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Volunteering Opportunities

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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

Ref. 4305


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.

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Administrator

Ref: 3028

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.

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Volunteer Researcher

Ref: 4357

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.
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Theatre Trip Volunteer

Ref: 2970

We use music as a tool to help homeless people move forward to in their lives - we run a music Workshop Programme in 11 homeless centres nationally, which helps build self-confidence self-esteem social networks, skills, creativity and enjoyment for our participants.
We regularly take groups to see stages productions and concerts at a variety of exciting venues and festivals. Your role will be to support the staff on the trip with meeting and greeting participants, directing them to their seats, buying programmes and refreshments, assisting the more vulnerable members during the interval, gathering the group at the end of the performance and if necessary helping them into taxis.

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Workshop Volunteer

Ref: 2969

Volunteering in workshops will involve a weekly commitment for ten or twelve workshops or possibly a longer term involvement. The role will include all the small things that help a workshop run smoothly such as setting chairs, handing out/ photocopying word sheets, getting the kettle on the tea break, support staff. This opportunity would particularly suit volunteers who would enjoy taking part in the workshop alongside the participants.

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Volunteer Caseworker

Ref: 4356

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.

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Befriender

Ref: 4355


Our befriending scheme would like to hear from volunteers who are interested in providing company and support for people in Westminster. Two or three hours a week minimum is all we ask. Training and DBS clearance is provided. Extra vocational training is available through us. As well as being useful and generous with your time this is also a good way to gain valuable work experience and to obtain a reference. Ideal befrienders are friendly and open-minded with a generous nature and a good sense of humour. We encounter people all the time who are isolated and lonely and we have observed the enormous difference that can be made by the therapeutic power of positive human contact. We look forward to hearing from you.

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Motivational Mentor 

Ref: 4352

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.

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Volunteer Mentor

Ref: 4348
 

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.

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Vertical Rush Volunteers

Ref: 4345


Vertical Rush is the UK's original, tallest and toughest tower running challenge. Now in its sixth year, 2014 is set to be huge; with 2000 runners aiming to raise an incredible £578,000 for us and you can be a part of it! Our biggest fundraiser ever, there's a host of fantastic volunteering roles on offer. The event takes place on Tuesday, the 4th of March 2014. There's an amazing atmosphere and buzz on the day; excited runners, live music, a bacon sandwich for our early shift volunteers, and even the chance to rub shoulders with a few celebs.

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Family Space/Creche Support Assistant Volunteer

Ref: 4341

 
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.

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Thames Bridge Bike Ride Volunteer

Ref: 4330
 

On Sunday 11 May over 2,000 cyclists and hundreds of volunteers will take part in our amazing Thames Bridges Bike Ride.  Every year the event raises around £300,000 to help us lead the fight against stroke which is the UK's third biggest killer and greatest cause of severe disability. 
This will be a great opportunity for those who want experience in large scale events (sporting or otherwise), the charity sector, or just want a fun day out!
Volunteers are a key component to the success of The Thames Bridges Bike Ride and with lots of different roles and locations to choose from it can be just as much fun too!  Opportunities include marshalling the route, being part of the start and finish teams, handing out water, awarding medals and actually cycling along with participants.

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Front Desk Reception Volunteer

Ref: 4328

 

We are looking to recruit a front desk / reception volunteer. Your role will be to:
-              Deal with incoming calls from clients who approach us for advice and support, give information on our services and pass messages onto staff by phone or email
-              Use the database to input client details, generate application forms and check progress of those already submitted
-              Welcome visitors 
-              Deal with outgoing post
-              Assist with occasional mailings and other admin tasks as they arise.
Shifts are either 9 - 1 / 1 - 5 or all day with a lunch break and you'll work alongside one of our other volunteers. 
Once placed, volunteers tend to stay with us for the longer term and vacancies on our front desk are quite rare but due to one volunteer recently retiring we are now looking for someone who can cover Monday afternoons and / or provide ad-hoc cover for absences throughout the week.

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Volunteer Support Worker

Ref: 4230

 

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.

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Retail Volunteer 

Ref: 4316

 

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.

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Corps Member

Ref: 4296
 

We are a leading youth and education charity in both London and Birmingham. We aim to tackle the biggest social welfare issues in the UK: educational under-attainment in disadvantages communities and youth unemployment. Our goal is achieve a 'double' impact by making a difference to the lives of both our volunteers and the children they support. We are looking for to recruit passionate and inspirational 18-25 year olds for a year of full time volunteering in schools and local communities. Our teams of young people - known as corps members - act as role models, mentors and tutors to children in schools. Corps members lead activities throughout the school day and by bringing a new perspective to learning and doing well in life, they help pupils improve their ABCs- attendance, behaviour and curriculum progress.

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Weekend Learning Volunteer

Ref. 4322


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).
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Nina Hathway, 28/02/2014

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