Opportunities

DO SOMETHING EXTRAORDINARY, BECOME A VOLUNTEER!

At the Volunteer Centre Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire, we know volunteering changes lives. Those of the people we help, and those of the volunteers with whom we work. We believe that volunteering is integral to delivering and supporting a diverse range of services and activities that enrich communities. Volunteering builds community capacity and helps to create cohesive, resilient communities that are better able to meet the social and economic challenges they face.

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As an official race charity part for the Sheffield 10K, we are required to find 20 Volunteers to be Macmillan Marshalls at the event.

We need your help, so if you – your friends can lend a hand it would be hugely appreciated, details below.

  • When: Sunday 24 September – Sheffield, arrival time TBC – usually between 7 and 8am, finish for 1/2pm approx.
  • Where: Sheffield – Various parts of the course – TBC
  • Event Briefing – A full and detailed event briefing would be sent to you two weeks prior to the event.
  • Macmillan T Shirt – Every Volunteer who helps out will also get a Macmillan T Shirt to keep!

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Hands UP: Global Education Volunteer

We are looking for volunteers with experience in teaching or an interest in education to help us deliver and promote our schools project locally.  We ask for a minimum commitment of three workshops per term, with opportunities to get more hands on with strategy development. We will provide training, resources and materials to support you through your volunteering. We are looking for passionate, positive and enthusiastic people to help us inspire the next generation of global citizens!

Our aim is to inspire the next generation to take action on local and global issues, for a fairer more sustainable world. We are recruiting ‘Global Education Volunteers’ to help expand our schools projects.

Village Aid is the Peak District’s international development charity. Based in Bakewell for the past 25 years, we work with people in Africa to define their own route out of poverty. In the UK, our schools project ‘Hands UP’ supports global learning in Peak District schools.

This is an opportunity to join part of an innovative, fully-funded project which offers FREE global education workshops to children in Peak District schools. Working with an enthusiastic and motivated team of like minded volunteers, you will help inspire the next generation of active citizens to create a fairer, more sustainable world.

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Our Moving Forward Volunteers help us deliver our vital Moving Forward courses that help women approach life after breast cancer treatment with confidence.

There are a number of different things that volunteers can help with at Moving Forward Services. The list below is not exhaustive but outlines the majority of the tasks. You would not necessarily be expected to carry out all of the tasks at every Moving Forward service.

  • Assisting in setting up and clearing away at the beginning and end of the event
  • Meeting and greeting participants on arrival and making them feel welcome
  • Helping with provision of refreshments
  • Talking briefly about your role as a Breast Cancer Care volunteer/or Breast Cancer Care services
  • Talking briefly about your personal experience of breast cancer
  • Talking to participants during breaks
  • Offering support to participants if they become upset or need to leave the room.
  • Signposting participants to Breast Cancer Care’s other services where appropriate (or other local services if relevant)

What we look for in a volunteer?

  • To become a Moving Forward Volunteer you need to have had a personal diagnosis of primary breast cancer (and be at least one year post diagnosis)
  • You will need to be a confident and skilled communicator.
  • We are looking for volunteers who are good listeners and are both non-judgemental and non-directive.
  • We also need people who understand the importance of confidentiality.
  • You may have knowledge of local breast cancer support networks which could be of added benefit to the participants at the events.

Practical considerations

  • You will need to attend a Welcome Workshop induction day and role specific training which will be at our regional offices in Sheffield.
  • A commitment to working within Breast Cancer Care’s policies and guidelines, including respect for client confidentiality and equal opportunities
  • The Services Development team will be responsible for managing and supporting you on a day to day basis which will include guidance and instruction particular to this role. The regional Volunteer Manager will also offer additional support if required.
  • Breast Cancer Care will refund all expenses incurred in travelling for this role
  • You must be over 18 years of age

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We are looking for volunteers for the Peak District Challenge 2017.

The event is taking place from Friday 22nd – Saturday 23rd September and is based in Hathersage in the glorious Peak District National Park (easily accessible by train from Sheffield and Manchester).

We have a variety of roles and time shifts available starting from Friday 22nd September 5pm – all the way through to Saturday 23rd September at 11pm.

We are looking for help for the following roles:

  • In headquarters to register entrants, prepare goody bags, keep the hall tidy, prepare and serve food
  • On checkpoints around the Peak District to record people’s times, cheer them on and give them food and drink (having your own car is handy for this role)
  • In taking photos and video clips so that entrants remember their challenge forever (there is a competition prize for the best photo and video clip taken on the event)

The event has a very friendly atmosphere and is a chance to support some incredible people and great causes.

We also have a celebration day on Sunday 24th September in Hathersage that you would be invited to including swimming in the heated outdoor pool and going for a nice pub lunch together.

We have free overnight accommodation available on the hall floor on the Friday night for volunteers.

