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Befriender for the Royal Air Forces Association - Lyme Regis Royal Air Forces Association
The Royal Air Forces Association (or RAF Association), is a member-led, registered welfare charity that provides welfare support to Serving and Ex-Serving RAF personnel and their families. Much of our work is funded by the generosity of our members, donors and supporters and through vital donations from the public to the Wings Appeal. A significant proportion of our work is undertaken by those who volunteer for the charity. Volunteers provide visits to members of the RAF family to help combat loneliness, provide information on our Wings Breaks Hotels or to help them make financial applications in times of hardship. Volunteers help us fundraise by setting up collections, attending events and raising our profile. Volunteers edit sound effects into stories for young children, read by their parents who are away on deployment and they support us in many tasks throughout our branch network across the world. The Befriender role is at the heart of the RAF Association’s objectives in delivering welfare support to members of the RAF family requiring it. The aim of the Befriender role is to help alleviate isolation and loneliness, by giving time to listen to people either in person or over the phone and to encourage communication on a shared interest or topic, leading to improving and developing enjoyable social networks for the beneficiary or by helping facilitate their involvement in community groups and activities to ensure that they remain part of the community and feel socially connected to the wider family. The role of a Befriender is varied and could involve helping out with practical tasks such as driving someone to a doctor’s appointment, it could simply involve a cup of tea and a chat or it could be to accompany them to their first meeting of an interest group in their community.

Contact: Lucie Paddison

Caseworkers for the Royal Air Forces Association - Dorchester Royal Air Forces Association
The Royal Air Forces Association (or RAF Association), is a member-led, registered welfare charity that provides welfare support to Serving and Ex-Serving RAF personnel and their families. Much of our work is funded by the generosity of our members, donors and supporters and through vital donations from the public to the Wings Appeal. A significant proportion of our work is undertaken by those who volunteer for the charity. Volunteers provide visits to members of the RAF family to help combat loneliness, provide information on our Wings Breaks Hotels or to help them make financial applications in times of hardship. Volunteers help us fundraise by setting up collections, attending events and raising our profile. Volunteers edit sound effects into stories for young children, read by their parents who are away on deployment and they support us in many tasks throughout our branch network across the world. A Caseworker is someone who carries out welfare work for the RAF Association. Welfare work is about making a visit and listening to an individual to assess their needs to find out how the Association can provide help and support to them. Support can include anything from helping put a client with a recent disability in touch with social services in order for them to put in an application for a downstairs wet room to putting in an application to the RAF Association for funding for a new kettle for a client who cannot afford to replace their broken one.

Contact: Lucie Paddison

Caseworkers for the Royal Air Forces Association - Weymouth Royal Air Forces Association
The Royal Air Forces Association (or RAF Association), is a member-led, registered welfare charity that provides welfare support to Serving and Ex-Serving RAF personnel and their families. Much of our work is funded by the generosity of our members, donors and supporters and through vital donations from the public to the Wings Appeal. A significant proportion of our work is undertaken by those who volunteer for the charity. Volunteers provide visits to members of the RAF family to help combat loneliness, provide information on our Wings Breaks Hotels or to help them make financial applications in times of hardship. Volunteers help us fundraise by setting up collections, attending events and raising our profile. Volunteers edit sound effects into stories for young children, read by their parents who are away on deployment and they support us in many tasks throughout our branch network across the world. A Caseworker is someone who carries out welfare work for the RAF Association. Welfare work is about making a visit and listening to an individual to assess their needs to find out how the Association can provide help and support to them. Support can include anything from helping put a client with a recent disability in touch with social services in order for them to put in an application for a downstairs wet room to putting in an application to the RAF Association for funding for a new kettle for a client who cannot afford to replace their broken one.

