Volunteering

Below are a collection of volunteering opportunities that may be of interest to young people. Take a look through and see what works for you. If you have a volunteering opportunity you would like to add to the list please use our online form.

Shop Volunteer - Alan Bott Centre

Minimum age: 16 Years

The Alan Bott Centre was initially set up to provide support for those with multiple sclerosis and associated conditions whilst undergoing respite care. Christchurch group, who own Woodlands, have recognised that there is a demand for respite and proposed that we work in conjunction with them to provide the support to their respite guests, day care guests and rehabilitation guests; this covers a wider scope than originally envisaged but does provide an opportunity to meet our aims without the need to purpose build a centre. There would always be 2 or 3 volunteers on a shift at anyone time and between them they would be serving customers, sorting stock in the back room, operating the till, and wrapping sold goods. Also helping with stock display.

General Assistant - We Are Theatre

Minimum age: 16 Years

Wednesday: We Are Theatre is a professional theatre company that aims to make theatre accessible for all. Part of our work involves running performance member lead theatre groups for adults with disabilities. Volunteers play a vital role in working within our sessions and supporting the members during the rehearsals and performances. This is not a care role however, as that aspect is undertaken by members own support staff. Volunteers roles can vary but can include welcoming the members upon arrival and engaging in conversation about their week. Running the tuck shop. Supporting members getting on and off stage at the right time. Aiding members to develop character ideas and song choices for the performances. Working backstage during the performances (3 a year). Those with skills in dance or theatre may wish to aid in warm-ups and cool downs during sessions. Sessions are held on Wednesdays at Huntington- Garth Court (4 - 5.45pm).

The Conservation Volunteers York

Minimum age: 16 Years

Maximum age: 80 Years

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: TCV Practical volunteer group. We run 3-4 practical conservation tasks every week in and around York. These activities take place in a variety of locations such as parks, green-spaces, Nature Reserves, woodlands and privately owned land. Facebook: www.facebook.com/TCVYork Twitter: https://twitter.com/tcvyork Practical activities do take place in remote and isolated locations with limited disability access.

Project Coordinator

Minimum age: 16 Years

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: Marie Curie's national fundraising events and campaigns require local coordination to ensure their success. As a Project Coordinator, you will support your local fundraising team with all elements of a key fundraising campaign - from planning, promotion and recruiting participants through to celebrating when fundraising targets are met. Projects include the Great Daffodil Appeal, Great Daffodil Appeal Entertainment Programme, Christmas Campaigns, Blooming Great Tea Party, Collection Tin Campaign and Events held in aid of Marie Curie. What we need you to do: *Assist with the recruitment of volunteers and participants for your campaign. *Research potential and promote the campaign to supporters, clubs, businesses and schools to secure their involvement. *Coordinate and support with PR and social media opportunities. *Organise distribution of promotional materials. *Respond to enquiries from members of the public about the campaign. *Liaise with and motivate volunteers and participants. *Update the fundraising database. *Assist with the wrap-up and evaluation of the event. What you need to bring to the role: *The ability to work in a team. *Self-motivation and innovation. *A friendly and confident manner - in person, on the phone and in email. *Research skills. *An interest in or knowledge of marketing and promoting. *Good Microsoft Office skills and experience in, or willingness to use, a database. What we can offer you: *The opportunity to gain fantastic skills and experience within a supportive and professional fundraising team. *Use of toolkits, marketing plans and PR templates. *Regular support and contact from your local fundraising team. *Valuable experience in fundraising, marketing, PR, sales, database use and coordinating projects. What we ask of you: *To follow Marie Curie's policies and procedures. *To complete documentation relating to the role. Please get in touch if you're interested in applying

Young Inspectors

Minimum age: 11 Years

Maximum age: 26 Years

Monday: The Young Inspectors is a group that meets on a weekly basis. Young people are supported to report on services, working together as a team to improve things for everyone. Become an inspector of services ! You would be supported to report on various services and make things better for young people. This involves visiting services, interviewing staff and service users, and 'mystery shopping' services. Young Inspectors are trained before they do any inspections. You will need to be referred by somebody, this could be a teacher, youth worker, social worker ... If you are interested and want to find out more, you can phone Jennie Noble on 07810851286

Bookshop Assistant - Books For Amnesty

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday: Books for Amnesty sells donated books to raise funds for Amnesty International UK. The books are sold through our 7 shops, at book fairs, and online. We train and manage volunteers giving them real work experience and roles that require varying levels of decision making. Shop floor work: handling cash and serving customers - culling old stock and replacing with new, pricing books - tidying around and making sure the sections are correctly filled and spaced - Stock room work: researching books online, pricing books, sorting donations, preparing for book fairs, organising back up stock for the shop floor, data entry for online sales, processing online sales for postage.

