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Community Impact Bucks Volunteer Opportunities

Rural Expert Trustee - Community Impact Bucks

Do you find yourself ready for a new challenge?

Are you eager to use your skills to make a difference to communities across Buckinghamshire?

Do you have experience and expertise in rural issues?

Have you thought about volunteering on a Charity Board?

We could have the answer. Community Impact Bucks is seeking to recruit committed and dynamic new Trustees to join their Board.

Who are we?

At Community Impact Bucks we are passionate about helping people to get involved and make a difference in their communities. For more than 45 years have a positive impact on a multitude of people and causes across Buckinghamshire – as a key cornerstone charity we help other charities, volunteers and community groups to thrive by finding funding; inspiring people to volunteer; running projects; building strong communities; and helping strengthen leadership throughout the voluntary sector.

Our vision, mission and strategic goals are highlighted on our website, along with stories and case studies of the difference we make.

We are looking for 3-4 new Trustees to join our Board at an exciting time in our development. After a successful period over the past 2 years we are now working on our long-term strategy for sustainable growth.

The Role

Our new Trustees will bring specific expertise to complement the current skillset of the board.

Part of the role of Community Impact Bucks is to provide support and development for rural communities through the Rural Community Council. You will have knowledge and experience of the issues that rural communities face, for example issues of housing, infrastructure such as transport and digital connectivity, the impact of climate change on our landscape and environment and, in particular, how these issues affect rural communities in Buckinghamshire. You will be able to assist Community Impact Bucks in developing and sustaining an effective Rural Communities strategy and provide guidance and support to the Trustee Board and the CEO on rural issues and services.

Interested?

If this opportunity appeals to you and you would like to find out a bit more about Community Impact Bucks, please contact our Chair of Trustees, Mike Schindler, for an informal chat: mike.schindler@communityimpactbucks.org.uk

Find out more: download the Trustee Recruitment Pack 2023

To apply, please send a CV and cover letter to recruitment@communityimpactbucks.org.uk If you are applying for a specific role, please make this clear in the subject line.

The closing date is Friday 25th April 2024 at 9am.

Expert by Experience Trustee - Community Impact Bucks

Do you find yourself ready for a new challenge?

Are you eager to use your skills to make a difference to communities across Buckinghamshire?

Do you have direct experience of our services, or of the issues faced by communities in Buckinghamshire?

Have you thought about volunteering on a Charity Board?

We could have the answer. Community Impact Bucks is seeking to recruit committed and dynamic new Trustees to join their Board.

Who are we?

At Community Impact Bucks we are passionate about helping people to get involved and make a difference in their communities. For more than 45 years have a positive impact on a multitude of people and causes across Buckinghamshire – as a key cornerstone charity we help other charities, volunteers and community groups to thrive by finding funding; inspiring people to volunteer; running projects; building strong communities; and helping strengthen leadership throughout the voluntary sector.

Our vision, mission and strategic goals are highlighted on our website, along with stories and case studies of the difference we make.

We are looking for 3-4 new Trustees to join our Board at an exciting time in our development. After a successful period over the past 2 years we are now working on our long-term strategy for sustainable growth.

The Role

Our new Trustees will bring specific expertise to complement the current skillset of the board.

We welcome applications from people of all ages and backgrounds, in particular those with direct experience of our services, or of the issues our clients face. This could include: people who have set up or run a small charity; people who have volunteered extensively in the community; people from under-represented communities such as people who experience racism, disabled people, young people, older people or their carers, people from rural communities, and people who have experienced financial insecurity.

You do not necessarily need previous board experience. You will receive a full induction and will be supported by other Board Members and the Chief Executive in your role.

This list is not exhaustive; if you are unsure whether your experience would be useful in this role, please get in touch to ask our Chair for a chat.

Interested?

If this opportunity appeals to you and you would like to find out a bit more about Community Impact Bucks, please contact our Chair of Trustees, Mike Schindler, for an informal chat: mike.schindler@communityimpactbucks.org.uk

Find out more: download the Trustee Recruitment Pack 2023

To apply, please send a CV and cover letter to recruitment@communityimpactbucks.org.uk If you are applying for a specific role, please make this clear in the subject line.

The closing date is Friday 25th April 2024 at 9am.

Gardening 1:1

Voluntary Opportunity

Elderly and disabled people throughout Bucks need help to maintain their gardens. Through our Gardening 1:1 programme, we match our clients with volunteers who are able to tend the garden of somebody who needs help with garden maintenance.

Volunteers do not need to be experts, just lots of enthusiasm. Tasks could include:

  • Clearance of overgrown gardens
  • General gardening maintenance
  • Decorative, defensive and sensory planting
  • Cleaning of paths and patios

For more information, click to download the role description or contact Samantha Hardy on 01844 617233 or samantha@communityimpactbucks.org.uk

Paid vacancies at other Bucks charities

Service Manager - Age UK Aylesbury

Service Manager – Age UK – Information & Advice and Welfare Benefits services

  • Location: Aylesbury
  • Hours: 35
  • Salary: £31,200pa
  • Closing date: 26th June 2024

Service Manager

Our Information & Advice and Welfare Benefits services are flagship services for Age UK

Bucks, offering clients access to a trained advisor for free, confidential and independent information and advice on all matters affecting older people. This includes support to establish awareness of and eligibility to benefits to which they may be entitled.

Working with the Head of Community Services, this role will help us reshape and adapt our I&A and welfare benefits service to meet client needs as effectively and efficiently as possible, maintaining a person centric approach, utilising technology, tools and systems and collaborating with colleagues and partners.

