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Volunteer Fair

Find out how you can make a difference!

 

Come along to our volunteer fair to meet some of the local organisations who can help you gain valuable work experience; learn new skills; make new friends and improve your own wellbeing all whilst giving back to your local community. 

 

Thursday 20 September 2018

Kidderminster Town Hall

10am – 2pm

 

Free refreshments!

Free surplus food provided by FareShare!

Pop along to discover a whole host of volunteering opportunities with more than 40 community volunteering groups. There really is something for everyone to get involved with! 

 

Organisations 

We now have more than 40 community voluneering groups coming along, all with their own unique volunteering opportunities. Here's a taster of what you can expect...

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Diabetes UK Kidderminster (Wyre Forest) Group

Fred Holland 01562 68649

www.diabetes.org.uk

We aim to provide help and support to people living with diabetes . We do this through group meetings, designed with the express purpose of providing individuals with a safe, social forum to discuss diabetes and its effects.

We also fundraise, campaign, organise and attend events to help raise awareness of diabetes

Whether you have been diagnosed yourself or if you are simply an individual with a desire for knowledge and an inclination to take part, we welcome you to our group.

Triange Community Services Day care (dementia) 

Fred Bennett Centre, George Street, Kidderminster

01562 825490

daycarekidderminster@triangle.care

We are a day care service which offers care and support to people living with dementia, so that they can continue to enjoy a fulfilled life for as long as possible.

Our aim is to help people maintain an active social life, develop companionship and sustain daily living activities in an environment where everyone is treated  as an equal and a variety of stimulating activities and entertainment are provided throughout the day

Volunteers will have the opportunity to carry out different tasks in an environment that is warm, welcoming and very friendly. All our volunteers have an Induction, training, supervision, ongoing support and the chance for career development and we will organise a DBS.

If you would like to know more about volunteering in the day centre, please do give us a call.
Worcs Association of Carers www.carersworcs.org.uk
The association was formed 20 years ago to provide support for the unpaid, informal carers within the county of Worcestershire.  

A carer is a relative, friend, or neighbour who looks after a family member, partner, or friend who because of their age, disability, physical or mental illness, addiction or frailty cannot manage on their own.

All our volunteers are provided with Induction training and ongoing support. There is also addition training for some roles.

These roles requires a DBS check which will be organised by WAC. 

Dial a ride

Age UK

01527 570490

enquiries@ageukbrwf.org.uk 

ageuk.org.uk/brwf

Age UK have a range f different volunteering opportunities available, including:

  • Befriending and Care Calls
  • Retail Volunteers
  • Information and Advice
  • Footcare Assistants
  • Dignity Champions
  • IT Tutors/Buddies
  • Activity Coordinators
  • Men in Sheds

In addition to opportunities to support our operations and our Board of Trustees. Get in touch to find the best opportunity for you.

Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service Community Volunteers

volunteer@hwfire.org.uk 

0800 032 1155

If you want to help with fire safety work, are aged 18 or over and you’re looking for a new challenge, why not consider joining our team of Community Volunteers?

The scheme offers the chance to make a difference within your community, to meet new people and to support a wide range of training activities.  Volunteering activities generally take place during the day or at weekends.  Volunteers will be provided with a uniform and will receive comprehensive training for all the activities they undertake, with the opportunity to develop further skills and experience within their roles.  Travelling expenses will be reimbursed.

The volunteers have the opportunity to carry out a variety of tasks including attending public events to raise awareness of how to fire risk, acting as role play casualties for operational training exercises, promoting our home fire safety check service, and working with young people to give them the information and skills they need to make positive choices.   

We are looking for people from a variety of backgrounds, who will bring a varying range of skills to the volunteering scheme.  Anyone interested in finding out more about the role of a Volunteer with HWFRS can email.

HWFRS is urging anyone with a few hours to spare each week to consider volunteering.  A current  volunteer said, “Effective safety awareness can make a real difference to people’s lives. We particularly work with the elderly and with vulnerable people. It’s rewarding work and a fantastic way of getting more involved in your local community.”

10:32 Wyre Forest Parenting & Family Support Service

10:32 Wyre Forest Parenting & Family Support Service offer targeted support to parents/carers with children aged from 0 to 19 years across the Wyre Forest and is made up of a consortium of Barnardo’s, Vestia and the ContinU Trust.

