Volunteer Opportunity of the Week YiS Young People’s Mental Health

Today marks the start of Mental Health Awareness Week, and our Volunteer Opportunity of the Week comes from a local charity supporting young peoples’ wellbeing.

Who are YiS Young People’s Mental Health?

YiS Young People’s Mental Health is a long running independent charity that works in Milton Keynes to help young people as well as the people that support them. They provide BACP Accredited Counselling, 1:1 Wellbeing Coaching, Education & Outreach, and more to improve mental health and wellbeing of young people in the local area.

The YiS Volunteer Role

YiS Volunteers is an ongoing opportunity for those who wish to join YiS throughout the year for big or small activities, projects, events, and overall Education and Outreach support. Previous opportunities have included, but are not limited to, Event Ambassadors, Event Coordinators, Project Leads, Social Media Content Producers, Street Fundraisers, Outreach Attendants, and many more.

YiS provides:

– Access to a variety of training opportunities.

– Reasonable expenses are covered for travel (up to £10 for a return journey)

– Community of like-minded YiS Volunteers.

Being a Volunteer with YiS is a flexible commitment. 

To read more and register your interest:

https://bit.ly/YISVolunteer

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Volunteer Opportunity of the Week, SOFEA Warehouse Assistants

Read on to find out more about our Volunteer Opportunity of the Week, a chance to help tackle both food poverty and food waste.

What is SOFEA?

SOFEA is an education, training, employability, and well-being charity for young people. They  run two large food redistribution operations in partnership with FareShare in Oxfordshire and Milton Keynes that support 150 charities and vulnerable communities across the Thames Valley. 

The Warehouse Assistant Role

The role involves selecting food from the warehouse to fulfil requests by local charities and vulnerable groups. This food is surplus supplied by Tesco, Waitrose, Asda and others, thus reducing food waste and reducing poverty.

For more information and how to apply: https://bit.ly/SOFEAVol

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Alzheimer’s Society are hiring!

Alzheimer’s Society MK is looking for a Dementia Support Worker

Salary: £12,217.80 – £12,961.80 actual per annum (depending on skills and experience)
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Milton Keynes
Working Hours: 21 per week
Closing Date: 07 March 2022
Interview Date: To be confirmed (interviews will be conducted through Zoom or Teams)
Contact: Sam Marshall – sam.marshall@alzheimers.org.uk / 07484097048

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Children’s Grief Awareness Week

Guest Blog – Harry’s Rainbow sharing more about Children’s Grief Awareness Week (18th -25th November)

We have been joined by Harry’s Rainbow a local charity that supports children and young adults bereaved of a parent or sibling. Here they share their work, insights into the upcoming Grief Awareness Week & how you can stay up to date with them – Thank you to Harry’s Rainbow for sharing with us.

We have just celebrated our 10th birthday and in this time we have supported over 480 children. Along with offering direct support through our Rainbow groups, we are keen to raise awareness of the experience that our families have. One way of doing this is through supporting campaigns like Children’s Grief Awareness Week.

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Guest Blog – Children Heard and Seen

Thank you to Children Head and Seen for joining us and sharing this blog. Children Heard and Seen are a charity based in Oxford who support children affected by parental imprisonment. They are a vital charity that offers much needed help, activities and community to families who are often ignored and forgotten. Please take a read and find out more about their work, impact and the experiences of the children. Children Heard and Seen work across MK so do reach out to find out more.

A bit about our ‘WHY’…

Estimates suggest 312,000 children are affected by parental imprisonment in the UK. There is no government funded support for these children and no mechanism to identify them. Children are separated from their parent, often in traumatic circumstances, and left to cope with no professional support. Older children are often left to care for younger children, unidentified and alone.

“Before accessing the support from Children Heard and Seen our family wasn’t supported by anything or anyone”

“I was really shocked. I thought before court or after court I’d get a phone call from someone. I don’t know. Maybe someone from social services, not to judge or interfere with our family life, but to be there to offer support. I was really shocked because there’s nothing. Absolutely nothing. You’re just left to deal with it.”

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Employment opportunities

PA to Chief Executive Officer ( and Senior Management Team as required)

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a PA to the Chief Executive Officer. The successful candidate will play a key role in providing an administrative support service to assist the Chief Executive Officer and Senior management team as required  in the day to day running of the Charity.

If you have experience in this fiels, we would love to hear from you.

Click here for more information and to apply

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Employment opportunities

Partnership Lead – BLMK Communities Together Programme

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Partnership Lead. This critical role will lead the
development of the Communities Together Programme for the Voluntary, Community and
Social Enterprise (VCSE) across Bedfordshire, Luton, and Milton Keynes (BLMK). Your role will
maximise the impact of the (VCSE) and ensure the sector is an equal partner which
positively contributes towards the delivery of the strategic priorities of BLMK.

So if you have experience in this field, are passionate about developing a culture that promotes equality,
equity and values diversity, if you work in a collaborative way and have experience of managing organisational change, we’d love to hear from you.

Click here for more information and to apply

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