PPP – Local Volunteering

One way to enhance my C.V and help me stand out from the crowd is to:

Seek opportunities to build your skills and to gain contacts through education and volunteer work. 

I already plan to find a part time job in the summer, but as well as this I would like to do some volunteer work. I have already lined up volunteering for my church as it was a commitment I could not make whilst away from my home town, and I have also looked into other areas in which I can volunteer. It will be more beneficial to both I and my organisation that I volunteer for something I will enjoy doing, can use my skills, or can learn from.

These are some of the things I have found around my area:

 

*Friends of Cancer Research UK (Occasional Fundraiser)

The opportunity

Join the register of occasional helpers needed to fund-raise for Cancer Research UK. Help with Charity Card Shop – run up to Christmas – one afternoon each week.

The organisation

Fundraising for Cancer Research with events such as Quiz Evenings , Film Evenings , Open Garden , Street Collections , Sales Stalls , Shop Open Evenings , Carol Concert, Luncheons, Bridge Drivers.

 

*Street Dreams (Photographer)

The opportunity

We are seeking a student who is interested in photography and has skills and some knowledge in photography. We have a variety of projects that need photography of people and objects.

Hours: 10 hours per month.

The organisation

To act as a resource for children & young people up to age 25 living in MKOB (Milton Keynes, Oxfordshire, and Buckinghamshire) providing advice and assistance and organising programmes of physical, educational and other activities as means of:
o Advancing in life and helping children & young people by developing their skills, knowledge and capacities to enable them to participate in society as independent, mature and responsible individuals.
o Advancing education.
o Relieving unemployment
o Providing recreational and leisure time activity in the interest of social welfare for people living in the area of benefit who need by reason of their youth, age, infirmity or disability, poverty or social economic circumstances with a view to improving the conditions of life of such persons.

 

*South Bucks Hospice (Administration Assistant)

The opportunity

If you would enjoy working as part of a small, friendly team then this could be for you!

We are looking for someone who would be able to help the Appeals (Fundraising) Team with general administration on a fairly regular basis. The range of tasks include answering the telephone, photocopying, creating and laminating posters, filing and using a computer to produce letters and do simple data entry.

If you can spare a 2 or 3 hours a week on either a Monday, Wednesday or Thursday we would love to hear from you.

The organisation

South Bucks Hospice (SBH) aims to provide a wide range of services free of charge to people with incurable illnesses, lymphoedema sufferers and those with chronic illnesses.

We are now trying to raise 2.7 million pounds for our new Hospice in Hazlemere.

This includes the provision of a personal counselling service to both patient as well as to those supporting them, such as family and friends. The provision of a hospice and clinic will help with pain and symptom control, provide expert palliative and clinical nursing care and emotional and practical support. We aim to provide the best quality of life and care wherever possible at the early, mid or late term stage of the end of life.

 

*National Trust at Cliveden Estate (Events Volunteer)

The opportunity

As an Events Volunteer you will help with the smooth running of various activities including children’s trails, classic car days and apple weekends. You will ensure our visitors have a warm welcome and help them to have a very enjoyable experience at Cliveden by engaging them throughout the event.

The organisation

The Cliveden Estate consists of approximately 80 acres of stunning gardens, 300 acres of woodland and a magnificent house which is leased as a hotel. Cliveden’s formal gardens include the Parterre which can be viewed in all its splendour from the terrace looking down towards the River Thames.

 

*Carers Bucks (Young Carers Volunteer Drivers)

The opportunity

If you have a few hours a month and would like to make a difference with that time, we need drivers in all areas of Bucks

Our Transport costs are rocketing, leaving less money to spend on the activities and groups so desperately needed by Young Carers.

As a Volunteer driver you will enable Young Carers to access the opportunity to socialise with other young carers, have fun and have a break from their caring role.

Between 1-2 hours per month including school holidays. We pay travel expenses, so you will not be out of pocket.

The organisation

A Carer is someone who, without payment provides help and support to a friend, neighbour or relative who could not manage otherwise because of frailty, illness or disability.

We help Carers by providing information, support & Social Services/activities for Carers.

 

*Chiltern Open Air Museum (Help Out With Craft Activities)

The opportunity

Would you be interested in helping supervise craft activities for families and school groups?

The Museum occasionally needs volunteers to help supervise family craft activities during school holidays and for special weekend events. The Museum has Terrific Tuesdays during the school holidays with a variety of fun family activities, e.g. 1940s Fun and Games.

There are also sometimes opportunities during term-time to help out with school groups doing activities like cooking, rag rug making and candle-making. For school groups there will always be a qualified leader and teachers with the children, but it is useful for them to have an extra volunteer helper, especially with cooking activities involving a fire.

You would be welcome to combine volunteering as an activity helper with one of the other volunteering roles at the Museum, e.g. historic buildings steward.

The organisation

Chiltern Open Air Museum is a charity and independent museum. It has a collection of over 30 historic buildings set in a beautiful countryside location.

The Museum was originally started by volunteers in the 1970s. We now have a small staff supported by around 250 volunteers who are crucial to keeping the Museum running. It is a sociable and friendly place to volunteer, and would be ideal for people with an interest in history, nature and/or architecture. For people looking to develop their work skills, it is also great experience of customer service, as most of our volunteer roles involve helping visitors.

