Volunteering Opportunities

Bassetlaw Action Centre is a Community Resource Agency linking individuals and organisations with help and support. We have a range of volunteering opportunities available across Bassetlaw. Please see the information below or click here to download our leaflet.

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If you would like more information on any of the opportunities please contact us at:

Address: Bassetlaw Action Centre, Canal Street, Retford, Notts, DN22 6EZ
Tel: 01777 709650
Email: enquiries@bassetlawactioncentre.org.uk

BASSETLAW ACTION CENTRE – VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

  • Volunteer Befriender

Our befriending scheme receives referrals for clients identified by their GP as suffering from extreme loneliness. It is a means to reduce isolation and increase independence for our clients. Befrienders will encourage clients to make positive choices and help them to help themselves.

The befriender will visit a client in their home for one hour per week for up to twelve weeks. You will need to be able to travel to the clients home.

  • Volunteer Driver

We have different roles available for volunteer drivers. Any amount of time you can give to the scheme is very much appreciated. Journeys vary from an hour or so on the car scheme to a full day if driving the minibus and everything in between.

    • Community Car Scheme Driver – drive your own vehicle

We transport Bassetlaw residents who are unable to access public transport. The scheme is mainly used by registered clients to go shopping, visit friends or attend appointments.

    • Accessible Minibus and MPV Driver – drive our vehicles

We have our own accessible vehicles which are driven by volunteers.

Clients with mobility issues or who need to travel in a fixed wheelchair can use our accessible MPV to get to appointments, go shopping etc…

Our accessible minibus runs regular day trips with pick ups across Bassetlaw to destinations such as garden centres, markets and seaside towns.

  • Volunteer Staying Well Programme (SWP) Tutor

SWP Tutors are people with a long term health condition that have seen the benefits from participating in the six week self-management course and want to share their new found skills and knowledge with others. A four day training programme is completed following which the volunteer has two assessments before achieving their passport to practice. SWP Tutors deliver courses throughout Bassetlaw once trained.

  • Volunteer Administrator

Administration opportunities are available across our projects. These roles would normally be based from our Retford office and may include typing, filing and other general administration work.

FURTHER INFORMATION

Who can volunteer?

If you enjoy meeting people and helping the local community you are the ideal person to volunteer on one of our schemes. We welcome volunteers from all backgrounds and apply our Equal Opportunities Policy to all volunteers and staff members.

What do I need to be a volunteer?

  •  Be a good listener
  •  Have lots of patience and understanding
  •  Be honest and reliable
  •  Be prepared to do a small amount of paperwork

For driving roles – Full driving licence with 2 years driving experience. Additional criteria applies when driving the Minibus, ask us for details. For the car scheme you also require your own insurance, tax and MOT.

How much free time do I need to be a volunteer?

Opportunities are available from just a few hours a week.

What is the application process?

We ask all volunteers to complete our application form providing the details of two referees. We will invite you for an informal interview which will include a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. We will then invite you back for an induction session before you start.

Click here to access our volunteer application from – PDF version

Click here to access our volunteer application from – Word version

Is there any training I need to do?

All volunteer drivers need to complete Driver Awareness Training (MiDAS). Staying Well Programme Tutors must undertake a training programme to gain their passport to practice. These are provided free of charge.

Other training sessions may be offered from time to time such as First Aid and Dementia Friends sessions.

Can I claim expenses?

Legitimate volunteer expenses are paid in all roles on a monthly basis in line with HMRC guidelines. A small amount of paperwork needs to be submitted on a monthly basis and volunteers are provided with the necessary documents to support this.

 

Volunteer paperwork (for existing volunteers)

Holiday Request Form  -  please click here

Expenses Claim Form (Car Scheme Driver) - please click here

Expenses Claim Form (Befrienders) – please click here

 

BCVS INVOLVE

Contact: BCVS INVOLVE

Telephone: 01909 476118

Encourages volunteers to become involved in their community. New volunteers are always welcomed and there are many openings within Bassetlaw. There are many ways in which you can use your skills and talents to help voluntary organisations, such as:

  1. Clerical
  2. Conservation
  3. Horticulture
  4. Driving (Contact Bassetlaw Action Centre)
  5. Gardening
  6. Counselling

Other opportunities include working with children, people with special needs and older people. Many organisations offer help with your training and may also pay expenses. Helping in this way can help you to develop new skills. Are you a student? – Volunteering is useful work experience and you can gain qualifications.

Are you working? – You may have a few hours to spare to help someone who has difficulty with reading, writing or simple arithmetic.

Have you recently retired or been made redundant? – Your knowledge and expertise could be put to good use within a community organisation.

Time on your hands? – You may just wish to fill a few hours of your week with something that will benefit both you and the community.

 

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