Volunteering in Fareham

Fareham Volunteer Centre

 

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REMEMBER! The Deadline to Nominate Your Volunteers for a Fareham Volunteering Award is Friday 27th March

 Current Vacancies

 

Event Volunteering

Want to volunteer, but cannot commit to a regular time? Event volunteering means helping out at occasional or one-off activities such as street collections, fetes, sporting events and carnivals etc.

 

RAINBOW CENTRE

25th Anniversary Sky Dive

Calling all skydiving adrenaline junkies. We challenge you to be one of our 25 skydivers on Sunday 19th April to help us celebrate our 25th Anniversary.

All you need to do is pay a 50 deposit to secure your place and we ask that you raise a minimum of 350 for the charity and if you hit this target we will cover the rest of the jump cost for you!

See: rainbowcentre.org/events

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ACTION AID

Live Below the Line

Become an Advocate for this annual fundraising and awareness-raising challenge - to recruit local people spend just 1 a day on food and drink for 5 days in April

 

Or try the challenge yourself

between 27th April and 1st May 2015

Visit: actionaid.org.uk/live-below-the-line

 

 

For more vacancies download a copy of our bulletin HERE

Remember to tell them you heard about it from Fareham Volunteer Centre

 

 

 

RONA SAILING PROJECT

Universal Marina, Sarisbury Green

 Volunteer Office Assistant Needed

The Rona Sailing Project is a registered charity which takes young people, vulnerable adults and people with special needs to sea on Sail Training Voyages to develop and acquire skills and interests.

In the run up to the start of the season (Apr-Oct) we are in need of an enthusiastic volunteer to assist us on Friday mornings from early March with identifying and recruiting trainees, ensuring that all of the voyage paperwork and office systems are in order.

 

FAREHAM STROKE CLUB

Join the minibus driver rota for Friday afternoons. Free MiDAS (minibus driver) training provided and a friendly welcome guaranteed from this local group.

 

4CHILDREN

Fareham Cluster Childrens Centres are looking for volunteers to help in Fareham town, Western Wards and Portchester with play sessions, promoting services for parents of under 5s and office admin.

 

For these and lots more vacancies click here for our Volunteering in Fareham bulletin.

Spotlight on:

 

 

 

BEATING ISOLATION

Volunteer to help local people to get out and about, meet people and keep in touch.

 

FAREHAM SHOPMOBILITY

Mobility Assistant

Fareham Shopmobility offers mobility scooters for hire to shoppers in Fareham.

Share your great customer service skills and learn about disability issues as a Mobility Assistant helping with general reception duties, face to face customer contact and telephone enquiries, including taking bookings and assessing clients' safe use of equipment.  Half days Mon-Sat.

 

FAREHAM GOOD NEIGHBOURS

Befrienders

Volunteer Befrienders visit people in their own home. Usually this is an older person who may be unable to get out and about and seldom has visitors.

Visits are made weekly or fortnightly to give companionship and friendship. Some volunteers also take people out to the town (social shopping) or for a cup of coffee and they make use of Shopmobility facilities if need be.

 

Collect n Scoot

Baby-bus Driver

Enjoy driving? Join this new service. Collect n Scoot is looking for volunteer drivers to collect people with mobility difficulties in our "Baby-bus" from home to pick up a scooter from Fareham Shopmobility and do their shopping or meet friends. Drivers must have held a full driving licence for at least 2 years; be over 25 years of age & be able to to manoeuvre (push) a wheelchair on and off a ramp where necessary.  Full training on the vehicle and on securing wheelchairs.

What is Fareham Volunteer Centre?

 

Fareham Volunteer Centre is here to help people find out

about local volunteering opportunities and help local groups find new volunteers.

Voluntary groups, charities and some public services advertise their volunteering vacancies through the Volunteer Centre

  • Volunteering helps support and improve the community of Fareham for all

  • It is also a great way for volunteers to use their skills or learn new ones

Take a look at the vacancies listed in the Volunteering in Fareham Booklet CLICK HERE for a copy.  You can ask the Volunteer Centre for more information about any vacancy, including how to apply

Nominations are now open for

 

Fareham

Volunteering Awards

2015

Show your volunteers how much you appreciate them by nominating individuals or groups for an award.

 

Awards will be presented by the Mayor of Fareham at Fareham Civic Offices

on Thursday 4th June 2015

 

Nominate volunteers from Fareham and volunteers who support the community of Fareham

 

Click here for full details

 

Download a Nomination form

 

Download our Guide to Nominating Volunteers

 

Nomination deadline is Friday 27th March 2015

 

Getting Started

Call or email us to ask about applying for a vacancy we advertise:

We can give you contact details to apply to a group direct, or

We can put your name forward to a group asking them to send you more information

 

Ask us about opportunities to make use of special skills you may have - we can contact local groups to try to create new opportunities

 

If you need a bit more help, you can make an appointment to come in for a chat with us and get personal guidance about volunteering that might suit you. You can bring a friend or supporter with you if you like.

 

Or you can apply on-line to vacancies advertised on the do-it.org recruitment platform

 

Please note: The Volunteer Centre will not put you in touch with any organisation unless instructed by you either in person or via Do-it.

 

What Happens Next?

