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Volunteering Opportunities in Poole
Help and Care volunteers
Help and Care have various opportunities for volunteers such as:
• Supporting older people with short term practical support such as shopping, escorting to appointments, dog walking or settling someone in at home after they have been discharged from hospital.
• Volunteers also provide a telephone support scheme by making regular telephone calls to isolated, lonely people. This may be done at Help and Care’s local office or from the volunteer’s own home.
• Help and Care volunteers also undertake small jobs around the home to help with jobs such as mattress turning, changing light bulbs or taking down curtains.
• Dorset POPPs volunteers act as information sharers to encourage older people to voice their views and concerns. Volunteers bring older people together in their community, at events such as coffee mornings. Volunteers must be over 55. They are supported by the Community Outreach and Development workers.
• Other opportunities include membership of steering groups, carrying out research and sitting on older people’s panels.
All volunteers are given training, support and supervision, all out of pocket expenses are reimbursed, and we hold regular meetings. Volunteers only undertake the tasks they are happy to do and are free to offer as little or as much time as they wish.
If you have any interest in becoming a volunteer or would just like some more information about the opportunities available please telephone Help and Care on 0300 111 3303 or email Nisa.Leach@helpandcare.org.uk
Other local volunteer projects
Age Concern – Poole
The Old Rope Walk
Poole, BH15 4AU
Telephone: Thelma Green on 01202 666195
Books on Wheels
People who are completely housebound may be able to arrange for a volunteer to bring books to them from their local library. Books on Wheels uses WRVS volunteers to find out what sort of books clients might like to read. Library staff will then choose a selection of books for the volunteer to deliver to their homes. The books are collected and returned to the library when they are due.To volunteer contact your local library for details.
British Red Cross
Need volunteers to help with a variety of services across Dorset including:
• Helping with refreshments
• Organising collections
• Collecting and counting payments
• Helping with administration
• Assisting customers
• Participating in training programmes
• Helping within the Emergency Response Team
Telephone the British Red Cross on 01823 273712 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org Monday to Friday from 9.00am to 5.00pm.
Compass & Focus office
Church of the Good Shepherd
35 Stansfield Road
Tel: 01202 745134
Email: email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org
These schemes are funded by Bournemouth and Poole Social Services and managed by the Christian organisation ‘Faithworks Wessex’. The scheme is for Carers of any faith or none in Poole who may have become isolated or lonely through their caring role. A volunteer befriender is matched to a carer and offers emotional support in the way of a listening ear via the telephone, email, a visit or an occasional outing. The COMPASS scheme is similar but is aimed at older people who are isolated or lonely. Training is given and expenses paid.
Contact the Elderly
A national charity whose volunteers take small groups of older people from Bournemouth, Christchurch and Ferndown areas on outings one Sunday a month. Volunteer drivers also help with transport or provide the venue for an older people’s tea party twice a year.
Telephone Carolyn Dennis on 01202 424482
Corfe Mullen Community Aid (COMCA)
Volunteers needed for various services provided for residents of Corfe Mullen.
Telephone: 07000 780593.
Dorset Blind Association
17 Bournemouth Road
Tel: 01202 712862
Free Helpline: 08000 19 20 77
Dorset Blind Association needs volunteers to help their members by:
• Becoming a home visitor
• Providing transport for members
• Helping at clubs and leisure activities
• Providing admin help at our Poole office
• Becoming a reader for our transcription service
• Helping to fundraise
Poole Volunteer Centre
PCVS, Poole Advice Centre,
54 Lagland Street,
Poole, BH15 1QG
Telephone: 01202 675100
Fax: 01202 667187
This service is run by Poole Council for Voluntary Service to link people who wish to volunteer with local organisations needing help. They also run a volunteer co-ordinator group and organise training. Covers geographical area of Poole, there is no charge for the service. Open Monday to Thursday 9.00am to 5.30pm and Friday 9.00am to 5.00pm.
Streetwise Safety Centre
Every year thousands of children are injured in accidents that could have been prevented if someone had warned them of the dangers and given them the knowledge and confidence to cope. As a Streetwise Volunteer Safety Guide you could be passing on information which might save a child’s life one day. For Further details contact:
Streetwise Safety Centre
Unit 1 Roundways
Tel: 01202 591330 Fax: 01202 381569
Volunteers required for Communication Support – Bournemouth and Poole supporting people with aphasia (speech and communication difficulties) following stroke.
We are looking for all types of volunteers including 1:1 home support volunteers, assistants at our talking workshops, group support volunteers, service promotion volunteers, volunteer supervisors. All out of pocket expenses paid as well as mileage allowance. All voluntary vacancies are flexible with regards to days and times.
For further information contact:
Faye Wright – Communication and Support Co-ordinator
Tel: 01202 826604
Mobile: 07717 275 832
National volunteering organisations
Blue Cross Pet Bereavement Support Line
This service offers support to people who have lost their pet. If you are interested in becoming a Telephone Befriender call the number below.
Telephone: 0800 096 6606
Volunteers over 50 are invited to offer their skills, talent and experience to local organisations that could benefit from them.
The Experience Corps,
Room 217, Waterloo Business Centre
117 Waterloo Road
London, SE1 8UL
Tel: 0207 803 6001 to be put in touch with your local representative, or register online at www.experiencecorps.co.uk
Offers financial assistance to people over 65, or over 40 and unable to work because permanent ill health or disability. If you know of someone whom we can help or would like to join our team of volunteer visitors, please get in touch.
6 Avonmore Road
London, W14 8RL
Volunteer Manager: Gemma Holding
National Council for Voluntary Organisations
The NCVO Helpdesk advises voluntary organisations of good practice and provides information and advice about the day-to-day running of voluntary organisations in England.
8 All Saints Street
London, N1 9RL
Telephone: 0800 2798 798
Pets as Therapy (Pat)
If you have a friendly dog you could become a PAT volunteer. All PAT dogs have to pass a temperament test. Once you and your dog are registered, you would visit residential and nursing homes and day centres to provide comfort and therapy to residents.
Dorset, Wareham, Elizabeth Spicer-Short
Pets as Therapy – Head Office
3 Grange Farm Cottages
Buckinghamshire, HP27 9NS
Tel: 01844 345 445
Email: Reception@petsastherapy.org www.petsastherapy.org.uk
89 Albert Embankment
London, SE1 7TP
Telephone: 020 7582 6543
Fax: 020 7582 2423
REACH finds part time opportunities for experienced managers and professional people of all ages and backgrounds to help voluntary organisations with charitable aims. Volunteers’ expenses are met. The free placement service is available throughout the UK.
Volunteering Operations Team
Tel: 0303 123 9999
Volunteering doesn’t have to take up too much time – an hour a week, half a day a month or a one-off event makes a difference. We need people like you to be our local ambassadors in your community collecting cash from our Sooty collecting boxes, taking part in store collections or helping at events, or organising an event of your own