Volunteering Opportunity of the Week: Listening Volunteers Samaritans MK

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Samaritans Milton Keynes is the local branch of the nationally recognised charity Samaritans. We provide confidential, non-judgemental support 24 hours a day by phone, email, text and face to face, to anyone who is experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which could lead to suicide. We offer a safe place for people to talk about feelings and emotions, and whatever is on their mind. What all our callers have in common is a need for someone to listen and help explore their situation, without giving advice or offering an opinion.

You can make an amazing difference by becoming a Samaritan and helping to support people around the UK and Ireland when they are going through a difficult time and need someone to talk to. We welcome and value every volunteer, from all walks of life. Whatever your background, experience or skills, if you want to make a difference, we will train, mentor and support you to become a Listening Volunteer.

Our branch is based close to Central Milton Keynes and we currently have around 50 volunteers from the local area, as well as further afield, and we are looking for more Listening Volunteers to enable us to cope with the increasing demand for our services. For us, location is not an issue, but you need to be prepared to travel to the branch for duties which will include late evenings and night shifts.

Read more and apply.

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Volunteering Opportunity of the Week: Telephone Assessor Citizens Advice

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Can you cut to the chase? Are you good at getting to the point?

Telephone Assessors are the first point of contact for clients accessing the telephone service. You will deal with a wide range of clients problems and issues and at the same time maintaining a professional manner.

They need volunteers who can prioritise and assess the level of advice and information that the clients may need. You won’t be giving ‘full advice’ but you will be carrying out short, ‘diagnostic’ interviews in order to establish the main facts about a client’s situation and help prepare information to allow one of the trained advisers to spend more time with them.

You will need to be able to gather as much detail as possible in a short period of time so it’s essential that you are able to explore the problem whilst being direct and focused in your line of questioning. You don’t need any particular qualifications or experience to train as a Telephone Assessor, and they are proud of the fact that their volunteers come from all walks of life.

Read more and apply here.

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Volunteering Opportunity of the Week: Gardener at Contact Support Services

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Milton Keynes Council require a volunteer gardener for their Coffee Hall and Greenleys Contact Support Services sites.

The Gardener will be responsible for mowing the lawn, weeding, cutting brambles or bushes.

They are open to any creative ideas that the person may have with regards to making the gardens pleasant for the children and families who use them.

Read more and apply here.

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Recruiting Trustees? Let us help!

If your charity or group is looking for a new trustee or committee member with professional skills such as legal, financial planning, marketing etc – upload your opportunity to our Volunteer Connect platform before 1st August and get extra promotion to the business community in Milton Keynes. We send out a monthly bulletin to local businesses who are interested in supporting the Voluntary and Community Sector.

https://communityactionmk.org/volunte…/volunteer-management/

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Volunteering Opportunity of the Week: Welcomer for ASTI

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Based at Milton Keynes Hospital, ASTI (Assessment and Short Term Intervention Team) are the “front door” for secondary Mental Health Services in Milton Keynes.

Referrals are received mainly from GPs, and patients assessed to determine if there are ongoing support needs to be met by Health and Social Care.

Volunteers are required to ensure that the patients coming to the service feel welcomed and valued. Maintaining and updating leaflets in reception and consulting rooms. Keeping reception tidy, handing questionnaires to patients.

Volunteers are required Monday to Friday 9.30 am – 1 pm.

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Volunteering Opportunity of the Week: Red Cross Independent Living Service

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Independent Living Service Volunteers are the ‘point of contact’ for the service user and will enable them to access the services they require to alleviate the crisis and move on with their lives.

The Volunteer will support the person to meet their goals and outcomes. As an Independent Living Service volunteer the primary aim is to enable the service user to recover from their crisis and to receive practical and emotional support.

The Independent Living service is dedicated to making the lives of vulnerable people that little bit better. We’re a large team dotted all over the country that shares the same goal – to help those that need it most. From picking up groceries to helping out around the house, we’re there to make a difference. There’s nothing better than knowing the time we spent with someone made them feel safer, happier, and more able to deal with crisis.

Using your own car, you will offer support to vulnerable people in Buckinghamshire to attend important hospital appointments. This will involve collecting people from home, transporting them to hospital, assisting them around the hospital and to attend the appointment with them if they wish. After the journey home you will resettle them at home and provide emotional support and companionship if required. A few days later you will make a welfare phone call to the person to see how they are.

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