Once you are in touch with a voluntary group, most will ask you to:

Come in for a chat about the vacancy you have applied for

Complete an application form

Provide referees (usually 2)

Some volunteering roles will require a police check (DBS) and a group will help you apply free of charge

 

Once you are Placed

The organisation you are volunteering with will arrange:

An induction - to explain more about their work and how you will help them

A volunteering agreement - to set out how you and the group will work together. This will include matters like expenses, insurance and reviews.

Training. This might be on-the-job or at specific times before you can start volunteering

 

Keeping in Touch

Fareham Volunteer Centre will contact you from time to time to ask about your volunteering.  Your feedback helps us to improve our service for volunteers.  You can contact us at any time with questions, concerns or help finding new placements.

  • all or email us to ask about applying for a vacancy we advertise

    Ask us about opportunities to make use of special skills you may have - we can contact local groups to try to create new opportunities

     

    If you need a bit more help, you can make an appointment to come in for a chat with us and get personal guidance about volunteering that might suit you.

    Please note: The Volunteer Centre will not put you in touch with any organisation unless instructed by you either in person or via Do-it.

    Meet them for a chat about the role you have applied for

  • Fill out an application form

  • Provide references (usually two)

  • Some voluntary posts will require more checks such as a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) application or police check

  • An Induction - an introduction to the organisation you volunteer for.

  • Training - Many voluntary posts involve training, either before becoming a volunteer or as 'on-the-job' training.

  • Support - The volunteer co-ordinator/manager/team leader at the organisation will give you the support you need to carry out the tasks you have been asked to do.

Fareham Volunteering Awards

9th June 2014

The Mayor of Fareham hosted an Evening Celebration of Fareham's Volunteers on 9th June.

He presented certificates to 50 volunteers representing a wide range of voluntary and community groups which serve the Fareham Community.

 

The Mayor of Fareham

Councillor David Norris thanks

 volunteers from Fareport Talking News

Fareport Talking News produces a weekly talking newspaper on a memory stick for blind and partially-sighted residents in Fareham and Gosport

Organisations can register their volunteering vacancies with Fareham Volunteer Centre

The Volunteer Centre acts as a brokerage service signposting potential volunteers to local groups and organisations.  Individual groups are responsible for undertaking recruitment processes with new volunteers including reference taking and DBS checking where appropriate.

 

We can upload your vacancy to the on-line volunteering database do-it.org to extend your search.

 

Email us to ask about Registering your Vacancy

  • Download a copy of our Registration Form for Organisations CLICK FOR PDF DOCUMENT and return it to us at 163 West Street Fareham PO16 0EF.

  • See our Writing for Do-it guide for tips on creating an eye-catching advert.

  • Or arrange an appointment to visit the Volunteer Centre to discuss your volunteer needs

 

 

Do-it is the UK website for volunteering that is used by Fareham Volunteer Centre to promote local volunteering opportunities to the widest possible audience of potential volunteers to help support Volunteer Involving Organisations in and around Fareham. The site relaunches in 2015 in a new format.

 

Not yet registered your volunteering vacancies with Fareham? Just email us CLICK HERE or call Jennie on 01329 223 140

The Volunteer Centre also co-ordinates

Fareham Voluntary Car Scheme - volunteer run door-to-door driving to healthcare appointments for older and disabled people who are unable to use public transport.  Volunteer drivers are always needed.  Click to see if you could be a volunteer car driver.

 

Fareham Gardening Service - A service for older and disabled people who are unable to do their own gardening.  Charges apply.

Click to find out about gardening with us.

 

Fareham Walking for Health - Sociable walks of various levels led by trained Walk Leaders.

See the Walking for Health website for details

Fareham Gardening Service

 

Currently recruiting community gardeners

Click for details

Volunteer Driving

 

Do you enjoy driving?

Do you have some free time?

Would you like to be involved

in your local community?

Contact us for more information about volunteer driving in all parts of Hampshire

 

Would you like us to get in touch?

Please provide a few details.  We will contact you to help you find a volunteering placement.

Your Name:

Address: Postcode:

Daytime Telephone:   Evening Telephone:

email address:                                                                                                                            

Your Age:     Estimate of time available: hours

What sort of volunteering would you like to do ? (Take a look at Volunteering in Fareham for ideas)

Have you done voluntary work before ?

If yes what voluntary work have you done before ?

If you have a driving licence would you like to do some voluntary driving ?

How about minibus driving?   Training is required

Would you be prepared to use your own car ?   (assuming insurance and expenses are in order)

Some volunteering work involves contact with children or vulnerable people; therefore recruitment to such posts would be exempt from the requirements of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1979.  In such cases organisations will enquire about previous convictions, even if spent, and will request Disclosure (police checks) and references prior to involvement with the organisation.  A previous conviction will not necessarily prevent anyone from being recruited but due consideration will be given in the appointment process; more detail is given in the "Recruitment of Ex-offenders Policy".

DBS checks are conducted by asking you to complete and sign a disclosure application form - but this is at a later stage anyway.  

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For links about volunteering beyond Fareham

In Hampshire

   www.hampshirevolunteers.org.uk

   Phone: 0844 499 40 88

  

Various Volunteering Projects

   <Click here>

Nationally

    www.do-it.org.uk

 

 

Contacting us

If you would rather call in or phone

Tel 01329 223140 - Volunteer Centre is staffed in mornings only

 163 West Street, Fareham, PO16 0EF

Volunteering in Fareham