VOLUNTEER COLUMN: Organisations need your skills and experiences
You already have skills and experiences that local organisations need to deliver their services.
These may be skills you have learnt in the workplace or taking part in a hobby you enjoy, or it may just be something you have an interest in or personal experience of.
But everybody has something that organisations are looking for, so to find the role that’s perfect for you, search on www.do-it.org.
Magazine compiler – The Voice of Progress
The Voice of Progress was formed in 1975 and is wholly run and supported by volunteers.
It produces fortnightly recordings of local news, taken with permission from local newspapers, and also a talking magazine.
The charity is looking for volunteers who would like to join the production team, producing a magazine for inclusion in the recordings.
The magazine runs to about 35 minutes and the packages are very varied and diverse.
The volunteers would be self-sufficient, preparing, producing and recording their magazines but there would always be a very friendly team who will help and support with the production.
Charity shop volunteers – Leonard Cheshire Disability
Leonard Cheshire Disability provides services in support of disabled people in the widest context: care at home, supported living, domiciliary support, day services, rehabilitation and respite care.
The shop is a small scale venture, in the gardens of St Bridget’s, Rustington, which helps to raise funds for the home.
The role includes a variety of tasks: serving customers, sorting donations, keeping the shop tidy and clean, and tallying the daily takings – so there are always things to do.
The charity is looking for volunteers to either commit to a regular time every week, or to join its bank of volunteers to cover the shop when needed.
Oral history volunteer – Arundel Museum Society
Arundel Museum is an independent, accredited, museum run totally by volunteers who are members of the Arundel Museum Society.
Arundel Museum exists to acquire, conserve and display objects related to Arundel’s history and heritage.
Oral history volunteers are required to interview older people, recording memories of their lives, experiences and local events – this is done in the older person’s home.
The interview is then transcribed into to a computer, themes are analysed and the final copy is produced.
Interviewers need to have a pleasant manner and be used to dealing with people, while transcribers need to be confident using a computer with good literacy and typing skills.
Mentor – Stonepillow
Stonepillow offers shelter, information and support to empower homeless and vulnerable individuals to make positive changes in their lives.
It is looking for volunteer mentors to provide support and to empower clients to make positive choices in their lives.
As a mentor your skills, personality and location will be matched appropriately to an individual that has requested support on a one-to-one basis.
Every individual has different needs therefore what they require will be determined on their circumstances.
• For more information on any of the above roles, please call Volunteer Now! on 01243 864220, or visit www.do-it.org. For bite-sized volunteering of ten days or less please visit skillshare-westsussex.org.uk
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