You will provide key leadership and support of the I&A and welfare benefits teams, overseeing a department that currently includes 7 staff and 30 volunteers. You will be responsible for your team’s deliverables and development, ensuring a smooth and efficient service delivery, enhancing our quality and assurance systems and process, and developing new services through adaptation, new service tenders and collaboration with partners.

Click for information: https://www.ageuk.org.uk/buckinghamshire/get-involved/work-with-us/

If you are interested in applying for this role, please send your CV with a covering letter detailing the following: Why are you interested in the role? What relevant experience do you have and what areas of development might you have.

All applications should be sent to recruitment@ageukbucks.org.uk

Fundraising and Communications Manager - Sexual Assault and Abuse Support Service

28 hours (part time) Salary £31,000.00 – £37,000.00 pro rata depending on qualification and experience. Based across our offices (Aylesbury and Milton Keynes) with occasional home working.

To be responsible for the fundraising and communications function of the organisation. The post will be responsible for securing income via individual and community fundraising and charitable trusts and foundations as well as taking initiative to develop and grow into new areas of fundraising to help maintain and grow our services to survivors.

More details here: Fundraising-and-Comms-Manager-JD_April-2024

The closing date of 9th June 2024

Therapeutic Services Support Worker- Sexual Assault and Abuse Support Service (SAASS)

Assessments and Allocations Worker

We are seeking an experienced and passionate qualified counsellor to join our team in the role of a Therapeutic Services Support Worker.

This post is responsible for conducting clinical assessments with adult survivors of sexual or domestic abuse of all genders who are seeking therapeutic support. They will also manage the waiting lists for therapeutic services, appropriately allocate survivors to workers and coordinate the delivery of telephone emotional support calls.

Hours of work: 28 hours (part time)

Starting Salary: £27,000.00 pro rata

Contract type: Permanent

Location: Based across our offices (Aylesbury and Milton Keynes) with occasional home working

Benefits:

  • 28 days annual leave pro rata, plus bank holidays
  • 24/7 emotional and practical support and external clinical supervision
  • A generous individual training budget to support your ongoing professional development

To view the full job description and person specification, click here

To apply, please email your CV and a supporting letter detailing how you meet the person specification to recruitment@saassbmk.org.uk. Interviews for shortlisted candidates will be held on a rolling basis and recruitment will close once a successful applicant has been appointed.

Closing date:  TBC

This post will be subject to an enhanced DBS check and open to women only (exempt under the Equality Act 2010 pursuant to Schedule 9, Part 1). We strive to build a team that reflects the diversity of the community we work in and encourage applications from traditionally underrepresented groups such as people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, disabled people, and LGBTQI+ people. If we can make this easier through accommodation in the recruitment process, please do get in touch by phone (01296 392468) or email (recruitment@saassbmk.org.uk).

Volunteer Coordinator - South Bucks Hospice - High Wycombe

We have a great opportunity for someone who loves networking and meeting people and is passionate about volunteering in our local community.

The Volunteer Coordinator is a key role at South Bucks Hospice in recruiting volunteers, supporting their induction, and helping us to celebrate the wonderful contribution that our volunteers make.

We would love to hear from anyone who has experience of recruiting and supporting volunteering development, is comfortable with using databases and Word and may be interested in the role.

This is a part-time permanent role at 22.5 hours per week working over 3 days, Monday to Friday, paying £18,000 per annum, (FTE £30,000). Flexible part-time hours would be considered.

You will receive pro-rata’d 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays increasing with length of service. We also offer an employer contributory pension scheme and free on-site parking.

To apply please send your CV and covering letter telling us why you are suitable for the role and how you meet our requirements to vacancy@sbhospice.org.uk.

A copy of the job description for this role can be found at https://sbh.org.uk/vacancies/volunteer-coordinator-1

Prompt applications are encouraged as the advert will be withdrawn when we have a shortlist of candidates.

Finance and Administration officer - Aylesbury Women’s Aid

Salary £29,777 to £30,825 (Pro rata for part time, 30 hours per week)

About the role

Aylesbury Women’s Aid are excited to be offering an opportunity to work with us as our Finance and Administration Officer.  This new and exciting role will oversee all aspects of our admin and finance processes at the start of a new journey, giving the opportunity to help shape the role going forward.

If you have excellent attention to detail, experience of day-to-day finance and admin procedures and would like to work with an organisation that supports victims of domestic violence you could be our new team member.

This post will be subject to an enhanced DBS check and open to women only.  (Exempt under the Equality Act 2010 pursuant to Schedule 9, Part 1).

To apply please send an email to enquiries.awaid@outlook.com to request an application pack.

The deadline for completed applications is Wednesday 10th July at 17.00.

We reserve the right to close applications early.

Should you wish to have an informal discussion in relation to the role please give us a call 01296 437777 and ask to speak with the Deputy CEO.

Volunteer opportunities at other Bucks charities

You can also find other volunteer vacancies via the Volunteer Matching Service

Enhancing Young Adults’ Independence (EYAI) - Finance team volunteers

EYAI needs to expand its finance team.  Members of this team can be paid a small annual expenses fee.

This role shouldn’t take up more than a few hours a week.

Needed:

  • Bookkeeping, including working with Operations manager and the Treasurer for annual accounts for charity commissions.
  • Outgoing payments for expenses
  • Supporting Operations manager with fundraising applications.

EYAI supports young adults to gain confidence and employment through mentoring and work experience.  EYAI now also has a community café with the plan to provide more pop-up cafés in the area.  In line with this, EYAI also encourages and welcomes young adults to work with EYAI, in the café, in business department roles including the finance, marketing, creative teams.

