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The Student Opportunities Team are here to help.  Lots of charities and not-for-profit organisations have been adding their opportunities to this page - just take a look below.  We are looking forward to helping our new and returning students to find some great volunteering projects to tuck in to for 2020/21.

VOLUNTEERING DURING COVID TIMES

Since March 2020, we've all learned that things can change very rapidly whilst we all try to keep safe and help reduce the infection rate of Covid-19.  If you choose to do volunteering, we recommend that you do so by following best practice and guidance, which can be found on the Gov.UK webpage here. Due to the current lockdown, some of the roles below may not be available until the lockdown is lifted.  Please bear with our charity partners while they re-arrange their organisations to adapt to the continual and rapid changes in guidance.

If you are staying at home a lot more these days, we have also listed some additional Virtual Volunteering opportunities, which you can find on our hub here as well as highlighting roles that can be undertaken remotely below. 

 

 

 

 

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  • James Burns House logo

    Volunteer Gardener

    James Burns House

    This opportunity is ongoing, with no end date.

    Maintaining and tending the gardens at James Burns House, including the possibility of working with residents to make their garden sections their own


    Working as part of a small volunteer group (as well as the Volunteer Coordinator and maintenance man) to ensure the gardens are accessible, tidy and beautiful for residents, family and friends to enjoy on their visits and on summer days.
    To identify any areas that may need attention, special equipment or different plants.

    We are looking for an enthusiastic, friendly, reliable and organised green-fingered person

    • Activity AreaDisability, Gardening/ Conservation, Outdoor Activities, Physical Activity
    • Employability Skills within ActivityEmpathy, Organisation, Communication, Interpersonal
    • Relationship Building
    • Teamwork
    • Communication
  • James Burns House logo

    Volunteer Befriender

    James Burns House

    This opportunity takes place from 21 Oct 2021

    This role is to support residents during activities both in-house and out in the community.

    We are looking for patient and enthusiastic people with good communication skills. Ideally confident in their own ability to engage with people.

    To build a relationship with and to support residents to take part in activities of their choice (games/arts and crafts/computer/reading) as well as possibly escorting and assisting residents to shows/outings/pub trips/shopping etc.
    This could be as part of organised larger group activities or 1-1 time spent doing activities of the residents choice.

    • Activity AreaArts and Culture, Creative and Design, Disability, Health and Social Care
    • Employability Skills within ActivityBuddying, Counselling, Mentoring, Empathy, Organisation, Communication, Emotional Intelligence, Interpersonal, Problem Solving, Risk Management
    • Sustainable Development GoalsGood Health and Well-being
    • Communication
    • Relationship Building
    • Interpersonal
  • Faithworks Wessex logo

    Half Time Laundry Assistant

    Faithworks Wessex

    This opportunity takes place between 01 Oct 2021 and 30 Jun 2022

    Half Time is run in partnership with the YMCA and has washing machine and tumble dryer where we help wash clothes for those either on our streets or in emergency accommodation. We are looking for someone to help out on a Wednesday morning with processing the laundry.

    Work alongside another volunteer to open the Halftime venue, greet all visitors making them feel welcome and at ease. 
    Process all laundry using the washing machine and tumble dryer.  
    Keep an accurate record of all visitors contact details. 
    Adhere to all Health and Safety Policies/ COVID19 protocols making strict use of PPE and social distancing guidelines. 
    Distribute helpline cards and carry out any other appropriate duties as deemed necessary.

    • Activity AreaHomelessness
    • FacultyBournemouth University Business School, Health & Social Sciences, Media & Communication, Science & Technology
    • Sustainable Development GoalsNo Poverty
    • Employability Skills within ActivityOrganisation, Collaboration, Interpersonal, Prioritisation
    • Teamwork
    • Community Action
    • Interpersonal
    • Timekeeping
    • Relationship Building
  • The Colour Works Foundation logo

    Video Content Creator

    The Colour Works Foundation

    This opportunity takes place between 25 Oct 2021 and 01 Apr 2022 Closing date for applications is 30 Nov.

    To create and produce short video(s) to promote the course content of TCWF to potential beneficiaries.

    The role would be well suited to someone who wants to increase their portfolio of content creation.  With the creation of a short (up to 1min) promotional video that could be used by schools, youth workers, or delivery partners to show their young people what the benefits of being part of a Colour Works Foundation course or series of workshops. The volunteer would need to be able to commit to spending some time with the Operations Leader of the Charity to fully understand the project brief and ideally the candidate would join some of our workshops to video delivery in action

    Workshops are generally delivered in the BCP area and expenses incurred for travel can be reclaimed in alignment with the Charity's volunteer expense policy

     

    Skills required

    • Video editing
    • Ability to understand the target audience (see information about the Charity below)
    • Able to work independently and to an agreed timescale
    • Conscientious

     

    Information about the Charity

    The Colour Works Foundation uses our own colour profiling system with young people to raise their self-awareness and relationship building skills. We identify and celebrate their strengths. We give them tools to develop their own emotional resilience and confidence in communication ongoing.

