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Volunteering

Below is a list of calls for volunteers, if you are able to help please use the contact details provided with each request for volunteers. If you would like to submit a call for volunteers, or if you wish to become a volunteer then please follow the links on the left.

Visitor welcome stewards, Interpretation research, Concert/event organisers

Location: Lancaster. The Church of St John the Evangelist.

The Churches Conservation Trust is a national charity administering and conserving Grade 1 and 2* listed churches for the nation that are no longer used for congregational worship by the Church of England. Currently we are responsible for over 350 churches through out England including St John the Evangelist in Lancaster. We are looking to deliver an exciting new period in the history of St John’s that will include conservation work, along with improving the facilities in the church, and delivering an exciting interpretation project that will tell the story of the church, and the wealth of those behind it. We are seeking volunteers for the following roles; •Church stewards who would be willing to support the CCT through the opening and closing of the church for set hours during the week. •Assistance with the research, development and delivery of a church based interpretation project. •Concert/event organisers, to organise, control and assist with the running of events at the church by private hirers.

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Office Administrator

Location: Limbrick, Chorley

Bibbys Farm is a Scout Campsite and Activity Centre just outside Chorley near Limbrick. We are looking for two part-time voluntary administrators to job share Mon-Fri (can be morning or afternoon to suit) in the office, answering the phone and emails, taking bookings, extracting booking information for and liaising with site staff and customers. This is very rewarding work ensuring the Scouts and Guides will have a great experience on their camps!

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Arthritis Care Community Champion

Location: Chorley South Ribble Central lancashire

To help at drop-in points where people with arthritis can come and have a chat. Give information and self management tips. Signpost to local services. The overall aim of the Community Champion project is to improve the physical and emotional wellbeing of people with arthritis through supported self management.

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Volunteer driver

Location: Skelmersdale

I am a non driver Shared Lives Carer with resident special needs adults who are unable to access activities at a distance. Looking for someone who may be considering visiting an event/activity who can take us. Petrol money and lunch/picnic offered.

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SafeNet Women and Children's Refuge for Domestic Abuse looking for volunteers

Location: Lancaster & District

Refuge Volunteers are essential to our team. You would help support women and children in the Refuge alongside staff and help with general housekeeping tasks. Opportunities: We offer volunteer opportunities in mornings, afternoons, evenings and weekends. Our preference is for a minimum of 1 x five hour volunteer session per week, however, we can be flexible with this. You can request an electronic application pack from adminassist@safenet.org.uk to fill in and return via email, or you can request a postal pack by sending your name, address along with an A4 90p SAE to our head office: SafeNet, PO Box 9, BURNLEY, Lancashire, BB11 2RP. Please return completed applications by 5pm on Thursday 19th September 2013. Interviews on Thursday 26th September. Successful candidates will start volunteering following completion of the 3 Induction Programme which will take place Mon 7th, Tue 8th and Wed 9th October.

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Healthwatch Lancashire

Location: West Lancashire

Healthwatch Lancashire exists to give people a say in health and social care services in Lancashire and to bring about improvements in those services. Everyone in Lancashire should know about Healthwatch Lancashire, its role and how to make contact with it. We need volunteers to help spread the word and to assist people to tell us their views so that we can pass these on to the people responsible for managing health and social care services.

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Healthwatch Lancashire

Location: Lancaster and district

Healthwatch Lancashire exists to give people a say in health and social care services in Lancashire and to bring about improvements in those services. Everyone in Lancashire should know about Healthwatch Lancashire, its role and how to make contact with it. We need volunteers to help spread the word and to assist people to tell us their views so that we can pass these on to the people responsible for managing health and social care services.

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Independent Visitors

Location: West Lancashire

We need volunteers aged 18+ to offer befriending support to a child or young person in care (aged upto 18). Full training, support and expenses paid

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Independent Visitors

Location: Lancaster district

We need volutneers aged 18+ to offer befriending support to a child or young person in care (aged upto 18). Training, support and expenses paid

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'Chief Bucketeers' needed for the Big Bucket Collection

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CLIC Sargent is the leading cancer charity for children and young people. It's Big Bucket Collection is held from October and finishes in December, which is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. We need volunteers to give a little time (with friends, family or colleagues) to hold a collection day, helping us to raise £200,000 for young cancer patients and their families. We will match you to a venue near you and give you all the support, information and materials you need to coordinate your collection and make the most of this fantastic fundraising opportunity.

