OPP OF THE DAY: Get Set to Go Volunteer Swim Leader, Dudley MIND

What is Get Set to Go?get-set-to-go
We’re often told that physical exercise is good for us, but we understand that having a mental health problem can reduce our desire to get up and go, especially when we’re not well.

Mind’s new sport programme Get Set to Go aims to remove the barriers to sport participation so those of us with a mental health problem feel more confident about getting active and see it as an important part of a healthy lifestyle.

What will I be doing?
As a Volunteer Swim Leader, you’ll facilitate regular sports or activity sessions to a range of people with mental health problems. In this role you will receive support from the Sport Coordinator at Dudley Mind, who is responsible for running Get Set to Go in your area and will be given free training.

You will help people to build people’s confidence so they are more confident being active or using leisure and sports facilities in your community, either on a one-to-one basis or as part of a group.

You will also have opportunities to use your knowledge and experience to help us shape key aspects of the programme which may include assisting with the production of training materials and the broader marketing and promotion of Get Set to Go.

As a Volunteer Football Leader you will be expected to:
– Create a mutually helpful and supportive relationship between the Volunteer Swim Leader and participants.
– Build the confidence of individuals by encouraging and motivating them to overcome any barriers to getting active and taking part in sport.
– Take registers at each activity and get them to the Get Set to Go Coordinator within 7 days (email/drop-in).
– Support people to attend sport related activity sessions together in the community.
– Support the Get Set to Go Coordinator as requested.
– Able to work within agreed boundaries.
– Be a positive role model.

As a volunteer of Dudley Mind you will also be asked to:
– Complete Dudley Mind’s volunteer Induction programme and attend any other training necessary for the role.
– Attend regular supervision with the Sports Coordinator.
– Provide feedback and attend relevant meetings (where able).
– Work in a professional, confidential and non-discriminatory manner at all times and promote equal opportunities for all.
– Work in accordance with Dudley Mind’s policies and procedures and maintain accurate records when required.

Disclosure: This role is subject to satisfactory references, Mind’s policies on the Protection of Children and Young People and Vulnerable Adults and an Enhanced DBS check and subsequent re-checks.

How much time do I need to commit?
Hours are flexible although we do ask that you attend a weekly group sport session.


Rachel Harding
Email: rachel.harding@dudleymind.org.uk
Tel: 01384 442938

The power of recognition on a national level for individuals! [Part three] #wiseupwednesdays @DudleyCVS

In addition to the Queens Award for Voluntary Service for groups of volunteers, you can nominate an incredible volunteer for an Individual Honour. You can’t choose which honour they will receive, a distinguished panel will do that,  but it’s most certainly worth the effort as you will see from Julie Duffy’s experience!

Julie Duffy  BEM

julie-duffy-bem-2When did you find out you had received the BEM?

My eldest daughter came into the kitchen carrying a letter and said “Mum, you have a letter, think you have Jury Service”.  I asked her to open it for me as I was cooking dinner

She opened the letter and said “Oh my goodness mom you need to come and sit down. You have been awarded a British Empire Medal!”  She called my other daughter downstairs and we were all crying.  I had to keep re-reading the letter as it would not sink in.

The letter instructed that I could not tell anyone until the announcement apart from close family, so I didn’t tell anyone at work.  When I went for a family meal at Christmas, I gave the letter to my cousin to read out to the others at the table.  She had to keep stopping as she was crying. My uncle told me how proud my Mum and auntie would have been.

I still didn’t say anything when I went into work at the What? Centre and had no idea who had nominated me for the Award.  Then my colleague Amanda said “we all know”!

I was invited to a garden party in the May and my presentation took place in the Mayor’s Parlour with the Lord Lieutenant and the Mayor.

How did it make you feel to receive this Award?

I felt really proud. I work for the What? Centre as a full time job but over 40 years I’ve done lots of voluntary work under the radar.  When I was 18 I did some fundraising for Shelter and later I also helped Dudley HIV & Aids Support group [now Summit House Support] to get some of their first funding. My volunteering relationship with Summit House continued for some years and in addition to delivering therapy and support for clients, I was also the Chair and Vice-Chair for some time and helped the project to grow at that stage through the project being housed in the What? Centre for a few years. It is now and has been for many years a thriving project.

