Action for Children Volunteers Needed **New**
We run a volunteer service called the Independent Visitor Service which matches volunteers with children and young people who are in foster care and who have little contact with their natural families. It’s a befriending service and volunteers would visit their matched child on a fortnightly basis and take them out on some activity. Expenses are paid and all of our volunteers are trained and vetted.
We are desperately in need of new volunteers in the Durham area (we cover the whole of County Durham). Can you help us get the word out through Durham Voice? Have you any other suggestions where I might find volunteers?
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Independent Visitor Service
Action for Children
Office no: 0191 2724990
Sighted Buddy Volunteer Role **New**
We want sociable and friendly people to be a guiding arm and eyes for someone with sight loss, so they can get out into the local community doing a range of activities as part of our My Guide service
What does the role involve?
Paired with someone with similar interests, for a pre-agreed period of time, you will provide a safe, guiding arm to support someone with sight loss to do the sociable fun things that will help them live life to the fullest. This can include activities ranging from a cuppa and chat, to swimming, the gym, knit and natter, theatre, sports events to visiting areas of local interest.
Location: Venues across your local area depending on what you decide to do together.
What skills or experience are required?
Friendly and happy to have a go at different activities
Like chatting to people and getting out and about
Sensitive to the needs and feelings of others
Experience of people with sight loss is an advantage but not essential; full training is given before you can be matched with your partner
What will I get out of it?
Enjoy sociable, fun and interesting activities
Meet new people and possibly try new things
Have fun, whilst knowing you are making a real difference to the life of someone with sight loss
Full training in safe sighted guiding and safeguarding before you go out and about with your partner.
Become a part of our friendly, sociable and supportive My Guide team and the wider Guide Dogs community
What support / training will I get?
1 Day Sighted Guide Training
Approved Guide Dogs safeguarding training
Payment of all out of pocket expenses in line with Guide Dogs policy
Staff and peer support, training and an information pack so that you and your partner get out and about safely and effectively
An opportunity to take part in any general Guide Dogs volunteer training and activities that are available
Will I need to do a Disclosure check?
Yes, this role requires that you have an Enhanced Disclosure.
Minimum age requirement: 18
For more information contact Catherine on 0345 1430220
PCP Trustee (Voluntary role) **New**
Accountable to: PCP Chair & Board of Trustees
To ensure that the organisation complies with its governing document, charity law, company law and any other relevant legislation or regulations
To ensure that the organisation pursues its objects as defined in its
To ensure the organisation uses its resources exclusively in pursuance of
its objects: the charity must not spend money on activities which are not included in its own objects, no matter how worthwhile or charitable those activities are.
To ensure that the organisation prepares reports on what it has achieved and Annual Returns and accounts as required by law
To contribute actively to the Board of Trustees' role in giving firm strategic direction to the organisation, setting overall policy, defining goals and setting targets and evaluating performance against agreed targets.
To safeguard the good name and values of the organisation.
To ensure the effective and efficient administration of the organisation
To ensure the financial stability of the organisation.
Act with integrity and avoid any personal conflicts of interest.
To protect and manage the property of the organisation and to ensure the
proper investment of the charity's funds.
Generally the time commitment varies according to the size and activities of the charity. PCP is a well-developed charity and therefore requires Trustees to focus
on governance and strategic matters. PCP Trustees must commit to regularly attending quarterly Board meetings, the Annual General Meeting (AGM), the AGM pre-meeting and any other extraordinary meetings as required. Trustees should also be able to support relevant sub committees or special interest groups as appropriate.
The time commitment varies but it is expected that all Trustees can commit to:
A term of office of 3 years
Regular attendance – Trustees will be removed if they fail to attend 3
consecutive meetings or after absence of 6 months
Time to reading meeting papers in advance
Essential training in relation to governance, policy and development.
Changing relations Board Recruitment **New**
Help shape growing arts education company by joining Management Board!
Changing Relations C.I.C. is an arts-based education & training company that provokes thinking around gender norms, gender equality & healthy relationships, using the arts & creative methods as the foundation of the educational & training resources we produce.
After touring a powerful Domestic Abuse-themed play in 2016, 2017 saw the creation of a filmed version to enable us to reach a wider audience with an insightful training on the lived experience of survivors. We also won Arts Council England funding for 2 new R&D projects: Men's Voices, which resulted in a multimedia exhibition exploring masculinity; & Honour Shame, a dance piece exploring how women's bodies & sexuality are treated with shame across cultures.
