OPP OF THE DAY: Fundraising Group Secretary, Guide Dogs

As a key member of the local fundraising branch you will be responsible for the administration of branch activities and keeping everyone up to date 
Fundraising groups organise events throughout the year

What does the role involve?
• Ensuring clear written communication between your branch and the fundraising team and with supporters
• Making applications to do events and collections
• Writing to thank supporters for their donations
• Letting branch members know of branch meetings in advance, including drawing up agendas with the Organiser or Chair
• Taking minutes at meetings and sending a copy to branch members and your Community Fundraiser
• Maintaining levels of stationery and publicity materials
• Maintaining branch records, including a secure list of names and addresses of branch members
• Ordering tokens of appreciation, through the Mobility Team, for individuals and groups who complete one of our fundraising targets
Working as part of a team with other volunteers and staff, and to make new people welcome

Location: At home and in the community

What will I get out of it?
• Sense of satisfaction in ensuring everyone has up to date information on your branch and smooth coordination of activities
• Work with a group of committed and passionate people
• Support Guide Dogs to provide guide dogs and other mobility services that enable blind and partially-sighted people to enjoy the same freedom of movement as everyone else.
An opportunity to build experience for your CV

What skills or experience are required?
• Good communication skills
• Good interpersonal skills
• E-mail use and access desirable

Will I need to do a Disclosure check?
Not for this volunteer role

Minimum Age: 16

This role is managed by: Community Fundraiser

Meet one of our existing Fundraising Group Secretary’s:

Lynn has been a volunteer for us for many years.
My main role is to arrange local fundraising events and sending out thank you letters. I got involved with fundraising and it just snowballed from there. The major achievement for me is the amount of money the branch has raised over the years. Last year the branch raised around £40,000 purely from fundraising activities.
To see blind and visually impaired people walking around independently and living their lives the way they want to if amazing. My husband is visually impaired and has a guide dog and I see the big difference it has made to his life and getting around without having to rely on others.

I met him through volunteering, at a branch meeting some 35 years ago now.

“My husband is visually impaired and has a guide dog and I see the big difference it has made to his life…”

FOR MORE INFO OR TO APPLY please contact:

Valerie Jobes
valerie.jobes@guidedogs.org.uk

OPP OF THE DAY: Fundraising Assistant, Guide Dogs

Assist the local Community Fundraiser and Groups by researching, generating and maximising local opportunities to raise money for people who are blind and partially sighted

The time commitment to the role is flexible, minimum 1 day a week

What does the role involve?
• Working as part of Guide Dogs’ fundraising team with staff and volunteers
• Researching venues for collections, events and telephoning and writing to venues to request collections and completing application forms for street collections
• Where required, contacting local fundraising volunteers to ask if they will support the collection / event and arrange the collection rota
• Researching businesses and organisations in the area, and opportunities for our speakers to deliver talks
• Telephoning and writing to venues to request speaker engagements and stores and other premises to secure placement of collection boxes and Life Size Dogs (large collection boxes)
• Telephoning to thank our volunteers / donors, whether this be collection box coordinators, speakers etc or companies that are naming a puppy, groups / individuals third party fundraising

Location: Office based in your local Mobility Team

What will I get out of it?
• Sense of satisfaction in seeing donations generated, so that Guide Dogs can provide guide dogs and other mobility services to enable people who are blind or partially sighted enjoy the same freedom of movement as everyone else
• Sense of wellbeing in making a difference in your local community
• Opportunity to build experience for your CV

What skills or experience are required?
• Ability to generate enthusiasm
• Good communication skills
• Organisational skills

Will I need to do a Disclosure check?
Not for this volunteer role

This role is managed by: Community Fundraiser

FOR MORE INFO OR TO APPLY please contact:

Valerie Jobes
valerie.jobes@guidedogs.org.uk

OPP OF THE DAY: Fundraiser, Guide Dogs

Assist the local fundraising team in promoting and taking part in a variety of activities to raise  money for Guide Dogs
The time commitment can be very flexible, and the Fundraising groups organise events throughout the year

What does the role involve?
You will have the chance to take part in some or all of the following:
• Street collections on ‘flag’ days
• Help on stalls at local events
• Take Collection Boxes to local businesses
• Attending local events organised by Branches or Community Fundraiser and keeping track of what we sell on our stalls (including the cuddly toys!)
• Count donations
• Fundraisers are usually members of the local fundraising group