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Journalist

Location: Various

Are you good at creative writing? We’re looking for writers for and coordinators of Reactmag—a magazine for young people, by young people about Mental Health and Wellbeing

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Group Facilitator

Location: Lancaster, Blackburn

A facilitator will assist group members to feel comfortable during the support session, encouraging people in the group to express their opinions, experiences and ideas, and provide some structure to the session. These groups focus on different issues such as anger management, relaxation and confidence building.

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Eco Centre Volunteer

Location: Newburgh Near Skelmersdale

If you like being outdoors, doing some ‘green’ exercise and an interest in gardening you may want to volunteer at our Eco Centre. You will have the option of working in the our plant nursery, harvesting our fruit and veg or maintaining the grounds. You can even come as a group with friends and family.

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Closer to Home volunteers

Location: Throughout the Lancaster and Morecambe area.

Closer to Home is a new service in Lancaster and Morecambe supporting elderly people after a stroke. If you have a few spare hours each week, you could make a huge difference to someone's life during a difficult period. Your role might include: Keeping someone company for a few hours in their home Helping with practical tasks like shopping and basic cooking Helping someone regain their independence and confidence. Please contact us to find out more.

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Administrator

Location: Chorley, Blackpool, Newburgh near Sklemersdale

We need people to help in the day to day running of the office. This can involve creating and updating documents, filing, answering phones and greeting visitors. Perfect if you wish to gain office experience.

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volunteer advocates

Location: lancaster and morecambe

Advocacy supports people who use health and social care services to get their voices heard to the right people. When a person feels that professionals are not listening to them or are not taking their views into account, advocacy can help someone to get their point of view across and take control of their situation. If you have good communication skills and a passion for helping people, then consider volunteering for us.

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Morecambe Bay Credit Union is seeking volunteers for a variety of roles

Location: Morecambe Bay Credit Union, 75 Queen Street, Morecambe, LA4 5EN

Morecambe Bay Credit Union exists to help people in the Lancaster District deal with the peaks and troughs of expenditure so that they can not only survive but enjoy life and reach their full potential. It is an industrial and provident society and it is owned by the people (members) who deposit money in it. Members are able to borrow money at affordable rates compared with other lenders. The credit union needs volunteers to fulfil several roles, such as: 1. Financial Clerk in the office, which involves handling money and dealing with members queries. 2. Collectors at Collection Points Each collection point runs for an hour or one and a half hours per week and needs a team of three people to act as collectors. 3. General Administration This comprises regular office duties including computer work – collating books, mail–outs, mapping membership and analysing different aspects of our business. 4. Publicity The credit union needs help with staffing publicity stalls, leafleting, taking posters round shops and organisations and compiling the newsletter. 5. Marketing There is a need to promote the credit union to lenders and borrowers. 6. Technology The credit union needs to update its systems and make better use of technology. 7. Board and Committee Members Board and Committee roles are open to all members of the MBCU. The board is responsible for making decisions about the policies and direction of the Credit Union. A board member usually gives a commitment of an average of three days a month. If you are interested please send your contact details and a little bit about why you want to be involved to morecambebaycu@aol.com

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Lunch Club co-ordinator

Location: Haskayne, West lancs

We are looking for someone who can assist with running the Haskayne Lunch Club and after lunch activities on 2nd and 4th Friday of the month, from around 11.30 to 14.30. Lunches are delivered and other people assist with the serving of lunch.