We're looking to expand our Management Board to support us in our bid to maintain artistic quality, attain wide-reaching social impact & achieve financial sustainability. We will recruit at least 3 new Board members & are particularly interested in candidates with skills & experience in at least 1 of the following areas:
- Marketing & PR
This is a voluntary role with an expectation that you'd attend a meeting every 2 months & contribute a few hours in between, supporting the Directors in an advisory capacity.
Board membership promises to be a useful CPD opportunity, with existing Board members & Directors committed to sharing the skills & knowledge they each bring.
Could you help us in our mission?
Please express your interest by emailing Managing Director Lisa Davis before Friday 26th January 2018, including your CV, a Skills Mapping form & explaining why you're interested & what you could bring at this stage in our development: email@example.com
If shortlisted, you'd be invited to meet our existing Board & Directors in February 2018.
We look forward to hearing from you!
Volunteers Needed to Support Parents and Carers **New**
Family Action’s new innovative Digital Parent Support Service aims to support and guide parents and carers with issues such as parenting, emotional wellbeing, benefits, housing, education, disabilities and additional needs.
Experience is not necessary as full training will be given.
If you’re looking for the chance to share your skills, develop your knowledge, be part of a friendly team and support parents/carers who are in need, please get in touch.
Contact us now to find out more:
RSVP Volunteering Matters newsletter **Current**
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our latest newsletter. If you no longer wish to receive this please do let us know.
We hope you all have a very Happy Christmas and wonderful 2018
thanks Angela and Ashleigh
RSVP North East
Durham SSAFA - The Armed Forces Charity **Current**
SSAFA - The Soldiers, Sailors and Airmans Families Association is the oldest and longest running military charity in the world being established in 1885. We provide casework, medical services, adoption services, refuges and care homes for British military personnel and their families around the world. For information on SSAFA in Durham and in the UK go to: https://www.ssafa.org.uk/durham
We urgently need to fill the posts below:
Divisional Secretary x 5 (North Durham, Wear Valley & Teesdale, East Durham & Darlington areas.)
The Divisional Secretary role is one of co-ordination, liaison and planning, and you will work closely with the Branch Secretary. You will be expected to attend a Caseworker course (3 days) and a Volunteer Co-Ordinator Course (2 days) either in London or another location within the UK. You will be coached and mentored throughout the induction process by experienced SSAFA staff. All expenses are covered at standard rates. You will co-ordinate the work of a team of volunteer caseworkers in your area and ensure that all casework meets the criteria set by SSAFA central Office in London. You do not need military experience for this role although it can be helpful, but equally a working knowledge of housing, benefits and welfare issues is very useful.For more information call Durham SSAFA on 0191 383 9452 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Divisional Treasurer x 1
The Divisional Treasurer reports to the Divisional Secretary and the Branch Treasurer, and is responsible for the strict accounting of all funds for that Division. SSAFA as an organisation has recently moved to a Single Banking System, and the Divisional treasurer must attend a 2 day course on the Financial Management System (FMS), either at SSAFA central Office in London or at another location in the UK. No military experience is required for this post, however a sound knowledge of accounting practices is.
For more information call Durham SSAFA on 0191 383 9452 or by email: email@example.com
Waddington Street Centre **Current**
Waddington Street Centre is a community resource mental health centre located in the heart of Durham city centre that has been running for 35 years working with individuals with life long and chronic mental ill health. We work with those resident in the community as well as in patients of Lanchester road hospital. We provide activities ranging from badminton, football, walking group, table tennis, gym group, swimming and one to one support and goal setting.
We are looking for volunteers to compliment the health trainer delivering group support. In return, we provide invaluable experience of working with individuals with complex mental health needs, opportunity to attend in house regular training in a variety of subjects, the opportunity to train as a health trainer champion and work within an experienced small team of mental health workers in a supportive environment.
Please contact Gemma Kilbride for more info on: 0191 3860702 or email: Gkilbride@waddingtoncentre.co.uk
Volunteer Drivers Wanted **Current**
RSVP North East / Volunteering Matters run a GP Transport scheme in Chester-le-Street, covering the surgeries at Cestria, Pelton, Pelton Fell and Sacriston.
They take elderly patients who are unable to get to their appointments by any other means, wait for them and take them home again.
We are urgently seeking more volunteers; you will be paid an agreed mileage allowance and will be covered by our public liability insurance.
For more information, please contact Angela or Ashleigh on 0191 3891155 or firstname.lastname@example.org
RSVP North East