ACTIVE LIFE VOLUNTEERS
Can you help support our residents to become active and involved in their community?
We require drivers to help us transport a resident from Lynda Cohen House to a day centre in Holbeck; Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays: 9.30am from Lynda Cohen House to Holbeck and/or 3.30pm from Holbeck to Lynda Cohen House.
We also desperately need volunteers able to offer their free time during the day, early evenings and Sundays, helping people with learning disabilities in our community to live active and fulfilled lives. Can you help our clients learn new skills… for example cooking, crafting, computer or gardening?
Would you like to help shopping, go on outings to the theatre, cinema, places of interest in our city, go out for meals, the pub or other social activities.
Love walking and like a brew?
We need a volunteer with a couple of hours to spare to go for a walk and coffee with a resident from Montague House on a Friday or over the weekend.
Can’t commit every week but do have some hours to spare? … Why not become a ‘Flexible Volunteer’? We need help in our busy community centre especially over the summer on Thursdays: 12.00pm till 1.30pm; duties include collecting orders from the kitchen and clearing tables in the café.
PRE-SCHOOL STAY AND PLAY
Are you creative, outgoing and friendly? Our pre-school toddler with adult group is looking for volunteers to run the sessions held in the playroom. Volunteers are expected to set up and tidy away the room, oversee activities such as singing, arts and crafts, and ensure the group runs smoothly.
Sessions run Mondays 1.00pm-3.00pm and Wednesday/Thursday 10.00am-12.00noon.
Love to chat, need some company and want to help others?
By giving approximately an hour of your time each week to become a befriender you can help to reduce isolation in our community? We have a long waiting list of people who would benefit from a friendly visit from you and help to brighten up their day, (and yours). All ages welcome.
Why not volunteer from the comfort of your home or during your lunch time at work? Telephone befriending allows you to be very flexible when your time is precious.
Just half an hour’s commitment per week is all you need to give to bring happiness and reduce isolation to someone in the community.
- Currently there are around 2 million people in the UK today who are blind or partially- sighted.
- Over the next 30 years this is likely to increase to around 5 million people.
- 380,000 people are registered blind or partially- sighted.
- Research by Guide Dogs shows that there are some 180,000 blind and partially-sighted people in the UK, who never leave their home alone.
What is the My Guide service?
My Guide is the new sighted guiding service from Guide Dogs; it helps thousands of people with sight loss to get out of their homes and engage with their community.
There are 2 types of My Guide volunteers
My Guide Partnership Volunteer
(Mandatory Level 1 & Level 2 My Guide Training)
A My Guide Partnership matches a person who is blind or partially sighted with a trained volunteer. The volunteer guides the person who is blind or partially sighted so that they can reach their mobility goals – these could be things like being able to go to the gym, joining a local coffee group or just walking in the local park. A commitment of 2 hours per week for 6 months is required.
My Guide Assist Volunteer
(Mandatory Level 1 My Guide Training)
A My Guide Assist Volunteer must undertake level 1 training to assist visually impaired clients in the community centre at lunch time or to help those attending social gatherings, events and classes.
Like fashion, bric-a-brac and books? Our fabulous shop has recently undergone a major refit and we need your help to make our shop and its great customer service reputation stand out from the rest. We want to be the best shop on the parade! Can you help us to cover the following vacant shifts?
- Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday: 9.00am-1.00pm
- Tuesday, Thursday: 1.00pm-5.00pm
- Friday: 12.00-4.00pm
- Sunday: 10.00am-2.00pm
Got a car and some time to spare?
Why not join our bank of drivers to help bring people in our community to our Wellbeing Afternoon on Mondays at 1.30pm and/or take them home at 3.45pm. We’d even love you to stay and join in if you want to!
EMPLOYER SUPPORTED VOLUNTEERING (ESV)
What is ESV?
“Employer Supported Volunteering (ESV) provides employees with the opportunity to volunteer with support from their employer. This may be in the form of time off for individual volunteering, team challenge events or an ongoing arrangement with a community partner. ESV provides real benefits to the employer, the volunteers and community organisations they support. By helping tackle local issues, employers can benefit both themselves and the communities in which they operate.”
(Source: Volunteering England)
As part of Voluntary Action Leeds ‘Employee Supported Volunteering’ initiative, we were able to welcome a group of volunteers from the Department of Health into some of our residential homes.
Read here about their ESV experience.