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Why volunteer?

Volunteering is a great way to learn new skills, make new friends and get out and about, whilst giving something back to the community. All our volunteering opportunities are designed to be fun and rewarding and we’ll give you all the help and support you need to get started and make the most of it.

Volunteering here at VASL

We offer a great range of volunteering opportunities whether you’d like to volunteer with us regularly or every now and then. You could spend an hour or two a week helping to market VASL, helping an older person get more out of their lives with our Community Champions project or  people out and about on social trips.

So what are we looking for?  Below are some of the volunteering opportunities at VASL.

If you decide you would like to be considered as a volunteer for any of the roles below then  fill in our Registration Form Volunteer and send it back to us.

Community Champions
We’re looking for caring people to volunteer their time and skills, to help isolated or lonely people reconnect with their local community, discover new opportunities and achieve their personal goals, with your support, encouragement and companionship. Visit isolated or lonely older people at home and encourage them to broaden their horizons by trying out local groups, activities etc. You’ll be matched to the person you support for a year, so you’ll have plenty of time to really make a difference to their lives.

Telephone Champions
Call isolated and lonely people on a regular basis, giving them companionship, support and practical help and information.

Digital Champions
Visit isolated and lonely people at home and show them how to use and benefit from the internet, both practically and socially, whether on a tablet or laptop etc. There’s a world of online information and support out there, as well as communities of like-minded people and fun, enriching activities, and you’ll help people discover this and more.

Go to Champions
Join a network of people and organisations we can rely on to know their local area and suggest ideas for our Community Champions

For all Community Champion opportunities call 01858 439262  or email:  champions@vasl.org.uk

Carers Telephone BefriendersSwitchboard-operator

We are looking for volunteers that understand the issues associated with caring to be able to ring a carer once a week, it could be for a light hearted chat or for a carer to have an opportunity to get something off their chest

If you’d like to find out more please call Adele on 0845 689 9510 (calls charged at local rates).

Social Car Scheme – Drivers

drivers wanted!Drivers needed to help people in areas with no public transport get to hospital appointments etc. Expenses provided.

Download The role of a Volunteer Driver

or Call Sandy Handley on 01858 468499 or email shandley@vasl.org.uk

Young Carers Group – Drivers

Our Young Carers Group helps 12-17 year olds who help care for someone ill or disabled at home. We need volunteer drivers and escorts to help young carers who live in surrounding villages to get to and from our Market Harborough-based sessions. By ‘escorts’ we mean someone to sit in the passenger seat and see the young carers to and from their door. Sessions are on Wednesday evenings and you’d probably be asked to help every 2 to 4 weeks. Fuel costs are fully reimbursed.

Call Hannah Currington on 07845 789782 or email hcurrington@vasl.org.uk

To find out more and for an informal chat about volunteering please call us on 01858 433232 or email admin@vasl.org.uk Alternatively, you could volunteer to become trained to man our Support for Carers telephone helpline. Plus of course, you’re welcome to volunteer here at our offices, helping us with everything from fundraising to using your marketing and publicity skills here at VASL.

My Mind Matters volunteer roles

We’re looking for people that would like to be trained in supporting people to improve their mental health by either being trained to give support over the phone or helping people to find out what is happening in their community that they could become involved with.  Give us a call to find out more or email mindmatters@vasl.org.uk

Other volunteering opportunities

Want to volunteer for another local group?

To find out about all volunteering opportunities in your area visit www.do-it.org.uk

Voluntary Action Leicestershire ( VAL) have their own database of volunteering opportunities in Leicestershire and you can find them on their website.

 

Volunteering is fun, can provide you with new experiences, new skills and new friends. It’s a great way to find out about your local community and it fits around your life.

 

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