Happy New VoluntYear!
“I’m not quite sure what a volunteer’s meant to feel like but I feel like I’ve contributed something. I feel like I’ve actually helped to make a difference in the day of these people. It’s nice to know you’ve done something that makes people feel better. If that’s what a volunteer’s meant to feel like, it’s easy; I could volunteer all day long.” - A first-time volunteer
If you've ever thought about volunteering, New Year is a wonderful opportunity to get involved! There’s sure to be something to suit your interests and the time you are able to give, and lots of organisations with all sorts of opportunities available:
- monthly, weekly or several times a year
- short term
- long term
- from home
- in the community
- with others
- by yourself
We’ve put together a couple of opportunities to give you an idea about some of the opportunities available with Volunteering Barnet. It's easy to get started: just click on the title to apply for the role.
A couple of opportunities available with Volunteering Barnet
Home from Hospital Volunteer - Age UK
Age UK's Home from Hospital service provides practical support and assistance to people over 65 plus in their own homes for up to six weeks after they have left hospital. The scheme aims to prevent older people returning to hospital and boost a patient's confidence and wellbeing.
Volunteers in this role might help to carry out small tasks around the house such as washing up, helping the patient do a little gentle exercise such as walking or climbing stairs, or helping someone to collect their pension.
Time commitment: 2-3 hours per week for a minimum of six months is ideal.
Stroke Group Supporter - Barnet Trinity Stroke Group
Join a team to help run the Barnet Trinity Stroke Group, which plays an important role in ensuring that stroke survivors do not become socially isolated. They also help to build the confidence and self-esteem of the people who attend. Volunteers help in this role by helping people to take part in the group's activities, meeting and greeting members, and preparing refreshments. There is also the opportunity to help with other tasks that ensure the smooth running of the group such as risk assessments, first aid and compiling user feedback. This might be the role for you if you have excellent listening skills, organisational skills, you enjoy working with other people and you have a friendly and approachable manner. Expenses will be reimbursed.
Open Door Centre Dementia Cafe Group Support Volunteer - Alzheimer's Society North West London
Dementia/Memory cafés provide an opportunity for people with dementia, family members and carers to meet regularly and talk about living with dementia, in an informal social environment and ask questions of professionals. They can feature entertainment, speakers and activities to help with cognitive stimulation. Volunteers are vital to the smooth running of our group services, helping with a variety of tasks such as: serving teas and coffees, welcoming and talking to the group attendees, setting up/clearing up, participating in and encouraging others to participate in group activities. Expenses will be reimbursed, and volunteers will be offered ongoing support, a wide range of training opportunities, and events for volunteers to meet one another and share their feedback.
Time commitment: 2-4 hours every month
Playtime Volunteer - Barnet Carers' Centre
Support young carers aged 5-17 to destress through a range of fun, therapeutic and engaging activities! This role requires you to support the Primary Young Carers Support Worker by encouraging young carers to engage with the activities taking place at the support groups. For these young carers having time away from their caring role is vital to them and enables them to engage with other young carers. This valuable and rewarding role will make a world of difference to a young carer, and will provide you with experience of Care and therapy too.
Time commitment: 4½-8 ½ hours per month
Brownie/Guide Unit Helper - Units in Edgware, Golders Green or Mill Hill
Girlguiding is the leading charity for girls and young women in the UK. Through fun, friendship, challenge and adventure they empower girls to find their voice, inspiring them to discover the best in themselves and to make a positive difference in their community.
Unit Helpers assist the Unit Leadership Team in running units (groups) of Rainbows (ages 5-7), Brownies (7-10), Guides (10-14) and The Senior Section (14-25). This rewarding role will see you support young women into new and exciting adventures, and you might learn something too.
Time commitment: Meetings are usually once a week for one and a half hours.
Youth Panel Member - RAF Museum
Calling all young people aged 16-24! Be part of an active youth panel, helping the museum to improve its connection with young people. You might get to help the Museum test new ideas, put on your own exhibition, or even run events for other young people. If you're looking for a career in the heritage industry or events planning, this is the perfect role for you!
If you get stuck applying for roles or signing up for Volunteer Connect, there’s lots of help available on our FAQs, and you can get in contact with us from Tuesday 2 January 2018 on 0300 365 9960 or firstname.lastname@example.org
We also hold a drop-in event every week. Come and meet the team, search for the latest volunteering opportunities and let us help you register to become a volunteer! Check out when we are next near you on our events page