We would therefore welcome year 2 or 3 finance students on to our team.

Our present Treasurer needs to step down so we are also looking for an experienced accountant to take on this role.

If you are interested in this voluntary role, please contact EYAI through team@eyai.co.uk

Hazlemere & Widmer End Good Neighbours Urgently need Drivers & Telephone volunteers.

The organisation was set up as a registered charity in 1986 to provide transport for elderly people in the local area who need to attend medical appointments and find public transport difficult due to age or disability.

www.hazlemeregoodneighbourstransport.org.uk

  • We are urgently looking for drivers for 1 or 2 hours a week to take clients from Hazlemere, Widmer End and Holmer Green to medical appointments.
  • We also looking for telephone volunteers for a few days a month, this role is working from home.

For a full Role Description of both these roles, please click on this link here.

If you think this opportunity could be for you, please contact:

Peter Pearman by phone on 07971 835113 or email. info@hazlemeregoodneighbours.org.uk

If you need to know more about the support we provide, then please visit our website at-

www.hazlemeregoodneighbourstransport.org.uk

Closing date 31 July.

Chair of the Board of Trustees for Barbara Bus Fund, Stanmore

The Barbara Bus Fund is a registered charity, which was set up in 1968 to help people who cannot get out or use public transport or an ordinary car, because they have a disability that necessitates full-time use of a wheelchair.

Today the BBF operates a fleet of 15 specially converted vehicles from Stanmore, Aylesbury and North Wales. The BBF is operated by a combination of paid and volunteer staff with head office at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, Stanmore. The role of Chair is a voluntary position with the requirement to commit to one to two days per month, attend online meetings every 6-8 weeks and the AGM.

The Chair will lead the Board of Trustees, chair committee meetings and the AGM. Previous trustee / charity experience is required and the commitment to Nolan’s seven principles of public life: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership. Previous experience within the health / care / transport sectors will be a distinct advantage however, other relevant experience and the right attributes will also be considered.

The BBF holds an annual meal to thank the volunteers and staff, and there are other periodic meetings and events throughout the year.

Please see the full 2024 BBF Chair Application Pack for further information.
For an initial discussion, or to make an application, please contact: chair@barbarabus.com
For further information about the Barbara Bus Fund, please visit:
www.barbarabus.com
For further information on the role of a charity trustee please visit the Charity Commission website:
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/charity-trustee-whats-involved 

aMAZing Therapy Centre CIC urgently looking for a Volunteer Accountant

aMAZing Therapy Centre CIC is a non-profit organisation dedicated to providing person-centered well-being counselling to individuals aged 16 and above. Our mission is to support personal development and growth, helping our beneficiaries lead healthier and happier lives.

The role of the Accountant is to ensure the effective management of our financial records and compliance with regulatory requirements.

If you have some free time and would like to support the amazing work we do, we would like to hear from you. For more information, please email contactus@amazingtherapycentre.co.uk in the first instance.

Please click on Role Description for further information about the role.

Closing date: 31 August.

Trustees - Weedon’s Almshouses Charity

400 years ago next year, Thomas Weedon of Chesham,  funded the building of four Almshouses in Chesham, Buckinghamshire, to provide for residents of Chesham  who found themselves in need.

Today the Weedon’s Charity runs four Almshouses and four alms flats and still provides accommodation for residents in a grade II listed building, plus modern flats. Residents should have a connection with Chesham  and be unable to access the commercial housing or rental sector.

The charity now seeks new Trustees with a broad range of skills relevant to the upkeep of our properties and grounds, and good community relations with our residents.  Trustees are usually appointed for a four-year term, after which time they may wish to remain as Trustees for a further period.

It is desirable that candidates have a connection to Chesham or surrounding areas, but this is not a necessity.

If you are interested, please contact the Alison Pirouet, Secretary at alisonpirouet@gmail.com, for more details which will include job description and application form.

The advert will remain open until all roles are filled.

Admin Support Volunteer Role - Action for Children - High Wycombe 

Action for Children in Merryfields office team needs help getting through their large workload to support their front-line staff. Flexibility around your work and commitments

See more about the role here: Admin Support Volunteer Role Description

If you have any further questions about the role, or need assistance with application form then please contact lucia.murinova@actionforchildren.org.uk or 07974 043 346

Distribution Volunteers - T&T News

T&T News is a community magazine, entirely run by volunteers, for the Totteridge and Terriers district in High Wycombe.

Distribution takes place in the local roads around Totteridge & Terriers. Volunteers are allocated as close as possible to where they live.

Duties would include:

  • Distributing magazines to local roads
  • Relaying back in issues
  • Adjusting figures where additional or fewer magazines are required
  • Helping where needed to cover vacancies
  • Helping at events which T&T News attends (e.g., Hazlemere Fete)

Distribution takes place 4 times a year – March, June, September, December.

Volunteers are also welcomed to contribute to the magazine by writing articles/ content to be shared in T&T News or on the website. This can be carried out remotely, with copy submitted by the deadline.

For more information, and to apply contact David Winterburn at editor@tandtnews.org.uk.

This role will remain open until all volunteers allocated.

University College London Hospital - Chalfont St Peter Unit

Volunteers Wanted

Are you outgoing, creative and a good listener?  Have half a day week to spare? Interested in helping people in hospital?  Then we’d like you to be a ward volunteer at Sir William Gowers Unit, Chalfont St Peter.  We’ll provide induction and training; you’ll get a great experience while giving back.