Help to support this fantastic charity challenge (which is raising money for a variety of fantastic causes). One cause that is especially close to our heart is S.A.L.V.E. International who create opportunities for children living on the streets of Uganda to build a brighter future. In 2016 we raised over £5000 for S.A.L.V.E. to help them to build a rehabilitation home to help children to adjust to life off the streets before being reunited with their families. But we want to raise even more this year!

In 2017 we are also raising funds for great causes such as; Macmillan, Child Brain Injury Trust and Rain Rescue.

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Chesterfield Relate (wk3jul17)
Volunteer receptionist required on these evenings:
Monday 5.30pm – 8.30pm
Wednesday 5.00pm – 8.00pm
Thursday 5.30pm – 8.30pm
At present the cover would be for staff on annual leave and sickness so would not be every single week and obviously the volunteer would only be asked to do one of the above days.
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Hope Springs Recovery Centre (wk4jun17)

We are looking to recruit 2 volunteers. People who have life experience and likes music /arts & crafts/Art. Someone who has some experience in the area of recovery and has some musical experience (can play a guitar) art/crafts. We have 4 new guitars we would like to put to good use.

We are open 10 am – 4 pm daily groups at time and days to suit volunteer. You must be over 18 years old with the ability to communicate with clients who may be experiencing a lack of confidence and motivation and need encouragement to take part.

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Sight Support Derbyshire (wk4jun17)

The Chesterfield Youth Group is for Children and Young People aged 8–18 years, who have a visual impairment in Derby City and County. The youth club activities include arts and crafts, cooking, games, bowling, climbing, cycling, trampoline sessions and much, much more.  The group are based at St Thomas Centre, Chatsworth Road, Chesterfield but also meet at various leisure venues across North Derbyshire from 5.45 – 7.45 on a Thursday evening.  During the holidays we run a variety of trips to various venues around the County, such as Alton Towers, Chatsworth farm and parks. Volunteers need to be over 18.

What you will do: When a child or young person has a visual impairment, they can become isolated and often miss out on the opportunity to meet other young people, and enjoy the activities their peers do. The aim of the youth club is to give the Children and Young People we work with the opportunity to make friends, share opportunities, develop social/life skills and gain confidence whilst having fun and trying new activities.

For more info contact the Volunteer Centre

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Ashgate Hospicecare is an independent registered charity (number 700636) that provides specialist care to adults with life-limiting illnesses, both in the Hospice and community settings, in North Derbyshire.  The Hospice has 24-hour medical availability, the medical team being led by two Consultants in Palliative Medicine and with its full range of services provided by a multi-disciplinary team, is at the forefront of specialist palliative care provision (care to relieve pain where a cure is no longer possible). The team includes Doctors, Nurses, Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Home Care specialists, Lymphoedema nurses, Family Support Team and a Chaplain.

 Our volunteers are pivotal to the organisation, without them the Hospice would not be able to provide the level and range of support our patients and families need.  Ashgate Hospicecare volunteers provide support across the whole organisation including: 

  • In patient unit – helping at meal times and spending time with patients.
  • Day Hospice – carrying out arts and crafts projects with patients and chatting to patients
  • Supportive Care – counselling patients and their families.
  • Retail – providing retail and customer service support to our 16 stores and Coffee Shops
  • Fundraising and Events – supporting fundraising activities and helping out at local events
  • Administration Support – providing administrative support across the organisation
  • Marketing & Communications – helping our Marketing and Communications team
  • eBay – helping our e-Bay teams photograph donations and uploading them to eBay
  • Drivers – providing transport for patients
  • Reception – our volunteers provide a welcoming face and help answer calls
  • Garden – helping to maintain Hospice Gardens

 To view and apply any of our volunteer opportunities please visit https://www.ashgatehospicecare.org.uk/volunteer/  or email volunteering@ashgatehospice.nhs.uk, telephone volunteering on 01246 568801.

Time Bank Chesterfield (wk3jun17)

New Members – Individuals and groups/organisations/charities

As a member (after reference checks and attending an induction for which you receive 1 hour time credit to your TimeBank account, you will get access to a network, receive monthly newsflashes, be able to request for other members to do the jobs and tasks you cant or don’t like to do and choose on an ad hoc basis what volunteer jobs you want to do for other TimeBankers (and receive time credits).

 Committee / Board Members / Active members

If you feel able to contribute to the strategic long term planning eg ideas/solutions to financial sustainability etc, please make it known. This is a key area where the committee are actively looking to recruit to strengthen the current skill sets.

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Hope Springs Recovery Centre (wk3jun17)

Hope Springs is a day centre open 10am – 4pm and provides support to those in and seeking recovery from alcohol and drug addiction. The centre has a timetable of activities which is regularly updated to meet the requirements of our clients.

We are looking to recruit 2 volunteers.

  1. SMART (self-management for addiction recovery) someone who has completed or willing to complete the online SMART facilitators course.
  2. Relapse prevention volunteer who is able to run a meeting 1 – 2 times each week.