Key Campaigner - Royal National Institute For Blind People

Minimum age: 14 Years

: Our mission is to challenge blindness by empowering people who are blind or partially sighted, removing the barriers they face and helping to prevent blindness. We are looking for volunteers who would be willing to complete three or four Key Campaigner actions a year to support RNIB's national and local campaigns. Volunteers might be asked to send emails, write letters or contact key national or local politicians or service providers to ask for a better deal for blind and partially sighted people. From time to time volunteers will be invited to get involved in local and regional meetings or events to demonstrate support for positive change on issues affecting blind and partially sighted people. Volunteers will also be able to let us know about something they have come across that needs challenging and help us and others to take action to change it.

Weekend Tour Guide - Howsham Mill

Minimum age: 14 Years

Howsham Mill is a beautifully restored Georgian watermill on the River Derwent at Howsham, five miles from Malton and 10 miles from York. Today it generates hydro-electricity and is an environmental education centre and meeting place. The Renewable Heritage Trust is looking for volunteer guides to show casual visitors around on Sundays and public holidays. If you enjoy meeting people and could help in showing off this special building, we would like to hear from you. You can do as few or as many days as you like and full training will be provided.

Friends Of York Hospitals

Minimum age: 16 Years

: The Friends of York Hospitals help and support local hospital patients. Our Hospital Volunteers provide a variety of services and support through volunteering in a regular weekly (or sometimes fortnightly) time slot of between 2 and 3 hours. The Friends also fundraise to pay for additional medical equipment and services to make patients’ hospital stay or visit more comfortable. We are mainly based at York Hospital, although we also have volunteers at 2 small elderly rehabilitation hospitals in The Groves and Dringhouses. Our largest group of volunteers provides refreshments and supportive conversation to patients recovering from operations and surgical procedures. We also run a newspaper delivery service, operate a mobile library trolley service, and work on the front desk guiding patients and visitors around the hospital. Additional volunteer teams help stroke patients recover their communication skills, provide arts and crafts activities in children’s outpatients, and lead a weekly singalong session on a ward for patients with mental health issues. Being a Hospital Volunteer is a sociable and satisfying thing to do which involves a regular but relatively small time commitment. It is an opportunity to give something back, to feel valued and part of the local community. While not involved in clinical decisions and practice, hospital volunteering offers an opportunity to work alongside NHS staff, build working relationships with patients and get to know a hospital from the inside. We ask for a commitment of at least 6 months although there is some flexibility over this, eg we recognise that you may need to have time away because of holidays, exams, school/ college trips, family or illness and just ask you to let us know when this happens. The times when hospital volunteers are most needed are mornings and the late afternoon/ early evening period. Opportunities to volunteer earlier in the afternoon do exist but are fewer in number. Please note that there is a lower age limit of 16 for volunteering within the NHS. For more information, and a downloadable application form, see the Friends of York Hospitals website www.foyh.org.uk in particular the Volunteers page, or contact us direct.

Youth Councillor

Minimum age: 11 Years

Maximum age: 18 Years

The York Youth Council are a group of young people who come from all over the city to voice their views. We work to make a positive difference that benefits all of York’s youth. As a Youth Councillor, you will voice your views on anything you think is important. You will be involved in running campaigns and trying to make a positive change for young people in York.