This is an excellent opportunity for anyone wishing to gain experience in an NHS setting whatever your age or background.

The Sir William Gowers Unit specialises in treating and supporting people living with epilepsy as both inpatients and outpatients.

Find out more: https://www.uclh.nhs.uk/work-with-us/volunteering or contact christopher.scott-burrows@nhs.net.

Tools with a Mission (TWAM)- volunteering opportunities

TWAM are a Christian charity that collects unwanted usable tools, refurbishes them, sorts them into trade tool kits and sends them to the developing world for livelihood creation.

We send around 18 containers filled with a total of around 225 tonnes of tools every year. These tools range from sewing machines and knitting machines to carpentry tools and mechanics tools.

As our roles do cover most of England and Wales, it is more difficult to get groups of volunteers together .

We  have new Volunteering Roles available for which we need volunteers from all over England and Wales:

Tool Ambassador – more info here.

County coordinator – more info here

Community Champion – more info here

Community Ambassador – more info here

Church Ambassador – more info here

Trustees - Chiltern Child Contact Centre

Trustees – Chiltern Child Contact Centre

If you are interested in the work of the centre and would like to volunteer as a trustee, please contact us by emailing recruit@chilternchildcontactcentre.org.uk

The trustees meet 4/5 evenings per year in Amersham.  We are especially interested in recruiting people with skills and special interest in IT, particularly website administration.

The advert will stay open until we appoint someone to this role.

Connection Support need Volunteers (multiple roles)

Prevent isolation in your community – become a befriender

We all need a helping hand or listening ear – sometimes more so due to health, isolation or recovery following an operation. Local charity, Connection Support, are looking for volunteer befrienders to support their Prevention Matters clients to build a more fulfilling life in Buckinghamshire.

Prevention Matters help adults regain confidence, maintain independence and help them get out and about. The Community Support Workers support clients by finding help, signposting to other services, connect with others in the local community and provide encouragement to get involved in social events.

How you can make a difference to people’s lives as a Prevention Matters volunteer

  • Increase or maintain social links such as attend local events, transport to coffee mornings
  • Accompany clients on GP or hospital appointments
  • Teach clients new digital skills such as email, Skype or how to search the web.
  • Practical support in the garden or a spot of DIY in their home
  • Assistance with hoarding disorder
  • Support to a carer who is feeling isolated.

Connection Support feel that nobody can do everything but everyone can do something so volunteering is flexible to suit you.

For a chat about becoming a volunteer befriender with Connection Support please contact our Volunteer Co-ordinator in Buckinghamshire on 01296 484322 or email  via volunteers@connectionsupport.org.uk  Further details can be found on connectionsupport.org.uk/volunteer.

FoodCycle - volunteering opportunities in Aylesbury

FoodCycle Volunteer- Transform surplus food into free community meals

Part Time: Tuesday afternoon/ evenings. No minimum commitment- you can come as often or as little as you’d like!

Every Tuesday evening, FoodCycle Aylesbury brings the community to share free community meals. Our doors are open to anyone in need of a nutritional, vegetarian, sit down meal and great conversation. Many of our guests are very vulnerable and rely on our meals for a sense of community and to build friendship- we believe no one should go hungry or lonely!

We need enthusiastic volunteers to transform donated surplus food into delicious 3-course menus, serve and share in conversation with our guests!

Here are our volunteering roles:

Project Leaders*(various times on Tuesday afternoon) – our senior volunteers who commit to leading sessions regularly. We couldn’t do FoodCycle without our Project Leaders! More info here: https://foodcycle.org.uk/volunteer-roles/project-leader/

Cooking volunteers (Tuesdays 4pm-8.30pm) – working as a team, creating a 3-course meal using the donated surplus food in a “Ready Steady Cook” style test of imagination!

Hosting volunteers (Tuesdays 5pm-8.30pm) – working as a team to serve a delicious meal and share conversation with our guests- helping to strengthen and build a resilient community.

*Project Leaders commit to volunteering once a month, but there is no minimum commitment for Cooking and Hosting volunteers- you can volunteer as frequently or infrequently as you like!

​You can find out more about our volunteering roles by clicking here: https://foodcycle.org.uk/volunteer-roles/

Please contact Emily at Emily@foodcycle.org.uk if you have any questions.

FoodCycle volunteers (Cooking, Hosting, or Food Collection) – MILTON KEYNES

FoodCycle volunteers (Cooking, Hosting, or Food Collection) – MILTON KEYNES

Opportunity description

We’re looking for friendly people who want to help nourish the hungry and lonely in their local community with delicious meals and great conversation, using food which would otherwise go to waste.

We have 3 different volunteer roles to choose from:

• Surplus Food Collection: collect surplus food from local shops and supermarkets and take it to the Project venue ready for cooking.
• Cooking: roll up your sleeves, sport a fetching hairnet and join the kitchen team to produce a three-course vegetarian meal using surplus food. You’ll be peeling, chopping, frying, mixing, boiling, serving and washing up. But most of all, you’ll have a lot of fun!
• Hosting: support the team in creating a warm, welcoming environment for our guests. You’ll serve food, share a meal with our guest, encourage conversation and clean up after the meal.

You don’t need to have any previous experience, you just need to get stuck in!