Location: Local, often outdoors

What will I get out of it?
• A chance to chat with members of the public about Guide Dogs
• Have fun and a sense of satisfaction taking part in fundraising events and collections
• Providing support to Guide Dogs to enable it to provide guide dogs and other mobility services that increase the independence and dignity of blind and partially-sighted people
• An opportunity to build experience for your CV
• Fundraisers have the chance to get more involved in organising activities by joining their local committee

What skills or experience are required?
• Good communication skills
• Working as part of a team

Will I need to do a Disclosure check?
Not for this volunteer role

Minimum Age: 18
This role is managed by: Community Fundraiser

Meet one of our existing Fundraiser’s:

Alison has been a fundraiser for 3 years. Here she tells us what she enjoys about the role.
I like helping people, and I like to keep busy. Since volunteering I have discovered that I am actually capable of organising events, and remaining calm (most of the time!) in the face of hectic circumstances. I’ve gained both self-confidence and a feeling of satisfaction that I have helped to improve the lives of other people, even if only in a small way.

Last year our group raised over £3,500 through stands at different events, store collections, and table top sales.
I enjoy the events and get a ‘buzz’ out of fundraising. It’s very interesting meeting new people from all walks of life. What could be better than raising money for a good cause and having fun at the same time?

“I enjoy the events and get a ‘buzz’ out of fundraising…What could be better than raising money for a good cause and having fun at the same time?”

FOR MORE INFO OR TO APPLY please contact:

Valerie Jobes
valerie.jobes@guidedogs.org.uk

OPP OF THE DAY: Collection Box Co-ordinator, Guide Dogs

To place our iconic boxes locally as part of their daily life and every few months tally up the funds before paying them in to Guide Dogs.

This time commitment for role is flexible, and would include spotting opportunities to place boxes during your daily activities.

What does the role involve?
• Identifying and placing collecting boxes in suitable locations
• Talking to the shop owner, receptionist etc. at the location about how the boxes will help Guide Dogs and what we do
• Emptying boxes every 3-6 months (as they get full) and banking the income through the paying in book provided. Give a receipt and letter of thanks to the hosts
• Keeping a written record of the location of all boxes for your supervisor, the dates they are emptied and the dates/amounts banked
• If boxes aren’t collecting much, you’ll decide to move them to a better location. Your supervisor may also ask you to remove boxes
• Reporting any stolen boxes to the local Mobility Team
• Spotting the potential for further fundraising amongst the box holders for Community Fundraiser

Location: Various and local surroundings

What will I get out of it?
• Support us to enable more blind and partially-sighted people to enjoy the same freedom of movement as everyone else
• An opportunity to build experience for your CV

Will I need to do a Disclosure check?
Not for this volunteer role.

Minimum Age: 16
This role is managed by: Community Fundraiser

Meet one of our existing Collection Box Co-ordinator’s:
Lena has been volunteering since 2010
My husband and I have placed 34 counter boxes in local shops. Through theses 34 boxes in just over 6 months we have raised £1,161. I visit the shops about once every three months and keep a record of the box numbers and amounts received.
I think every box opened with contents between values £40 to £70 is an achievement. I am so surprised at the kindness of people in this economic environment who are willing to put money in our boxes.
I worked all my life and when I retired I found I was very bored! I did Genealogy research for other people to try to fill the gap, made friends by email through this but I wasn’t out and about. By volunteering for Guide Dogs I find that the public have many questions and I love being able to answer these. Through setting out the boxes and other volunteering roles I have met lots of new people and always seem to be “on the go!”
Placing boxes can be done as part of your daily life as you go shops, the pub, café’s etc, at a time that suits. All Guide Dogs boxes together could generate £1m.

“Through setting out the boxes I have met lots of new people and always seem to be on the go!”

FOR MORE INFO OR TO APPLY please contact:

Valerie Jobes
valerie.jobes@guidedogs.org.uk

Don’t. Do. This. Ever.

a cautionary tale for all those who manage volunteers – beware taking gifts!

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Don't Do This Ever from: floridastateparks.org

Sometimes misdeeds are huge, indefensible and devastating. Take the ongoing scandal involving Oxfam for instance. It’s big.