We work in partnership to deliver better outcomes for children, young people and their families.  10:32 is a needs led service and delivers evidence based interventions.  Working with and alongside families, in order to recognize any changes required and empowering them to make and sustain those changes to improve their lives.

Volunteers are a valuable part of 10:32 and without volunteers we would not be able to reach as many children and families.   As a volunteer for 10:32 you will become a Barnardo’s volunteer.  We have a variety of volunteer roles available e.g. Group Leads (Community Champions), Group assistants (Community volunteers), Crèche volunteers (Supporting the provision of a crèche for children whose parents are training), Food / Clothes swap volunteers (Includes: Collection and organisation of food donations, sorting and displaying clothes donations), Administration/Office volunteers and Gardener volunteers.

Simply Limitless 01562 751144 laura.wisdom@simply-limitless.org 

Simply Limitless is a wellbeing centre based in an old carpet factory in Kidderminster. We have an organisational culture that values each person and are committed to enhancing their well-being, development and learning. We believe that the needs and wishes of the people who use our services are paramount. We deliver person centred care to anyone living in the district.  Our services are aimed at every age group.

The charity was formed in 2011 by a group of like minded individuals motivated to help the vulnerable and needy. This remains the motivation of the key personnel, to continue to redress health and wellbeing issues in the community.

Volunteer opportunities include forest school; maintenance and cleaning; cafe; Reconnections and minibus driver. 

Kemp Hospice View volunteering poster
Repair cafe
Homestart View volunteering flyer
Headway
Stourport Forward stourporttown.co.uk/stourport-forward

Gain new skills, work with a lovely team and have fun!

Come and join us at Stourport Forward. We’re a not-for-profit organisation based in Stourport on Severn, dedicated to improving and promoting what’s great about this market town. We have a lot more volunteers than paid staff and are now recruiting a bigger team.

We are now interviewing for the following roles:

Education Volunteers: we are partnered with the Canal & River Trust to lead their fantastic Explorers activities at Stourport Canal Basins, a ‘Learning Outside the Classroom Award’ site. You might be a newly retired teacher, or someone looking for experience working with children. We’ll give you specialist training and pay for your DBS check.

Events and Guided Walks Volunteers: we have many years’ experience leading guided and group walks and tours throughout the year. We can offer you training and meet before bigger events to plan and organise ourselves. We’re looking for enthusiastic people, who like working as part of a team and enjoy talking to people and promoting our lovely town.

Bramble Volunteers: Bramble is a heritage working boat, built in 1934 and owned by Stourport Forward. We use the boat as part of our school visits and run trips for private groups as well as occasional public trips. We need costumed volunteers on board in the Carnival River Parade, skippers and boat crew to take the boat out and set up for activities and events. If you’re more into practical work, we have a maintenance team of volunteers, led by local heritage boatbuilder, Martin Brookes. Training will be given and Bramble Volunteers are encouraged to keep their own log of boating journeys.

Board Members: Stourport Forward has a volunteer board. Members are invited in order to make up a group of people with a varied range of skills, to advise and support the organisation. We meet six times a year and hold and AGM in the winter. If you are interested in joining us, come and have a chat and let us have a copy of your CV.

Administration Volunteers: We are currently looking for someone to help us out by organising volunteer meetings, tidy days and teams for different activities. It’s something that can be done from home, or from our Stourport office.

Regeneration: Stourport Forward has been the recipient of a Heritage Lottery Award this  year and has carried out a research project to work out how we can support the town more effectively in regeneration and restoration activities. Although we haven’t defined these roles yet, there will be opportunities to be involved through working groups. Come and chat to us about your experience and what you’d like to do.

The Wheely Different Theatre Company 

www.wheelydifferent.com

Facebook:  Wheely Different Theatre Company

wyreforest.slsw@yahoo.co.uk

Elaine 07821 762649 

Ellie 07460 876407

  • Not for profit community interest
  • All volunteers
  • Started as social innovation project that is constantly evolving
  • Performs shows before the public , plans to tour homes and schools
  • Has a sister company called emotions who is a performance dance company
  • Group is run by Elaine Ball and Eleanor Mouzer, both have professional performance experience. Eleanor currently employed as a support  care worker and Elaine was the Wyre Forest leisure co-ordinator for adults with learning disabilities, an exercise and dance instructor.

Volunteering opportunities:-

Having a full performance membership, we have many opportunties to help us achieve our aims.