We are an equal opportunity organisation and welcome volunteers with diverse abilities. Check out our website here for more information: https://foodcycle.org.uk/equal-opportunities/

Autism Early Support - Nursery Assistant Volunteers

Nursery Lunchtime Assistant (part time. Either Monday , Tuesday or Wednesday 11:30-12:30 )

This role is to provide support to our staff during the lunchtime period, performing the following duties:

  1. To support the staff in the Nursery to carry out their roles in relation to the welfare and education of the children.
  2. To support the staff in the setting up and putting away of equipment necessary to support the delivery of the curriculum.
  3. To help the children to develop their self-help skills and independence: dressing, toileting, eating and drinking.
  4. To support the development of the children’s communication skills by being prepared to learn about alternative and augmented systems of communication
  5. To be prepared to read charity policies and abide by our Code of Conduct.
  6. You are warmly invited to attend our staff meetings as well as any of our in-house training session.
  7. Willingness to attend an induction session for volunteers is expected.
  8. To assist the Nursery staff with supervising up to 6 children having packed lunch.

Always looking for volunteers to support the team. NO actual closing date applicable.

Contact details and how to apply: Please contact Hayleysheppard@autismearlysupport.org.uk if you are interested- or go to our website here  https://autismearlysupport.org.uk/join-our-team/ to access details of how to apply.

Nursery Assistant (part time) Any Morning, Monday to Friday for 3 hours  9:30-12:30

This role is to provide support to our staff during the nursery sessions, performing the following duties:

  1. To support the staff in the Nursery to carry out their roles in relation to the welfare and education of the children.
  2. To support the staff in the setting up and putting away of equipment necessary to support the delivery of the curriculum.
  3. To help the children access the learning opportunities created during individual, group and Choose times.
  4. To support the staff in the delivery of structured work sessions.
  5. To help the children to develop their self-help skills and independence: dressing, toileting, eating and drinking.
  6. To support the development of the children’s communication skills by being prepared to learn about alternative and augmented systems of communication
  7. To be prepared to read charity policies and abide by our Code of Conduct.
  8. You are warmly invited to attend our staff meetings as well as any of our in-house training session.
  9. Willingness to attend an induction session for volunteers is expected.

Always looking for volunteers to support the team. NO actual closing date applicable.

Contact details and how to apply: Please contact Hayleysheppard@autismearlysupport.org.uk if you are interested- or go to our website here  https://autismearlysupport.org.uk/join-our-team/ to access details of how to apply.

Bipolar UK - Volunteer Support Group Co-Facilitator (High Wycombe)

Aim

To support and empower people affected by bipolar by co-facilitating a peer support group, either in person or virtually. The purpose of our groups is to bring people together to share experiences and support each other through  inclusive discussion.

What Does the Role Involve?

  • Co-facilitating and running a regular Bipolar UK Support Group, through listening, empathy, and shared
  • Committing to regular attendance at the group (most groups meet monthly) and attendance all relevant co-facilitator training.
  • Compliance with Bipolar UK policies and procedures, as described in the Support Group manual, including guidelines on confidentiality, boundaries, and safeguarding.
  • Ensuring group paperwork and administrative tasks are up to date.
  • Communicating regularly with the Bipolar Support Groups

Benefits of Volunteering as a Co-Facilitator

  • Using your skills & experience to help others affected by bipolar whilst increasing your knowledge of living with and managing the condition.
  • Being part of a team.
  • Developing your confidence, organisational and facilitation skills.
  • Opportunities to take on further training (subject to funding).

We are Looking for Volunteers Who Have

  • Have personal experience of bipolar, either having a diagnosis or having a close personal connection to someone who has, such as a family member or loved one.
  • Excellent communication, teamworking, and organisational skills; including active listening, interpersonal skills, and ability to effectively time keep.
  • Empathy, understanding, and the ability to relate to the needs of others
  • Basic IT skills (Office 365, Zoom), for example: sending an email and setting up Zoom meetings
  • Commitment to the principles and values of Bipolar UK and Bipolar UK Support Groups, and adherence to service guidelines and policy.

Responsible to

Bipolar UK Support Groups Team

Requirements

The role is subject to a satisfactory enhanced DBS check and references. There will be a regular review and discussion with Bipolar UK.

Bipolar UK Will Support you with

Support of and contact with a member of the Support Groups team, relevant training, pre-approved volunteering expenses, peer support for yourself and group materials and service information.

Contact: supportgroups@bipolaruk.org

Part time Volunteer reading mentors required - ABC to read

ABC to read are an award winning charity and since 2004 have been supporting children in schools who struggle to read.

We train and support volunteers so that they can be placed into a local school and confidently work with children as reading mentors to develop their skills, build up their confidence and encourage a love of reading.

Volunteers must be literate, able to easily relate to children, be a clear communicator and a good listener as well as understand they have a responsibility for the safeguarding.

If you are a Bucks resident near the Berkshire border, then this might be a perfect volunteering opportunity for you.

Volunteers ideally visit school twice a week for 1 1/2 hours during the afternoon although we can consider once a week. This role is term time only whilst schools are open.

For more information, visit https://www.abctoread.org.uk/volunteers/ , email  info@abctoread.org.uk  or call 01189 511336.

Always looking for volunteers to support the team. NO actual closing date applicable.

The Oasis Partnership & One Recovery Bucks

The Oasis Partnership & One Recovery Bucks

Our mission is to improve quality of life by reducing disadvantage, isolation and loneliness and increasing skills, confidence and wellbeing. We take a holistic approach to people’s health and wellbeing, and believe that social prescribing is vital to connect people with community groups, providing emotional as well as practical support.

We have lot’s of volunteering roles available in Chesham, Aylesbury and High Wycombe. All of our roles are between the hours of 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday with the exception of Reconnect Café which is Tuesday evenings and fundraising/events which are evenings or weekends. We are flexible in volunteering commitment but encourage applications from volunteers who can help weekly too.