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Help People Cope with Austerity

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Morecambe Bay Credit Union is a savings and loans cooperative. It exists to help people in the Lancaster District deal with the peaks and troughs of expenditure so that they can not only survive but enjoy life and reach their full potential. It is an industrial and provident society and it is owned by the people (members) who deposit money in it. Members are able to borrow money at affordable rates compared with other lenders, which is particularly important with the prevalence of pay-day and door-step lenders who charge usuriously high interest rates. The credit union needs volunteers to fulfil several roles, such as: 1. Financial Clerk in the office, which involves handling money and dealing with members queries. 2. Collectors at Collection Points Each collection point runs for an hour or one and a half hours per week and needs a team of three people to act as collectors. 3. General Administration This comprises regular office duties including computer work – collating books, mail–outs, mapping membership and analysing different aspects of our business. 4. Publicity The credit union needs help with staffing publicity stalls, leafleting, taking posters round shops and organisations and compiling the newsletter. 5. Marketing There is a need to promote the credit union to lenders and borrowers. 6. Technology The credit union needs to update its systems and make better use of technology. 7. Board and Committee Members Board and Committee roles are open to all members of the MBCU. The board is responsible for making decisions about the policies and direction of the Credit Union. A board member usually gives a commitment of an average of three days a month. If you are interested please send your contact details and a little bit about why you want to be involved to morecambebaycu@aol.com

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Administration and support Volunteer

Location: Lancaster

The Stroke Association is a Stroke specialist organisation giving Information, Advice and Support to over 400 people affected by stroke every year in the North Lancashire area. We need a friendly and organised person with good IT skills to support out team of coordinators.this will involve inputting referral data on to our system, undertaking general administrative work and taking and making calls. All this will enable coordinators to spend as much time as possible with our service users and will be very much appreciated. Full training and support will be given. CRB required.

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Towpath Taskforce Lancaster

Location: Different locations along the Lancaster Canal

Towpath Taskforce is coming to Lancaster & we need your help! The Canal & River Trust is the new charity entrusted with the care of 2,000 miles of waterways in England and Wales. Our waterway network is a national treasure and the Canal & River Trust is here to ensure that it is protected forever. Towpath Taskforce Lancaster will aim to tackle litter and overgrown vegetation along the Lancaster Canal. This is an ideal opportunity for people who want to volunteer with the Canal & River Trust but need the flexibility to fit volunteering around their busy lifestyle. This way you can come along when you’re free, whether that’s once a month or more regularly. The first volunteering day will be Thursday 7th March and fortnightly on Thursdays after this. Contact Katie to find out the meeting point or follow this link to register your interest: http://tinyurl.com/c8wmqbs

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Volunteer Van Drivers

Location: Lancaster, Kendal and Garstang

We need volunteer Van Drivers to help deliver goods to our 7 shops in the Lancaster and Kendal area.

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ELWRA’s Women and Children’s Refuge for Lancaster & District

Location: Lancaster & District

ELWRA’s Lancaster & District Women’s Refuge provides support services to women and children at risk of domestic violence and abuse. We have vacancies for female volunteers to work at our new Refuge Project to help support women and children in the Refuge alongside staff, and to help with general housekeeping tasks. Opportunities to volunteer: mornings, afternoons, evenings and weekends. Please request application pack via email address above.

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Towpath taskforce - Chorley

Location: Chorley

Works including vegetation works, litter pick, painting, towpath upgrades and general towpath maintenance. We are planning to run this event every other weekend starting on 12/01/13. It should take the team around ten days to complete project 1. No experience is needed though it’s appreciated if you can let us know that you’re turning up to help ensure we have enough tools, tea and biscuits and personal protective equipment. Please wear suitable outdoor clothing which you don’t mind getting dirty and sturdy shoes. We’ll provide all the tools and equipment needed to do the task. We do provide hot drinks but you may also want to bring your own flask or water bottle and a sandwich or two. Remember – Everyone is welcome, you don’t have to be 100% fit to come down and assist on the taskforce. The meeting point is at the bottom of the Botany Bay car park, there will be a Canal and river trust vehicle on site from 09:45 on each operational day. Project 1 - Operational days. 12/01/13 – Introduction to volunteering / Keeping Safe and task training. 10:00 – 16:00 (Various dates after that) Please be aware you do not have to be available for all the above dates, Everyone is welcome and everyone can work at their own pace doing as little or as much as you choose.

