OPP OF THE DAY: Weekend Volunteer, Age Concern Stourbridge

We are looking for a dedicated volunteer who is up for a challenge……

We at Age Concern Stourbridge need someone able to deliver our weekend in-house catering services.

We have an ‘open’ kitchen serving the elderly in the Dudley Borough on Saturday and Sunday producing approx 30 covers in total.

You would be in control of the kitchen/restaurant.

Hours approx 9.00am – 3.00pm.

Expenses paid.

For more information please contact 01384 390065 or email dionnelegge@acstourbridge.plus.com

Join in the fun at our Family Fun Day @IanAustinMP ‏ @DudleyMayor @DudleyFed @YamYam_Dudley @Dudleyhour1 ‏ @ArmBlackCountry @DudleyCVS #familyfunday #connectingcommunities #doitindudley

We’re holding a Family Fun Day with lots of local groups and would love you to come along and have a great time. There will be fun activities [crafts and sports], refreshments, a fire engine, bouncy castle and lots of friendly people to talk to, so we hope you’ll drop by. You’ll get chance to meet some amazing local people who give their time to support local communities. Dudley Feelgood Choir will be performing between 11 and 12, which will be a treat you won’t want to miss!

If you’re looking to promote your Dudley group or project, we’d love to hear from you and can offer you a space at the event.

The new Mayor of Dudley will be popping along, together with the outgoing Mayor, Cllr Mohammed Hanif.   Why not pop along and say ‘hello’, we’d love to see you. J

Get some help to fine tune your volunteer management engine! #wiseupwednesdays

shutterstock_25808233When you are looking to do a job properly, you need the right tools to complete it. We are hoping we are giving you exactly that with our new Volunteer Management Toolkit.

Volunteers are a wonderful resource and without their support, many organisations would struggle to provide services to local communities and the people who live in them.

The Volunteer Centre has designed a toolkit to help you look at how you manage volunteers and involve them in your organisation.  It aims to give you suggestions for things to consider when you involve volunteers and areas of good practice to include in your management of volunteers.

To help you look at issues in a structured manner, the toolkit has been broken down into 9 sections:

  •  The basis for volunteer involvement
  • How the organisation resources volunteering
  • Diversity in volunteering
  • The development of volunteer roles
  • Steps taken to protect volunteers
  • Fair recruitment procedures
  • Volunteer Induction
  • Volunteer support and supervision needs
  • Recognition of volunteer contributions

The sections have been cross-referenced against the indicators for the Investing in Volunteers [IiV] Standard, a national quality standard which demonstrates that organisations have good practice in place when involving volunteers.

The toolkit also includes a resource CD of sample documents, factsheets and information to help you ensure you are following good practice measures when involving volunteers.

We want to make sure our toolkit is fit for purpose and would like to invite volunteer-involving groups across the Dudley borough to help us pilot our toolkit.  Would you be interested in finding out more? If so, please contact Eileen Fielding at Dudley CVS Volunteer Centre on volunteer@dudleycvs.org.uk

Dog day afternoon! #chipintuesday #takethechallenge

Volunteering with animals is one of our most popular areas and there are lots of opportunities to help out where you live.


17-5-16You could walk an older person’s dog who can no longer walk it themselves and stop for a cuppa, and a chat afterwards. This is a win for both the dog and the owner, and you!  For many older people their precious pet is the only company they have and you can help keep that relationship strong by giving your time.  It’s also good to check up on the owner, to make sure they are ok and don’t need anything.  The Cinnamon Trust is a charity that supports the elderly, disabled and terminally ill to keep their canine friends, and although it’s not based locally, they have volunteers all over the country.

Rosedene Animal Rescue Centre in Walsall are always looking for people to come and give the dogs a walk, they love to be out in the fresh air and it helps them to socialise and get used to new people ready for getting their new home.

Is Fred friendly?

Do you have a friendly, sociable pet? Do they enjoy attention and relish being stroked, and petted? We have the purrrrrfect role J

Why not take your pet along to visit a friend or relative in supported housing or residential care [best to check it’s ok with the manager first of course!].  I used to take my dog to the sheltered housing scheme where my father lived every week. She used to pop into all the flats on his floor to say ‘Hello’ and then come back to his for a treat or two [he kept a special supply] and a nap on his lap, whilst he told me what he’d been up to.  Many older people can no longer keep their pet when they move into supported housing, or maybe they had a dog when they were younger.  Stroking and talking to a pet is very therapeutic for both them and the pet.

Pets As Therapy is a national charity. They enhance health and wellbeing in the community through the visits of trusted volunteers with their behaviourally assessed animals. They provide a visiting service in hospitals, hospices, nursing and care homes, special needs schools and a variety of other venues all across the UK. If you have a sociable dog or cat, why not volunteer with them to bring a smile to someone’s face and who can’t have their own pet?

Our four legged friends can help boost a child’s reading confidence too!

Pets as Therapy also run a project called ‘Read2Dogs’ where assessed dogs go into schools to hear children read. Find out more here http://petsastherapy.org/what-we-do/read2dogs/