationship is going.

Volunteers will be trained and matched with an ex-serviceman. They will meet once a month, either at the drop-in, or in a local café. Mentors are there to guide, motivate, encourage and inspire their mentees to achieve realistic goals – not to provide clinical support. Mentors will ba assessed, trained and DBS checked before being matched.The support can also be offered by email or telephone. Mentees will set themselves goals and it is the job of the mentor to hold them to account: to act as a critical friend and a sounding board. We also run a drop-in once a month and volunteers will attend to provide a safe and informal environment for ex-servicemen to meet. The drop-in will also organise visiting speakers who will attend and talk about the services they offer.

– An understanding of the issues surrounding veterans’ readjustment and function difficulties
– Good listening skills, good communication skills
– Organised and motivated
– Ability to empathise
– An understanding of issues surrounding mental illness

Personal qualities:
– Non-judgementa
– Open
– Understanding
– Reliable
– Resourceful
– Friendly

– Attend informal induction and training session in mentoring skills, mental health awareness and military mental health/support.
– DBS check (the mentees are classed as vulnerable adults).
– Note – mentors are not to provide clinical services, those with a clinical qualification are not to use this on their mentees.
– Lives, works or is able to meet mentee in the Dudley area.
– Able to meet the mentee once a month.
– Able to attend training for one day.

Role not suitable for people under the age of 25.

Shoulder to Shoulder Dudley

Shoulder to Shoulder Dudley is our new pilot project providing a Drop In and mentoring support to ex-Service men and women living in Dudley, which has been funded by Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council.

Last year 22,530 personnel left the regular Armed Forces. Over 27% will have a mental health disorder. The Ashcroft Review (The Veterans Transition Review, February 2014) found that for Early Service Leavers the struggle after service life can be even more difficult – only 50% were in employment after six months. For some this can lead to offending, dependence on alcohol and drugs, homelessness and mental health problems.

Shoulder to Shoulder can help if you have had any difficulties at all adjusting to civilian life, by matching you to a specially trained volunteer mentor.

Mentoring is a great opportunity to talk issues through and identify goals which your mentor can help you work towards.

All our volunteer mentors are DBS checked, fully trained and supported by TimeBank’s project co-ordinators to make sure you both have an enjoyable and rewarding experience.

And at our monthly Drop-in sessions you’ll be able to meet other veterans, get practical advice and talk through any issues you are facing, as well as finding out about the services that are available to you.

These will take place at:

Dudley Fire Station, Burton Road, Dudley DY1 3BZ
8th December 10am -1pm
8th January 10am -1pm
4th February 10am -1 pm
12th March 10am -1pm

Stourbridge Fire Station, Parkfield Road, Stourbridge DY8 1HA
22nd December 10am-1pm
22nd January 10am-1 pm
16th Feb 10am-1pm
26th March 10am-1pm

TimeBank has 14 years of experience of volunteer mentoring projects, so we know how effective mentoring can be.
If you’d like any more information, call us on 0121 236 2531 or email: shoulder@timebank.org.uk.

FOR MORE INFO OR TO APPLY please contact:

Andy Forster
Programme Manager
Tel: 0121 236 2531
Email: andyf@timebank.org.uk
Website: www.timebank.org.uk

Autism Don’t Panic require a Football Coach Volunteer

Purpose:Autism football
To help group develop a football team.

What you will be doing:
– Planning and delivering coaching sessions
– Coaching people to improve their football skills
– Providing individual support if requried
– Liaising with other clubs to set up matches etc

What you could get out of it:
– Make new friends
– Support young people with learning disabilities to enjoy playing football
– Support a local football group to grow and develop

– Passionate about football
– Previous experience of playing football
– Ideally experience of coaching others, although this is not essential
– Previous experience of supporting people with a range of learning disabilities

FOR MORE INFO OR TO APPLY please contact:

Chris Hampton
Tel: 07528 926120
Email: info@autismdontpanic.co.uk