Chesham

  • ArtBox Volunteers
  • Broadway Brew and Biscuits Volunteers
  • Befriending Volunteers 18-25’s & Over 55’s
  • Cooking Group Volunteers 18-25’s & Over 55’s
  • Music appreciation, Jamming and Podcasting group Volunteers
  • Litter Pick Group Volunteers 18-25’s & Over 55’s
  • Reception Volunteers
  • Routes to Work Volunteers
  • Sewing Circle Volunteers
  • Walking Group Volunteers

High Wycombe

  • ArtBox Volunteers
  • Routes to work voluneers
  • Café Voluneers

Aylesbury

  • Art Box Volunteers
  • Routes to work Volunteers
  • Café Volunteers

To apply, contact: Volunteer Manager: oasisvolunteers@oasispartnership.org 07857617568

Wendover Youth Centre - Trustees

Wendover Youth Centre are looking to strengthen their board in areas of PR, communications and fundraising.

To find out more about WYC visit their website. Email WYC to register your interest or find out more about becoming a Trustee.

The post will stay open until the role is filled

www.wendoveryouth.co.uk

admin@wendoveryouth.co.uk

Food Bank Volunteer Driver - One Can Trust

Join our brilliant team of volunteers who help to support hundreds of vulnerable people in our community.

 

One Can has many different volunteering opportunities throughout the week. From helping with our community support team at our Clothes Bank to driving food parcels to individuals and families across south Bucks, there is lots to do. If you are interested in volunteering with us, please visit onecantrust.org.uk for more information or contact office@onecantrust.org.uk / 01494 512277.

South Bucks Hospice High Wycombe - Catering Assistants

If you enjoy spending your time in the kitchen creating meals, and watching people enjoy what you have created, then this is the opportunity for you. South Bucks Hospice have reopened their bistro and are looking for volunteers to keep it open for patients, staff, volunteers, and members of the public to enjoy.

We offer a range of light meals and cakes, but we would like to broaden our menu, so anything you can add will be gratefully received (and eaten!). If you would prefer to help by doing the washing up or managing the till, we would still like to hear from you.

If you are interested in this role, or would like to know more about other ways you can volunteer/support us, please email: volunteer@sbhospice.org.uk

Closing date:  30th June 2024

South Bucks Hospice:  Retail Volunteers, Amersham and Chalfont St Peter

 We are a day hospice in High Wycombe providing outpatient care to people with a life-limiting or a life-threatening illness.  Our retail operations provide much needed funds to enable us to keep our services free of charge for patients.

We are looking for Retail Volunteers to work in our charity shops in Amersham and Chalfont St Peter. The role will involve sorting and pricing stock, arranging stock so that it is appealing to customers, helping customers find what they are looking for, taking payments by card and cash, helping with gift aid and receiving and sorting donations.   If you enjoy meeting new people and being in a busy environment with a supportive team around you, then this opportunity could be for you.

If you are interested in this role, or would like to know more about other ways you can volunteer/support us, please email: volunteer@sbhospice.org.uk

Closing date:  30th June 2024

Healthwatch Bucks - Honorary Treasurer

Applications will be reviewed when they are received

What is Healthwatch?

The Health and Social Care Act 2012 established local Healthwatch organisations as social enterprises to act as ‘the consumer champion for health and social care’, for both adults and children.

Since April 2013, a national network of over 150 local Healthwatch has been established with support from Healthwatch England, the national champion for health and social care, raising issues nationally on behalf of people using services. Local Healthwatch are funded from central government via their local authorities but operate independently.

The role of both local and national Healthwatch is to promote and support people to be more involved in their own care and in how health and social care services are planned and delivered. In pursuit of this aim, local Healthwatch engage in strategic planning of health and social care services in their area with a view to improving local people’s experiences.

 

About Healthwatch Bucks

 

As in other areas, Healthwatch Bucks was established on 1 April 2013. It is now a private company limited by guarantee and not having share capital funded principally by a contract from Buckinghamshire Council which runs until 31 March 2025.

 

Our vision is that the experiences, ideas, and opinions of local people make a positive difference to the way health and social care is provided in Buckinghamshire.

 

Our mission is to ensure that the collective voice of people accessing health and social care services is heard, considered, and acted upon.

 

Our objectives are to:

 

  • Listen to the residents of Buckinghamshire so that we understand what they think about health and social care.
  • Influence the right people so that residents’ views make a difference to health and social care services.
  • Change for the better the way health and social care services are commissioned and delivered.

 

We always ask ourselves…

 

“What difference does this make for patients and other service users?”

 

Priorities

 

Our priorities guide our focus around key aspects of our activity and are determined each year by the Board of Directors. Our priorities this year included: Primary Care (with a focus on Community Pharmacy), Children and Young and Social Care (with a focus on Hospital Discharge). Priorities for 2024-25 will cover:

 

  • Children and young people’s experiences of health and social care.
  • Women’s Health
  • Social Care

 

We will also always consider health inequalities an important aspect of all our work.

 

Healthwatch Bucks works across the whole of health and social care. We engage with the key pieces of work that are being done across the system. We will engage with system transformation and significant issues that may impact the system. These priorities will help us decide where to focus our work.

