Volunteering Opportunities

You can see all the volunteer roles by going to www.volunteeressex.org and applying on-line or you can call us on 01702 356000 for an informal chat.

We look forward to hearing from you. Contact Emily  on Tel: 01702 356000, Email: vb@savs-southend.co.uk

February 2017
Social Media Twitterer
A wonderful nursing organisation which allows people to be cared for in their own homes realises the importance of maintaining a regular presence on Facebook, Twitter and other forms of Social Media - but just doesn't have the time (or knowledge!) to make best use of the various applications. Can you help them get the word out there about all the great work that they do? Think you can help them? Then we would really like to talk to you! This role is flexible, ideally two half days or one day a week, some of which can also be done from home. Ideal for anyone good at using social media and sensitive towards the people being helped. If you are job hunting, this role will look good on your CV as well.
Call 01702 356000 today to apply
Website Secret Squirrel
We at SAVS, would like to improve our internet use but we first need someone to investigate what other people are doing and to find us the good stuff, someone prepared to look at LOADS of websites, analyse them and provide feedback.
This role could suit anyone: a student bored of playing Candy Crush; a parent who wants to volunteer but struggles to fit anything in around the kids; or a retiree who wants something to do indoors whilst the weather is bad .We don't mind where you do the research (if you want to do it in your PJs and bunny slippers watching 'Eastenders' then that's OK with us). But you would be very much part of our team so we would like you to come and join us for a cuppa and a catch up when you can . Call 01702 356000 today to apply
Museum Assistant
Do you have a passion and enthusiasm for heritage and enjoy finding out information and are able to commit to 4 hours once a week?
Volunteering as a Museum Assistant at Southend Museums (based at Beecroft Art Gallery, Central Museum, Prittlewell Priory or Southchurch Hall) is a wonderful opportunity to promote Southend’s rich and varied history.
Tasks include welcoming visitors, stewarding in our exhibitions, assisting with our museum shops and operating the till. On certain days there may be the opportunity to assist in our Planetarium at Central Museum.
If you are interested, call the Volunteer Centre on 01702 356000 to apply.
Bipolar Support Group Co-facilitator
Use your skills, empathy and understanding to offer encouragement and support to others affected by bipolar. All of our support groups across the UK are facilitated by people with personal experience of living with the condition. Without these volunteers, our groups could not operate. Co-facilitators volunteer within a small team to ensure people attending can share experiences and support each other. By bringing your own experience of bipolar to the group you can support and empower other people.
You will have the opportunity to be part of a team, develop organisational and facilitation skills and build your confidence.
Call 01702 356000 today to apply
A Caring Friend
Knowing that you matter enough to another person for them to give up their time and spend it with you is so important to how we feel about ourselves. We are looking for a volunteer with a huge heart who can offer companionship and befriending to help people feel less lonely and isolated. Help them to engage with family, friends and their local community. Also to support them with things they enjoy doing at home like crafts, knitting and so on.
Helping someone in this way will give you a great sense of purpose and pride in knowing that time spent as a befriender is life changing for a lonely isolated person who feels they don't matter anymore.
Call 01702 356000 today to apply
Office Admin Angel
For someone who hopes to go into finding a paid position, this is an opportunity to show on your CV that you have real experience in an office. All admin skills will be included such as photocopying, filing, basic database inputting, setting up new files, archiving, taking phone calls and messages, updating information and scanning. We ask for good typing skills, knowledge of Word, Excel (not essential), using the internet and email. You will be joining a team who play an essential part in the welfare of women.
Call 01702 356000 today to apply

And in case you missed these, here are some of the opportunities from the last few months.....

January 2017

Help victims find their voice
Volunteers are required to support the Public Protection Team (Police) to engage with victims during and after investigations, in order to understand their view on treatment and service and to identify areas of improvement. Tasks would involve visiting victims and their families to complete a face to face survey. There may be opportunities to develop this role to provide further support for families through referral agencies. You will need to have a compassionate attitude to victims of Child Abuse and Sexual Offences and undertake a 3 day training programme. A background in Social Care/Services would be an advantage but not essential . Call 01702 356000 today to apply.
Dreams can come true..
Make-A-Wish UK grants magical wishes to enrich the lives of children and young people fighting life-threatening conditions. A wish gives a desperately ill children and their family, time away from the daily struggles of living with a serious condition. Over 30 years, Make-A-Wish has turned the wishes of more than 10,000 seriously ill children into magical realities.
Can you spare some time to support this charity in your community? They need someone with good local knowledge to help them find locations for their collection tins and then collect and bank the donations. If you are looking for a flexible role this one fits the bill!
Call 01702 356000 today to apply.
Drivers help support the Night Shelters
Can you drive a minibus? If so, your help would be truly appreciated this winter. A charity providing overnight shelter to people finding themselves homeless during the cold winter months urgently needs drivers for their minibus to take guests between shelters on certain mornings or evenings. If your driving licence includes D1, could you spare a little time to help vulnerable people get a warm and safe nights sleep? A couple of hours of your time to fill even one of the shifts would make a difference and if you can help on a regular basis, it would be fantastic. Please call 01702 356000 today to find out more.
Music Therapy (Mental health)
Do you play a musical instrument? Would you like to use your musical skills to support members who attend a music group to play a range of instruments and to help arrange music pieces to suit different levels. If you have a keen interest in performing music and excellent communication and people skills as well as empathy, tact and listening skills then we want to hear from you!.
A Southend Charity working with people suffering with a variety of mental ill health are looking for volunteers to bring this group to life. An extremely rewarding role for someone passionate about music and its potential benefits. Call 01702 356000 today to apply.
Talk to us..The Shop needs you!
A well known confidential helpline in Southend depends on the funds raised in their shop to be able to help vulnerable and suicidal people in Southend. The shop is based on Hamlet Court Road and is like a little community centre because we know our clients by their first names. We have reasonable prices and cater for people from all walks of life. Some of our team would appreciate some extra help, ideally from someone physically fit and a good communicator. A good sense of humour is also essential! So if you are caring and empathic to peoples needs and can spare half a day each week then we would like to hear from you. Call 01702 356000 today to apply.
Can we ..Strike it Lucky!
Have you got some experience of coaching bowling?
A group of visually impaired people who meet at the Kursaal on a Thursday between 1.30 and 3.00 need your help! You don't need any prior experience of the needs of visually impaired people as training will be given but you will need to have some experience in coaching bowling, knowledge of scoring and be a good communicator.
This friendly bunch of people really enjoy their bowling but need some guidance to help ensure they are the best they can be! Can you help them?
Call 01702 356000 today to apply.

November and December 2016

Christmas Shelter

In the coldest months of the years, the Winter Night Shelters offer a hot meal, bed and breakfast for vulnerable homeless people. Can you make a gift of your time to show vulnerable people they are valued? It’s a commitment and can be a challenge but also hugely rewarding.