Contact: Lucie Paddison

Co-ordinator Dorchester Athletic Club
Co-ordinator to organise volunteers. As the volunteer coordinator, you're responsible for recruiting club volunteers, arranging training for them and making sure they're engaged enough to be retained by the club. It's a vital role in any club or club network. You must understand that volunteers join the club for many different reasons, so you must make the sport as appealing as possible. What you will do:- " Work out what roles need filled in the club each year, bearing in mind special events as well as the day to day running of the club; " Prepare a welcome pack for new volunteers introducing them to your club and the sport; " Plan where you're going to find volunteers, making sure your advertising and appointment is as open as possible; " Work with local organisations such as voluntary services, volunteer centres, local councils, colleges and schools to recruit "new blood"; " Understand why people get involved in club athletics and use this knowledge to recruit them; " Put people in roles that suit their skills and interest wherever possible; " Link with the club welfare officer to ensure that all CRB and Safeguarding requirements are met by volunteers in contact with young people and vulnerable adults; " Train volunteers, and give them support, guidance and encouragement; " Recognise and reward success, nominating volunteers for club, local and national awards; " Create a succession plan so that you have a pool of talented volunteer ready to step up or provide cover for key roles - possibly mentoring or buddying function for key roles. " Think about sharing roles for busy people. " Share good practice with club volunteer coordinators in neighbouring clubs. This role in most cases will take about 1 to 2 hours per week, mainly evenings. At a time and day that suits you. If interested please contact woodlands20@hotmail.com.

Contact: Ms Lindsey Hole Dr Mike T Furse

Family Support Workers - Milborne St Andrew - Ref: DOR3238 Longmead Community Farm
To support the wonderful work we do in providing families in crisis with a positive experience and creating lasting positive change, we need a team of dedicated volunteers. Are you friendly, patient and have non- judegmental approach? If you answered yes, we need you! Our Family Support volunteers work alongside families facing crisis, whilst they visit Longmead Community Farm. Volunteers work in a team to help families, rekindle relationships and restore their sense of value both individually and as a family, which helps build hope for a positive future. Volunteers do not tell families what to do, instead we hope to inspire families to make positive change by role modelling positive experiences. Longmead is all about having fun, whilst getting the job done. If you enjoy being around children and being outdoors, you are sure to find this volunteer experience very rewarding. As part of volunteering with us, you will receive rewarding experiences, meals (over the meal times you are at Longmead), travel expenses associated with volunteering at Longmead, training opportunities and support from an experienced children and families’ worker. To find out more about the role please visit https://www.longmead.org/vacancy/ All successful applicants will be subject to reference checks and a DBS check as part of our safe recruitment policy. We accept volunteers over the age of 18, who have the right skills and motivations to join the Longmead Community Farm team.

Contact: Claire Crescent

Fundraising Team Leader - Bournemouth Royal Air Forces Association
Fundraising Team Leader volunteers are responsible for arranging street or premises collections in their area, with support from the Association. In addition, they will be responsible for ensuring that there is a suitable number (approximately 10 - 20 per activity) of additional Fundraiser volunteers – to support each fundraising activity arranged. The Fundraising Team Leader will then inform these volunteers in the run up to the fundraising activity and manage them on the day. Duties of a Fundraising Team Leader include: • Setting up street or premises collections (with support from the RAF Association) or other local fundraising activities, challenges, etc. • Contacting existing Fundraiser volunteers and recruiting new people to the role, to take part in arranged activities • Providing instructions and information, to Fundraiser volunteers supporting specific activities, about the logistics for the activity they are involved in • Ordering and distributing t-shirts/tabards for volunteers to wear during activities • Checking the risk assessment on the day and informing volunteers of hazards • Briefing and motivating volunteers on the day of the activity • Ensuring volunteers are happy and supported throughout the activity and receive appropriate refreshments • Thanking volunteers after the event, on behalf of the RAF Association, and encouraging them to support a future activity • Helping count the monies raised in accordance with cash handling policies • Returning funds raised to the Association in accordance with policies • Informing volunteers of the total raised from the activity • Encouraging groups of volunteers to go on to complete ‘challenge events’ • To support information sessions for new Fundraising Team Leaders where possible. As a Fundraising Team Leader becomes more experienced in their role, it is expected that they will take on more responsibility, if desired. Examples of the types of more senior responsibilities include proactively assisting with the recruitment drive for Fundraiser volunteers in their area, setting up relationships with key contacts to arrange for more sustained and regular premises collections to take place throughout the year. Fundraising Team Leaders may also go on to set up relationships with businesses in their area to arrange for their staff to support fundraising activities, or for staff to run their own fundraising days supporting the Association, with the Fundraising Team Leader’s support. At every stage, Fundraising Team Leaders will be fully supported by the Fundraising Team at the Association.

