Canal & River Trust require Waterborne Taskforce Volunteers

Volunteers, your local canal needs you!canal
Modern day volunteer lock keepers play an integral part in the visitor experience including assisting boaters to operate the locks, providing a friendly welcome to dog walkers, ramblers, cyclists, wildlife enthusiasts and families feeding the ducks – and with growing numbers of visitors to our waterways every year, who know who you might see.

Do you fancy joining our waterborne taskforce volunteers to work from a boat, helping to keep our beloved canals clean and tidy?

Canal & River Trust are looking to do regular rubbish sweeps from a boat on YOUR local canal and are looking for a dedicated team of volunteers to help us with it.
If you think you could be part of this dedicated team and can spare a little time each month to enhance our canals then why not come along.

FOR MORE INFO OR TO APPLY please contact:

Tel: 0303 040 4040
Email: customer.services@canalrivertrust.org.uk
Website: http://canalrivertrust.org.uk/volunteering

Questions to ask before you involve volunteers

checklistSo you’re thinking of recruiting some volunteers? Here’s a useful checklist to run through before you actually put the advert out there, taken from Guidelines on Managing Volunteers

  • Why are you recruiting volunteers?
  • Is the organisation at all levels in favour of volunteers – are there any worries over redundancies, job substitutions, falls in standard, role conflict etc.?
  • Have you a budget for volunteers?  Is it based on realistic costings?
  • Do similar organisations you know involve volunteers?  What is their experience?
  • Have you looked at legal implications, confidentiality and safety?
  • Are there specific problems that volunteers may face, e.g. safety or health risk, liability for giving wrong advice?
  • Volunteers bring new dimensions, new skills and enthusiasm.  Can your organisation cope with change?
  • Have you allocated staff or existing volunteers, such as your Trustees,
  • Time to manage volunteers long-term and in the start-up phase?  (Ideally the role of volunteer co-ordinator should be undertaken by a single member of staff for continuity).
  • Will your staff (volunteer co-ordinator) require further training for the role?
  • Have you estimated the staff time required and cost to train and manage volunteers?
  • Have you sufficient space available and sufficient equipment etc. to accommodate volunteers?
  • How will the client group react to volunteer involvement – ask them?
  • Have you thought about your volunteer policy and what will be included within it?
  • Have you taken specialist advice (contacted your own national headquarters etc and your local Volunteer Centre?)

Black Country Neurological Alliance require a newsletter and social media coordinator

Opportunity Description:

MS

8,000,000 people live with a neurological condition in the UK . Every one of them shares the uncertainty of life with living with a long term health condition. In the Black Country one in six people are affected, our aim is to ensure that there is access to information, support and services that will enable people to have a good quality of life.

Could you coordinate the production of a regular newsletter and promote the activities of the Black Country Neurological Alliance (BCNA) through social media?

We are looking for someone who can design, produce and edit at least two newsletters a year with the support of the group.

We would also like you to stablish a close working relationship with local and national contacts using social media (Facebook and Twitter) to ensure best communication practice and publicity across all media) and respond to requests for information.

Please get in touch for an informal chat to find out more.

Skills:

- Good IT skills and access to a PC
– Good communication skills, particularly written
– Willing to work as part of a team
– An excellent knowledge of social media including Twitter and Facebook

FOR MORE INFO OR TO APPLY please contact:

Jo Scott
Email: JoScott@mssociety.org.uk
Tel: 020 8438 0871

Black Country Neurological Alliance require a Volunteer Coordinator

Opportunity Description:

MS

8,000,000 people live with a neurological condition in the UK . Every one of them shares the uncertainty of life with living with a long term health condition. In the Black Country one in six people are affected, our aim is to ensure that there is access to information, support and services that will enable people to have a good quality of life.

Could you help with the recruitment, inductions and support our volunteers and organise social activities/roadshows?

Please get in touch for an informal chat to find out more.

Skills:

- Leadership skills, with the ability to support and motivate others
– Good listening and communication skills
– Good interpersonal skills
– Willing to work as part of a team
– Organisational skills
– Confident in using Microsoft Office, the internet and email
– If you have any particular skills or experience you think will be useful to this role or the BCNA please let us know when you apply.

FOR MORE INFO OR TO APPLY please contact:

Jo Scott
Email: JoScott@mssociety.org.uk
Tel: 020 8438 0871

Thousands of vulnerable women are at risk of spiralling into further poverty, drugs and crime, unless their needs are properly understood and addressed

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“They are phoning and saying, ‘I haven’t eaten for two days. Can somebody help me?’”

Who Cares? Where next for women offender services?‘ reports on the voluntary sector’s experience of providing services to socially excluded women who are currently, or at risk of, being drawn into the Criminal Justice System. The report paints a startling picture of desperation, complexity and tragedy, framed by organisations that are relentless and innovative in their efforts to improve the lives of these women.

“We are getting requests from women to buy tampons for them. That is something we have never, ever had before.”

Alongside this increasingly difficult and potentially humiliating experience for women, the report provides very positive examples of dedicated voluntary sector organisations and committed staff helping people to desist from crime. This includes successful local partnerships with criminal justice agencies which aim to provide hope and resilience amongst women, and improve community safety as a result.

“Women will be experiencing increasingly complex issues, which are likely to require a more intensive support offer from local projects. There seems to have been a drop-off in general support. A lot of agencies have lost their funding and gone to the wall.”

The report highlights the changing needs of service users and includes a call by projects to ensure their endeavours to meet those needs are supported by a strong national voice and strategic commitment at government level.

Clive Martin, Clinks Director, said:

“Women deserve a decent chance to rebuild their own lives and the lives of their families. This rehabilitation should be at the heart of the Criminal Justice System and we need to support women, and the organisations they come into contact with, to do the best job possible during difficult personal and economic times. This report provides the vital insights and knowledge into how this might be achieved.”

Read the author, Louise Clark’s, blog: 5 ways to halt the crisis for women offenders

Click here to download the report

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Black Country Neurological Alliance require a Vice-Chair

Opportunity Description:MS

8,000,000 people live with a neurological condition in the UK . Every one of them shares the uncertainty of life with living with a long term health condition. In the Black Country one in six people are affected, our aim is to ensure that there is access to information, support and services that will enable people to have a good quality of life.

Are you a good motivator? Could you support our chair with coordinating the activities of the group and deputise when they are not available?

You would also support the recruitment and induction of new volunteers, plan and review the activities of the group with other volunteers.

Please get in touch for an informal chat to find out more.

Skills:

- A good understanding of the needs of people living with a neurological condition
– Leadership skills, with the ability to support and motivate others
– Business Planning skills
– Ability to listen and communicate clearly
– Willing to volunteer as part of a team
– Organisational skills
– Confident in using Microsoft Office, the internet and email

FOR MORE INFO OR TO APPLY please contact:

Jo Scott
Email: JoScott@mssociety.org.uk
Tel: 020 8438 0871