 

The way we work

 

In carrying out our work, we are guided by our principles, that we are:

 

  • Independent – of those who buy, design, or deliver health and social care services.
  • Listening – and focused on understanding local people’s views on health and social care services.
  • Active – we get out and about make things happen.
  • Focused – and target our delivery on our priority areas.
  • Balanced – we work across the health, wellbeing, and social care agendas.
  • Volunteer based – volunteers are at the heart of Healthwatch Bucks.
  • Collaborative – we work with others to extend our reach.
  • Sign posters – helping people work out where to go for the services they need.

 

Our work

 

Healthwatch Bucks is a small organisation working at the heart of local communities and developing in a fast-changing environment.

 

We have undertaken excellent engagement work, often in partnership with local voluntary and community sector organisations, with a range of local communities whose views may not normally be heard or acted on.  In addition to this targeted outreach work, we have also ensured that we hear from a broad cross-section of people in Buckinghamshire through face-to-face meetings across the county. We provide also provide prompt, helpful information to individuals trying to navigate the health and care system.

 

We produce professional reports that are well-received and influential.  We have the statutory right to ‘Enter and View’ and have used that extensively to report on care provision in Buckinghamshire.

 

We contribute to a wide range of partnership boards locally and are members of the Buckinghamshire Health & Wellbeing Board which is the key partnership for promoting the health and wellbeing of residents.

 

We promote Healthwatch Bucks and engagement with our work and services through our growing network of contacts, including local media, social media, health and social care services commissioners, GPs, local hospitals. We also carry out an outreach programme in local communities, community centres and local voluntary and community sector organisations working in health and social care fields.

 

We also have overall responsibility for the Independent Healthcare Complaints Advocacy Service in Buckinghamshire which is delivered by a sub-contractor.

 

The scope of our work and achievements are set out in the reports published on our website.

 

Our people

 

The work is carried out by a small staff team and a group of dedicated volunteers.

 

The recruitment and retention of volunteers is essential to our work, and we have the benefit of a growing group of Ambassadors and volunteers with expertise and experience in all aspects of health and social care and a deep understanding of how services are provided in the county.

Role of Board Members

 

Healthwatch Board members are non-executive directors of Healthwatch Bucks under the Companies Act. The Board has ultimate responsibility for the governance of the organisation and:

 

  • Sets strategic direction for Healthwatch Bucks, defining vision, values, and priorities.
  • Ensures the organisation is well run, achieves its aims and objectives, and effectively manages performance and risks.
  • Is fully accountable and maintains a clear public, patient, carer, and wider community focus.
  • Ensures that Healthwatch Bucks is governed and run in an inclusive way that benefits the whole community.

 

Further information on the responsibilities of Board Members is provided in Annex 1.

 

Board members are asked to commit between eight and twelve each month to Board matters including travelling to different county locations for Healthwatch Bucks’ quarterly Board meetings held in public. Officers such as the Chair, Vice-Chair and Treasurer often devote more time than this and can be up to two to three days per month and, for the Treasurer, in particular, this can be quite varied. For example, more time is required monthly ~ one to two hours to oversee payroll and pension information; at quarter-end to complete and review accounts/budgets; annually ~ to oversee the preparation of the statutory accounts for Board sign-off.

 

Each Director serves for a term of three years from their date of appointment and is eligible to be re-elected to serve for two further terms of three years, whether or not served consecutively.

 

This is an unremunerated voluntary role, but out-of-pocket expenses may be claimed. All Board members are required to adhere to the Seven Principles of Public Life as defined by the Committee on Standards in Public Life. These principles are described in Annex 3 to this pack.

 

Role of the Honorary Treasurer

 

The Honorary Treasurer is a director of Healthwatch Bucks with specific responsibilities to:

 

  1. Lead the Board in fulfilling its responsibility to protect the financial integrity of Healthwatch Bucks.
  2. Provide support and guidance on financial matters to the Chief Executive and their Team.
  3. Chair meetings of the Finance Committee.
  4. Represent Healthwatch Bucks, as appropriate, with key stakeholders.
  5. Work with the staff team to produce quarterly accounts, oversee payroll and pension provision.

 

The full role description is included in Annex 2.

 

Who are we looking for?

 

Our previous Honorary Treasurer stepped down but remains available as a consultant on an ad-hoc basis. We are looking for people who ideally live in Buckinghamshire and who are willing and able to devote at least two days per month to the role, on average, more at quarter-end, and to serve for a full term of three years.

 

The role requires proven experience in financial planning, management and reporting and the ability to plan, prepare and chair effective meetings of the Finance Committee. Successful candidates should have experience of the voluntary and/or charity sector(s).

 

Details of the required knowledge and experience, skills and abilities, and personal behaviour and style are included in the role description included with this pack.

 

Eligibility

 

Applicants should work or live in Buckinghamshire or have demonstrable close connections with the county. They must be over the age of 18 and be eligible to work in the UK.

 

It is important that applicants, or members of their immediate family, do not have any potential conflicts of interest through any existing roles in the local health and social care economy.

 

Therefore, eligible applicants are likely to be those who are not currently:

 

  • Health or social service or care providers, or their employees, within Buckinghamshire.
  • Providers affiliated with a private company providing goods and services to local healthcare and social care providers.
  • Commissioners of health and social care services in Buckinghamshire.

 

In addition, under the Companies Act 2006, someone may not be a Director if:

 

  • He or she has been disqualified from acting as a company director (unless special permission has been granted by the court to act for a particular company); or
  • She or he is an undischarged bankrupt (unless special permission has been granted by the court).

 

Application and selection

To apply, candidates are asked to provide:

 

  • a personal statement detailing how you meet the person specification included in this document. Please list each criteria and state clearly the relevant experience or skills you have for each one;
  • a copy of your CV.