I volunteered on the Board at the Robin Wood Centre in Stourbridge, a community project supporting people of all ages.

I also volunteered as a Governor at Belle Vue School for almost 13 years and at the same time I was also a governor at Fairhaven School.

I was also a Governor at Stourbridge College for many years and chaired their Standards Committee.

I am also currently on the Board of Governors of Dudley & Walsall Mental Health Trust as an elected public Governor.

The only time I haven’t volunteered since I was 18 was for 4 years whilst doing my MBA.

“This Award has made me feel so proud.  It’s a quiet recognition and looking at the paperwork, or the medal, gives me a boost. No-one does voluntary work to get a recognition, they do it because they care and they have a social conscience however the award continues to bring a smile to my face and I will never forget the joy it brought to me.”

Over to you!

I’m sure that as you have been reading this article, you’ve started thinking about a group of volunteers you know.  Are they amazing, committed, passionate people, just like the Foodbank team? Bet they are!  Why not get in touch with Eileen from the Volunteer Centre and she can signpost you to information about how to nominate and give you hints/tips on the process.


OPP OF THE DAY: Volunteer Gardener, White House Cancer Support.

SuppCancer Supportorting the development and upkeep of the charity’s gardens by undertaking a variety of gardening tasks and assisting staff and volunteers to keep the external area of the premises in a clean and tidy manner.

Have a keen interest in gardening and horticulture.
Good interpersonal skills.
Reliable and a willingness to be flexible if required.


Kelly Jetson
Email: Kelly.jetson@support4cancer.org.uk
ontact number: 01384 231232

OPP OF THE DAY: Volunteer Fundraiser, White House Cancer Support.

Cancer SupportSupporting the fundraising, steering group with a variety of fundraising activities e.g. running raffles, tombolas, bag packing, selling donated goods either at car-boot sales, e-bay etc. Collecting fundraising goods including money donated to the organisation ensuring that all is returned to White House Cancer Support.

Good interpersonal skills and experience of working with vulnerable people would be an advantage.
Reliable and willingness to be flexible if required.
Happy to work either on your own or within a team.


Kelly Jetson
Email: Kelly.jetson@support4cancer.org.uk
Contact number: 01384 231232

OPP OF THE DAY: Volunteer Driver, White House Cancer Support

Taking cancer patients to and from hospital in your own car from their oCancer Supportwn homes, sometimes they will have a carer with them.
To ensure cancer patients get to their appointments on time and are transported in a safe and friendly manner.

You will need your own car and a clean driving license. You will need to be friendly and courteous.
You will need to be able to navigate around the Dudley Borough and to local hospitals and health centres.


Kelly Jetson
Email: Kelly.jetson@support4cancer.org.uk
Contact number: 01384 231232

Mrs. Most Perfect Woman of ItsaMadeUppa County Pageant


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“Well heck,” Ivan said, “the surprises in volunteer management just keep surprising me.” He adjusted his purple framed glasses. “I just had this one volunteer, Julie, who took orientation a couple of months ago. It was a great class, full of people ready to help. They had different interests and skills, and varied ages, but they all got along; we laughed and cried together. It was great and I had high hopes for all of them. Now ours, being that we work with disadvantaged children, is a very intense training. And Julie stood out. She was passionate, and entertaining, really a big personality. She is married to a prominent doctor, and you know how it is. I figured that not only would I have her as a volunteer, but also I would have her telling her influential doctor husband about our program and maybe I’d get some quality…

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OPP OF THE DAY: Coffee Bar Assistant (Sedgley Assistant), Beacon

Responsible to: Kelly White (Coffee bar Supervisor)beacon

Hours available: Mon-Fri 10.30am – 3pm

Purpose: To prepare and serve refreshments and assist in the sale of snack items.

Summary of Duties:
– Prepare and serve refreshments.
– Handle small amounts of money, using a till system.
– Participate in keeping all areas of the café bar clean and tidy.
– Clear tables after use.
– Assist staff with additional duties at busiest times of the day.

This is a great opportunity to gain experience of working within a café environment.

You will also have the chance to socialise and meet new people.

FOR MORE INFO OR TO APPLY please contact:

Becky Sinar
Email: BSinar@beaconvision.org