Must be over 18 years old with the ability to communicate with clients who may be experiencing a lack of confidence and motivation and need encouragement to take part. Days and times to suit the volunteer.

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Derbyshire Recovery Partnership (wk3jun17)

Volunteer Administrator – Derbyshire County

We are looking for a Volunteer Administrator to perform a variety of tasks to help with the smooth running of the service. This will involve supporting reception and first point of contact duties, including answering telephones and giving out service information. It  will also include assisting in the use of software packages to create documents and correspondence, arranging meetings and also creating and maintaining filing systems. Applicants should be highly organised and able to work on their own initiative. They will also be able to communicate effectively with people inside and outside of the service and be aware of confidentiality issues. This is an opportunity for the successful applicant to gain some valuable skills and experience within an office setting.

Please visit http://www.phoenix-futures.org.uk/jobs-and-volunteering for our Volunteer Administration Agreement.

Volunteer Group Work Assistant – Derbyshire County

We are looking for a team of volunteers to support the staff team and service users of our Programme. This includes assisting in groups; providing support to service users; helping maintain structure (challenging negative behaviours; identifying and encouraging positive behaviours)  and front of house support. Good communication skills are essential. All training for each part of the service, as well as full support from the staff team, is provided.

Please visit http://www.phoenix-futures.org.uk/jobs-and-volunteering for our Volunteer Group Worker Agreement.

 Volunteer Health Champion – Derbyshire County

This is an exciting opportunity to work alongside the Derbyshire County Substance Misuse Team. Providing advice, information and awareness raising sessions on BBV Prevention, Promoting testing and vaccinations. To assist in the delivery of needle exchange and safe injecting advice.  To assist service users with all aspects of health and well being, through liaising with GP’s, Sexual Health, Smoking cessation and dental practices.

 Volunteer Mentor – Derbyshire County

We are seeking enthusiastic individuals throughout Derbyshire who can offer a supportive approach to recovery for people with long-term addiction problems. Applicants will be able to demonstrate good engagement skills, be able to communicate well and can work as part of a team. Applicants must be able to understand confidentiality protocols and be able to work to service boundaries.

Please visit http://www.phoenix-futures.org.uk/jobs-and-volunteering for our Volunteer Mentor Agreement.

Girlguiding Derbyshire – Unit Helper

Would you like to work with girls and young women to make a difference in your community while developing your skills and making new friends?

 If Yes Volunteering with Girlguiding could be for you .

Whatever your skills and interests, and no matter how much time you have to spare,one of our volunteering roles is bound to suit you.
We currently have volunteering opportunities for the following 2 units:-

  • 2nd Hasland Rainbows (5-7 Year Old) who meet on a Thursday Night (5.30-6.45pm)
  • 2nd Hasland Brownies (7-10 Year Old) who meet on a Tuesday Night (6.15-7.30pm)

We also have various other opportunities across Derbyshire so please do still enquire as we can discuss these with you.

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Hardwick Hall – Events and Engagement Volunteer (wk2jun17)

national trustThere is nothing like a fun-filled day out at Hardwick Hall and our Events and Engagement Volunteers help make it happen.  No event is the same and we encourage flexibility in the tasks you perform.  Some events last late into the evenings and sometimes we have to put on our rain coats and wellies and battle the elements.  If you are able to maintain a good sense of humour and you thrive on being busy and delivering exceptional customer service, then this is the role for you.

By getting involved, you could 

  • Have fun and help visitors enjoy themselves
  • Get experience of working on some of the best events around
  • Help turn a field into a festival and back again in one day
  • Join an enthusiastic and varied team and make some new friends

 What’s involved?

  • Helping to plan events so they go smoothly
  • Practical help with signage, marking out spaces for exhibitors, moving tables, putting up gazebos and so on.
  • Making visitors feel welcome, answering any questions and encouraging them to get involved
  • Promoting other events at Hardwick Hall and at other National Trust places locally.
  • Preparing and leading creative workshops such as children’s craft activities when needed
  • Proactive in dealing with visitor queries and being able to think on your feet to help deliver exceptional customer service.
  • You are important in making sure things run as smoothly and safely as possible – this includes getting to know health and safety and evacuation procedures
  • There might occasionally be some other activities that are of interest to you, that we could use your help with.

This role will suit you if you are …

  • Keen to gain experience of event planning and organisation.
  • Someone who loves meeting people and enjoys working with families
  • Cheerful and positive, even when the weather’s not on your side
  • Willing to get stuck in with anything on a busy day
  • Reasonably fit – as you could be on your feet all day
  • Keen to help, but unable to commit to regular volunteering throughout the year

Find out more 

Visit the National Trust website:  www.nationaltrust.org.uk/volunteering

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Volunteer Activities Co-ordinator – Reach Out Café & Friendship Club

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We are looking for an enthusiastic volunteer to join our team of amazing volunteers. The voluntary role is sourcing and planning weekly activities for two Friendship Clubs which take place every Thursday in central Chesterfield and Brimington in addition to liaising with members of the club with relation to planning community transport (Chesterfield only). 

