OPP OF THE DAY: Collection Co-ordinator – Alzheimer’s Society

In this role you will be liaising with local businesses willing to host a collection tin. It will be your responsibility to collect the donations and ensure they are safely banked in order to help us reach more people affected by dementia.

The money raised by our Regional Fundraisers helps to fund our universal services such as the website and National Dementia Helpline, as well as our local services such as Memory Cafés  and Activity Groups. It also helps to fund research into dementia care and cures and our campaigning work.

Must be aged 18 or over

Skills:

Excellent communication skills, friendly and approachable and willing to learn about dementia and Alzheimer’s Society.

Happy to volunteer in isolation and keep in touch with your team

For this service there is a minimum of 6 months commitment once relevant checks have taken place.

FOR MORE INFO OR TO APPLY PLEASE CONTACT:

Emma Butler (Community Fundraiser) or  at or Pauline Hollington (Volunteering Officer)
Email: emma.butler@alzheimers.org.uk  / pauline.hollington@alzheimers.org.uk
Telephone: 0121 521 3020.

OPP OF THE DAY: Awareness Raising Volunteer – Alzheimer’s Society

You will be promoting the Alzheimer’s Society services in a wide range of ways including distributing leaflets, booklets and posters, liaising with the media, through social media and attending local groups and community events. You would be visiting libraries, surgeries and other public venues. You would help with stands at awareness-raising events and following relevant training you would be running Dementia Friends sessions on request.

You will be based at the Black Country Office in Tipton, would need to be able to travel independently around Dudley and be available to attend events at least one day a week.

The Awareness Raising volunteer role is essential to promote our services and highlight our presence in local communities. The role also helps to raise awareness of dementia and provide dementia related information. Your involvement will ensure that information about our services is highly visible and readily available to those who need us.

Skills:
Confident and enthusiastic, have good verbal communication skills, happy to volunteer in isolation but also as part of a team, committed to inclusion, treating people from all backgrounds with dignity

Can provide a committed, flexible approach and are willing to learn

For this service there is a minimum of 6 months commitment once relevant checks have taken place.

FOR MORE INFO OR TO APPLY PLEASE CONTACT:

Danny Dhadda or Pauline Hollington
Email: danny.dhadda@alzheimers.org.uk / pauline.hollington@alzheimers.org.uk
Telephone: 0121 521 3020.

Citizens Advice Dudley Borough Volunteer Vacancies

We are looking to increase further our team of volunteers, based in Dudley House, Stone Street, Dudley, for the roles of:

Contact Centre Assessors
(Telephone, Email and/or Webchat). No experience necessary. All training and support given. Post training, this position can lead to an advisor position if desired.

Generalist Adviser – previous Citizens Advice experience required.

Trustee – to join our current Board of Trustees to provide leadership and governance to our organisation, 4 -5 meetings a year.

If you wish to apply, please email advice@dudleycabx.org for an application pack.
Please note CV’s are not accepted
To find out more about our Organisation please visit our local website at: www.citizensadvicedudley.org or the national website: www.citizensadvice.org.uk

Closing date for applications Thursday 20th June 2019.

OPP OF THE DAY: Treasurer – Parkinson’s UK (Dudley Branch)

 

Local groups across the UK are run by volunteers and offer friendship and support to people living with Parkinson’s, their families and carers across the UK. The Dudley Branch is active within your local community and regular activities include a monthly meeting on the fourth Tuesday of each month, a monthly informal café meeting in Stourbridge, fornightly exercise class in central Dudley, plus other activities and events.

The Branch Treasurer leads the financial activity of the group. Working closely with the Branch Chair, you would:

• accurately record financial activity, keeping the group and the Parkinson’s UK Office informed of the group’s financial position
• keep up to date on Parkinson’s UK’s financial policies and share them with the group
• provide regular reports to the committee at a monthly committee meeting on the financial status of the group including final accounts at the annual general meeting
• engage with local staff and volunteers to meet the needs of local people affected by Parkinson’s
• deal with financial administration for the group, including sending annual financial returns to the UK Office, ensuring volunteer expenses are paid accurately and working within the guidelines provided
• be a signatory on the group’s bank accounts
• work with the Volunteer Co-ordinator to enable the group to operate within Parkinson’s UK’s guidelines to bring forward the day when no one fears Parkinson’s.

You would not be required to attend the group’s activities on a regular basis and support from other committee members would be provided around banking of branch funds from activities and meetings.

They are looking for volunteers who: 

• have strong numerical and communication skills, as you will be working with a wide range of people and leading the group’s finances.
• be collaborative and team focused, as you will need to discuss the group’s finances with the committee and local staff
• are able to make balanced decisions taking into account multiple views in order to meet the needs of local people with Parkinson’s
• have a positive attitude to make things happen in our local community
• will contribute to meetings in an open and inclusive way so that the views and feedback of people with Parkinson’s shape the support the group provides
• have IT skills to enable you to read and edit spreadsheets and to communicate efficiently with other volunteers, staff and people affected by Parkinson’s in our local area.
Previous financial or accounting experience is not essential but would advantageous.

You may also be asked to undertake relevant learning and development opportunities and be invited to attend events and meetings.

This may particularly suit a retired individual with experience of bookkeeping, financial and budget management or someone recently qualified or looking for work experience related to financial and budget management of charity funds.

To be a signatory on a local group bank account, banks will perform a credit check. For this reason, volunteers cannot undertake this role if they have been declared bankrupt.

