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Volunteering Opportunities

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HEALTHWATCH HAMPSHIRE

NON-EXECUTIVE BOARD DIRECTORS

AND

HEALTHWATCH ASSOCIATE POSITIONS AVAILABLE

Closing Date: midnight on Sunday, 8 April 2018

Interview Date: 16 April 2018

Set up in 2013, Healthwatch Hampshire is the independent champion for people in Hampshire who use health and social care services (the area covered by Hampshire County Council, not including Southampton or Portsmouth). We are here to make sure that the organisations that run services, and who plan them, put people at the heart of all they do. 

Healthwatch Hampshire is a Community Interest Company. The work of the organisation is carried out by Help & Care and Citizens Advice Hampshire as delivery partners, under contract to the Community Interest Company. On a day-to-day basis our work is led by employed staff and volunteers. 

We seek up to five new Directors to join our Board, of whom one will be a Vice-Chair, and one will lead on Governance.

We also seek between one and five Associates with relevant areas of expertise who can advise us and where appropriate represent us with stakeholders. These are not Director roles and will not be Board members.

 

Help & Care charity shop

Help & Care run a retail shop in Southbourne to support the local community.

We are looking for donations of good quality stock for resale. We are particularly looking for our best sellers - women's, men's and children's clothes and bric-a-brac. Our shop is contemporary in style and we are looking for items in good condition. Donating stock is a clear way of supporting our local charity. Stock can be dropped off at any time at our shop between 9:30 and 4:30, six days a week.

In addition, Help & Care are always looking for people to volunteer their time to help serve our customers, to help cashier and to replenish stock.

If you are interested, please get in contact:

Address: Help and Care Charity Shop.19 Southbourne Grove, Bournemouth, BH6 2QS

Email :charityshop@helpandcare.org.uk

Call: 01202 430 792



Volunteering in the local community

A group of about 50 people are registered as general volunteers; they undertake a wide range of tasks offering short term support to people.  Tasks are varied, expenses are paid and full training and ongoing support is provided. 

Here are a few examples of how our volunteers help people

  • Doing a little shopping
  • Writing a letter
  • Completing forms
  • Accompanying someone to appointments
  • Walking a dog
  • Accompanying a person on a social or leisure activity
  • Helping someone with a hobby

Our  telephone support service now runs on three afternoons a week, when a team of volunteers make regular phone contact to isolated people. 

We have a Moneyfriends scheme offering practical help (but not financial advice) to those suddenly faced with managing finances.

Our volunteers also help with a walking group and do home visits to people following bereavement. 


Dorset Macmillan Advocacy

Dorset Macmillan Advocacy partners volunteers with individuals affected by cancer whether they are patients, carers or relatives. The patients we support are aged 50 or over, carers and relatives can be any age.

Advocacy is about ensuring all people are treated fairly and have access to the best treatment and support. Peer volunteer advocates help people to get hold of and understand information, explore their options and rights and help them to have their wishes heard.

By helping older people affected by cancer to resolve issues and difficulties that they may be facing, the volunteers enable them to focus on their health and wellbeing particularly if they are feeling unwell and undergoing or recovering from cancer treatment. Volunteers support their partners flexibly, visiting them at home, attending medical appointments or talking on the phone.

Volunteers should have a good understanding of the impact of cancer, perhaps through a personal experience of cancer or other illness. No previous experience of advocacy is necessary as full training is given. We provide regular support and reimburse expenses. The time commitment is about half a day a week plus monthly team meetings. 

Please contact us for an informal chat in the first instance:

 Telephone 0300 012 0256

macmillan@helpandcare.org.uk

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