The clubs are primarily for older adults who are lonely and socially isolated and provide an opportunity for social interaction with like-minded people.   Refreshments are provided and a structure of creative crafts, quizzes, guest speakers and a monthly travelling lunch club are all part of the current framework.

If you enjoy meeting people, have good planning and organisational skills and a zest for creativity, with imaginative ideas, and would welcome an opportunity to be part of our established friendship clubs then please get in touch, we would love to hear from you.

This opportunity could potentially lead to a staff role for the successful applicant based on future grant applications.

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Witness Service volunteer role profile: (wk2Jun17)
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Purpose of the role
● To meet Vulnerable and Intimidated witnesses (VIW) away from the court
environment, either at their home or other agreed safe place, to assess their needs
and provide support.
● Together with the VIW, and where appropriate their carer/ support worker/ parent/
guardian, develop a tailored plan of preparation and support.
● Using this plan, offer sensitive and supportive preparation to VIWs prior to them
giving evidence as witnesses in criminal trials. The purpose of this preparation and
support is to help reduce their anxiety and trauma and enable them to give their
best evidence.
 
Witness Service volunteer role profile:
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Purpose of the role:
To support witnesses (and their friends and families) through the experience
of attending court and giving evidence.
Main duties and responsibilities include:
● Giving witnesses and their supporters confidential support, guidance
and information to make their experience of a criminal court more
comfortable.
● Help witnesses cope with the emotional effects of giving evidence.
● Explaining court procedures, legal terminology and decisions.
● Showing witnesses and others around the courtroom before a trial so
they are familiar and at ease in the environment.
● Listening to the concerns witnesses have, empathising with them, and
and advocating where appropriate.
● Helping witnesses prepare themselves for a range of possible trial
outcomes. Going into the courtroom with a witness when it’s allowed.
● Ensuring that witnesses continue to get our assistance after court if they
need it.
● Working as part of a team with other Witness Service volunteers and
staff as well as liaising with court personnel.
● Working effectively with a diverse range of people.
● Attend training, regular informal Talent Talks with your manager as well
as continued discussions with your mentoring court volunteer on
developing your skills and knowledge in the role.

CHESTERFIELD & NORTH DERBYSHIRE CREDIT UNION (wk2Jun17)

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  • Attend all board meetings
  • Understand financial accounting and the Financial Conduct Authority’s Rules Governing Credit Unions
  • Manage, with the bookkeeper, the monthly management accounts and the board’s review of and action related to the board’s financial responsibilities
  • Maintain knowledge of the organisation and personal commitment to its goals and objectives
  • Work with the Manager and Chairman to ensure that appropriate financial reports are made available to the board on a timely basis
  • Present the annual budget and Three year Business Plan to the board for approval
  • Review the annual audit and answer board members’ questions about the audit

It is anticipated that in addition to attending monthly board meetings approximately three/four hours weekly will be needed.

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Cromford Mills (wk4Apr17)
We are looking for volunteers for our Visitor Centre. We have a new exhibition space and volunteer hosts would be responsible for greeting the public, giving short tours into our 3D film experience, The Arkwright Experience and generally interacting with the public. 
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Hope Springs Recovery Centre (wk4Apr17)1429902896870

We are looking to start an art group where clients can be actively involved in Art. Several of our new clients are interested in pursuing art in a group setting. Good communication skills and lots of patience necessary.  ALSO Someone who has some practical experience with bicycles and would enjoy some outdoor time taking clients out for bike rides locally.

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We have a great opportunity for our volunteers to help sell a cookbook at the Great Food & Drink Festivals throughout the East Midlands this year, in exchange for a few hours they would get free entry to the festival for the day. We are suggesting 2 hour slots to sell books on the day, but people can do more if they want (as many slots as  you would like).  Ideally at least 2 people per slot. We are looking for volunteers to sell the books at the event, there will be a stall set up and facilities to take payment (cash and card machines). The event runs from 10am – 5pm on

NEWSTEAD ABBEY, NOTTS

  • Saturday 26th August
  • Sunday 27th August
  • Monday 28th August (Bank Holiday)

 LINCOLN CASTLE

  • Saturday 16th September
  • Sunday 17th September

HARDWICK HALL, NOTTS/DERBYS

  • Saturday 30th September
  • Sunday 1st October 

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BRITISH HEART FOUNDATION (wk2Apr17)
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ash Desk Volunteer

If you enjoy meeting and talking with people and providing great customer service this could be the role for you.

As part of this role you will be:

·         Completing till transactions accurately
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         Promoting our stock requirements and campaigns
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         Promoting the benefits of the Gift Aid scheme to the BHF

Preferred skills and attributes

(Full training will be given for all roles)
A warm, friendly personality and a desire to help is required in this role
You will need to complete the BHF ‘Working at the Cash Desk’ training.

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Vinyl Volunteer
Are you interested in music and a vinyl music fan?  If so, then this opportunity could be for you.