FOR MORE INFO OR TO APPLY PLEASE CONTACT:

The Volunteering team
Email: volunteering@parkinsons.org.uk
Telephone: 020 7963 9328

OPP OF THE DAY: Benefits Form Volunteer – RNIB (Royal National Institute of Blind People) [Birmingham]

Do you have excellent communication skills? Can you build a rapport with people over the telephone and put them at ease? As ‘Benefits Form Volunteer’, you will be telephoning people that have previously received assistance from the RNIB’s Information and Advice Team and help them complete forms relating to their claim for Attendance Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) and other benefits.

Volunteers are needed at their Birmingham office.

What you will be doing?

  • Respond to questions and concerns, Using IT equipment and systems

What skills and experience are needed?

  • To support and respond sensitively

FOR MORE INFO OR TO APPLY:

Please visit: https://www.rnib.org.uk/volunteering/find-volunteering-opportunities-near-you/benefits-form-volunteer

Celebrating how an amazing volunteer can change a family’s life #volunteersweek

We are thrilled that we now have over 200 approved volunteers serving vulnerable families across the Black Country with over 100 churches involved. If you would like to be Safe Families, we are always thrilled to welcome new volunteers contact Helen on 07387417210, helenhoarle@safefamiliesforchildren.com. We love bringing families in need into community.

Our team has also expanded with the addition of Sam Knight as our new part time family support Manager which means we now have four staff. Thank you so much for everything you do. We are excited that the work is growing, and we have been encouraged to witness the work of volunteers preventing children from entering the care system and many families welcomed into caring communities. Below is just one story of many which shows the difference you are making by supporting Safe Families. The story was captured by Helen Pryor-Andrews one of our family support managers after talking to Fiona and her family whose names we have changed to protect their identity.

Hello, my name is Fiona and I’m 8.

My mum and dad used to fight.  One day my dad had a knife and mum had to call the police.  We had to run away and now I can only see him if there is someone else there as well. Mum got a new boyfriend and had my little sister, Edie.  She’s nearly 2.  Then last year, mum got cancer and had to have an operation.  When she came home from hospital, my step-dad said we couldn’t live with him anymore and we had to leave.  We didn’t have anywhere to go.  We had to live in a place called a hostel.  It was a very long walk to school and back and mum is often very tired. Mum isn’t very well and she sleeps a lot.  She has to take tablets and when she takes them she sometimes gets sick.  The tablets are called chemotherapy.  I thought my mum would get better in a few months.  But then I heard my grandma talking to someone and she said that mum was going to die but I don’t know when.  She’s still my mum and she still takes me to school and cooks the tea.  Maybe grandma has made a mistake. 

I sometimes get really angry.  I had to leave a lot of my things behind when we moved and I hated it.  I have a few nice things now but my little sister messes with my stuff and I shout at mum to keep her away.  Sometimes, I tell my mum that I don’t care if she dies and that makes her cry.  I do care.  I’m just frightened and angry.  Who is going to look after me and Edie?

A few weeks ago, just before Christmas, mum told me that I would have to be patient as we didn’t have anything and she didn’t have much money.   I was so angry.  My friends would all have presents and a tree and I was stuck in the stupid hostel with just mum and Edie.  Grandma doesn’t live near us and sometimes mum is too poorly to go on the bus to take us to see her.  I decided to ignore Christmas and pretend it was just another day.

Then, one day, mum had a visit from a lady while I was at school.  The lady was from something called Safe Families and she came back the next day when I was there and brought another lady called Hannah.  Hannah said that she had little girls as well and one was nearly the same age as me.  Hannah said that I could go and play at her house sometimes when mum isn’t feeling well.  She was really nice and she brought me a little present which her daughter had made.

A few days later, I came home from school and there was loads of food in the kitchen.  Mum said that the Safe Families lady had been and brought us lots of food for Christmas.  We still didn’t have any decorations, so it didn’t feel like Christmas.

Then, the next day I got home from school and guess what? We had a Christmas tree from the Safe Families lady!  We didn’t have any decorations but our social worker got some money for us and we went shopping and then decorated our tree.  I felt much better.

On Christmas Day, when I went into the living room, there were so many presents waiting for me and Edie I couldn’t believe it.  There were even a few presents for mum!  The Safe Families lady had told some people that we couldn’t have Christmas this year and they bought us lovely things.  In the holidays, I got to go and play at Hannah’s while mum went to hospital.  And I went to Hannah’s church children’s group.  It was brilliant and there were lots of children and not too many prayers.

Mum has told me that another lady and her husband are going to come and see us.  They have got 2 spare bedrooms in their house and this means if mum is ill and has to go to hospital, Edie and I can go and stay with them and not have to go into foster care.  I don’t want to go into foster care.  The people have also said that if mum is poorly and can’t look after us, she can come with us so she can rest but we don’t miss her.

Last week, we moved house again.  It’s brilliant and it’s close to school so I don’t have to walk for MILES.  We have a table and a little sofa and a fridge.  I don’t have a bed yet and me and mum and Edie have to sleep on the floor.  We don’t have any proper plates either!  But the Safe Families lady has been to see us and is going to bring us things for our house.  I might even have some curtains and paint for my new bedroom. 

I don’t like to think about mum being ill and I really hope she doesn’t die, but the social worker is helping us and we have some new Safe Families friends now.  Mum doesn’t cry as much because she can phone people up if she’s sad and they will visit and talk to her and help her when I’m at school. 

This is the story of just one local family in the Black Country who Safe Families and our amazing volunteers are working with.