    Vision - We exist to equip disadvantaged and socially excluded young people with the skills and self-belief that give them access to improved opportunities and life choices enabling them to find their place in the world.

    Goals - Each young person attending the programme will leave with:

    1. Tangible self-assessed improvements in confidence, emotional self-management, presentation skills, interpersonal skills and employability
    2. New tools to gain and maintain employment and develop constructive relationships with colleagues.
    3. A personal development plan to focus on a future of hope and opportunity.

    Why

    Meet Hardy.  Hardy is a young carer who has been caring for a member of his family for most of this life. He joined our workshops as part of an employability programme at a time when he felt isolated and alone because of his caring responsibilities.  Our workshops brought him together with other similar young carers and he stated that he left with a greater sense of who he is as well as being able to articulate his strengths and unique skills. Through completing his personality profile as part of our programme, Hardy accessed newfound self-belief and confidence. He now feels equipped to pursue his chosen career in acting, enabling him to find his place in the world

    Without self-belief, young people either shrink and withdraw or lash out in frustration and despair. Some of the most socially excluded in our society have no self-belief, perpetuating their isolation.

    Only 54% of young people aged 16-25 agreed they are able to speak about their emotions with others – Survey by Mentalhealth.org.uk

    8 in 10 under 34-year-olds in the UK identify as being ‘always or often’ lonely – British Red Cross.

    Among people aged 18-24, joblessness was up 144 per cent to 2,369 in the BCP area and up 187 per cent to 1,706 in the rest of the county. (Dorset Echo May 2021)

    The growing dependence on social media by developmentally vulnerable adolescents has been proven to negatively affect their sleep, their interpersonal skills and their self-image, leading to anxiety and depression.

    Many teenagers are unhappy by the time they leave school, often feeling like failures and lacking confidence.  Research by the Demos Think Tank suggests that happiness amongst teenagers declines as they grow up, with many concerned that their schooling is only helping them to pass exams. The findings come amongst growing calls for youngsters to be taught skills and abilities outside lessons, such as character and grit that will help them later in life.

    Those young people who end up not in employment, education, or training (NEET) have a much higher chance of developing mental health issues, getting involved with drugs, depending on benefits, going to prison – all of which is not only a waste of their own potential but also a huge cost to society.

    Who - 16- to 30-year-olds, whose experience of mainstream education has not enabled them to fulfil their potential, who are NEET or at risk of being NEET.  The individuals will be selected by the partnering organisation (school, college, or other institution) based on the information about the course provided by TCWF.

    Where - Schools, colleges, youth organisations and Youth Offender Institutions across BCP and Dorset.

    What - Through our programme of group workshops and one-to-one coaching, using models and methods that have proven success with private and public sector employers, we cover:

    • Self-Awareness – who am I? What am I great at? What do I struggle with? What inspires me?
    • Self-Management – what frustrates me? Do I react or respond? How well do I present myself? How do I build resilience?
    • Understanding Others – who do I naturally get on with and who not? Why might that be? How might I learn to value the differences?
    • Relationship Skills – how do I come across to others? Who are the critical people in my life? How might I adapt my style to better meet their needs?
    • Decision-Making – do I have a purpose? What help do I need to make better decisions?

    • Activity AreaCampaigning, Children and Young People, Creative and Design, Education, Ethics, Film and Technology, Fundraising, Health and Social Care, IT and Digital, Marketing, Music, Social Media and Communications, Teaching and Mentoring, Communication/ Caring
    • Employability Skills within ActivityCreativity and Design, Information Technology, Marketing, Media and Communications, Teaching, Coaching and Training, Collaboration, Communication, Emotional Intelligence, Interpersonal, Pitching/ Presenting, Self Management
    • FacultyBournemouth University Business School, Media & Communication
    • Sustainable Development GoalsGood Health and Well-being
    • Digital Skills
    • Communication
    • Teamwork
    • Interpersonal
    • Timekeeping
  • Hammersley Homes logo

    Home Visits Support Volunteer

    Hammersley Homes

    This opportunity takes place between 02 Nov 2021 and 28 Nov 2024

    The Home Visits Support Service was set up to support people living with long term mental illness who may be suffering from the debilitating effects of chaotic lifestyles, loneliness and/or social isolation. The main aim of this service is to provide support to clients living in their own homes and out in the community. Our focus is to help people to live their best life.

