We need volunteers

 

Local Volunteer Opportunities

 

To view all volunteering opportunities in Redcar & Cleveland and surrounding areas visit www. do-it.org.uk website click here and enter your poscode, area of interest and type of activity.  Complete the registration and apply online,  your expression of interest will be passed to RCVDA Volunteer Centre for processing.  We will forward your details to the organisation you have specified and inform you by email.  

 

Volunteers are urgently needed for the following organisations:

 


Royal Voluntary Service (RVS)

 

Befrienders

 

Volunteers are required to visit specific service users in Redcar & Cleveland area. Volunteers will be matched to the most suitable people in their area and are asked to spend 2-3 hours during the week with our clients, forming friendly relationships, having a chat with them and making sure that they are not too isolated. Volunteers are also encouraged to conduct safe and well checks for our clients, ensuring that they are alright and that their heating system is working. Volunteers sometimes help service users with shopping.

 

Drivers

 

Volunteers drivers are needed to support elderly residents in the Redcar & Cleveland area. The service aims to reduce social isolation by helping individuals visit family and friends, attend appointments, activities ar visit the supermarket. Suitable volunteers will have their own car which is appropriately taxed, insured and tested. All mileage incurred in this activity will be reimbursed.

 

Supported Transport Assistant

 

Volunteers are needed to provide a service offering low level support to residents of Redcar & Cleveland in order to promote and maintain physical activity, healthy living, education, accessible transport and shopping facilities. The service is aimed at particularly older and / or housebound people to enable them to live active lives and contribute positively to the community, to reduce isolation and combat age discrimination. It is essential that volunteers have their own car, which is taxed, tested and appropriately insured. It will be the responsibility of the driver to ensure that all passengers are transported door-to-door in a safe manner. All mileage will be reimbursed.

 

Community Volunteer

 

The tasks for this role are varied and may include chatting to and befriending older people, offering dementia friendly support, simple everyday practical tasks such as food preparation, assisted shopping, providing transport and/or social outings, helping with care of pets, delivering books and collecting prescriptions. You ll carry out safe, warm and well checks, which includes identifying a cold home, physical or mental deterioration and safety issues including smoke alarm checks and reporting back concerns. You can also help out in our local hospital shops, cafes and ward trolley services or in our offices This is ideal if you want a flexible volunteering opportunity to suit your availability.

 

Home from Hospital Volunteer

 

Volunteers are needed to deliver home from hospital advice and support to help elderly people return home.  The role will involve  some work in a hospital environment. Volunteers will need to have a caring empathetic nature, and a desire to make a difference.  Previous experience in a health or social care setting would be an advantage.  James Cook Hospital will provide appropriate training for safe entry and work on the wards. 

 

Customer Support Volunteer

 

Volunteers  are needed to visit older people to explore and note what practical help they need to make a difference to their life, liaise with RVS staff to see how these could be met through the charity or other services and arrange a volunteer to carry them out. Also to review the services and help to arrange further requirements if needed over the coming months.

 

Receptionist/Admin Support

 

Volunteers are needed for busy office which delivers a variety of services to elderly isolated people across the Tees Valley. Supporting the team from answering calls, administration tasks and data input duties.  You will also be the initial point of contact for our clients, volunteers and partner agencies.

 

Training will be given in safeguarding, health and safety and access to a variety of on line courses are available for all RVS volunteers.  Certificates are available for all completed courses.

 


British Red Cross

 

The British Red Cross Health and Social care work offers valuable time-limited support for individuals vulnerable to crisis.  From people recovering from illness, surgery or an accident to struggling with a life-changing event.  Support at Home volunteers enable people to live as independently as they can at home, building trusting relationships and helping them to regain their confidence and well-being.  Working closely with health a social services colleagues, volunteers can make the difference in preventing an admission to hospital or supporting a timely discharge from home.

 

Support at Home Volunteer

 

The aim of the Support at Home service is to place the person at the centre of what we do and help them get through a crisis by offering positive encouragement, practical help and emotional support, for a few days or for longer, depending on their needs. Typical tasks include visiting the service user on their arrival home from hospital, keeping someone company for a few hours at a time, helping with practical tasks like shopping, collecting prescriptions and light meal preparation, sitting with the service user and relieving the relative or carer of continuous care, keeping paper records of contact and activities undertaken with the service user.

 

Transport Support Volunteer

 

Either using your own car or a Red Cross vehicle, you will offer door-to-door assistance for those in need, providing freedom of travel for those with mobility problems.  You will help people get to medical appointments, carry out everyday essentials like shopping, or even just to get out of the house and socialise.  Besides transport, we can also provide an escort who, if necessary will stay with a client throughout their journey.


 East Cleveland Transport Brokerage     

                                

East Cleveland Transport Brokerage provide increased affordable travel opportunities to rural communities.  They act as a focal point bringing together those with a need for transport with local community transport providers.

 

Community Minibus Driver

 

We need volunteer drivers to drive various community owned minibuses taking community groups and individuals to appointments and events at various location in the North East.   Interested volunteers must be over 21, have a clean UK driver’s licence and at least 2 years driving experience.  Mileage rates will be paid for journeys to and from the minibus.  The operation is based in the Old School Building on the right in the centre of Skinningrove village

 

Community Car Scheme

 

Volunteers needed to driver their own cars on behalf of individual passengers who need transport to hospitals, doctors surgeries, appointments, shopping, lunch clubs, day centres or simply to visit friends.  Volunteers will be reimbursed for the journeys they undertake at a mileage rate of 45p which covers the running costs of your vehicle.  


Normanby Youth Club

 

We provide a facility of safety for children to develop social skills, creative skills and to help them to understand themselves through play and development, for example through crafts, sports social area and team games.

Volunteers will need a full disclosure CRB and to be able to work as part of a team and help support the youth club. Experience in working with children is an advantage but not necessary.

 


**Urgently Needed** 

Home Start Teesside – Mums, Dads and Grandparents needed

 

Do you remember what it was like when your children were little?  Sleepless nights, teething, the tantrums of the “terrible two’s, being at the end of your tether with no one to listen  who understands just what it’s like?

Home Start believes that parents play a key role in ensuring that children have a happy and secure childhood, but even the most dedicated parents can face challenges that prevent them doing all they want for their children. 

Home Start supports parents as they grow in confidence, strengthen their relationships with their children and widen their links with the local community.

Home Start’s committed and caring volunteers, who are usually parents themselves, offer friendship and informal support to parents with young children under five during difficult times in their lives.  They visit families at home and are friendly, approachable people who are relied on and trusted by parents to listen without being judgmental, and to respect the needs of each individual family.


The Beanstalk Project

 

As a reading helper you will spend 30 minutes with each child twice a week.  You will chat, read and play games.  You will have the chance to build up a great rapport with the children and tailor the sessions to their individual needs.  You will work at the child's pace and the emphasis is on having fun.  This helps create a relaxed learning environment and, by spending a year with the children, you will get to see their progress first-hand.

 

 

If you are interested in any of the above opportunities contact trish@rcvda.org.uk or telephone 01642 440571