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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

Camp Day Volunteer Over The Wall
Day Volunteer Team Mates are an essential part of Camp. They help to support, guide, inspire and empower our Campers to maximise their potential and increase their confidence volunteering at camp between 9am and 6pm Campers will be divided into teams before they arrive based on the age groups of 8-10, 11-13, 13-15 and 15-17. As a Team Mate you will be assigned one of these teams and throughout Camp you will build amazing 1-1 relationships with your team of Campers on a daily basis. Your role is to support and encourage the Campers on their individual and collective journeys whilst also assisting your fellow Volunteers. Throughout Camp you will enthusiastically support Campers in a wide range of activities, including Drama, Music, Arts and Crafts, Discovery, Sports and Games, encouraging them to reflect on what they have achieved. For more information and a photo gallery (which gives a good taste of camp life) then please visit our website: www.otw.org.uk We are looking for Team Mates who: ● Have the ability to form positive, supportive relationships with our Campers ● Are energetic and enthusiastic in their approach to Camp and all Camp activities ● Possess excellent communications skills ● Can work effectively as part of a team ● Will be non-judgemental in your approach to camp ● Have a clear understanding of appropriate boundaries when working with Campers ● Be reliable, punctual and dependable ● Have a sense of fun!

Contact: Zoe Grant

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

Children's Camp - Team Mate Over The Wall
Team Mates are an essential part of Camp. They help to support, guide, inspire and empower our Campers to maximise their potential and increase their confidence. Campers will be divided into teams before they arrive based on the age groups of 8-10, 11-13, 13-15 and 15-17. As a Team Mate you will be assigned one of these teams and throughout Camp you will build amazing 1-1 relationships with your team of Campers on a daily basis. Your role is to support and encourage the Campers on their individual and collective journeys whilst also assisting your fellow Volunteers. Throughout Camp you will enthusiastically support Campers in a wide range of activities, including Drama, Music, Arts and Crafts, Discovery, Sports and Games, encouraging them to reflect on what they have achieved. You will also look after the day-time and night-time needs of the Campers in their accommodation. For more information and a photo gallery (which gives a good taste of camp life) then please visit our website: www.otw.org.uk We are looking for Team Mates who: ● Have the ability to form positive, supportive relationships with our Campers ● Are energetic and enthusiastic in their approach to Camp and all Camp activities ● Possess excellent communications skills ● Can work effectively as part of a team ● Will be non-judgemental in your approach to camp ● Have a clear understanding of appropriate boundaries when working with Campers ● Be reliable, punctual and dependable ● Have a sense of fun!

Contact: Zoe Grant

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

Group Coordinator Multiple Sclerosis Society -South West Dorset Group
Our Group is passionate about supporting people affected by Multiple Sclerosis (MS) in the local community. The team offers support and information to all those affected by MS, their families and carers along with arranging regular meetings and social events for the whole family. Do you have good leadership skills? Could you coordinate our Group activities to ensure that we are an effective team providing services and activities to meet the needs of local people affected by MS? Group Coordinators use their local knowledge and leadership skills to organise and oversee an MS Society Group. Although Group Coordinators have overall responsibility for what a group does, they operate as part of a team of volunteers. As Group Coordinator, you will ensure that the Group operates effectively, act as an ambassador for the Group operates within the law and in accordance with the Society's rules and policies. You will also encourage the recruitment of new volunteers and offer support to all volunteers within the Group as appropriate taking effective action to resolve any disputes which may arise. For a full role description please visit the following page; https://volunteers.mssociety.org.uk/volunteering-with-us/group-coordinator We can support you to develop the skills you need for this role, including induction into all the areas outlined in the full description (available on the website). You will have a chance to discuss your role and any additional needs with us. Please get in touch for an informal chat and find out more.

Contact: Richard Bird

Group Helpers - Bridport Conquest Art
Conquest Art is a Charity, inspiring people with disabilities and long-term health issues to discover their creative energy and build self-confidence through art since 1978. Members meet regularly to enjoy creative activities in a friendly and caring environment. They are encouraged to create artwork from their imagination, to develop their own style and work at their own pace. Conquest Art groups are all run by volunteers who offer their time and enthusiasm and with support, are rewarded by the sense of fulfilment that comes with being involved from such a worthwhile cause. Your few hours a week could make a real difference to people's lives. We are seeking volunteer helpers willing to support our Bridport art group. The group is held every alternate Monday from 11:00am to 12:30pm at Bridport Christian Fellowship, Kings Square, Kings Street, Bridport. Not every volunteer needs artistic ability, but you do need to be over 18 and a ‘people person’. All art groups need a team of volunteers which have a variety of different gifts from organisational skills, artistic experience to someone dealing with the money or making the tea. Most of all they need your enthusiasm to help create a friendly welcoming environment where members feel relaxed and able to make the most of their time with them. Volunteers are the people who make Conquest Art possible. Could you join the team? Please contact them for more information and they will arrange for you to visit the group to see what the role involves and to meet other volunteers and the members.

