Volunteers make a valuable contribution to Blackpool Carers Centre. They play a distinctive and complementary role alongside paid staff by undertaking activities for the benefit of carers and their relatives. Our volunteers reflect the interests, needs and resources of the community we aim to support and bring a unique perspective to our work. Volunteers give their time to develop a range of support that could not be provided solely by staff. The relationship between volunteers and the people they help support may also be more relaxed and informal. They may have more flexibility in the type or frequency of activities they can undertake, usually with mutual benefits for all involved.
Who Can Volunteer?
We welcome volunteers of all ages and with a wide variety of life experiences.
Some of our volunteers are retired people simply looking to do something with their spare time while others are keen to gain work experience to help them get paid employment.
Previous experience working in the community or as a carer can be helpful but the main skills we require are reliability, friendliness and patience.
If you can spare us some of your time then we can find a role to suit your experience and interests.
Read what one of our volunteers, Athena, had to say about our Volunteer Celebration Day which was held on 17 June 2017.
Benefits of Volunteering?
There are many benefits to volunteering. As well as getting to meet new people, you can:
- gain new skills or develop existing ones
- get the chance to try out something new
- feel the achievement of doing something useful
- put something back into the community
- develop your personal skills and confidence
We will also offer you:
- individual and group support
- flexibility in when and where you volunteer
- travel and out of pocket expenses
- insurance to cover your agreed involvement
- induction and relevant training to meet individual needs
Volunteers can undertake a variety of roles, including:
Adult Carers’ Group Volunteer
Help to facilitate social groups and days out by providing a friendly face, serving refreshments and where appropriate passing on your own skills or hobbies.
Duties include taking carers to events and providing transport for other volunteers who have difficulty travelling. We also have a 15-seater minibus which is used for carers trips and activities.
Blackpool Carers Centre have a variety of different events and activities throughout the year which require the help of volunteers, from bag packing and coffee mornings, to the glitz and glamour of our annual ball.
Activities include helping with street collections, packing bags for shoppers at supermarkets, running raffles and raising awareness at organised events. You may wish to hold your own event or initiative to raise funds or help raise awareness of our service.
Volunteers meet and greet carers and visitors to Blackpool Carers’ Centre, assist in the general administration of the office by answering phones, filing, franking post and undertaking other roles such as gardening and maintenance where appropriate.
Volunteer drivers distribute copies of the magazine to organisations and individuals throughout The Fylde Coast to widen our reach and raise awareness of carers and services available to them.
Maintenance/DIY Volunteer (with own tools)
This a a great role for a retired joiner/handyman or DIY enthusiast. There are always jobs to be done, such as putting up shelves, refreshing the painting, fixing broken cupboard doors, laying carpets etc. Unfortunately, we don’t have many tools, so someone who could bring their own tools would be most welcome.
A great role for a sociable, friendly volunteer, as you will be the first point of contact for all visitors to the Centre. This position involves answering the telephone and offering all visitors a warm welcome.
Blackpool Carers Centre relies on people with skills and experience such as marketing, finance, being a carer etc who are willing to be Trustees and Directors, who are responsible for the running of the charity. Training and support will be provided to potential new trustees.
Youth Club Volunteer
An extremely rewarding role keeping young carers who attend our youth clubs here at the Center, safe and entertained. This role also involves helping on young carers’ respite trips.Other roles are also available and can be discussed with our Volunteer Co-ordinator.
If you would like more information or a Volunteer Application Form, please ring our Volunteer Co-ordinator, Terry Hodkinson for an informal chat on 01253 393748 or email firstname.lastname@example.org