We are looking to form a band of musicians that may like to perform with us at shows and also get involved with sessions. We are really keen to have our band formed by may 2019.

Our members love the costume side of performance and we very much need to form a costume department, people who are interested in bringing our shows to life with the right look and fitting of costumes, and making adapted costumes to assist our wheelchair members.

Backstage we always need hands on help

Technical, sound and lighting and helping develop the technical plot throughout our lead up to shows (we particularly need help when we start to tour homes and schools ).

Volunteers to come on board our fundraising committee, people willing to help run events and help develop plans for our future.

Wyre forest leisure activities and opportunities:

Elaine is the volunteer coordinator for sessions run by Wyre Forest sport development at Wyre Forest Leisure Centre. Maybe you would be interested in helping at the multisports session .

Flyers and information will be available on the Wheely Different table. 

Rehearsals on Thursday 1 till 3pm at Youth House, Bromsgrove Street, Kidderminster.

Stourport Hockey Club

Gemma Taylor-Robinson

01299 663596

stourporthockeyclub@gmail.com

Stourport Hockey Club are looking for coaches and umpires.

An interest in sport is of course essential but a knowledge of hockey is not!

Together with England Hockey and Stourport Hockey Club we will support you in ensuring you get the qualifications that you want.

We are a large club with 12 adult teams, 1 regular badgers team and junior teams from U8 - U18, with around 400 members.

We play Saturdays and Sundays, and we have coaching every night. 

We are looking for more people to do a little bit rather than a lot (Although always good!)

The club is very friendly and welcoming. 

Horsefair and Proud

DY10 – Big Local Partnership

www.biglocaldy10.org/our-area

Big Local- Opportunities

Big Local is about bringing together all the local talent, ambitions, skills and energy from individuals, groups and organisations who want to make their area an even better place to live. It is resident centred – people living, working and volunteering in the area will decide how best this £1m grant is spent over the next 10 years. 

As Big Local DY10, parts of the Kidderminster areas of the Horsefair, Broadwaters and Greenhill have been selected to benefit from this nationwide initiative bringing £1 million to the area. (see www.biglocaldy10.org/our-area ). Nationwide there are 150 Big Local areas.   

A partnership of interested local people has been formed to develop the DY10 Big Local Community Plan, and to oversee its implementation. Over the coming months and years, the partnership will engage with appropriate local agencies to deliver sustainable projects that will positively impact local life and review the plan and partnership to make sure they are working in the best way possible.

Big Local depends on volunteers - people who give their time and energy for the benefit of their area. We are looking for people to become members of our partnership and volunteer to help steer local projects and activities.

Help us to bring together the community's views and create opportunities to invest in our future, whilst also creating skills and confidence

Carpet Museum
Macmillian Nicola Perks on 01562 513273 or email Nicola.perks@nhs.net

We are looking for more Volunteers, within the Macmillan Cancer Information Unit!

Are you the type of person who likes to help and support others? Maybe you are looking for a new opportunity. If you can spare a few hours each week and have good communication skills, volunteering with Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Service may be the role for you!

If you would like more information about the role on offer and how you can help others, please give us a call.

Emily Jordan Foundation

www.theemilyjordanfoundation.org.uk

Andrew Allan

07957140905

andrew.allan@theemilyjordanfoundation.org.uk

The Emily Jordan Foundation through its projects offer opportunities for anyone who wishes to volunteer.  The roles are to support young adults in transition and adults with learning, mental and physical disabilities.

Our volunteers come from all walks of life and include people who themselves have learning difficulties and or mental heath conditions. 

There are four projects, namely Spokes, Twigs, Wood Works and Go-Green which provide opportunities for such adults to participate in a manufacturing and horticultural in safe and caring environments.  These opportunities also include marketing our products as well as meeting and interacting with members of the public who wish to buy the things that are produced.

Bewdley Rotary

www.bewdleyrotary.uk 

www.rotarygbi.org

Rotary International is a network of more than 1.2 million members in over 200 countries who believe great things happen when dedicated minds come together. Rotary members around the world have a shared desire to benefit not only their local community but also more distant communities.

The Rotary Club of Bewdley is active locally through many projects whilst at the same time offering members opportunities for personal development not just by supporting those in need and transforming lives but by hearing speakers on a broad range of topics whilst also enjoying many social activities, forming lifelong friendships and developing strong business and community connections.

