OPP OF THE DAY: Support Volunteer – The Multiple Sclerosis Society (Dudley District Branch)

Why we need you
We’re the MS Society – a community of people living with MS, scientists, campaigners, listeners, organisers, ambassadors and fundraisers. 68% of all our activity is delivered through voluntary contribution. Join us.

Our local groups are run by volunteer teams who fundraise and deliver a range of activities and services to support people affected by MS.

We receive thousands of support requests each month. We can’t meet these requests without the vital contribution of our telephone, face to face and online support roles, ensuring that no one faces MS alone.

What the role involves

    • Promoting our publications and web based services.
    • Signposting people to up to date information about services either from external sources or local groups.
    • Signposting people with in depth support needs to our national MS Helpline.
    • Informing people about and signposting to health, care, benefits and other relevant services in the area.
    • Assisting people to complete grant applications and helping to collate supporting paperwork.
    • Offering support to attend a social activity for the first time.
    • Reducing isolation by visiting hospitals or residential settings.
    • Helping the Lead Support Volunteer collate local services signposting lists.
    • Connecting people to other sources of help such as peer networks and social events.
    • Report back on the work of the MS Support team as required

Which skills, experience and abilities you need for this role

Must have

– Confident using the internet and email.
– Empathetic listening and interpersonal skills.
– Adopt an objective view rather than a personal one.

Might have? We can help you learn

– Committed to our values.
– Willing to develop on skills and experience.
– Able to recognise and respect a diversity of views, attitudes and lifestyles and maintain confidentiality.
– Able to apply disability, equality and inclusion practices.
We can support your learning in developing these skills; please discuss your needs with us.

FOR MORE INFO OR TO APPLY PLEASE CONTACT:

Lyndsay Smith
Email: Lyndsay.Smith@mssociety.org.uk

OPP OF THE DAY: Fundraising Volunteer – The Multiple Sclerosis Society (Dudley District Branch)

Why we need you
We’re the MS Society – a community of people living with MS, scientists,
campaigners, listeners, organisers, ambassadors and fundraisers. 68% of all
our activity is delivered through voluntary contribution. Join us.
Our local groups are run by volunteer teams who fundraise and deliver a range
of activities and services to support people affected by MS.
Around 5,000 people are diagnosed with MS every year – that’s 100 a week.
As a fundraiser you will be supporting us to raise vital funding to progress
research and support local services across the UK.

What the role involves

  •  Researching and talking to prospective supporters to develop links with local organisations.
  •  Assisting with risk assessments and completing and signing off finance declarations.
  •  Assisting with all aspects of fundraising volunteer journeys such as
  • recruiting, inducting and supporting fundraising volunteers.
  •  Understand fundraising needs and aims to meet the group’s fundraising requirements.
  •  Organising and planning fundraising events throughout the year.
  •  Keeping up to date with guidance, information and fundraising initiatives on a local and national level.
  •  Maximising Gift Aid contributions.

Which skills, experience and abilities you need for this role

Must have
– Comfortable using the internet and email

Might have? We can help you learn
– Committed to our values.
– Willing to develop on skills and experience.
– Enjoys being part of a team.
– Previous project management experience.
– A keen problem solver.
– Approachable, presentable and enthusiastic.
We can support your learning in developing these skills; please discuss your
needs with us

FOR MORE INFO OR TO APPLY PLEASE CONTACT:

Lyndsay Smith
Email: Lyndsay.Smith@mssociety.org.uk

OPP OF THE DAY: Pioneer, Read Easy

Each Read Easy group is set up by a local volunteer ‘Pioneer’,who networks and mobilises others in their community to join them in setting up a team of volunteers to run the proposed group. Pioneers are guided through the process by their Regional Adviser who is always available to provide plenty of support and access to all the resources needed.

Once established, each new group is legally and financially independent, but affiliated to Read Easy UK as part of a wider network of groups.

All groups are supported centrally by Read Easy UK and are provided with resources, guidance, training materials and publicity to help ensure the ongoing
success of the group.

What’s involved in being a Pioneer?
Working with the support of your Regional Adviser, you would:
• network with other organisations to establish interest and support
• publicise the project
• find other volunteers to form a team
Pioneers can, if they wish, share the role with another volunteer.

What’s in it for you?
Becoming a Pioneer will give you the chance to:
• offer life-changing opportunities to local people
• create a new community of like-minded volunteers
• use or develop skills to benefit others
• experience the benefits of initiating and seeing through
a rewarding project

Recommended skills:
• energetic and enthusiastic
• keen to make a difference in their communities
• familiar with their local area
• self-motivated and organised
• good at networking and communicating
• able to inspire and engage others
• available for part of the working week

FOR MORE INFO OR TO APPLY please contact:

Kris Ventris-Field
Email: kris@readeasy.org.uk

OPP OF THE DAY: Can you spare a few hours a week to help Quarry Bank bloom?

Quarry Bank in Bloom are struggling to get VOLUNTEERS to help with planting, weed control, litter picking and watering, this year.

Having achieved GOLD in 2019 we regrettably took the decision at the AGM Wednesday 19th, NOT to enter Heart of England in Bloom 2020.

We are several volunteers short due to illness and age, most of the existing committee and volunteers are on the wrong side of 70.

The volunteers during the winter help Monday & Thursday mornings, in summer sometimes 3 or 4 days a week, with extra watering of the plants, to fit around with whatever they can offer.

If you can help please contact the group via their Facebook page.

https://www.facebook.com/QBinbloom/

OPP OF THE DAY: New/Potential Leaders, 1st Halesowen Scout Group

We are looking for volunteers/helpers to develop the true potential of young people. The group is looking for New/Potential Leaders to help run, organise/manage the Sections:

– Scouts (11 – 14 yrs) on a Monday night 7.30 – 9.15 pm
– Beavers (6 – 8 yrs) on a Wednesday night 6.15 – 7.30 pm
– Explorers (14 – 18 yrs) every other Wednesday night 7.30 – 9.00 pm
– Cubs (8 – 11 yrs) on either a Thursday or Friday night 7.00 – 8.30 pm

New volunteers will receive help/support and work with experienced Leaders at all times. You will not be ‘thrown in at the deep end’. There will be help toward cost of training and uniform. Volunteering can help young people develop their true potential, so why not join us? There are many reasons why adults choose to volunteer for Scouting.

Here are some that existing volunteers have given:
“To give something back to the community: ‘I believe the kids get such a lot out of it; I just put a bit back for what the kids take out.'”
“To support the Leaders: ‘They give so much, you’ve got to give some of that back.'”
“Because volunteering is a ‘good thing’: ‘I just personally believe that you should always do some kind of voluntary work, otherwise nothing would get done in this world.'”
“As an enabler, so the Leader can do more: ‘If I can help Sam, our Leader, out by doing the little things, then it means she has got more time to give the kids and then they get more out of it.'”
“To develop your own skills: ‘I hadn’t used a compass since I was a Scout. After I learned how to use one again, I take one out on family walks. We get lost less than we used to!'”
“To enjoy and rediscover adventure for yourself: ‘We had a water fight at Beavers the other week, it was great!'”

When Required: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday evenings Occasional weekends Commitment: Flexible/Part Time.

FOR MORE INFO OR TO APPLY please contact:

Sarah Reynolds
Email: sarah.reynolds@1sthalesowenscouts.org.uk