    ROLE DESCRIPTION 

    We are looking for caring and empathetic volunteers to assist our clients with day-today tasks. As a Home Visitor you will support clients to maintain contact with the outside world and help relieve some of the loneliness and chaos that they so often live with. Volunteers can help clients to access services and support which they struggle to access by themselves- for example helping a client to ensuring they are receiving all the benefits they are entitled to.

    To ensure success as a Support Volunteer, you should have excellent interpersonal skills, a passion for helping others, and be able to empower individuals through emotional and physical support. 

    MAIN DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES 

    As the name suggests, a Home Visitor has a friendly disposition and supports the beneficiary with company, tactful guidance, presenting options for the person to make informed choices and encourages:  

    • Independence  
    • Self-care  
    • Happiness and contentment  
    • Social contact and integration where possible  
    • Guidance and referrals for other support when desired/required  

    You will achieve this by:

    • Maintaining a person-centred approach: Providing emotional support by talking to the clients about their needs and listening to their concerns
    • Practical support: Helping clients to go shopping, arrange and attending medical appointments, helping with a memory jog for medication, sorting out mail, support with online access, access to other services 
    • Supporting clients to participate in leisure activities and hobbies, e.g., a walk at the local park, knitting or attendance to a group
    • Observing and monitoring the wellbeing of the client, paying close attention to any changes in behaviour 
    • Supporting clients to maintain their existing skills and develop new ones
    • Encouraging clients to look after their own home, their personal hygiene and health (volunteers do not support with domiciliary duties including personal care, administration of medication or cleaning. If extra support is required, volunteers must inform the co-ordinator so that this can be arranged). 
    • Supporting clients to achieve their ambitions as set out in their support plans 
    • Recording notes accurately on the App after each visit, and reporting any concerns, incident, or safeguarding issues to the Co-ordinator

    It is expected the visit will last two hours maximum dependent on the contract signed by the client. You may have more than one client per week.  To ensure continuity and guidance for you, you will be asked to write a short report after each visit.  

    You may ask for pre-approved expenses for petrol etc. as per Hammersley Homes Volunteer Policy. 

    YOU WILL BE EXPECTED TO

    • Always treat all individuals with dignity and respect
    • be aware of, and follow the procedures for, reporting any safeguarding concerns or incidents
    • keep accurate records
    • attend training, team meetings and supervision
    • ensure the health, safety, and welfare of clients
    • support individuals on a one-to-one basis, with support from Hammersley Homes.
    • Perform all duties in accordance with the organisation’s policies and procedures 

    KEY SKILLS AND REQUIRMENTS:

    • 18+ years of age
    • Commitment to helping others
    • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
    • Empathetic with good listening skills
    • Good problem solving and initiative abilities
    • Patient and emotionally resilient
    • Observation, monitoring and honesty
    • Minimum of 1 hour commitment per week or 2 hour per fortnight

    TO ACHIEVE THIS ROLE YOU WILL BE SUPPORTED BY:  

    • An induction training and manual
    • An identity badge
    • An accompanied first visit with a Co-ordinator
    • A debrief after your first visit
    • Monthly supervision sessions
    • Check in - check out process for home visits.
    • Training in at least the following: First aid, Safeguarding Adults,

    Mental Health Awareness, Equality, Diversity and Human Rights

    • Ongoing support from the Volunteer Home Visits Support

    Programme Coordinator  

    • A phone provided by Hammersley Homes for volunteering duties

    • Activity AreaHealth and Social Care, Mental Health, Wellbeing, Advice/ Support
    • Employability Skills within ActivityBuddying, Counselling, Mentoring, Empathy, Communication, Decision Making, Emotional Intelligence, Interpersonal, Problem Solving
    • FacultyBournemouth University Business School, Health & Social Sciences, Media & Communication, Science & Technology
    • Sustainable Development GoalsGood Health and Well-being
    • Timekeeping
    • Interpersonal
    • Relationship Building
    • Community Action
    • Teamwork
    • Communication
  • Helpful Hounds Assistance Dogs logo

    Book Keeping

    Helpful Hounds Assistance Dogs

    This opportunity takes place between 01 Nov 2021 and 20 Jun 2022

    To work with the CEO to keep track of the Charities Accounts and at year end (30 November) to liaise with the Accountants for the end of year results that have to be agreed by the Trustees and submitted to The Charities Commission

    It would be ideal for someone who has book keeping experience and is going on to develop wider Book keeping or Accountancy Qualifications.

    • Activity AreaBusiness and Management, Committee/ Trustee
    • Employability Skills within ActivityAdministration/Office Skills, Business and Management, Self Management
    • FacultyBournemouth University Business School
    • Sustainable Development GoalsGood Health and Well-being
    • Communication
    • Teamwork
    • Digital Skills
  • Helpful Hounds Assistance Dogs logo

    Website Development and Updating

    Helpful Hounds Assistance Dogs

    This opportunity takes place between 13 Oct 2021 and 20 Jun 2022

    To work with the CEO and our Website designers to create new elements and update the Helpful Hounds Website which is based on WordPress.

