OPP OF THE DAY: Sedgley Hub Kitchen Assistant, Age UK Dudley

Summary of the role:
To provide assistance and support to the Sedgley Hub staff by helping with general kitchen duties and preparing light snacks and hot drinks.

Description:
Duties and Responsibilities:
– Engage with clients using the centre
– Prepare light snacks and hot drinks
– Ensure work surfaces remain clean
– Assist with washing up
– Stack and empty the dishwasher
– Serving supplied refreshments as required
– Maintain standards of food and kitchen hygiene
– Maintain standards in any food preparation and assist where required in food preparation
– Adhere to relevant Age UK Dudley policies and procedures
– To wear a personal identity badge whilst volunteering
– Represent the professional standards of the charity

Expenses:

•Age UK Dudley will repay any agreed expenses (bus fares, etc) on production of receipts paid out in the course of journeys, so that you are not out of pocket. Travel expenses will be paid on a mileage basis for all authorised journeys undertaken.
•Lunch (If volunteering over lunchtime period)

Recommended skills:
– A liking for and an empathy with older people
– Experience of serving food and food preparation ( maybe at home)
– The ability to work as part of a team
– Good listening skills and an understanding of safety issues
– An understanding of the need for confidentiality
– Sense of humour
– Good timekeeping
– Reliability and trustworthiness

FOR MORE INFO OR TO APPLY please contact:

René Evans – volunteer@ageukdudley.org.uk

OPP OF THE DAY: Admin Volunteer for BeeHIVe Project @thewhatcentre @WeAreBCR @StourbridgeNews

The role:

The BeeHIVe Project is seeking an administration volunteer with great people skills to help them support and grow their project.

Background to the role

The BeeHIVe project (What? Dudley) is funded by Public Health to provide the following services to people of all ages in the Dudley Borough:

  • HIV testing at the What? Dudley and various outreach venues including GPs, community settings, night clubs and other places where the need is identified
  • Educational programmes for Doctors, pharmacists, community and voluntary sectors, schools and colleges
  • Advice for people living with HIV on a range of issues including sexual health, housing and benefits
  • Support and counselling for people living with HIV, their families and LGBTQ+
  • A range of therapy and support groups for:
    • People living with HIV
    • Families, partners and carers of people living with HIV
    • LGBTQ+ community

Website: www.beehivewhatcentre.co.uk

Staffing for this project includes a counsellor / project co-ordinator and two advice / outreach workers. There are also several arts therapists, counsellors and youth worker volunteers that are based  in the What? Dudley building.

Role  Description:

The role of the admin volunteer is to support the project  for 2 days a week – Monday and Wednesdays (timings are negotiable). Duties for this role include:

  1. To be a first line of contact for service users telephoning the Centre, which will include taking referrals, checking on appointments, giving information on groups and signing clients up to groups.
  2. To assist in maintaining the Centre diary.
  3. To meet and greet clients and ensure they are made to feel comfortable
  4. Enter statistics onto Centre databases as required.
  5. To assist the advice workers in maintaining the project Facebook page, twitter and Instagram account, helping to ensure that they are kept up-to-date and used effectively to promote the project.
  6. To assist the advice workers in creating resources for support groups
  7. To ensure that all groups are promoted through Dudley Council for Voluntary Services.
  8. To assist with the production of printed matter e.g. photocopying
  9. To assist with filing and storing paperwork in accordance with data protection
  10. Take notes as necessary at meetings and write up for the records.
  11. Undertake specific training as required by the organisation, e.g. safeguarding
  12. Take reasonable measures to maintain office security and data protection.
  13. To be aware of and ensure compliance with all Health and Safety issues.
  14. Any other administrative tasks as reasonably required for this post to support the project co-ordinator and advice workers

This role requires the following:

  • A full DBS (essential – please do not apply if you know any reasons why you would not pass DBS check)
  • Experience of admin role (desirable)
  • Excellent people and telephone skills (essential)

Want to apply?

Please send  a copy of your CV and a cover letter specifying how you meet the role description and  criteria above to rachellawley.whatcentre@gmail.com When writing your cover letter please pay particular attention to the skills you have used in other roles and relate them to skills needed for this post by detailing any  appropriate experience (maximum of 2 A4 sheets).

Closing date for applicants: 17th July 2019

Date for interview to be confirmed, but will be before end of July 2019. If we do not contact you by 24th July, we are sorry but you have been unsuccessful this time.

Start date: 5th August

Equal Opportunities:

The What? Centre is an equal opportunities employer and we positively welcome applications from volunteers who feel they have the right skills for this role to apply.  . Our building is wheelchair accessible and we have a fully integrated Equal Opportunities Policy.

  • In order to ensure that we have everything prepared for your interview date we would ask you to let us know if you have any special requirements for the interview day.

 

10 Things Organizations Don’t Know About Volunteer Management

A brilliant blog post tackling the misconceptions about volunteers and those who manage them!

