Volunteer Opportunity of the Week, Youth Education Volunteer

This week’s opportunity involves leading interactive workshops with 10-19 year olds. Read on for more about this varied and dynamic role!

Who are The British Red Cross?

The British Red Cross helps millions of people in the UK and around the world to prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies, disasters and conflicts. Their volunteers and staff help people in crisis to live independently by providing support at home, mobility aids and transport. They also teach first aid skills and are part of the global Red Cross and Red Crescent humanitarian network. 

Youth Education Volunteer Role

The British Red Cross needs volunteers to lead interactive workshops for young people to build on their humanitarian values and to develop their personal, social, emotional skills.

Some workshops will be about migration. You will challenge assumptions about migrants, asylum seekers and refugees, help them to develop empathy about migrants’ motives for moving and understand the obstacles they face in their new homes.

Other workshops will focus on first aid. You will help them learn skills so that they can use the everyday objects around them to help when someone is injured or ill.

You will get the satisfaction of developing young people’s skills and abilities and seeing them grow in confidence.

For all the details and how to apply:

https://bit.ly/RedCrossYouthVol

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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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Safety Centre (Hazard Alley) are seeking a Trustee Treasurer

Who are the Safety Centre (Hazard Alley)?

Established in 1992, the Safety Centre (Hazard Alley) Ltd is the world’s first interactive, immersive, and memorable safety education charity, spearheading the need to provide safety education to children, young people, and adults across the region. Their geographical patch includes Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire, Milton Keynes, Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire and beyond. 

They provide high quality interactive, immersive, and memorable safety education and training to children, young people and adults, teaching them how to stay safe, understand risks and avoid accidents using realistic learning experiences.

 The charity’s vision is to see a society where all children, young people and adults have access to interactive, immersive, and memorable safety education and training, enabling safe and flourishing communities

THE VOLUNTEER TRUSTEE ROLE

The Safety Centre is governed by a Board of Trustees.  The Trustees are volunteers and are appointed to the board for a three-year term (renewable). They have ultimate responsibility for the sound professional, legal, and financial management of the charity and they set and monitor the strategic direction of the Safety Centre. 

The Safety Centre plays a significant role in delivering safety education across the region and it is important the Board represents and reflects the community it serves. 

The Safety Centre is a Company and a Charity and therefore its Trustees are also Company Directors.  The Board meets four times a year with most meetings taking place on the afternoon of a working day.  

You may be asked to attend other meetings and charity events occasionally. 

THE RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE TRUSTEE TREASURER INCLUDE: 

  • Keeping Trustees informed about their financial duties and responsibilities and support interpreting financial data to trustees 
  • Acting as the leading interface between Trustees and Chief Executive on financial matters 
  • Maintaining strong relationships with the Chair and Chief Executive acting as a sounding board when required 
  • Monitoring the Safety Centre’s financial governance ensuring financial practice is legal, constitutional and within accepted accounting practice 
  • Ensuring that the charity applies its resources exclusively in pursuance of its objectives 

YOU WILL BE ABLE TO DEMONSTRATE THE FOLLOWING: 

  • Experience of strategic and/or operational financial management/leadership 
  • Previous experience of working at Board level is desirable
  • Understanding of charitable governance structures is desirable but not essential as full induction will be provided
  • Commitment towards the main aims and purposes of the Safety Centre
  • Inclusive and collegiate approach to Trustee-ship 

To apply for the Treasurer Trustee Vacancy in the first instance please contact Derek Prior trustee@safetycentre.co.uk / 07557 261518. 

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Volunteer for SMART in Milton Keynes!

About SMART

Our vision is to transform our communities so that every person has the opportunity to achieve their fullest potential, participate in and contribute to all aspects of life. We do this by providing safe spaces to work with vulnerable people, empowering them to make positive changes and take control of their lives.

We help adults and young people, families and individuals with complex needs. Our dedicated teams work alongside people affected by drug and alcohol use, and those who find themselves homeless.

Together we help people reach and maintain positive change for the long term.

SMART Allotment Volunteer:

Do you like being outdoors? do you enjoy gardening? If so this is the perfect opportunity for you!

Norman Russell House is a 13-bed service run by SMART CJS and funded by Milton Keynes Council, with referrals accepted directly from them. The project is a supported accommodation facility with 10 bedrooms and 3 move-on flats for people who have previously faced homelessness.

When in SMART’s care practical living skills are taught (like washing, laundry, cooking and budgeting) as well as assistance given with applications and forms for benefits, training, education and employment. Whilst at Norman Russell House, residents also have access to health and mental health care as well as drugs and alcohol support services from community partners to ensure that their recovery and progress is maintained.

We all know the positive benefits of working outdoors has been recognised as a major contributor that promotes positive  mental health and wellbeing.

Our exciting allotment project  at Bradwell  Abbey  aims to engage our residents  at  Norman Russell House with the opportunity to learn about plants and how to grow your own produce.

The idea is they spend 1.5 hours on our allotment space and then half an hour in the communal gardens to give something back to the community. This will be every Wednesday from 2pm.

Interested please email: 

Manpreet.Roopra@smartcjs.org.uk 

SMART Activities Volunteer:

Main purpose of the role: To help residents with engaging in activities that will help improve their wellbeing and mental health. This will also support them in learning essential life skills for when they move into independent accommodation, social skills and re engaging with the local community

To support our activities coordinator with creating or carrying out activities either in the 

property at Norman Russell house or where the activity will be. This could include things such

as cooking, going to the gym, running, playing board games, quiz night, walking, day trips,

gardening and other activities. 

Interested please email: 

Manpreet.Roopra@smartcjs.org.uk 

Find out more about SMART CJS here: http://www.smartcjs.org.uk/

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