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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.

Independent Visitor / Befriender / Mentor

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Could you make a positive difference to the life of a child or young person by becoming a Volunteer? Lancashire Children’s Rights service supports young people who are looked after by Lancashire County Council. We are seeking volunteers to support our Independent Visitor service in your area. An independent visitor befriends a child or young person who is looked after and who has infrequent or little contact with parents or those with parental responsibility. The independent visitor will take them out, do activities together, provide support and more importantly build a trusting relationship. Volunteers are asked to meet up with the young person for around two hours a fortnight and be willing to commit for a minimum of two years. The skills and qualities required to be effective in the role are: •Ability to communicate effectively on all levels. •To be non-judgemental and have an open attitude of tolerance and acceptance for the children and young people, whose values and behaviour may be different from your own. •Ability to question and challenge people, especially when decisions are being made about a child or young person, where their wishes or best interests are not being met. •To give support to others and to receive support and guidance where appropriate. •Ability to evaluate and reflect on the outcomes of own volunteer experience. •Ability to record appropriate information and produce this when required. •Some awareness and understanding of children and young people within society. •Willingness to attend training sessions to gain further knowledge and understanding of the needs and rights of looked after children and young people. This is a worthwhile opportunity and there are many benefits of being an independent visitor. You will make a positive difference to the life of a vulnerable child or young person, be part of a leading national children’s charity and meet people and have fun while doing so. Applications will be assessed on a regular basis and volunteer interviews, both with an adult and young people's panel, are held at regular intervals. The role description provides more information on the tasks that might be involved. If you would like to apply please call our Volunteer Co-ordinator, Cindy Moseley on 01772 759233

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Treasurer - Junior Football Club

Location: Work from Home - Monthly Meeting in Buckshaw Village

Astley & Buckshaw Juniors Football Club provides local Under 5's to Under 18's the opportunity to make friends, have fun, keep fit and develop important life skills whilst playing football in a safe and friendly environment. This season we have celebrated our 10th Anniversary, won Rock FM's "Time to Shine Award" for sporting achievement, the "Chorley Sports Award" for Sports Club of the Year and Lancashire FA's "Charter Standard Club of the Year Award". We are all really proud of these Awards, of our players, of our volunteers and our Club. Following this success we have now undertaken a big project to develop the club further, so as to be able to offer more children the opportunity to join in. Following the retirement of our current Treasurer the Club are looking for someone who is interested in working with a Volunteer run Junior Football Club, Working with our committee and interested in finance and book keeping. The right person would need to have a computer and to be able to use MS Excel spreadsheets. Be confident in dealing with banking, invoice payments, subscriptions monitoring and reporting to the committee meetings. The Volunteer could get football coaching opportunities if they wanted however a footballing background is not essential. This role is generally carried out from home although there is a requirement to attend the monthly committee meetings on the last Wednesday Evening of the Month 8pm-10pm. The role would typically require a few hours per week however the beginning and ends of our seasons (June/July and Sept) can be a little more demanding. Our interim Treasurer will spend as much time as required ensuring a smooth handover for the right person. We hope there is someone who finds this an interesting and indeed exciting opportunity to work with the younger community and their families, enjoy being part of a fantastic local organisation and ultimately help provide top quality facilities and opportunities to youngsters in the local area. It is essential that any volunteers that work with the Club need a DRB (Criminal Records Background Checks) carried out and cleared by Lancashire FA. The Club will pay for this to be done before employing any volunteers. Interested persons should contact the Club Chairman, Phil Lucas on 07760 378 971 or chairman@abjfc.co.uk. To find out more about the Club go to our website www.abjfc.co.uk

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Food Festival Fundraising Volunteer

Location: Chorley

Being a fundraising volunteer is a great opportunity to meet and mix with new people as well the opportunity to enhance your CV whilst making an important contribution to a worthy cause. Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation is looking for 2 volunteers to set up and man a stall to sell a new receipt book at this year’s Chorley Food Festival. The festival is a lively and enjoyable event which will involve meeting and greeting the general public, offering samples, encouraging people to purchase the receipt book as well as raising the raising the profile of the charity. If you feel this is something you would enjoy doing please get in touch

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Chorley Hospital RVS On Ward Service

Location: Chorley Hospital

Older people’s charity Royal Voluntary Service (formerly WRVS) and Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust are working in partnership to develop an on-ward service to improve the wellbeing of older patients during their stay. This integrated approach between health and social care will focus on the needs of older patients with long term conditions such as dementia. To provide this service, the charity is looking for volunteers to be part of the on-ward team, working alongside the nursing and medical staff to support patients at the hospital. Volunteers will help create a calm environment for patients, providing companionship and reassurance, relieving boredom, reading, arts and crafts and a whole host of other activities. Volunteers will be needed seven days a week and the charity is asking that they give a minimum of 2 hours on the day they attend. The service is commencing at Chorley and South Ribble Hospital. Volunteers will be supported with a full volunteer induction, alongside specific dementia training.

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Administration Volunteer

Location: Lancaster

Community Foster Care is a small charity and social enterprise based in Lancaster. The agency recruits, assesses, trains and supports foster carers. It provides a range of activities and support services for children. We are a small team and are currently looking for a volunteer to assist with administrative tasks. The role will require a DBS check; training and regular supervision will be provided. For more information about the role please contact our office manager Sheila Henshaw on 01524 489388

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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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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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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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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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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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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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