But slippery slopes lurk everywhere, like alligator eyes floating above the river, waiting to take you down. Misdeeds can begin innocently and maybe they won’t make the front pages, but they will ripple through your water when that gator pulls you under.

Melanie was a volunteer coordinator who cared deeply for her volunteers. She personally interviewed each one to get to know them and understand their strengths. She attended birthdays, took volunteers to appointments and helped when volunteers needed assistance.

One of her volunteers Dorothy, was a widow, her husband having died a few years before. Melanie invited Dorothy over for dinner a few times a month and introduced her to her husband and children. They welcomed her, making Dorothy an honorary family member. Taking care of Dorothy made Melanie feel…

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OPP OF THE DAY: Brood Bitch Holder, Guide Dogs

To provide a home for a brood bitch on behalf of Guide Dogs, to take responsibility for her and provide support when she is giving birth.

The time devoted to the role changes, and it requires more time when the bitch is giving birth

What does the role involve?
• To provide a safe, secure and welcoming environment within a reasonable distance from the National Breeding Centre
• To feed and care for the bitch as directed and with advice from Guide Dogs
• To provide support to the bitch when giving birth in your home
• To ensure if and when appropriate that the dog receives emergency veterinary care as soon as possible, and that Guide Dogs are informed at the earliest opportunity
• All non emergency health issues should be reported to the Dog Care & Welfare Team at the National Breeding Centre

Location: At home and at the National Breeding Centre, Bishops Tachbrook, Warwickshire, CV33 9WF

What will I get out of it?
• Enabling Guide Dogs to continue its work with blind and partially- sighted people
• A dog to look after in your own home
• An opportunity to meet other volunteer stock holders

Will I need to do a Disclosure check?
Not for this volunteer role

Minimum Age: 18
This role is managed by: Breed Stock Supervisors

Meet one of our existing Brood Bitch Holder’s:

Susie got her brood bitch Truffle in 2009

At the birth you’re there if your dog needs you, but if she’s getting on with it you let her. I was mainly there to reassure Truffle, clean up, and weigh and mark the puppies. Part way through her whelping she got very tired so I took her into the garden as moving can help get things going, which it did because she had one pup in the garden!

You are given a couple of training days, DVD’s and weekly visits from your supervisor when your bitch is pregnant and advice on every aspect of her care. You know what to look out for, such as a drop in temperature and other signs, which lets you know the puppies are probably due in the next 24hrs. Truffles’ first four puppies have been with puppy walkers for 7 months and it’s wonderful to hear how they’re getting on through Facebook.

We wanted to give the puppies as many experiences as possible – we dressed up in fluorescent jackets, different hats, and tried to introduce them to as many different sounds, scents, textures as we could! Because my son has special needs, his world can be quite small, he has got so much joy out of spending time with the dogs and because he isn’t verbal it was great to see both him and pups getting so much out of it. He loves to be able to handle and stroke them and enjoys them following him around the kitchen and garden and they get invaluable experiences of people who act differently to normal.

I really enjoyed doing the Kennel Club Good Citizen award that Guide Dogs run for breeding stock holders. It was a great way of meeting new people it was a proud moment when Truffle and I received the gold award.

“…we dressed up in fluorescent jackets, different hats, and tried to introduce them to as many different sounds as we could!”

FOR MORE INFO OR TO APPLY please contact:

Valerie Jobes
valerie.jobes@guidedogs.org.uk

PAPYRUS Bedtime stories campaign to save children from suicide

Dudley (CYPF) Network

At PAPYRUS we know that cyberbullying is driving younger children to seek help with suicide thoughts. Today, to mark World Safer Internet Day, we have launched our Bedtime Stories campaign with a hard-hitting film to raise awareness of the impact of online bullying. We know from calls to our helpline, HOPELineUK, that online bullying is a contributing factor for many young people having thoughts of suicide. Over 200 schoolchildren die by suicide every year in the UK. We need everyone to be aware of the impact that online bullying can have on children and young people’s mental health. This Safer Internet Day, we want to unite against bullying and consider what we can do to make our online environment safer.

Bedtime Stories

This new film is part of the charity’s year-long campaign to Save The #ClassOf2018. Over 200 schoolchildren die by suicide every year in the UK. Suicide is the…

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