Contact: Volunteer Team

Guy's Marsh Prison Children’s Activity Support Barnardo's Volunteering
HMP Guy's Marsh is a Category C Resettlement prison for approximately 500 male prisoners. Our aim is to improve the quality of the visits for children and their families, to help maintain family relationships, to encourage play between fathers and their children during visits. We need committed volunteers to regularly support play activities in order to build relationships between fathers and their children during prison visits and monthly Family Days. Purpose of opportunity: To work in the Visit Centre and Visit Hall area of the prison when children come to visit their family members and to facilitate play between them and their children. To support the children and families of prisoners during visits. To promote positive play for the family. To build trust with the children and families who visit the prison. To provide a signposting and information service to visiting family members, regarding ‘what to do on your first visit’, access to the ‘assisting a visit’ financial support programme and any other queries of support needs that a family may require. Key activities; To engage children in play To help create a safe, positive play environment To promote play between Children and their family members To make all children and families feel welcome and valued To report any Safeguarding concerns or any accidents. Ensure that prisoners have appropriate activities at their visit table to promote family play. To ensure that the play area is tidied at the end of the visit. Monitor the condition of toys / games and report any damage. Provide information and support to visiting family members throughout the visit, as required. Comply with the requirements of working within a prison environment. Respecting confidentiality. Ideally we are looking for volunteers who could make a regular commitment ideally once a week. Visits take place every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 1. 45 pm to 3.45pm. Volunteers would need to be available from 1.15pm to 4.15pm. Family Days take place 12 times a year on different days to regular visits.

Contact: Penny Fisher

Portland Prison Children's Activity Support Barnardo's Volunteering
HMP Portland is a Young Offenders and Category C prison for male offenders. Our aim is to improve the quality of the visits for children and their families, to help maintain family relationships, to encourage play between fathers and their children during visits. We need committed volunteers to regularly support play activities in order to build relationships between fathers and their children during prison visits and Family Days. Purpose of opportunity: To work in the Visit Centre, Visit Hall area and Outdoor Play Area of the prison when children come to visit their family members and to facilitate play between them and their children. To support the children and families of prisoners during visits. To promote positive play for the family. To build trust with the children and families who visit the prison. To provide a signposting and information service to visiting family members, regarding ‘what to do on your first visit’, access to the ‘assisting a visit’ financial support programme and any other queries of support needs that a family may require. To provide a tuck shop service for families during visit sessions. Key activities; To engage children in play To help create a safe, positive play environment To promote play between Children and their family members To make all children and families feel welcome and valued To report any Safeguarding concerns or any accidents. Ensure that prisoners have appropriate activities at their visit table to promote family play. To ensure that the play area is tidied at the end of the visit. Monitor the condition of toys / games and report any damage. Provide information and support to visiting family members throughout the visit, as required. Set up and tidy away tuck shop area, serve families as required, maintain appropriate levels of hygiene and restock the tuck shop. Comply with the requirements of working within a prison environment. Respecting confidentiality. Ideally we are looking for volunteers who could make a regular commitment ideally once a week. Visits take place every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday from 1.45 pm to 4.00pm. Volunteers would need to be available from 1.15pm to 4.30pm. Family Days take place 12 times a year on different days to regular visits. We are holding an information session for this role on Thursday 7th September from 10:00-11:00