    The role includes changing text, adding and creating new pages, updating testimonial and staff members etc.  It would be very useful for the Volunteer to have existing knowledge and exoperience in using WordPress

    • Activity AreaBusiness and Management, Children and Young People, Creative and Design, Data Analysis, IT and Digital, Marketing, Social Media and Communications, Technology/Engineering, Wellbeing, Communication/ Caring
    • Employability Skills within ActivityCreativity and Design, Information Technology, Marketing, Media and Communications, Organisation, Collaboration, Communication, Interpersonal, Pitching/ Presenting
    • FacultyMedia & Communication
    • Sustainable Development GoalsGood Health and Well-being
    • Relationship Building
    • Communication
    • Teamwork
    • Digital Skills
    • Interpersonal
  • Helpful Hounds Assistance Dogs logo

    Social media Support

    Helpful Hounds Assistance Dogs

    This opportunity takes place between 01 Nov 2021 and 20 Jun 2022

    To work with our Staff and trainers to co-ordinate and develop the Social Media Plan across Facebook, Linked In, Instagram, You Tube and etc.

    This role will take, approximately four hours per week and can be done remotely. In addition, you will be invited to a monthly meeting with CEO, Admin and Trainers to get updates on events and to provide feedback of activity and success. Participation in the meeting can be in person (preferred) or by Zoom/Facetime.

    • Activity AreaCampaigning, Children and Young People, Creative and Design, Disability, Film and Technology, IT and Digital, Marketing, Mental Health, People, Social Media and Communications, Virtual Volunteering
    • Employability Skills within ActivityAdministration/Office Skills, Creativity and Design, Empathy, Information Technology, Marketing, Media and Communications, Communication, Networking, Problem Solving
    • FacultyMedia & Communication
    • Sustainable Development GoalsGood Health and Well-being
    • Digital Skills
    • Teamwork
    • Communication
    • Interpersonal
    • Relationship Building
  • Faithworks Wessex logo

    Storehouse Telephone & Administration Assistant

    Faithworks Wessex

    This opportunity takes place between 01 Oct 2021 and 30 Jun 2022

    You will be volunteering alongside Storehouse staff to assist in taking and returning phone calls, and organising collection and delivery of furniture.

    Our Storehouse provides furniture and equipment to vulnerable clients who are newly housed. Often these houses are completely bare, but by providing furniture we are able to help make the house a home. You will be volunteering alongside Storehouse staff to assist in taking and returning phone calls, and organising collection and delivery of furniture. You'll keep track of furniture stock in the Storehouse, respond to social media queries and donation offers. You'll also create summaries of work for invoices.

    We are looking for a motivated individual who is confident on the telephone, able to take concise messages and has good administration skills. The ability to say "no" if the offer of donated goods does not meet our requirements. 
    Knowledge of Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole is preferable, or a good ability with maps, so that the most efficient driving routes are planned. IT literate and a knowledge of social media are preferred.

    • Activity AreaHomelessness, Social Media and Communications, Communication/ Caring
    • Employability Skills within ActivityAdministration/Office Skills, Empathy, Information Technology, Marketing, Media and Communications, Organisation, Collaboration, Communication, Decision Making, Interpersonal, Prioritisation, Problem Solving
    • FacultyBournemouth University Business School, Health & Social Sciences, Media & Communication, Science & Technology
    • Sustainable Development GoalsNo Poverty
    • Communication
    • Relationship Building
    • Teamwork
    • Digital Skills
    • Interpersonal
    • Timekeeping
  • Faithworks Wessex logo

    Storehouse Furniture Assistant

    Faithworks Wessex

    This opportunity takes place between 01 Oct 2021 and 30 Jun 2022

    Volunteer alongside Storehouse Staff to assist in the delivery of furniture and equipment to vulnerable clients who are newly housed.

    Our Storehouse provides furniture and equipment to vulnerable clients who are newly housed. Often these houses are completely bare, but by providing furniture we are able to help make the house a home. Volunteer alongside Storehouse Staff to assist in the delivery of furniture and equipment. The role requires physical fitness and strength to move and sometimes lift heavy items. A DBS check will be completed as this is a client facing role. 

    Time commitment: One day a week (Monday - Friday), either a half day or full day

    • Activity AreaHealth and Social Care, Homelessness, Physical Activity
    • FacultyBournemouth University Business School, Health & Social Sciences, Media & Communication, Science & Technology
    • Sustainable Development GoalsNo Poverty, Sustainable Cities and Communities
    • Employability Skills within ActivityEmpathy, Collaboration, Interpersonal
    • Interpersonal
    • Timekeeping
    • Relationship Building
    • Teamwork
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