OPP OF THE DAY: Park Active Volunteers, Dudley MBC

Do you have an interest in fitness and love the outdoors? Do you want to increase people’s health and happiness? Do you want to gain some experience in delivering fitness sessions in your local park to increase your skills?

You don’t need to be a sporting superstar or fitness guru, we’re looking for people who are enthusiastic, good communicators and willing to run or support activity sessions.

As a volunteer with Park Active you can receive the following:
• opportunities to access free training opportunities (including first aid, safeguarding & fitness qualifications)
• free badged kit for the lead activators
• opportunity to make friends and have fun

Currently recruiting

Activators – You will lead on delivering a community workout as part of a team of volunteers. You will need to undertake two days’ of fitness training and emergency first aid. Training dates are to be confirmed and will be at the end of May or beginning of June. You will then be supported by trained fitness instructors who will be handing over the role to you.

Activator support – You will be assisting the volunteer that is delivering the community workout, such as, spotting and correcting for technique, motivating and encouraging participants

All volunteers also undergo Dudley council volunteer induction training.

There are opportunities in the following parks

Stevens Park, Wollescote Saturday morning
Buffery Park, Kates Hill Saturday morning
Abbey Street Rec, Gornal Saturday morning
Stevens Park, Quarry Bank Sunday morning
Grange Park, Dudley Sunday afternoon

Enhanced DBS check is required.

FOR MORE INFO OR TO APPLY please contact:

Nikki Cheung
Email: nikki.cheung@dudley.gov.uk

OPP OF THE DAY: Volunteer Walk Leaders @LetsgethealthyD

We couldn’t run our walks without our volunteers. Every day they’re supporting people to live happier, healthier lives through short group walks.

Our volunteer walk leaders are at the very heart of Walking for Health.

As a volunteer walk leader, you’ll be helping people in your community to get active and healthy, providing vital support that they otherwise might not get.

Our walk leaders love their roles and tell us great stories about how much they enjoy helping others to get active and get walking. Plus you’ll stay active, develop your leadership skills, get to know your local area and meet lots of new people.

What do walk leaders do?

During a walk, walk leaders are at the front, middle or back of a group – making sure everyone is safe and happy. They plan routes, support walkers and act as ambassadors for walking – showing people that walking really can make a big difference to their lives.

Do I get training?

Yes. You’ll receive a day’s training from a nationally recognised and well respected scheme, as well as refresher training every two to three years. You can find an outline of the training and what you’ll cover here.

You’ll also receive ongoing support and guidance from your local scheme coordinator and from the Walking for Health national team, and access to Walking for Health resources and equipment to help you fulfil your role.

What skills do I need?

The main skill we need from our volunteer walk leaders is an enthusiasm for walking and its benefits!

You don’t need any particular experience, but we love our leaders to be friendly and welcoming, with good communication skills; reliable, punctual and well organised; confident at speaking in front of small groups; able to take control and be assertive when needed and observant and sensitive to the needs of others.

How much time do I need to give?

Most of our walks are short, around an hour or less. Including travelling, preparation and paperwork, leading a single walk close to home typically takes around 2 and a half to 3 hours, plus recces, occasional meetings and refresher training. Typical schemes expect their leaders to attend at least one walk a month, depending on the programme and the numbers of leaders they have.

We offer our Health Walks across Dudley Borough – but are particularly seeking volunteers for the following areas

  • Coseley – Silver Jubilee
  • Netherton
  • Wordsley
  • Halesowen
  • Leasowes
  • Himley
  • Saltwells

Why not visit our page to see our walks programme 

https://www.walkingforhealth.org.uk/walkfinder/west-midlands/dudley-walking-programme

there are also lists for our summer programme of walks

For more info please contact:

Charlotte Fletcher
Senior Park Activator
Public Health, Dudley MBC

Office: 01384 816560
Mobile: 07980953508
Email: charlotte.fletcher@dudley.gov.uk

OPP OF THE DAY: Social Group Helper, Royal Voluntary Service

Helping a small group of friendly and welcoming volunteers to put on a social day for older people in the community. We are looking for volunteers who can help:
– Serve Teas and coffees
– Chat to anyone who might be by themselves and make them feel welcome
– Help our team put on a quiz and raffle

Where:
Nene Close, Stourbridge, DY8 1RL

When:
Once a month on Saturday between 11am-2pm.

Commitment:
Once a month.

Restrictions:
Due to the vulnerable nature of our clients decisions in regard to taking on volunteers with convictions are made centrally after the activity and role have been risk assessed.

Access issues for disabled volunteers or volunteers with sensory impairment or learning disabilities:
Our services in Dudley are volunteer led and support vulnerable people, as such we cannot accept volunteers who would require special supervision or additional support.

Skills:
Friendly, chatty and reliable.

FOR MORE INFO OR TO APPLY, please contact:

Abigail Hurrell
Email: abigail.hurrell@royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk

OPP OF THE DAY: Lunch Club Helper, Royal Voluntary Service

Helping a group of lively and friendly volunteers prepare and service a two course lunch for elderly people in the community.

Where:
United Reform Church, Upper High Street, Stourbridge, DY9 8XN

When:
Monday and Friday 10am-2.30pm

Commitment:
Once a week.

Restrictions:
Due to the vulnerable nature of our clients decisions in regard to taking on volunteers with convictions are made centrally after the activity and role have been risk assessed.

Access issues for disabled volunteers or volunteers with sensory impairment or learning disabilities:
Our services in Dudley are volunteer led and support vulnerable people, as such we cannot accept volunteers who would require special supervision or additional support.

Skills:
Full training given, cooking experience is not essential. Must have enthusiasm, a willingness to learn and good sense of humour.

FOR MORE INFO OR TO APPLY, please contact:

Abigail Hurrell
Email: abigail.hurrell@royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk

OPP OF THE DAY: Workshop Operative – Loaves ‘n’ Fishes

Times of attendance

  • A minimum of a 4-hour shift is advisable
  • Provision House is open from 9 am – 4pm
  • A short interview needs to be arranged prior to an Induction to discuss suitability/availability for a volunteering position

General Duties to include:

  • Repair & preparation of projects
  • General good housekeeping of work environment
  • Maintaining tools/equipment to company standards
  • Paint/varnish/wax furniture items under supervision of team leader

Key Responsibilities:

  • To work efficiently & effectively as part of a team
  • To maintain Health & Safety procedures at all times
  • To perform any reasonable request from a team leader
  • To report to staff any risk to property/persons
  • To assist in the moving of stock

FOR MORE INFO OR TO APPLY PLEASE CONTACT:

Kim Skinner
Email: volunteers@loavesnfishes.co.uk
Tel: 0121 285 3970