This bulletin contains a selection of key volunteering opportunities that we are urgently looking to fill.
Please contact us if any of them is of interest, quoting the reference number. If not, please also get in touch as we have hundreds more opportunities to suit your interests, skills experience and time availability.
You can register online here, quoting opportunity reference number, or drop in to the centre or contact us directly.
Volunteers with expertise required for key roles
Volunteer Centre Westminster (VCW) is actively looking for volunteers to support key areas of its operations.
These roles can be taken on either as short term (1-3 month attachments) or on a longer term basis.
Please click here to learn about current roles available.
Architectural Gallery guide
Are you a friendly, enthusiastic individual looking for volunteering opportunities in the cultural sector. We are looking for Visitor Experience Volunteers to help transform our central London headquarters into the number one destination for architecture. Our mission is to provide a unique, inspiring and accessible visitor experience for all. Volunteers will provide a helpful and welcoming greeting for all those that visit The Architecture Gallery, assist with gallery supervision and answer enquiries cultural programme and venue.
We are looking for a volunteer who could help us deliver an effective and competent level of data input and administrative support to the practice. Duties include support, help maintain and contribute to the development of the in house financial management and financial reporting systems, help maintain information and support material for patients’ reports. You will contribute towards developing a system for the monitoring of practice debtors.
We are looking for a volunteer with the research skills or an enthusiastic person who would like to help with the research on Immigration from Russia and other ex-Soviet countries to the UK. Working experience guaranteed and good reference will be given. Experience in research and administrative work is preferred but not essential.
We are looking for new members of the team to support our growing Distribution team. Duties will include dealing with a wide range of applicants. Excellent communications skills, able to communicate sensitively and empathetically are essential. Typical responsibilities will include: making an assessment of a client's situation by phone, face to face or through an application form, answering questions and giving advice on social security welfare benefits or signposting to other agencies if appropriate, conducting an assessment over the telephone, or by email, writing case reports, writing letters or making phone calls on behalf of applicants to professionals or other government departments. Keeping confidential records safely and securely is essential.
We are looking for professional individuals who will be able to act as Motivational Mentors/Buddies to a number of our students who might be struggling with various issues. These can range from minor behavioural issues to lack of motivation and lack of direction. Volunteers will only need to commit to meeting with the student at the Academy for one session a month, for a maximum of 45 minutes a month with the ability to fully commit to one mentoring session each month.
As a volunteer you will be part of a group of (approximately 2-3) other volunteers and you will be working with one service user. Together you will be required to help problem solve, positively challenge, empower and motivate an ex-offender within a group setting. Both the service user and the group of volunteers (known as a 'hub') are encouraged to take responsibility for the development of the group. In addition you will be required to make weekly contact with the service user individually whether that is face to face or via phone for example. You will also have to keep a record of any meetings and send these to relevant partner agencies frequently to remain accountable. Meetings will be based in a public place near to where the service user lives in order for them to reintegrate into their community. Our overall aim is to improve a service user's quality of life, through volunteer support.
Family Space/Creche Support Assistant Volunteer
We support young families by providing a relaxed and friendly environment. Families come together and find new friends - children make new playmates and learn through fund and a range of activities. Staff and volunteers are on hand to offer friendship and support. We offer crèche facilities on Mondays (10am to 12noon), Wednesdays (10am to 12noon) and (10am to 12noon). Volunteers are required to assist our Leader by: helping in the care of children, involvement with children in different creative workshops and play activities, help create welcoming and supportive environment for parents and their children, help with setting up/clearing away of the Drop-in Centre, engage in different activities with both parents and children, assist at lunch and tea time, generally support Project Family Support Workers in the daily running of the drop-in.
Volunteer Support Worker
Our drug and alcohol service runs a Saturday social club that provides a safe space for people with drug and alcohol problems to socialise. We require a volunteer support worker to work with abstinent and non-abstinent clients every Saturday between 11; 00am and 4; 30pm.
Duties will include the preparation and service of food and drinks, setting up and clearing up of the social club, engaging with clients and promoting recovery, reception and meet and greet, working as part of a team to deliver services in a range of different roles.
You will be required to have:
- good communication skills
-the ability to handle challenging and difficult situations
- the ability to support service users at different stages of change
- a willingness to learn
- a boundaried and emphatic approach
- the ability to work as part of a team
- the ability to be able to work effectively and efficiently in stressful situations.
As a volunteer at our charity shop you will be assisting in the day to day running of the shop, learning teamwork, communication and customer care skills.
In addition to serving customers, you will be working with other volunteers to process stock, including sorting, steaming, pricing and hanging of donated items.
We would love to hear from you if you are interested in ethical fashion, upcycling or online sales. We ask for a minimum commitment of one half day per week (4 hours).
This is a chance to be part of a lively team whilst developing your retail skills and making a difference to the lives of older people in your area.
Weekend Learning Volunteer
Share the wonder of science with the world by becoming a learning volunteer. Use our collections on gallery to create unforgettable days for visitors, and experience you'll treasure forever. We welcome interest from everyone 18 years and over, no matter what your background. We give you relevant training, travel costs and lunch (conditions apply).
Nina Hathway, 28/02/2014
Volunteer Centre Westminster: 4 Sutherland Avenue London W9 2HQ | Switchboard: 020 7266 1992
Registered Charity No. 295501 | Registered Company No. 2052268
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