Nightstop/Youth Axis/St Basils
Wyre Forest Vegans  wyreforestvegans.co.uk/

Wyre Forest Vegans exist to promote a more humane, healthy and environmentally friendly diet and lifestyle throughout the local area.

The group welcomes both existing vegans and those who are interested in moving towards veganism.

They have volunteer opportunities for existing vegans to carry out vegan education and for all group members to take part in fundraising, animal rescue support and our allotment and various environmental protection activities.

Worcestershire Wildlife Trust

Worcestershire Wildlife Trust is the county's leading local charity working to conserve and restore wildlife and wild places. 

Our vision is for Worcestershire to be part of a UK rich in wildlife, where everyone can appreciate, enjoy and help restore and protect wildlife for the future.  We have over 75 nature reserves, many with practical conservation volunteering opportunities – a great chance to do some good – for wildlife and your own wellbeing.  

We also have 7 Local Supporter Groups, including one based in the Wyre Forest.  These groups of volunteers work together to fundraise, organise and run walks, talks and events in their local area.  We are also proud to have our children’s club ‘Wyre Watch’ Club which has run by volunteers for 30 years now!  So there are plenty of opportunities to get involved with your Wildlife Trust in your local area

Hartlebury Common Local Group

01299 877275

www.hartleburycommon.org.uk

Facebook: Hartlebury Common Local Group

Twitter: Hartlebury Common.

Volunteering on Hartlebury Common is great fun and called a “green gym” by some. 

Hartlebury Common Local Group is a small but passionate group of local people of all ages who continue to bring back the purple heather to Hartlebury Common during four conservation work a month on this site of special scientific interest which is a lowland heathland of global importance, also the largest in Worcestershire. 

We work in partnership with Worcestershire County Council, the landowners and Natural England ensure the site is managed according to each 10 year plan for its conservation and funded by DEFRA for large scale works. 

We meet on the first Sunday, third Saturday of each month and fortnightly on Thursdays at Wilden Top car park at 09:30.

No experience is necessary, wear outdoor clothing, wear stout shoes/ boots and bring waterproofs.  Hot drinks are provided

Talking Newspaper

The Wyre Forest Talking Newspaper Association (WFTN) is a registered charity.

Its volunteers provide an independent way to keep in touch with local news, events and views for: 

  • people who are blind or visually impaired
  • others with disabilities that make it difficult to hold or read a newspaper

The newspaper:

  • is produced on a 90 minute memory stick
  • contains local news, features & sport from the Kidderminster Shuttle and other local newspapers
  • is produced and sent out each Friday
  • is free to all who are unable to read newsprint

We also produce a digest of national magazine articles on a wide variety of topics three times a year, as well as a seasonal compilation at Christmas.

Volunteers are always needed to cover a range of duties including reading and recording the weekly news, administration, editing and technical support.

Boys Brigade

Helping out in a BB group with children and young people can make all the difference to young lives – meaning happier young people, happier communities and a society that values the contribution that we can all make; young, old or in-between. We call our volunteers “leaders” because they guide a course for children and young people.

There are lots of different ways that you can help. We work with boys from all backgrounds and of all faiths, and with those with no faith. Most of our volunteers come along for a couple of hours a week in the evening and get involved with one or more of our four age sections:

Anchors Juniors Company Seniors

We need volunteers to help children with activities, games, sport, arts and crafts, hobbies, music etc. Whatever you can help with is greatly valued. We also want volunteers who will be able to relate to young people and over time, become adults they can trust and talk to.

NCT
1st Kidderminster Girls Brigade

The Girls’ Brigade is a Christian uniformed youth organisation. The groups are all run by Volunteer leaders & helpers in a wide variety of settings around England and Wales.    

Being a Volunteer in a Girls’ Brigade company gives you a chance to help girls lives to be enriched and transformed as they discover new skills, experience new things and make new friends as well as exploring the value of faith. 

The 1st Kidderminster company is based at Milton Hall in Lorne street & has opportunities for volunteer helpers to assist the leaders running the weekly meetings from helping with setting up, running the badge programmes, clearing away after the sessions have finished as well other events that the company run or support at the church. 

By helping at GB you are enabling girls and young women to live in ways that takes everything they learn and put it into positive action among their peers and in their family, community, and world.