Events And Outreach Volunteer - St Nicks

Minimum age: 14 Years

: St Nicks is a small charity located in Tang Hall, York encompassing an Environment Centre and a 24-acre nature reserve. Our aim is to help York residents move toward a sustainable future by carrying out a range of projects including: a zero-carbon kerbside recycling collection service, a sustainable education programme, an award-winning volunteer programme and events throughout the year. Our organisation started by transforming a landfill site into a thriving Local Nature Reserve (LNR) which we continue to enhance and develop with the help of our volunteers. St Nicks’ volunteers carry out a range of tasks, from practical conservation work on the nature reserve to logging wildlife, helping with events to administrative office work. We offer volunteer positions to suit every ability or level or experience. Volunteering opportunity: Events and Outreach Volunteer The purpose of the role is to help St Nicks publicise and carry out community events. Tasks include: - To assist and, where appropriate coordinate a variety of events for St Nicks. This could include fundraising, education, volunteer recruitment and promotion; - To help, develop and distribute publicity material for St Nicks events. This could include developing information resources, listing events online and leaflet and poster distribution; - To attend external events as an ambassador for St Nicks, providing information and carrying out activities on stalls and recruiting new members; - To work with other staff, volunteers and organisations; - To talk to members of the public about St Nicks. Note: Events may take place offsite. This is an ongoing opportunity. No qualification necessary. Skills needed for the role include: - An enthusiasm for the environment and sustainable living; - Experience organising events and developing publicity would be beneficial though not essential; - Reliable and able to use initiative; - Able to get along with people from all backgrounds. How to apply: Contact our friendly Volunteer Coordinator to arrange a meeting.

Wildwatch Volunteer - St Nicks

Minimum age: 11 Years

Volunteering opportunity: Wildwatch Volunteer St Nicks’ Wildwatch group meets once a week, Wednesdays 10-12:30, to log, photograph and track wildlife on St Nicks 24-acre nature reserve. Activities include: - Undertaking specific monitoring targets agreed with the Wildwatch Group, in your own area of expertise; - Present regular reports and records to the Wildwatch Group recorder; - Consult with the Nature Reserve Manager about how the reserve should be managed for wildlife; - Help contribute to the group’s training programme; - Help organise or contribute to occasional events such as wildlife walks, bug hunts and moth evenings; - Contribute to our growing photo archive. No formal qualifications are necessary, but role requirements include: - Enthusiasm for wildlife and the environment; - Some knowledge of one or more plant or animal species, or willingness to learn; - Friendly and approachable nature; - Able to get along with people from all backgrounds. All ages welcome but under 14s must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. How to apply: Contact our friendly Volunteer Coordinator to arrange a meeting. About St Nicks: St Nicks is a small charity located in Tang Hall, York encompassing an Environment Centre and a 24-acre nature reserve. Our aim is to help York residents move toward a sustainable future by carrying out a range of projects including: a zero-carbon kerbside recycling collection service, a sustainable education programme, an award-winning volunteer programme and events throughout the year. Our organisation started by transforming a landfill site into a thriving Local Nature Reserve (LNR) which we continue to enhance and develop with the help of our volunteers. St Nicks’ volunteers carry out a range of tasks, from practical conservation work on the nature reserve to logging wildlife, helping with events to administrative office work. We offer volunteer positions to suit every ability or level or experience.

Practical Conservation Volunteer - St Nicks

Minimum age: 14 Years

: Volunteering opportunity: Practical Conservation Volunteer The purpose of the role is to help maintain and enhance St Nicks 24-acre nature reserve for the benefit of wildlife and the public. Volunteering activities include: - To assist with practical conservation tasks including coppicing, scrub clearance, tree planting and habitat maintenance; - To assist with general site maintenance including path laying, litter picking, graffiti removal; - To work with other volunteers and staff to manage the site; - To talk to people visiting St Nicks about the site. Times of work/volunteering: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 9:30-4pm Volunteers can attend one, two or three days per week. Half day sessions can be arranged. No qualifications necessary. Skills and experience required for this role: - Enthusiasm for wildlife, conservation, or the outdoors; - Friendly and approachable nature; - Reliable; - Able to get along with people from all backgrounds. About St Nicks: St Nicks is a small charity located in Tang Hall, York encompassing an Environment Centre and a 24-acre nature reserve. Our aim is to help York residents move toward a sustainable future by carrying out a range of projects including: a zero-carbon kerbside recycling collection service, a sustainable education programme, an award-winning volunteer programme and events throughout the year. Our organisation started by transforming a landfill site into a thriving Local Nature Reserve (LNR) which we continue to enhance and develop with the help of our volunteers. St Nicks’ volunteers carry out a range of tasks, from practical conservation work on the nature reserve to logging wildlife, helping with events to administrative office work. We offer volunteer positions to suit every ability or level or experience.

Community Champion -Missing People

Minimum age: 16 Years

Volunteer role: Community Champion. Missing People offers a lifeline for the 250,000 people who run away and go missing each year. For those left behind, we provide specialised support to ease the heartache and confusion and help search for their missing loved ones. Community Champions support the charity in a variety of ways including but not limited to local fundraising events, building awareness of local missing people appeals through ‘Appeal Days’ or raising awareness of the charity’s services within your community. We are looking for someone that is able to give a few hours a week or fortnight on a very flexible timetable.

