‘Fed up with looking at four walls? Then come and look at ours instead!’ – Senior Citizens Enterprise Woodwork Group

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Based at the Meadow Road Youth Centre, the Senior Citizens Enterprise Woodwork Group, in Dudley, is a group for older people who are interested in woodwork.  It’s a fun and friendly environment offering older people a place to learn new or develop existing woodworking skills. It’s also a great place to find new friendships. The group has 23 members in total. Some members live on their own, some are widowers, some just like to get out of the house, make something and put their skills to good use! The oldest member, Ken, is 93 years old.

‘Fed up with looking at four walls? Then come and look at ours instead!’  That’s the motto of the Senior Citizens Enterprise Woodwork Group.

The wood workshop is fully equipped with modern tools and machinery. There really isn’t much that the group hasn’t made, and they’re always on the lookout for new projects…

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OPP OF THE DAY: Charity Shop Volunteer (Stourbridge) – Age UK Dudley

To help with the day to day running of the Charity Shop in Stourbridge, raising funds to support services for older people in the Dudley Borough

Duties and Responsibilities:

– To serve customers and record purchases on the cash register
– To work with staff and other volunteers to sort, steam, hang, ticket and size donated clothing for sale in the shop
– To help keep the shop clean.
– To assist with shop displays.
– Provide information leaflets and signpost any inquiries for Age UK Dudley services
– Comply with Age UK Dudley relevant Policies and Procedures
– Wear personal identity badge whilst volunteering
– Represent the professional standards of the charity

Skills:

– An interest in the shop, and an enthusiasm for raising money through its work.
– The ability to work as part of a team.
– A flexible approach
– Able to provide a friendly, high quality service to customers
– The ability to work as part of a team
– Basic numeracy
– A sense of humour
– An understanding of the need for confidentiality
– Good timekeeping
– Reliability and trustworthiness
– A willingness to undertake training required for role

FOR MORE INFO OR TO APPLY PLEASE CONTACT:

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

Experts Among Us: An Interview with Katherine Arnup, Author, Volunteer Part 2

here is the second part of this wonderful interview and essential reading i feel

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Experts with skills and talents to share are everywhere, including the many experts within our volunteer programs. Last week, in our first part of this interview, Katherine Arnup, author of the new book, “I don’t have time for this,” shared her story in both caring for loved ones and volunteering at her local hospice.

In part 2, Katherine gives us insight into how we can encourage the experts among us.

VPT: How can organizations recognize volunteer contributions?

K: I think volunteer contributions are not easily measured. Organizations can miss out on all the things volunteers contribute by not recognizing the whole person and what they bring. I used to speak to other hospice volunteer appreciation meetings. I would have volunteers come up to me afterwards and say, “thank you so much for understanding what we do and thank you for validating us and our work.” The volunteers were so grateful…

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OPP OF THE DAY: Tuesday Refreshment Helper – Bounce Back to Health and Happiness

Are you friendly, sociable and free on a Tuesday afternoon? If so Bounce needs YOU to help them with the most important role with their lovely group – refreshments – making their lovely members cups of tea or coffee as required.

Their friendly group is a wonderful place for older people to enjoy activities and social opportunities in a welcoming environment in Quarry Bank.

They are open on Mondays and Tuesdays, and activities on offer include:

Exercise class – including armchair based for those who are less energetic

  • Art class
  • Sewing
  • Knitting
  • Line dancing

And most important of all, lots of opportunities to socialise and make new friends!

FOR MORE INFO OR TO APPLY PLEASE CONTACT:

Jenny Bates
Email:
 jennybates1@virginmedia.com

OPP OF THE DAY: Arts and Crafts Volunteer – Break Away

Break Away is a new opportunity for older people to meet new friends, enjoy lunch and take part in some social activities. It is a Break Away for people from the social isolation and loneliness that many older people face today.

Break Away is a friendly older persons’ group who organise activities and offer social opportunities, along with a hot lunch in Kingswinford. They are looking for a volunteer who enjoys arts or crafts and would enjoy sharing their skills with their lovely members.

Their members really enjoy arts and crafts and they would love to find a volunteer who enjoys this too, and would enjoy sharing their skills and encouraging people to learn new skills.

FOR MORE INFO OR TO APPLY PLEASE CONTACT:

Jenny Bates
Email:
 jennybates1@virginmedia.com

OPP OF THE DAY: Lunch Club Volunteer (Fridays) – Break Away

Break Away is a new opportunity for older people to meet new friends, enjoy lunch and take part in some social activities. It is a Break Away for people from the social isolation and loneliness that many older people face today.

They are looking for friendly and reliable volunteers to socialise with older people and assist with their activities, and also to put on activities for older people such as dancing etc.

Their opening days are Monday, Thursday and Friday, but at the moment they really need volunteers to help on a Friday.  Times would be 09:30 to 12:00 or 12:00 to 4:00 as lunchtimes are their busiest time

Assistance with serving lunches and refreshments. Some light kitchen work such as washing up, tidying up etc.

Skills:

Empathy
Enthusiasm
Sense of humour
Communication skills

FOR MORE INFO OR TO APPLY PLEASE CONTACT:

Jenny Bates
Email: jennybates1@virginmedia.com