‘Living Fearlessly with Change’: Volunteering information and resources:
- A commitment to offering service for at least 2 hours a week within the areas of ageing, illness or end-of-life care is an essential part of the 10 month ‘Living Fearlessly with Change’ course.
There are literally thousands of volunteer opportunities in the UK (and beyond!), and thousands of people who would benefit from this offering. Below are some charities and organisations that offer these sorts of opportunities.
When looking for a role, bear in mind that you are looking for something that involves direct contact with the people you are supporting. Make sure that you are happy that the organisation is reputable, and that there are adequate support systems for volunteers (such as a contact person to discuss any difficulties, etc).
Most volunteering roles which involve direct contact with people, will require you to have a ‘Disclosure and Barring Service’ check (DBS check). These can often take months to go through the system, so it’s important to leave plenty of time to organise your volunteering so that you have started, or will be ready to start, your volunteering at the beginning of the course (July 2016). Also bear in mind that there may be some training or induction you will need to do before starting to volunteer.
- There are local Volunteer Centres throughout the UK which usually have the most up-to-date information about volunteering in a local area. The NVCO website has a search facility to find your local Volunteer Centre.
- do-it.org is a national volunteer organisation that lists volunteering opportunities with national charities like Macmillan Cancer Trust and Red Cross, and also lists opportunities with local hospices.
- The Royal Voluntary Service is a national organisation that helps to organise volunteering with older people, especially those who are isolated, and also organises volunteering in hospitals.
- Charities that advertise volunteer opportunities include www.redcross.org.uk, www.macmillan.org.uk , www.ageuk.org.uk, amongst many others. These usually advertise positions on the Do-it website, above.
- If you would like to volunteer in a hospice, you can also simply contact your local hospice directly.
Volunteering in South and West Devon
If you live fairly locally to Gaia House, we have a contact, Nick Cape, at South Hams Community and Voluntary Services, who covers volunteer opportunities across south and west Devon. He tells us that there is an ongoing need for volunteers to visit people living with illness in the area – often older people who have just recently come out of hospital. Contact Nick Cape on 01548 821466 or firstname.lastname@example.org for information about volunteering in this area.