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Chorley Children's Centres Volunteer

Location: Across Chorley

Would you like to get involved with your local community, learn new skills, maybe gain entry into employment whilst working with children and families and be offered plenty of support, training, have fun and be part of a team along the way? If yes then volunteering at your local Children’s Centre is for you! Whatever age, ability, reason for volunteering or time available there are lots of opportunities available. Please contact our volunteer co-ordinator on 07591094213 or email vicky.england@lancashire.gov.uk for more information. To find your nearest Children’s Centre please give the Family Information Service a call on 0800 195 0137.

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Volunteer Shop Assistants

Location: Garstang

Volunteer Shop Assistants required 10-1 or 1-4 Monday to Saturday at new furniture shop in Garstang opening Jan 2013

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Eco Centre Volunteer

Location: Newburgh

We need volunteers for our Eco Centre. This will involve hoticulture and agriculture, working in our poly-tunnels and around the grounds.

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Buckshaw Village Community Association

Location: Buckshaw Village, Chorley

Buckshaw Village Community Association relies on local volunteers to help them man, free, local, community events and help them deliver their quaterly newsletter and leaflets which advertise the good work the association does. If you are interested then you can be added to our database of volunteers and contacted whenever an opportunity arises. You can then make a deicsion based for each event if you are able to volunteer or not. If you are interested please e-mail us your Name, Contact Details and a little bit about why you want to be involved to bvca@buckshaw.org

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Volunteers needed to support families

Location: Chorley & South Ribble

Volunteers of all ages, who have some expereince of children, are needed to support families across Chorley & South Ribble. Do you have three hours a week to spare to support a family with young children?

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Victim Support Volunteer

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About the opportunity Typical tasks: - Contacting people who have been victims of crime, either over the phone, at the victim's home or another mutually agreed location. - Clearly explaining the role of Victim Support and empowering victims to overcome the emotional, psychological and practical effects of crime. - Communicating in a way that is appropriate to the person being supported. - Helping people explore how their experience of crime has affected their lives and identifying ways to enable them to recover from the experience. - Finding out what each individual victim s needs and wishes for support are to help them decide on and access their options. - Identifying situations where we cannot directly meet the needs of the victim and working with the client and the manager to make appropriate referrals. - Liaising with staff to arrange practical help for victims (such as lock fitting). - Promoting the rights of people you support and respecting diversity. - Giving information about other agencies and their procedures. - Giving information and help with applications for criminal injuries compensation. - Attending training, support sessions and volunteer meetings. - Keeping your manager informed of actions and progress on each case. About Victim Support We are the national charity giving free and confidential help to victims of crime, witnesses, their family, friends and anyone else affected across England and Wales. We also speak out as a national voice for victims and witnesses and campaign for change. We are not a government agency or part of the police and you don't have to report a crime to the police to get our help. You can call us any time after the crime has happened, whether it was yesterday, last week or several years ago. We have offices throughout England and Wales and we run the Witness Service in every criminal court. What are they looking for? Skills, values, abilities and commitment needed: - We encourage volunteers working with victims to be available for at least two hours a week whenever possible. Working times are flexible as appointments with clients can be made during the day, in the evenings (up to 7.30pm) or at weekends. - Able to commit to our mandatory five-day core training for new staff and volunteers. - Good listening skills and good verbal communication skills. - A caring, mature and supportive empathy towards others. - A non-judgmental, impartial and confidential approach to supporting others. - A commitment to ensuring victims have equal access to our services. - Respect for the diversity of our colleagues and clients. - Willing to work within our values, procedures and policies. - A reliable and organised team player. - This opportunity is available to all applicants aged 18 and over. How will you benefit? - Join a dedicated team of likeminded people. - Get excellent training and develop new skills. - Progress by specialising in supporting victims of specific crimes (such as domestic violence or hate crime). - Rewarding sense of having made a positive differences to people¿s lives. - Learn about the work of criminal justice agencies.

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Skilled Mechanics

Location: Lancaster and Morecambe

We have a fleet of over 10 vehicles to keep on the road daily to ensure we can complete our deliveries to local people in need.We are looking for skilled mechanics / body repair volunteers to assist our Facilities and Transport Manager to complete a range of repairs and servicing to our fleet. You maybe retired, semi retired or looking for work and by volunteering with us you will make a real difference locally and join a friendly team at Furniture Matters.

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