Shop Volunteers - Oxfam

Minimum age: 14 Years

Oxfam works with others to overcome poverty & suffering worldwide. The volunteering opportunity is for a Shop Volunteer. Main duties are to assist with the everyday running of the shop - sorting donations, pricing, displaying stock, serving customers and much more! This is an ongoing opportunity and there is flexibility in the times that volunteers can work, as the shop is open 7 days a week. Call or email to apply for the opportunity.

United Response -Training, Employment And Consultancy

Minimum age: 17 Years

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: We are a supported employment service dedicated to assisting people with learning disabilities and mental health needs to gain both voluntary and paid placements. We also run a specialist outside catering business as well as a café where our trainees receive on-the -job support in a professional environment.

Volunteer Clinic/department Liaison

Minimum age: 16 Years

: To liaise with nursing staff at the start of each shift to inform themselves of any clinic delays or relevant clinic information. To inform patients about clinic procedures, how the clinic works and what they should expect. To inform patients about where they are in the queue, whether they may temporarily leave clinic and for how long. To inform patients about car parking arrangements and to liaise with the car parking attendants if the patient appointment is running late. To inform patients about refreshments. To liaise with relatives and friends to keep them up to date with the patients progress through clinic if necessary. To liaise with relatives and friends by telephone if the patient needs any further support in clinic or to get home. To liaise with the patient transport or other transport services to ensure the patient gets home effectively. To guide patients to other parts of the hospital as necessary. To provide patients, relatives and friends with any other information about the hospital they may need. To identify and take part in relevant training and development courses. To attend and contribute to supervision sessions. Other duties as required by the clinic by agreement with the worker.

Volunteer Dining Companion

Minimum age: 16 Years

1.To liaise with nursing staff at the start of each session to ensure each patient’s needs in relation to their diet and fluids, and the way they feed are understood. 2. To encourage patients to eat and drink, and to remind them if they have not finished their food. 3. To assist patients in cutting food and opening packets. 4. To assist with patient dignity. For example this may be by wiping the patients face, with their permission, or ensuring they have a suitably placed napkin. 5. To ensure that the patient has access to any equipment they need for eating including false teeth. 6. To ensure all food and drink is within easy range of each patient. 7. To remove crockery and cutlery from the patient’s bedside area and ensure the area is kept clean and tidy. 8. To refresh patient water jugs as necessary (after checking with the nursing staff). 9. To provide company to the patient during meal times. 10. To identify and take part in relevant training and development courses. 11. Other duties as required by the ward by agreement with the worker. Times of volunteering are flexible are there are no set number of hours required.

Volunteer Visitor

Minimum age: 16 Years

Maximum age: no limit

1. To speak with or visit patients who do not have anyone else to talk with during visiting times or at other times as agreed with the ward. 2. To liaise with patients on the wards and other areas to discuss any issues they might have concerning their hospital treatment, whether positive or negative. 3. To log any issues from inpatients, as they arise with sufficient detail so that the issues can be investigated by the Volunteer Service Administrator and/or passed to a PALS adviser for action. Times of volunteering are flexible and there are no set number of hours required. 4. To be available for occasional duties accompanying vulnerable patients to specific appointments. 5. To be willing to take notes at these appointments, with the permission of the patient. 6. To answer any general queries from nursing and other staff about the befriending scheme. 7. To identify and take part in relevant training and development courses. 8. To attend and contribute to supervision sessions. 9. Other duties as required by the Volunteer Contact by agreement with the worker. 10. To help patients out feedback questionnaires (such as the Friends and Family Test)

York Sea Cadets Volunteer Opportunities

Minimum age: 18 Years

We need your help – we need volunteers who are happy to roll up their sleeves, get involved and make a huge positive difference to the lives of the young people we work with. There are opportunities for both instructors where you'll be helping cadets in a range of activities and learning new skills yourself! We have a mix of uniformed and non uniformed instructors and follow a rank structure aligned to the Royal Navy and the Royal Marines, and unit assistants where you can be the backbone of your unit helping out in lots of ways from mini-bus driver to painter and decorator. Opportunites run from 01/11/2015 to 01/03/2016. Volunteers needed Monday and Friday 7-9pm and weekends. Please contact the Commanding Officer Roy Tanner yorkseacadets@gmail.com 01904 658505

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