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I’ve always wanted to see a shareable pamphlet entitled “Volunteer Management, The Cliffs Notes.” It would list all the things we want organizations and senior management to know about volunteers and volunteer management. Here’s 10 of them:

10.Volunteers do not sit by their phones waiting for us to call. We don’t just “order up” when staff asks for eight volunteers who can work twelve-hour shifts, outside, tomorrow at 8 am. No one wishes it were that easy more than we, volunteer managers. Take volunteer Charles for example. Asking him to volunteer at the last minute when he has a job, other volunteering activities, managing his elderly mother’s affairs, and a family is unrealistic. He can’t drop everything to help us. It takes a wise volunteer manager to know how to sustain volunteers’ involvement so that volunteers are not overwhelmed and look forward to coming in to help.

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OPP OF THE DAY: Charity Shop Volunteer, Mary Stevens Hospice Shop (Brierley Hill)

To help with shop duties on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 9am-1pm, and/or Saturdays, 1pm-4pm.

Skills:
– Hard working
– Personable
– Responsible
– Friendly
– Honest
– Cheerful
– Confident to use the till

Smart appearance and good communication skills essential.

FOR MORE INFO OR TO APPLY please contact:

Carol Bailey
Tel: 01384 70177

OPP OF THE DAY: 1-to-1 Youth Tutor Volunteer – The Access Project

Tutor a young person aged 14-18 for 1 hour a week in term-time for the academic year September 2019 – May/June/July 2020 (end-date depends on exam dates).

Only 2.5% of young people from the most disadvantaged backgrounds get a place at a university in the top third of the league tables. Without a degree from a top university, they will on average find it harder to get a graduate-level job as an adult & will have a lower income. We want to change that.

We are looking for graduates who would be able to tutor a young person in Birmingham or the Black Country to help them to improve their grades and fulfil their potential.

Before volunteering with us, we ask you to sign up on our website and find a time that suits you to come to an evening training session with us (sessions available throughout the summer and autumn in Birmingham city centre), and complete our short online safeguarding course. A student will travel to you at either your workplace or a convenient public place for you both, such as a library or cafe.

To tutor at A level, we ask that you have completed a degree in the subject you’ll tutor and to tutor at GCSE we ask that you have an undergraduate degree, and that you have an A level in the subject you’ll tutor.

Tutorials take place for one hour a week and start anytime from 4:00 – 6.30pm, weekdays.

FOR MORE INFO OR TO APPLY:

More information & sign up at: https://www.theaccessproject.org.uk/volunteer

OPP OF THE DAY: Walk Leaders, Age UK Dudley

The volunteer role involves walk leading and supporting other volunteer walk leaders.

Duties and Responsibilities:

– Undergoing Volunteer Walk Leader Training
– To agree to a Criminal Records Bureau Check
– Pioneer walks – (reconnoitre)
– Carry out risk assessments at walk locations
– Obtain name, contact, age and Next of Kin contact details of walk participants
– Complete Health  Walk questionnaires from participants
– Lead 30-minute walks – warm up, brisk walk, warm down.  Build in ‘progression’ to subsequent walks, increasing speed, length or including inclines
– Observe participants, warn of dangers (such as tree roots on path) and give assistance
– On Walk Attendance Register, write short report of walk such as weather conditions, incidents, etc
– Forward walk attendance registers to LEAP Over 60 Project on a monthly basis
– Contact the emergency services (999) in case of emergency
– Ensure the Project Co-ordinator is informed of any problems
– Adhere to relevant Age Concern policies and procedures
– To wear a personal identity badge whilst volunteering

Skills:

– A liking for and an empathy with older people
– The ability to work as part of a team
– Good listening skills and an understanding of safety issues
– An understanding of the need for confidentiality
– Sense of humour
– Good timekeeping
– Reliability and trustworthiness

FOR MORE INFO OR TO APPLY PLEASE CONTACT:

René Evans
Email: volunteer@ageukdudley.org.uk
Tel: 01384 356150

OPP OF THE DAY: Website Development Volunteer, Dudley Mind

Dudley Mind are currently seeking an experienced voluntary website developer to help with the development of a new website design.

With the digital age upon us, forever growing and changing, we want to reach out to as many  people as we can online. We want to be able to provide information about mental health conditions, the support and help that is available from our own our services and other peoples, increase our scope for digital fundraising, and integrate our social media in everything that we do.

If you have experience with website development and have 8-16hrs you can spare a week we would like to hear from you.

In order to apply for this volunteering opportunity you must have experience in at least two or more of the following languages (HTML and CSS are a minimum requirement).

Coding languages (Required):
– PHP
– HTML
– CSS
– JavaScript

Other desirable experience:
– Experience with WordPress
– Experience with MSQL/PHP databases
– Understanding/lived experience of mental health

To apply for the Website Development Volunteer position please send your CV and a covering letter to simon.bennett@dudleymind.org.uk

Closing date for applications is 19/7/2019.