OPP OF THE DAY: Lunch Club 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 also intended to give carers a Break Away from some of their commitments or just to have some quality time for themselves. However, as we recognise that people often want to do things together, there is also the option for carers to come to the club as well.


About the role (Lunch Club Volunteer – Thursday’s):

To socialise with older people and assist with their activities.

Assistance with serving lunches and refreshments.

Some light kitchen work.

Skills required:
Sense of humour
Communication skills

Jenny Bates
Email: jennybates1@virginmedia.com

Top 3 Theme Ideas for Volunteer Appreciation Week


Top 3 Theme Ideas for Volunteer Appreciation Week

Is it time to buy those cute banners and balloons for the annual volunteer luncheon? Do you wonder which phrase is better, “Volunteers are Priceless,” or “Volunteers Are Helpers Extraordinaire?” Don’t have unlimited resources for volunteer appreciation but need to decorate the halls with messages of thanks? I’m here to help.

You can scour promotional product websites and find some great posters with nice sayings such as “volunteers, work with heart,” or “volunteers put the care in caring,” or “volunteers, you brighten our day,” but it will cost you. And if you’re a budget conscious volunteer manager, or more likely have only the $13 in change from all the times you were roped into running out to get food for senior management meetings, then you’ve come to the right place.

And anyway. why use old cliché themes to celebrate the volunteers? Why not actually save money and create the kind…

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Request for expressions of interest in the role of Independent Chair of Dudley Carers Alliance

As part of the development of the Dudley Carers Alliance, they are looking for expressions of interest in the role of Independent Chair.

Attached is an overview of the role, including purpose of the role, responsibilities and time commitment. Interested parties can contact Nicola McGregor calling 01384 813757 or email: carers.network@dudley.gov.uk

Joint submissions from two individuals who wish to share the role jointly would be welcomed.

Closing date for submission of the expressions of interest Thursday 26th April 2018 (4pm).

Please feel free to pass this message on to anyone who may be interested in the role.

OPP OF THE DAY – Mentor to Young Offenders, Trailblazers

To support young men (mentees) inside prison and, after their release from prison, in the community, to enable them to live responsibly and purposefully without re-offending.

Mentoring duties include:

  • Meeting with your mentee on a weekly basis in prison for up to 6 months
  • Providing intensive support immediately after your mentee’s release and remaining in contact on a weekly basis and where possible meeting with the mentee on a fortnightly basis in the community for up to 9 months after release
  • Using the structured mentoring approach that Trail-Blazers advocates by using the Tool Sets during mentoring sessions
  • Providing your mentee with emotional and practical support and encouragement
  • Ensuring that both you and your mentee are extremely clear about the boundaries of the mentoring relationship and operate within those boundaries
  • Ensuring your mentee knows about additional support services available to them and how best to utilise them and, if necessary, acting as an advocate of his behalf
  • Undertaking research into facilities and opportunities for your mentee, which may include housing, education, employment, etc.
  • Communicating with other agencies such as Probation and Youth Offending Team as and when required
  • Ensuring that there is a positive ending to the mentoring relationship – for mentee as well as self
  • Making Trail-Blazers and if necessary prison staff aware of any occasion where harm to others or harm to the mentee is either taking place, planned or suspected.
  • Completing and submitting recording sheets after each mentoring session
  • Attending and participating fully in mentoring supervision/support meetings,  training sessions and mentor group meetings
  • Identifying and communicating any needs or concerns to us in a timely and professional manner
  • Following all Trail-Blazers policies and procedures in the delivery of your role
  • Strictly abiding all prison rules and regulations

Volunteers come from all walks of life and no specific educational qualifications are required. All our mentors need to have a mature outlook on life.

However, it is essential that you:

• Can relate to young people and are committed to empowering them
• Can commit for a minimum period of 12 months
• Are punctual and reliable
• Can work closely with people from diverse backgrounds
• Are able to take a pro-active approach


Natalie Jones
Tel: 01902 533 748
Email:  info@trailblazersmentoring.org.uk
Website: www.trailblazersmentoring.org.uk

GDPR peer support session

The GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) is a new, Europe-wide law that replaces the Data Protection Act 1998 in the UK. It is part of the wider package of reform to the data protection landscape that includes the Data Protection Bill. The GDPR sets out requirements for how organisations will need to handle personal data from 25 May 2018.

Dudley CVS is running a discussion group to help us all to get to grips on GDPR. We’ll share the most useful sources of information and guidance and help you to chat through and problem-solve any issues you may have. There are three sessions to choose from and anyone from the not-for-profit sector is welcome to attend and contribute. Whether you’re new to GDPR and need to catch up or whether you’d like to offer your knowledge to help others, you’ll be very welcome.

Link is here to book via Eventbrite

Please note that this is NOT a training session and Dudley CVS staff are not in a position to offer advice on data protection and the GDPR. This session is a chance to share how you’re preparing for GDPR and to get some feedback and support from your peers.