Contact: Penny Fisher

Restorative Justice Facilitator Restorative Dorset
Do you know that: Under the Victim’s Code* every victim of crime and anti social behaviour (ASB) has the right to be informed about restorative justice where it is available? Restorative Justice is a process that can bring those affected by crime and ASB into communication in order to repair some of the harm caused? Restorative Dorset has been providing victim centre restorative interventions for those involved in crime and ASB across Dorset since September 2017. We are now seeking additional volunteer Restorative Justice Facilitators to join our existing volunteer team and help to further develop our service. We are particularly looking for applicants who are available during the day and live and/or are happy to travel to meetings in West, East, North Dorset and Purbeck. Facilitators prepare participants for and deliver face to face meetings and other restorative interventions. The restorative process can help to empower victims by giving them a voice while holding offenders to account for their behaviours. Facilitators also work to create an environment that supports participants in community conflict to find and agree their own solutions. http://jobsatpoole.com/charity-work-volunteers-strategy-team-restorative-dorset-volunteer-facilitator/16251.job If you are an excellent communicator, care about victims, and believe that you have the ability to objectively guide and support others through a restorative process, please consider using and developing your current skills in this rewarding role. Initial and refresher training and ongoing support and case supervision are provided. (*The Victims Code was established by the Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act 2004 and came into effect in 2006.)

Contact: Yvette or Jackie

Safety Centre Education Guide Volunteer Safewise Bournemouth Safety Centre
Volunteer Role Description: Safety Centre Education Guides take groups of children from local schools or community groups around the centre and go through different scenarios, such as road safety, fire safety and water safety. The volunteers deliver key safety messages and encourage the children to be aware of their surroundings, to identify hazards and to think what steps they can take to reduce the risks and stay safe. Interactive methods, using a ‘Discuss, Decide and Do’ approach, helps to develop children’s skills and confidence. Education Guides are currently needed for our Junior Citizen programme, which is for primary schools, for Special Educational Needs groups and for some Family days which are also targeted at the lower age groups. In the next year, new programmes will be introduced for secondary level children as well as homeleavers and older people. When and Where: You can volunteer at our Weymouth or Bournemouth centre. School visits will usually be for a whole school day, 9.30am - 2.45pm. Ideally volunteers would be available for whole days, however it is possible to volunteer for the morning or afternoon (ie. 2-3 hours). There are events that run in the evenings and holidays as well. Volunteers are expected to commit to a minimum of one whole day or two half days a month, however many enjoy it so much that they volunteer regularly once or twice a week! We are recruiting volunteers now in order to prepare them to start in September / October. What Next: Complete a quick Expression of Interest form Phone or visit a centre to have a chat and find out more Shadow an educational Tour Application and informal interview DBS check and references Induction and Training programme - consisting of group training, shadowing, shared delivery with support, building up to full delivery. Pace is flexible for volunteers. Contact: Website: www.safewise.org Email: bournemouth@safewise.org Phone: 01722 691274

Contact: Elise St. Hill

Volunteer Visitor Guide Safewise Weymouth Safety Centre
Volunteer Role Description Visitor Guides take groups of children from local schools or community groups around the Learning Village and go through different scenarios, such as road safety, fire safety and water safety. The volunteers deliver key safety messages and encourage the children to be aware of their surroundings, to identify hazards and to think what steps they can take to reduce the risks and stay safe. Interactive methods, using a ‘Discuss, Decide and Do’ approach, helps to develop children’s skills and confidence. Visitor Guides are currently needed for our Junior Citizen programme, which is for primary schools, for Special Educational Needs groups and for some Family days which are also targeted at the lower age groups. In the next year, new programmes will be introduced for secondary level children as well as homeleavers and older people. When and Where: You can volunteer at our Weymouth or Bournemouth centre. School visits will usually be for a whole school day, 9.30am - 2.45pm. Ideally volunteers would be available during these periods, however it is possible to volunteer for the morning or afternoon (ie. 2-3 hours). There are events that run in the evenings and holidays as well. What Next: Complete a quick Expression of Interest form Phone or visit a centre to have a chat and find out more Shadow a volunteer shift Application and informal interview DBS check and references Induction and Training programme - consisting of group training, shadowing, and ongoing buddying. Pace is flexible for volunteers. Contact: Website: www.safewise.org Email: volunteer@safewise.org Phone: : 01202 591330

Contact: Emily Brown

Volunteer Centre Dorset are thankful for the support from:

Dorset County Council
Dorset Community Foundation
Volunteering Fund