Volunteer

 

Always wanted to volunteer but not sure where to start?

...Start with us and make a real difference!

A volunteer supports a service user to do some gardening 

"Our residents enjoy sharing interests such as cooking, gardening and baking cakes with our volunteer."

Staff at Court Road

How you can get involved

There are lots of different opportunities to support our service users, including:

  • Sharing your hobbies or interests
  • Befriending one of our service users
  • Assisting with practical tasks such as gardening or D.I.Y
  • Helping service users to take part in activities such as craft, cooking or exercise sessions
  • Accompanying individuals on trips such as bowling, cinema, or a visit to a local cafe or shops

No specific skills are needed, just a willingness to bring an added dimension to someone's life. 

We asked service users "what would you like a volunteer to do with you?"

  • Keep me company and offer me friendship
  • Help me with my food shopping
  • Go on boat, bus and train rides with me
  • Help me with my computer skills
  • Go to the seaside with me
  • Help me with housework
  • Do puzzles with me
  • Take trips to the cinema with me

We asked our service users "what makes a good volunteer?"

  • Honesty
  • Friendliness
  • Reliability
  • Caring
  • Consistency
  • Interesting
  • Inventive
  • Helpful
  • Patient
  • Respects my wishes
  • Has a good sense of humour

Why volunteer with us?

As well as helping individuals to play a more active and fulfilling role in their community, you can also benefit by:

  • Meeting a diverse range of people and gaining an understanding of their needs
  • Acquiring new life skills and experience
  • Developing skills and demonstrating personal qualities for your CV
  • Gaining experience of working within a team
  • Experiencing a real sense of achievement

All this whilst having a real impact on someone’s wellbeing along the way.

Volunteers will receive induction training and ongoing support from the team they work with.

How companies can get involved

We have formed great partnerships with a variety of organisations whose staff have volunteered across our homes. Corporate volunteers have helped out in a variety of ways, such as by making over gardens or painting and decorating service users' rooms or communal areas.

 Volunteers from Lloyds Bank build raised beds

Bringing a team together for a volunteer day can provide:

  • Opportunities to develop internal team relationships off-site
  • An opportunity to meet our residents and gain an understanding of their lives and the diversity of your local community
  • A sense of satisfaction by knowing you're making a difference

We endeavour to match your team's preferences to current tasks.

The Trust also encourages involvement from volunteers with skills and expertise in specific areas - such as project management and mentoring - to participate either as individuals or as part of an employer sponsored project.

So now you know where to start we would love to hear from you!

 

To find out more about becoming a volunteer for Milestones Trust, contact Brenda Stanton, Volunteer Coordinator. Tel 0117 970 9356 Tuesday to Thursday.