This specialist role will be ideal for those with the experience and knowledge of vinyl records and have a keen interest in all music genres

As part of this role you will be:
·         Sorting music in line with the category  guidelines for the shop
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         Pricing music using BHF’s pricing structure – identifying any valuable items for our eBay shop
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         Research vinyl titles on the internet.
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         Dealing with the deliveries and storage of all vinyl.
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         Monitoring and replenishing stock levels on the shop floor.

 Preferred skills and attributes
(Full training will be given for all roles)
·         Experience of this sector and knowledge of current trends would be beneficial either through work or as your hobby / general interest

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Online Listings Volunteer

If you love sites such as eBay and enjoy looking for fantastic bargains online and are interested in unusual items this could be the role for you.

As part of this role you will be:

  • Identifying collectable, antique or on-trend items
  • Researching potential items and submitting to the online team.
    Following BHF procedures for identifying and posting items on online sites.

 Preferred skills and attributes
(Full training will be given for all roles)
Experience in how to use the eBay site would be beneficial in this role
Has Experience of Digital platforms and IT skills 

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Volunteer Driver

If you are looking for a flexible role that gets you out and about meeting people this could be the role for you.  This is a vital role helping to keep the donations coming into the shops from the local community.

 As part of this role you will be:
·         Collecting stock from people’s homes or businesses and taking them to your local shop.
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         Offering a friendly, professional service in your local community
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         Agreeing your collections with the local shop manager
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         Promoting the work of the BHF in the community.

 Preferred skills and attributes
(Full training will be given for all roles)

§  Volunteer will use own vehicle and will be reimbursed at the HMRC rate.
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  It is your responsibility to ensure that you have a full, valid driving licence and that your car is correctly insured for carrying out collections of BHF donations, with an up to date MOT where applicable
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  You would need to be physically fit and active for this role due to the lifting and carrying of donation bags in and out of the vehicle.

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Sort Room Volunteer

If you have an eye for detail and enjoy working in a busy environment then this could be the role for you.

As part of this role you will be:
§  Helping to sort, tag and steam garments ready for the sales floor
§  Keeping the sort room tidy and organised.

Preferred skills and attributes
(Full training will be given for all roles)

§  Be able to work in an organised manner
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  Be able to sort clothes by category and brand
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  Have an understanding of safe working

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Stock Generation Volunteer

As a stock generator, you will use your local knowledge to raise awareness of our stock requirements with local businesses, make appointments to meet prospective donors, and maintain great relationships with our existing contacts.

As part of this role you will be:

  • Promoting stock campaigns in your shop.
  • Giving out donation bags in your community.
  • Arranging collections of stock donations. 
  • Contacting local businesses for surplus stock.
  • Supporting stock events.

Preferred skills and attributes
(Full training will be given for all roles)

  • Experience in a sales role would be beneficial.
  • Confident and outgoing
  • Have an understanding of the importance of stock donations to the overall business aims

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Volunteer Recruiter

If you enjoy meeting people and love to talk about the benefits of volunteering then this is the role for you. 

As part of this role you will be:
·         Supporting the team to growing and develop the volunteering team.
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         Making contact with local organisations (JCP, colleges, volunteer centres etc.) to promote volunteering vacancies
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         Placing online adverts and distributing POS locally.

 Preferred skills and attributes
(Full training will be given for all roles)

·         You will need to be proficient in BHF volunteering policies and processes
·
         Good communication skills
·
         Digital / IT skills

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CHESTERFIELD CREDIT UNION (wk4Mar17)

Volunteers wanted to support the Credit Union in the delivery of our very successful savings scheme into local schools. We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers,  with a car, to drive to local schools within Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire, to deliver and collect small items, you can do either journey or both. Full training and ongoing support will be given all out of pocket expenses paid.

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Knit and Natter Group (wk4Mar17)780-rainbow-teacosy-3

A gentleman who is setting up a local ‘knit and natter’ group in Tibshelf would like help running the group. It is proposed that the group is open to adults of ages and all abilities; The main focus would be on the social element, and it runs between 18.00-20.00 one evening per week depending on the level of interest. For more info:

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Alzheimer’s Society (wk3Mar17)

‘I’m in the process of setting up a Chesterfield + Dronfield Volunteer Fundraising Group (VFG). This is a fundraising practice widely used in charities and the VFG’s are essentially the local face of the charity in their community and they use their local knowledge and networks to raise money and spread awareness.  I’m trying to find people who would be interested in joining the group.’

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Spire Nursery and Infant School (wk2Mar17)

We are trying to teach our children resilience and life skills through outdoor learning and want to further develop our outdoor provision to include caring for animals. To help to prepare ground for housing a small number of animals. This will include digging out the base, laying hard-core, levelling cement to make bases for wooden housing for animals. The area will be fenced off, so a number of fence posts will also need to be installed.

