OPP OF THE DAY: Editorial Support Volunteer – Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB)

Do you enjoy researching and writing engaging and interesting stories and articles? Do you have a keen interest in people, their lives and the community they live and volunteer in?
We need a creative and motivated volunteer to help us produce regular written volunteer updates to the growing team of volunteers in our Sight Loss Advice Service.

Either office based at RNIB (Royal National Institute of Blind People), TouchBase Pears, Bristol Rd, Selly Oak, Birmingham B29 6NA or home based within West Midlands area and occasional travel to Birmingham office.


West Midlands

Where based?

On Site

Additional location information

Home based or RNIB (Royal National Institute of Blind People), TouchBase Pears, Bristol Rd, Selly Oak, Birmingham B29 6NA

What you will be doing?

Assist with a variety of admin tasks, Maintain records and computer files, Create documents and input data
Administration tasks to include researching, drafting and typing articles Assisting in choosing suitable newspapers, media for press releases

When will you be needed?


How often will I be needed?

3 hours Per Month

To apply please visit www.rnib.org.uk/volunteering or call 01733 375 450

OPP OF THE DAY: Grandmentor – Volunteering Matters Wolverhampton

  • Commit to Grandmentors for at least one year
  • Meets the young person regularly (usually weekly/fortnightly)
  • Builds up a relationship based on trust and mutual respect
  • Acts as a positive role model, helping boost confidence and self-esteem to encourage ambition and aspiration
  • Helps the young person plan and work towards goals in relation to employment,
    education or training
  • Be someone who can discuss options, hope and aspirations
  • Planning meetings, activities and actions with the mentee
  • Keep a diary sheet and submit after each meeting with the mentee
  • Share any concerns with the Volunteer Manager
  • Ensure that confidentiality and safeguarding guidelines are adhered to (as outlined in the training)Support the mentee to find work, start college or take up training. This could include:

    •    help with writing CVs and job applications
    •    support to find work experience or voluntary work
    •    looking for apprenticeships
    •    searching for college courses
    •    Expanding horizons

    Meet with the young person weekly/fortnightly


    Visit: https://volunteeringmatters.org.uk/opportunity/grandmentors-w/

    Contact: Farhana Akthar
    Email: farhana.akthar@volunteeringmatters.org.uk

One to one. One hour a month. One life changed. Professionals over 25 needed urgently to train as mentors in Dudley borough @BCCCmembers @blackcountrylep @1millionmentor1

Help a young person find their purpose in life

Become a trained mentor

Mentoring opportunities in Dudley

We are looking for professionals over 25 and retired professionals who would like to join the One Million Mentors (1MM) community, partnered with Mayor’s Mentors. We’re happy to welcome you even if you’ve never mentored before, and will help cast aside any concerns around your ability to mentor. If you can offer just one hour a month for up to 12 months, you will be great!

One Million Mentor’s is transforming mentoring in the UK, aiming to connect a million mentors to young people to increase youth employability, support social action and help break down social barriers.

To sign up, please go to https://1mm.org.uk/ to register to begin your journey. Once in, we will personally guide you through the preparations which have been designed for even the busiest professional to manage comfortably.

Questions? Please email wesley.erpen@uprising.org.uk

What are we looking for?

Over 25 yrs old (there is no upper limit!)

Employed or retired

All backgrounds are welcome

No prior mentoring experience is needed

Many of our mentors taking part have found our training very valuable and have developed their leadership, management and communication skills as well as having a sense of fulfilment from taking part in the opportunity.

Wesley Erpen | Regional Manager – West Midlands – One Million Mentors I UpRising

OPP OF THE DAY: For Mens Group Helper, Christ Church Lye

Volunteers will be required to help out in the kitchen serving light snacks and beverages through a serving hatch. Also, some washing up, general cleaning of surfaces and hoovering of the areas being used. An ability to engage with service users will be an advantage.

Church Hall, Christ Church, Lye High Street.

Monday’s 9am-1pm

3 months initially, but we have a long term commitment to this group of people. Longer term involvement welcomed.

FORE MORE INFO OR TO APPLY please contact:

Rev. Simon Falshaw
Email: s_falshaw@yahoo.com

OPP OF THE DAY: Community Volunteers, Parkinson’s UK


Ryegate Shopping Mall, High St, Stourbridge, DY8 1HJ

Time commitment:

3 – 5 hours for 1 day on Saturday 14 September

What the role involves:

Regional fundraising supports local communities to raise as much money and awareness as possible to make a real difference to the lives of everyone affected by Parkinson’s.
This role is for one day to help promote a new Firewalk event taking place in Stourbridge in October and to also raise awareness of Parkinson’s UK in the community.

  • You will be handing out flyers to raise awareness of the event
  • Talking to shoppers about the event and the charity
  • You could be on the awareness stall answering questions or giving out information leaflets
  • Helping the Regional Fundraiser to flyer drop at local shops/cafes etc
  • Potentially taking cash donations/selling merchandise

What you could get out of volunteering:

  • Meet others in your local community
  • Have a fun day out talking to people
  • Be part of a friendly team; working with the public, other volunteers, supporters and staff
  • Do something meaningful within your local area for people affected by Parkinson’s
  • Be part of an innovative and inclusive organisation committed to finding a cure and improving life for everyone affected by Parkinson’s
  • References for future employers

What we’re looking for and why:

  • Friendly and welcoming personality
  • Flexibility 
  • Outgoing personality
  • Able to handle money
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Happy to meet and talk to new people in a busy shopping environment
  • Able to stand/walk around for a few hours at a time

Training and support provided:

Ongoing contact and any additional support you need will be provided throughout your role by your named Parkinson’s UK staff contact.

The Parkinson’s UK Induction is compulsory for all volunteers starting a new role at the charity. Created by volunteers, for volunteers, the award winning range of videos, exercises and vital information can be taken at your own pace and covers everything you need to know about the charity you’re joining, the support available for you and a range of useful resources. 

You can access it our website at https://www.parkinsons.org.uk/content/volunteer   

It’s important that people affected by Parkinson’s can trust volunteers with their personal information. If you are handling personal or sensitive volunteer you will need to do ‘Our Information Matters’ training, so that you can confidently carry out your role.

Volunteers do need to register, please fill in a booking form located at https://www.parkinsons.org.uk/get-involved/apply-volunteering-role. Please put ‘Stourbridge community volunteer’ in the ‘role applying for’.

No references required.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, please contact:

Gayle Kelly
Email: gkelly@parkinsons.org.uk



OPP OF THE DAY: Admin Volunteer – The What? Centre

The What Centre is a young person’s and children’s mental health charity and for the last 33 years have provided much needed support to young people. The What Centre supports 13 to 25 year olds through various projects and support. Recently, we have expanded our services to Dudley central and are looking for a keen and passionate admin volunteer who would like work in this area

The role of the admin volunteer is to support the above work for 2-3 days a week (Thurs or Friday and Saturday). You will be based in our Dudley branch at 31 Priory Street, Dudley, DY1 1HA. 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, ensuring 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 What Centre
  15. Work with the counselling manager to make appointment for counselling assessment and manage counselling assessments waitlist
  16. Create and design posters and marketing for groups/events etc.

Person specification:

  • Require 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)


Please return a copy of your CV and a cover letter specifying how you meet the job description and person specification to thewhatcentre@hotmail.co.uk. If you require further details, please do not hesitate to contact us at 01384-379992.

Closing date for applicants: 7th September 2019

Date for interview to be confirmed. Your start date will be decided mutually if you are successful.


Equal Opportunities:

The What? Centre is an equal opportunities employer and we positively welcome anyone with the right qualifications for the post 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.