Lifetimes is pleased to announce the launch of a new volunteer brokerage platform as part of its community directory, care4me.org.uk.
Using a new volunteering button on the site, all organisations registered with Care4Me can now promote their volunteering opportunities. Any individual with an interest in volunteering can also sign up on the site, with a brief profile of their skills they wish to share and areas of work they are interested in.
The brokerage platform is entirely self-funded by Lifetimes, who work to empower and support the voluntary sector in Wandsworth. This development was made to assist organisations in the borough who will experience difficulties gaining volunteers since the Local Authority’s decision in April no longer to support volunteer brokerage via funding of the service.
To list your organisation’s volunteering opportunities, simply register your organisation or log in at care4me.org.uk to register your opportunity.
If you are an individual looking to volunteer, you can search our volunteering opportunities or register to create your profile on the volunteer bank here.
If you have any questions about using the service, please do not hesitate to contact us at 0208 875 2846 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Way Forward: Connecting You with the Community
A Way Forward is a new Volunteer Support Programme starting in January 2014, helping individuals with additional support needs find long and short-term volunteering opportunities.
If you feel your health and wellbeing may benefit from volunteering, but need some help overcoming barriers to get started, consider coming to one of our one-to-one, tailored support sessions.
Volunteering can be a great route into getting active, creating networks, and participating in the community – and a way to use your skills, learn new ones, have some fun and find an outlet for your creativity.
The programme is designed to support individuals who may be affected by:
• Mental health problems
• Learning disabilities
• Physical disabilities
• Chronic long-term conditions
• Sensory impairment
• Substance misuse issues
• Social isolation
• Long term unemployment
The one-off sessions are 1 hour long and cost £30, which you can pay through your personal budget, or with private funds. The sessions are confidential and tailored to your needs. By the end of the session you will have:
• Explored what volunteering can offer you and vice-versa
• Decided on a shortlist of suitable volunteering roles
• Made initial contact with those organisations
• Been provided with all the information you need to apply for the role
To book a place or to find out more, contact Kirstie Sheehy, Specialist Projects Manager, at email@example.com or on 0208 875 2846.
Are you looking for a Volunteer Placement?
There are many reasons to get involved in volunteering, whether it be to develop new skills or to just make friends and have fun. Each year hundreds of people from Wandsworth get involved in volunteering and here are some of the reasons why:
• To enhance a CV
• To gain valuable experience
• To take on a new challenge
• To get out and about
• To improve mental or physical health
• To meet new people
• To have fun
• To develop more confidence
• To give something back to the local community
With such a wide variety of volunteer opportunities in the borough, no matter what your motivation for volunteering is, there will be a rewarding and exciting volunteering opportunity for you.
The Do-it website is the national volunteering database website and is the best place to search for volunteer opportunities. You can filter the database by specifying your areas of interest, the kind of activity you would like to do and how far from your home you are prepared to travel. Please use the search facility on this page to find an opportunity that suits you, or click here. You can make an application for these opportunities on-line, or note the details of the organisation offering the position and give them a call if you would like more information.
Support for Organisations Involving Volunteers
Lifetimes Volunteering Best Practice Support
If a voluntary or community sector organisation needs support with their volunteer programme, Lifetimes offers training workshops, guidance notes, toolkits, and support to help with this. If you would like to discuss your volunteering programme, please e-mail Kirstie Sheehy or call 020 8875 2849. If you're interested in our training courses, please see our Training Page.
Is your organisation looking for Volunteers?
Lifetimes is no longer able to advertise new volunteering opportunities for organisations. We will continue to support organisations with opportunities that we are currently managing and advertising through the Do-It website (national volunteering database) If you would like to make any changes to an opportunity that we are managing for you please call 020 8875 2840.
TimeBank Charity’s Leaders Together Project
TimeBank is a national volunteering charity. TimeBank have run the Leaders Together project for the last three years, matching leaders of small charities and community organisations in London with professional mentors to offer business support with everything from fundraising and communications to financial management. It’s a free service, designed to build the capacity of groups which – while they may have passion about their purpose – would benefit from support to deliver it.
Time Bank is currently looking for leaders in small charities, social enterprises or community groups who need support and advice to drive their charity forward! Perhaps they need help with fundraising, marketing, volunteer management or just need a sounding board for their ideas! They only ask that the organisations are based in London and have an annual turnover of less than £500 thousand.
TimeBank have an induction process with every mentor and mentee, and then arrange a match meeting with the mentor, mentee and the Project Co-ordinator. They cover expenses (travel and drinks for the mentor and mentee) and advice that you meet for 24 hours across 6 months. They are here to support you as much they can! Interested groups should fill in TimeBank online form or contact Samantha Reeve at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Change a young person’s life with Action Tutoring
Without C grades at GCSE in English and maths it’s difficult to progress in life. Action Tutoring is a registered charity that helps students from low-income backgrounds leave school with at least five A* - C grades at GCSE. These students do not perform as well at GCSE as their more affluent peers, and they are less able to access expensive support like private tutoring. Action Tutoring is trying to change that by using volunteer tutors to make the benefits of tuition more widely available.
How can I help? What would I be doing?
Apply to be a volunteer tutor and, if successful, we will place you as an English or maths tutor in one of our partner schools. You would then work with one or two pupils for an hour a week across the course of a school term. Tutoring usually takes place after school or on a Saturday morning. Sessions are delivered on school premises at the same time each week. We provide all of our tutors with training and resources, and we will also process a DBS check for you.
Our schools nearest Wandsworth:
• Battersea Park School
• Lambeth Academy
When can I start?
We run tutoring programmes in London throughout the academic year. Once you’ve signed-up we will send you a full list of opportunities so that you can select one that works for you.
How do I sign up?
Applications are open now! Apply here.
Any questions? Get in touch!Email – email@example.com
Resources for Volunteer Involving Organisations
There are lots of useful sources of information to help organisations develop a volunteer programme and below we have pulled some of them together. If you have a useful resource that you want to share with other volunteer managers, please e-mail the details to firstname.lastname@example.org
Volunteering England for a range of information on national volunteering issues.
Do-It - the national volunteering database with thousands of volunteering opportunities.
Timebank to find out about different volunteering opportunities.
Hairy Bikers Meals on Wheels - The BBC cooks campaign to get more people involved in volunteering.
Employer Supported Volunteering
Volunteering Best Practice
Writing Volunteer Policies
Get it Right From the Start - Volunteering England's guide to developing a volunteer policy.
Writing Volunteer Roles and Opportunities
Designing Volunteer Roles and Position Descriptions - interesting viewpoint from Volunteering Australia.
Equal Opportunities and Diversity
Diversity: From Barriers to Bridges - Volunteering England article
Insurance information for Volunteer Involving Organisations
Helping Out: A national survey of volunteering and charitable giving - Cabinet Office
A Gateway to Work - Institute of Volunteering Research
Volunteering: Supporting Transitions - Youth volunteering research.
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