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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

 

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! 

 

Free refreshments!

 

Free surplus food provided by FareShare!

 

 

Organisations 

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

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Diabetes UK
Triange Community Services Day care (dementia) 
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.

Franche Community Church and food bank
Simply Limitless
Kemp Hospice View volunteering poster
Repair cafe
Homestart
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

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.

Girl Guiding
Emily Jordan Foundation
Bewdley Rotary
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
NCT
1st Kidderminster Girls Brigade

Hospital Volunteers

Pick Up Artists
St Richard’s Hospice

Retail Volunteer Roles – Kidderminster

Window merchandisers

  • To create eye catching seasonal displays using the stock available in store
  • Dress mannequins in line with the latest fashion trends
  • Create a display to advertise the stock within the store to attract customers and increase the footfall into the store

Till work

  • Acknowledge customers as they enter the store
  • Accurate in cash handling and card transactions
  • Ensure a receipt is provided for all purchases
  • Thanks customers for their purchases and say goodbye as they leave

Gift Aid sign up

  • Talk to customers about signing up to Gift Aid and the benefits it can have for the charity
  • Accurate when processing customer’s data
  • Ensure all Gift Aid donations are labelled correctly
  • Provide the relevant paperwork regarding Gift Aid to the customer
  • Thank customers for their donations
  • Preparing stock for sale

Steaming

  • Steam the item of clothing and check for any stains, marks or defects

Pricing

  • Attach Gift Aid labels to appropriate stock
  • Value the stock using the pricing guide
  • Recognise the latest fashion trends to maximise sales and profit
  • Identify high value items to the manager and to colleagues

Stock Counter

  • Check and count stock for control purposes

New goods – merchandising

  • Check new goods received against the stock transfer to ensure correct
  • Ensure items are priced and scan through the till prior to going on the shop floor
  • Create a display to present the items for the best visual impact
  • Replenish and/or move stock around on a regular basis
  • Flag best sellers or low stock items to the manager

Bric a Brac sorter

  • Identify unique and high value items
  • Prepare items for sale including cleaning, washing, polishing and inspecting for any damage
  • Create unique displays to attract sales

Culling clothing

  • Remove stock from the shop floor once it has been on the shop floor for an adequate period of time

Book department

  • Sort saleable books from non-saleable books, clean and check them
  • Categorise books
  • Recognise books that may be of high value
  • Price books appropriately, researching if necessary
  • Clean, replenish and tidy bookcases on a regular, ongoing basis
  • Create eye-catching displays

Multi-Media sorter

  • Check the quality of items
  • Price items appropriately, researching if necessary
  • Recognise the latest trends to maximise sales and profit
  • Cull and replenish stock regularly
  • Display stock in an attractive way

Customer service/ meet and greet/ shop security

  • Meet and greet customers
  • Assist customers with any needs they have
  • Ensure the store is secure

Cleaner

  • Hoover and spot clean the store
  • Mop the store floor
  • Dust the display shelves
  • Remove cobwebs
  • Clean toilets
  • Remove gum deposits when required
  • Ensure the store is clean and welcoming to customers
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

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