Hospital Volunteers

Pick Up Artists
St Richard’s Hospice

Retail Volunteer Roles – Kidderminster

  • Window merchandisers
  • Till work
  • Gift Aid sign up
  • Steaming
  • Pricing
  • Stock Counter
  • New goods – merchandising
  • Bric a Brac sorter
  • Culling clothing
  • Book department
  • Multi-Media sorter
  • Customer service/ meet and greet/ shop security
  • Cleaner

Fareshare

bryan.kirkup@fareshare.org.uk 

07939 039586

FareShare is a nationwide food redistribution charity with the dual aims of tackling food waste and fighting hunger. In the West Midlands, FareShare redistributes surplus food to over 150 organisations that work with people in need including low income families, older people at risk of isolation, homeless outreach services, faith groups and schools.

These organisations provide crucial support services alongside a food service that could be anything from a cooked three course meal to a coffee morning to food parcels. FareShare has also developed the FareShare GO scheme in conjunction with local supermarkets, giving community groups access to free surplus food through morning or evening collections from local supermarkets. It’s all good quality, in-date and tasty food that is benefitting community groups across the UK.

FareShare also has great volunteering opportunities at the Regional Centre in Birmingham, so everyone’s welcome to join our mission of fighting hunger and tackling food waste. 

Wyre Forest Riders

wyreforestriders.org.uk 

07561 250707

Wyre Forest Riders provide pony riding opportunities for children with disabilities who attend Wyre Forest School in Kidderminster. Volunteers either lead the ponies  or walk beside them to give the children encouragement and reassurance. No previous experience with horses or with children with special needs is required, we provide full training for all volunteers. Helpers are also needed for fundraising and administrative tasks. We are a member group of the national Riding for the Disabled Association.

Where? Stourport Riding Centre, Hartlebury Road, Stourport on Severn

When? Thursdays during school terms between 12.45 and 2.30pm

Kidderminster Royal British Legion

elaine@talktalk.net 

toolan.wefare@gmail.com

Would you like to help us with and become a volunteer with this years Poppy Appeal. Kidderminster Town raises the most money in the Worcestershire County for the Poppy Appeal. The money can make a difference to the men, woman and their families of the Armed Forces that have served and can have an impact on their lives.

To be a volunteer you don't have to have served in the Armed Forces or be a member of the Royal British Legion.  Maybe you could knit or crochet poppies or be a Poppy collector. Being a volunteer can help you gain confidence, meet people, make new friends and some times people just want someone to listen to them. Could you be that person? Just 1 or 2 hours would help us. Our Poppy Appeal launch is on 27th October at 10 am at the Severn Valley Railway.
Mentor Link 01299 822336 

Mentor Link are always on the lookout for volunteers whether it is to help out in our busy charity shop in Stourport High Street or to work at our head office in Lombard Street Stourport.

Volunteering for our charity is very rewarding, if you have just a few hours a week to spare then please call us and we can work around what hours would suite you. 

Rachel in our fundraising is always in need of help and this can be so much fun setting up events and helping to come up with new ideas in fundraising.

You could become a mentor and help a child that needs support and mentoring and change the lives of vulnerable children.

KYDT/AXIS
Worcestershire Libraries www.worcestershire.gov.uk

Worcestershire libraries have various roles available– Digital Champion, Work Club volunteer, Story time / bounce and rhyme volunteer, customer service advisor volunteers, grounds maintenance volunteer, library service at home volunteers.

Dudmaston Hall

We have a number of opportunities on offer at the moment – including garden volunteer (mowing in particular!), catering volunteers, Hall room guides, retail assistants and visitor reception assistants.

Victim Support

victimsupport.org.uk

westmerciavolunteering@victimsupport.org.uk

Support volunteerting:  01905 726885. 

Retail volunteering: 01905 726896 

Victim Support is an independent Charity offering free, confidential support to people affected by crime and traumatic incidents. Every day across the country Victim Support volunteers generously give their time, in a wide range of ways, to help people move beyond crime.

The local team are looking for more volunteers who are empathetic, non-judgemental and want to make a difference to the community. Successful applicants will receive comprehensive training and ongoing guidance. When fully trained, volunteers will then begin to directly support people affected by crime. Much of the support offered is initially given by telephone, volunteers are provided with mobile phones and essential expenses are reimbursed.

The Victim Support Charity Shop in Bewdley need some more cheery retail volunteers to join their committed team! If you have some spare time to offer and would like to help out in the store and ultimately help raise funds for this important and very beneficial charity, the Victim Support team would love to hear from you.

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