We have opportunities for volunteering in our ticket office, visitor information centre, fundraising team and stewarding historic buildings. There is also a young volunteers group for 10-16 year olds.

 

*Prestwood Youth & Community Centre (Part-time Youth Worker)

The opportunity

We are looking for 3 or 4 people to join our voluntary staff team who work alongside young people residing in the HP16 area.

Currently, we have a Senior club for 11-15s – on Monday evening;
Intermediate Club (10 -11 year olds) – on Thursday evening
Junior club (8-10 year olds) – on Wednesday evening
We are keen to expand our provision to include a session for girls and young women and a Drop-Inn (on Friday evening) for all young people living in Prestwood.

To do this, we required 3 or 4 voluntary workers to join our present team so that no-one will ever be over committed. We would love to hear from you if you are interested.

We are also keen to run Holiday Clubs during school holidays.

We support all our volunteers to assist them develop and deliver activities appropriate to the age and interests of each group of young people.

The organisation

Prestwood Youth & Community Centre is a small community resource serving the village of Prestwood and beyond. Principal users are young people but an Art Group and a Community Sports group us the facilities during the day. The Centre Management Committee comprises representatives of the Community.

 

*Young Carers Bucks (Young Carers Trip & Activities Assistant)

The opportunity

We support children aged 6 – 19 years old who care for a family member. We provide evening and school holiday activities and trips throughout the year and are looking for volunteers to either work with any of our groups or to specialise in a specific age range. We have approximately 3/4 activities a month targeted to three different age ranges in Aylesbury and High Wycombe.

Volunteers will assist with the practical setting up of activities but will also need to be willing to interact and communicate with the Young Carers and perhaps more importantly get involved and have fun! You can come on one or as many activities as you are able.
We need volunteers to:
Help facilitate clubs, activities and trips out
Drive Young Carers to and from venues
Manage the collection and return of Young Carers on the minibus

This is an ideal opportunity to gain experience in working with children and young people. Recruitment and a full training programme is offered annually (usually in Spring and Autumn).

The organisation

Young Carers Bucks has offices in Aylesbury and High Wycombe supporting children and young people who care for a family member. We support children aged 6 – 19 years. Young Carers Bucks is part of the organisation, Carers Bucks.

 

*South Bucks Hospice (Packers/Dispatchers for Ebay and Online Auctions)

The opportunity

Join our exciting online project to raise funds for a new Hospice. We are looking for people who can working in a small team packing and dispatching goods sold on EBay. Meet new people and have fun while helping us raise money. This will be at our shop located in the centre of High Wycombe.

We are grateful for any help that you can give us – even if this is not every week. This is a great way to use your practical skills to help us raise much needed funds for our new Hospice.

The organisation

South Bucks Hospice (SBH) aims to provide a wide range of services free of charge to people with incurable illnesses, lymphoedema sufferers and those with chronic illnesses.

We are now trying to raise 2.7 million pounds for our new Hospice in Hazlemere.

This includes the provision of a personal counselling service to both patient as well as to those supporting them, such as family and friends. The provision of a hospice and clinic will help with pain and symptom control, provide expert palliative and clinical nursing care and emotional and practical support. We aim to provide the best quality of life and care wherever possible at the early, mid or late term stage of the end of life.

 

*South Bucks Hospice (Photographer – Online Auctions)

The opportunity

Join our exciting online project to raise funds for a new Hospice. We are seeking volunteers who can photograph goods for sale on Ebay.

We will supply a small studio and all the equipment, if you can supply the expertise.

We are grateful for any help that you can give us – even if this is not every week. This is a great way to use your skills to help us raise much needed funds for our new Hospice.

The organisation

South Bucks Hospice (SBH) aims to provide a wide range of services free of charge to people with incurable illnesses, lymphoedema sufferers and those with chronic illnesses.

We are now trying to raise 2.7 million pounds for our new Hospice in Hazlemere.

This includes the provision of a personal counselling service to both patient as well as to those supporting them, such as family and friends. The provision of a hospice and clinic will help with pain and symptom control, provide expert palliative and clinical nursing care and emotional and practical support. We aim to provide the best quality of life and care wherever possible at the early, mid or late term stage of the end of life.

 

*Buckinghamshire Mind – Sun House (Befriender/Mentor for People Experiencing Mental Health Difficulties)

The opportunity

Could you make a difference to someone’s life? You probably could, by listening, supporting, encouraging and by just being you. Some people experiencing mental health difficulties can feel quite lonely. They may lose touch with family and friends, so knowing that they will meet their befriender regularly can make a real difference to their quality of life. What you do in your time with your client depends on what a client needs from the relationship, so befrienders may go swimming, go to the cinema, a garden centre or just sit and listen.

We pay expenses and offer ongoing training as well as regular supervision and support to all befrienders. We run regular training sessions for volunteers throughout the year.

The organisation

Buckinghamshire Mind is a charity working to support and represent people with Mental Health needs in the local community.

We do this through providing good quality services including counselling, support with employment and finding work, services for older people and through a range of opportunities and activities for groups and individuals.

http://www.communityimpactbucks.org.uk/volunteer_opportunities.php

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