Contact: Tina McJarrow

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

Reception Volunteer Safewise Weymouth Safety Centre
SafeWise Weymouth is a life skills centre, with fire safety scenarios and an outdoor road network, combined with a thriving community centre with rooms for meetings, community activities and a cafe. This helps to generate income and support our educational work. Volunteer Role Description The Safety Centre General Assistant volunteer role is very varied but it always involves interaction with staff and the public. Volunteers provide customer service support by staffing reception, welcoming visitors and ensuring they know where to go, and processing telephone enquiries. They provide valuable administrative support, such as sending out booking forms, photocopying or taking payments; they also help with housekeeping tasks, such as looking after notice boards, doing inventories and checking facilities. Some General Assistants will help with the setting up of rooms and equipment and ensuring that activities run smoothly. In some instances they have responsibility for opening up or closing the centre. We aim to have two General Assistant volunteers on duty at a time, so that they can support each other with tasks. When and Where: Presently, General Assistant volunteers are only needed at our Weymouth centre. Opening hours at Weymouth Centre are 8.30am - 9pm. Therefore we have Morning, Afternoon and Evening shifts for volunteers. Ideally volunteers would be available for a regular shift each week, however there is flexibility. Volunteers are expected to commit to a minimum of two shifts a month, however many enjoy it so much that they volunteer regularly once or twice a week! 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

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

Volunteer Cooking Buddy Dimensions UK
The gentleman we support is very chatty and sociable. He enjoys simple and freshly cooked meals but would like some support to develop his confidence and skills in the kitchen. He would also enjoy your company and a chat. You don’t have to be a qualified chef but have an interest in cooking and sharing your skills and experience. If you are qualified or currently studying then this may also provide you with some good experience. If you can spare a couple of hours a week then we’d like to hear from you. No specific experience is required, however experience with adults with learning disabilities would be desirable Dimensions provides support for around 3,500 other people with learning disabilities and autism across the UK. We help them to live more independently and access their local communities. Exact days and times will be agreed with the locality manager. We would ask the volunteer to commit to attending their role on a regular basis – this could be once a week, every other week, once a month etc. Continuity, stability and routine are vital in supporting adults with learning disabilities and autism. A DBS check will be required for this role. Two character references will also be required. Activities will include • Assisting in selecting and planning meals (we will provide the support to buy ingredients) • Developing confidence and skills in the kitchen • Developing prompt cards/recipe cards for practise alone • Having a chat and some fun Activities will not include • Financial assistance. • Personal care.

Contact: Sarah Callaghan

VOLUNTEER TO READ WITH CHILDREN IN DORSET PRIMARY SCHOOL Schoolreaders
WE ARE LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS TO READ WITH CHILDREN IN DORSET PRIMARY SCHOOLS Schoolreaders is a national charity who improve children's lives by providing volunteers, for free, to give one-on-one reading practice to children in primary schools. A large proportion of children leaving primary school are unable to read to the expected standard. In the new government figures published for 2018, Dorset is ranked lower than the national average in achievement. One of the reasons is that children are not receiving enough one-on-one reading practice. Schoolreaders helps address this by providing volunteers to listen to children read in primary schools. We recruit volunteers to go into primary schools. Volunteers are carefully matched to the best local school for them. This is a completely free service to both schools and volunteers. No qualifications are necessary to be a volunteer, just a good command of English and a bit of spare time each week of the school year. This would suit anyone. Volunteers say the experience is incredibly rewarding. We are urgently looking for volunteers in Dorset to read in local primary schools who have signed up to Schoolreaders and are looking for some help. Visit www.schoolreaders.org to complete an application form or telephone 01234 924 111. Your postcode will allow Schoolreaders to match you up with a primary school near to where you live.

Contact: Rosie Cunningham, Dorset Ambassador for Schoolreaders

Volunteer Visitor Guide - Weymouth 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. When and Where: You can volunteer at our Weymouth or Bournemouth centre. School visits will usually be for a whole school day, 9.15am - 2.15pm. 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. Skills and Attitude: Enthusiasm for the purpose of the charity and its educational values Excellent communication skills - able to communicate with people of all ages and backgrounds Experience in or an interest in working with children. Reliable and organised Good teamworking skills and attitude Benefits for volunteers Knowing you are making a difference and saving lives Sharing and / or developing your knowledge, skills and confidence An enjoyment in working with children - it’s fun! Training and ongoing support and development in your role Being a valued team member Being able to input into the development of the charity It’s sociable! We have volunteer meetings and trips! A contribution to travel expenses and lunch (if volunteering all day) 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