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CHESTERFIELD GARLAND DANCERS (wk3Mar17)chesterfield garland

We are a women’s dance team who perform clog and garland dances from (mainly) the north west of England. We dance at well-dressings, carnivals, festivals, fetes, outside pubs, at residential homes and at stately homes.

We need someone to help us with our social media presence so that we can attract more members and be able to dance out at more venues.

You will help us by using our Facebook and Twitter accounts to promote our activities and to build followers to encourage interest from others and invite them to come along and practice with us.

You will also advise us on any other suitable social media we might like to consider to help us increase our membership.

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Transition Town Chesterfield (wk4Apr17)

Seed Swap volunteer to assist current volunteer to organise Transition Chesterfield’s / Inspire Community Garden’s Seed Swap project. Repairer at Repair Cafes to fix or mend, where possible, household items brought in for repair to avoid dumping in landfill.  Repair Cafes currently held on second Saturday of alternate months (Feb, Apr, Jun, Aug, Oct, Dec). Campaigner to support current volunteer on various campaigns including anti-fracking, renewable energy, divestment from fossil fuels, 20’s Plenty walking/cycling.

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Derbyshire Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse Service(wk4Apr17)

We need reflexologists/Reiki/Yoga/Indian head massage – students or qualified volunteer. To work at the advice centre and in some of the refuges. A morning or afternoon a week.

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South Yorkshire Housing Association – Building Better Opportunities (wk2Mar17)

As a BBO Peer Ambassador you will have experienced barriers to getting a job, and are now thriving in work whilst managing health conditions and/or living with disabilities. You will use this experience to help support, mentor and inform others who have complex needs but want to find and sustain employment. ALSO As a Peer Researcher, you will conduct interviews with customers on BBO, find out about their experience, transcribe your key findings, identify trends and begin to analyse the data you gather with the support of Sheffield Hallam University Researchers.

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RSPCA Charity Shop (wk2Mar17)rspca

As part of a friendly team, volunteers in the Charity Shop carry out a range of duties including interacting with customers, money handling, steaming clothes and assisting the shop managers with sorting stock. Those interested in becoming a volunteer within the shop ideally need to have experience within customer service, have a flexible and motivated approach to working and are able to work as part of a team. We ask volunteers to work on a rota system so we kindly ask if you can cover an afternoon or morning or all day shift.

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HOSThost

Make the world a little friendlier! Spend a weekend with an adult international student in your home, learning about their culture, showing them your local area and inviting them to experience your own home life.

Volunteer hosts invite students to stay so the student can experience ‘real’ Britain, away from university and heavy tourism, and so the host can meet new people and learn about diverse cultures from around the world.

Choose how often you host, how many people you invite (individuals, pairs or families) and if you would like to meet someone from a specific country. Students and hosts will be matched on interests and availability by a Regional Organiser (RO) who will also help you sign up.

There are no specific expectations from a host visit, other than the student should be made to feel part of your family for the short time. Hosts can show their local area, visit friends, attend local events, or just spend time chatting. This is not a tourism opportunity for the student and hosts are not expected to act as ‘tour-guides’.

So, if you’d like to enjoy an unusual and rewarding activity, meet new people and travel the world from your sofa, please get in touch

SAFE & SOUNDSAFE AND SOUND
The Volunteer Centre is urgently looking for new volunteers to join our Safe & Sound project. This is one of the easiest and most effective ways of volunteering. All that’s required is that you agree to accept details of one-off tasks required by people in genuine need (simple DIY, accompanying to an appointment, a lift to a relative etc.). Then, only if you are able to help, let us know and we’ll make all the arrangements. All out-of-pocket expenses (such as petrol) will be reimbursed.

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This project run from the Volunteer Centre, is looking for volunteers to visit and befriend socially isolated individuals in Chesterfield and NE Derbyshire areas. Help is given on a good neighbour basis. We have individuals currently awaiting befrienders now. Full training and travel expenses paid.

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FARESHAREfareshare
The main operation is the redistribution of food so a lot of the volunteers help with the operations in the warehouse, including sorting and picking food. There are also opportunities for drivers, admin, finance and fundraising volunteers. Full training given. A commitment to half a day per fortnight is preferred.

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Charity Shop Volunteer – Bakewell & Chesterfield

About this role:We are looking for enthusiastic and motivated individuals to help maintain the efficient running of our charity shops.  This is an exciting and rewarding opportunity to meet new people and help to make a real difference to the families who visit the Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice.

Key tasks for shop volunteers:

We require you to assist with some or all of the following:

  • Receiving and sorting donations received at the shop
  • Sizing, tagging, hanging and steaming garments
  • Helping to make sure that sales floor is adequately stocked
  • Working on the sales desk
  • Working on the till (specific training will be given if you are selected for this role)

Key tasks for steaming volunteers:We need volunteers to help with the following:

  • Use steamer to freshen and de-crease clothing
  • Follow health and safety procedures when using the steamer
  • Keep steamer topped up with water
  • Descale the steamer every week
  • Other related activities

Key tasks for shop volunteer cleaners:

We require you to assist with some or all of the following:

  • Hoovering
  • Dusting / Polishing
  • Emptying Bins
  • Sweeping / mopping
  • Cleaning of bathroom and kitchen area’s
  • Cleaning of donated Brica–Brac
  • General cleaning duties as required

Key tasks for tagging volunteers:

We need volunteers to help with the following:

  • Follow health and safety procedures when using the tagging gun
  • Fix tags to garments as shown, in a way that does not damage the garment
  • Check size of garments and write clearly on the tag.
  • Pricing is done by management and dates are written on when they are put down on the shop floor.
  • Other related activities

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FRIENDS OF STAND ROAD PARKstand road
The cafe will be open on Saturday mornings only from early September until early May. Volunteers are sought to work in the cafe from 8am until 1pm on Saturday mornings about once every two weeks. Friends of Stand Road Park will provide induction training, pay for volunteers to get their Level 2 Food Safety qualification if they want it (it is not mandatory). We provide uniform consisting of apron and cap and full liability insurance cover. The cafe is located in the park pavilion.

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A volunteer vacancy has arisen for a youth group lead for our weekly Chesterfield LGBT+ youth group based in the Chesterfield centre.  The role entails supporting attendees, who age from 13-19, actively engaging in constructive discussions and supervising activities focused around sexual orientation or gender identity.  The role requires a clean DBS check, we can apply for this on your behalf.  You would assist in running or co-running sessions, forward planning session topics and ensuring the safety of attendees.  Full training and support will be given.

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BARROW HILL ROUNDHOUSE

Site maintenance for open days

We are looking for volunteers who would be able to help at Barrow Hill Roundhouse on open days to ensure that public openings run smoothly. You can undertake a range of jobs, which may include site maintenance helping to set the site for events, car park msteam-locomotives-display-Roundhouse-Museum-Barrow-Hill-Derbyshireanagement and assisting with visitors. This role will give volunteers the opportunity to be part of an exciting venue and gain experience in a working railway Roundhouse whilst working with a wide range of experienced and interesting people.

Learning delivery

We are looking for committed volunteers who would be interested in joining our learning team. The role will involve support and assistance during school workshops on site, as well as holiday activity support where possible. Working alongside a team of learning volunteers, the opportunity will involve full training in delivering engaging learning sessions to groups of children and young adults. Learning volunteers will have the chance to pass on their knowledge about our fascinating heritage site through fun activities and tours for groups. This is an ongoing role and will take place throughout the year, dependant on bookings.

Costumed interpretation

We are looking for committed volunteers who would be interested in being part of our interpretation team at Barrow Hill Roundhouse. This role will involve greeting the public on open days and telling visitors about the fascinating history of the site, whilst in character. Volunteers should be willing to carry out their role in costume, which will be provided.

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PRISONERS ABROAD
Volunteers required over the age of 18 years to become pen-pals to write to British nationals held in foreign prisons.  Help and advice will be given to prospective pen-pals.

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The My Guide scheme matches people who are blind or partially sighted with a trained volunteer. A My Guide helps the person who is visually impaired to get out and about. This could include going to the local shops, the theatre, gym or sporting events. Could you volunteer to help a person with sight loss in Chesterfield to become more independent? Gain a recognised skill, meet different people and make a real difference!

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BARNARDOS LEAVING CARE SERVICE
We are looking for volunteer mentors that can support young people through this transition in a variety of ways such as supporting young people to set up and maintain a home budgeting system.  Supporting young people with shopping, paying barn08-logobills, managing money and sometimes accompanying them on appointments.  Also assisting young people to develop their practical skills  such as cooking, gardening, DIY etc.

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NSPCC SCHOOLS SERVICE
Our Speak out. Stay safe. programme is protecting a generation of children against abuse one primary school at a time. And we want you to join us (Derbyshire / Derby).

As our volunteer, you’ll visit local schools giving assemblies to children aged 4-11 and classroom workshops to 9-11 year olds. You’ll help them to understand abuse. And give them the confidence and courage to speak out and seek help if they ever need it.

By delivering our programme to at least two schools a month, you’ll be making a massive difference, helping us fight for every childhood in your local school’s community.

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NYAS
Could you mentor a young person in care and make a difference to their lives? We need a volunteer to offer 1-1 support to young person by visiting every month to share fun activity, from going to the cinema, playing computers games or talking 18033171_712997018903425_5910700674460232990_nover fantasy card games and everything in between! You don’t need any special qualifications, but patience and a good sense of humour are an advantage. You will need to spare a few hours each month for at least 18 months. We will provide you with training, on-going support and travel expenses. For more information:

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HARDWICK HALL

Various role are available including retail volunteers in the shops, in the souvenirs shop and also looking for people with an interest in plants and gardens within the retail setting. Storytelling volunteers: Do you love books and want to share that enthusiasm? Have fond memories of reading stories as a child? Story readers help bring books alive for our visitors, helping to create a memorable visit to Hardwick. ALSO We are now recruiting for Youth Rangers. They are a dynamic group of young people with a passihardwickon for the outdoors, who volunteer to help look after Hardwick  Park. They give their time once a month on a Sunday afternoon to help out with a variety of conservation tasks from building tree guards, planting trees, habitat creation, woodland conservation work and environmental surveying. But it’s not all work!

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DERBYSHIRE CARERS ASSOCIATIONcarers-logo
Teaming up for Transition is an Excellence Project funded by the Department of Health to enable Derby Carers Association to work in partnership with Hospitals and GP Surgeries to identify Carers from the beginning of their caring journey. The Carer Support Group Volunteer is an exciting new opportunity to join this innovative project and to help facilitate Carers Support Groups in Derbyshire. The Hospital Liaison Volunteer is an exciting new opportunity to join this innovative project and to support and identify Carers within Chesterfield Royal Hospital. Also an administrator is required in the office at West Bars for 1/3 days. For more information:

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ENGLISH HERITAGE
English Heritage offers a range of volunteering and work placement opportunities – there’s something for everyone. As an English Heritage volunteer you can; meet new people; be part of a friendly team; learn new skills; receive training and support; indulge in your passion; engage with your local heritage. For more information on volunteering at Bolsover Castle:

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FAMILY ACTION
Volunteers needed to provide emotional support to a mum or dad during the perinatal period (the perinatal period is during pregnancy and a year following the birth). The support may be through telephone calls, home visits, group work or support to access other local services. For more info:

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SPECIAL OLYMPICS DERBYSHIRE (wk3Mar17)

An opportunity for a new basketball assistant coach working with the Chesterfield Sabres learning disability basketball group. The group has been established recently under the Special Olympics Derbyshire network and we are looking to add to our current team of volunteers. We have a session every Tuesday 5.00pm-6.00pm at Chesterfield College. We have member of varying levels of abilities and the sessions are always based around fun, fitness and basic basketball skills and drills. We can mediumoffer volunteers opportunities for coaching awards and training for volunteers who show commitment and willing to develop.

The network is also looking for someone to help manage our volunteers. The Volunteer Coordinator will be the main point of contact for the volunteering queries across the network and will help get volunteers registered to Special Olympics GB.

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MARKHAM VALE LAND SERVICES
Volunteers needed to support adults with a learning disability within an employment project.  This project provides ground maintenance and land management opportunities at Markham Vale. There is also some conservation work.  Volunteers should ideally have care/support experience and a willingness to work outdoors all year round.

The hours are approximately Monday to Friday 9am – 3pm.

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The RNLI would like help with ‘on street’ and ‘in store’ collections across the area. It would usually be about 2 hours but can be as long or as short as you can spare. Remember we may be a landlocked county but we, I am sure, will all visit the seaside at some point.

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helens trustHELEN’S TRUST
Helen’s Trust is a small charity supporting people with terminal illness in the last six months of life, whose wish is it is to die at home.  Helen’s Trust needs to raise £230.000 per year to provide it’s night sitting and respite support services and with only a very small team need additional volunteers to support us with our fundraising.  If you would like to be part of a community fundraising team then we would love to hear from you.  For more info:

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SPORTS LEADERS UK
Energy Club is a volunteer led activity club, engineering around healthy lifestyles, for children ages 4-11 years. Volunteers will attend Sports Leaders UK training (Gaining a nationally recognised award) to become Energy Club Leaders, giving them the confidence to deliver activities to children. With an improved confidence and an array or resources, the team of volunteers will run the activity club for 1 hour on a weekly basis. Guidance and support will always be available from Sports but the volunteers will take ownership of the Energy Club, delivering fun and productive activity sessions for children. We are looking to create 2 Energy clubs, one in Bolsover and one in Pinxton.

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The Special Olympics Derbyshire network are recruiting a ‘Volunteer Coordinator’ to be part of their committee and help develop the new network. Being the main point of contact for all volunteers within the network. Identify which positions need to be filled within the network’s sports. Maintaining a list of contacts in the local area to contact for support when needed. The role is for a year initially and will take on average an hour a week of the volunteer’s time. For further information:

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BREATHE EASY
Breathe Easy is the support network of the British Lung Foundation, with groups providing information and support to anyone affected by any lung condition. Breathe Easy Hardwick East currently meets on the 2nd Wednesday of the month, 1.30pm – 3.30pm. Volunteering opportunities with the group are varied ranging from hosting/chairing meetings to meeting & greeting/ welcoming new members, helping to book speakers for monthly meetings and administrative roles such as recording new member information.

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ROYAL BRITISH LEGION (Chesterfield & NE Derbyshire)
Case-workers are needed to gather information about beneficiary circumstances and needs, and manage more straightforward cases. Acting on behalf of the Legion in different locations including working in the Advice and Information centres, outreach locations and visiting beneficiaries in their homes.

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