 

Applications should be emailed to belinda@healthwatchbucks.co.uk

 

All applications will be considered by comparing the contents of the CV and personal statement against the role and experience requirements. All applications will be acknowledged and shortlisted candidates contacted and invited for an informal interview to be held online via Microsoft Teams.

 

For an informal discussion about the role, please contact our Chair, John Meech, on

07836 565 304.

 

ANNEX 1

Role and responsibilities of Healthwatch Bucks Directors

 

Essential role of a Healthwatch Bucks Director

 

To act in the capacity of Director under the Companies Act 2006 ensuring that the organisation achieves its aims and objectives through effective governance, service delivery and management in line with constitutional and statutory obligations.

 

Directors also ensure that Healthwatch Bucks is inclusive and accountable to local people, making an impact on local NHS and social care service delivery.

 

Collective responsibilities of the Board of Directors

 

  1. Determine, understand, and periodically review the vision, values, aims and objectives.

 

  1. Engage in strategic planning, establishing the organisation’s direction, major goals, and performance criteria in the context of external challenges, opportunities, and threats.

 

  1. Formulate and review policies and procedures to govern the way Healthwatch Bucks is run, always ensuring that corporate activities and communications satisfy legal, statutory, ethical, and other requirements.

 

  1. Approve and monitor Healthwatch Bucks’ priorities, programmes and services ensuring that the views of stakeholders are sought and represented.

 

  1. Ensure adequate financial, human, and technical resources to achieve Healthwatch Bucks’ objectives within financial restraints.

 

  1. Provide effective financial oversight and risk management.

 

  1. Select and support the Chief Executive, delegating operational responsibility and reviewing their performance.

 

  1. Understand and respect the relationship between the Board and the Chief Executive, staff, and volunteers.

 

  1. Act as a responsible employer through carefully thought-out HR and volunteering policies and practices, ensuring safe and healthy working conditions and that appropriate development and succession plans are in place for Board level and senior staff positions.

 

  1. Enhance the public reputation of Healthwatch Bucks safeguarding the integrity, reputation and intellectual capital of the organisation and its assets.

 

  1. Carefully select and induct new Board Directors and ensure ongoing collective Board development and self-assessment.

 

  1. Carry out Board business efficiently.

 

Individual responsibilities of each Director

 

  • Work with the Chair and other directors in setting the strategic plan and direction for Healthwatch Bucks and in promoting the organisation and its work.

 

  • Set policies, standards and budgets and monitor the performance of Healthwatch Bucks against agreed work plans and performance targets.

 

  • Promote good governance ensuring compliance with constitutional, statutory, regulatory, and contractual obligations ensuring that agreed standards of behavior and conduct are maintained and that robust financial systems and internal controls are in place.

 

  • Support the Chair in the appointment and performance management of the Chief Executive.

 

  • Build successful partnerships with key stakeholders and promote the purpose and values of Healthwatch Bucks, enhancing its influence and effectiveness on behalf of local people.

 

  • Consider, assess, and challenge reports on local health and social care services to ensure that Healthwatch Bucks’ public work and internal decisions are well-founded.

 

  • Ensure that decisions taken by the Board are in the best interests of Healthwatch Bucks and that its legal and moral responsibilities to the wider public of Buckinghamshire are met.

 

  • Attend Board meetings, internal workshops, sub-committee meetings, task groups and training events as required, to enable well-informed contributions to discussions and decision making.

 

  • Contribute to, abide by, and take collective responsibility for Board decisions, publicly supporting any decisions made.

 

  • Represent Healthwatch Bucks at health and social care boards, conferences, seminars, and events.

 

  • Safeguard financial sustainability by optimising opportunities to generate additional income for Healthwatch Bucks in keeping with its purposes and values.

 

  • Act as an ambassador and champion for Healthwatch Bucks, promoting its achievements and vision widely and proactively and protecting its reputation with all stakeholders and the public.

 

ANNEX 2

Honorary Treasurer Role Description

 

Responsibilities

 

The Honorary Treasurer is a director of Healthwatch Bucks with specific responsibilities to:

 

  1. Lead the Board in fulfilling its responsibility to protect the financial integrity of Healthwatch Bucks.

 

  1. Provide support and guidance on financial matters to the Chief Executive and their Team.

 

  1. Represent Healthwatch Bucks with key stakeholders as required.

 

Financial Integrity

The Honorary Treasurer leads the Board in protecting the financial integrity of Healthwatch Bucks by:

 

  • Chairing the Finance Committee and, on its behalf, making recommendations to the Board.

 

  • Keeping the Board informed about its financial duties and responsibilities, ensuring understanding of financial planning and budgeting and current and forecast finances.

 

  • Monitoring and reporting the organisation’s financial health regularly to the Board in line with best practice, complying with its Articles of Association, financial legislation, statutory requirements, contractual obligations and necessary insurance cover.

 

  • Ensuring that the organisation has and complies with up-to-date financial policies and processes including Risk Management, Reserves, Business Continuity and Financial Management & Internal Controls.

 

  • Monitoring cash flow to ensure financial sustainability.

 

  • Ensuring that financial transactions and reporting meet the conditions of contractual and other agreements with commissioners, funders, partners and sub-contractors.

 

  • Acting as signatory or co-signatory in accordance with the scheme of delegation in the Financial Management and Internal Control processes.

 

  • Presenting the financial accounts at the Annual General Meeting and overseeing the preparation of the accounts for statutory submission.

 

Support & Guidance

The Honorary Treasurer shares the duty of all Board Members to ensure effective policy making, strategic planning and monitoring of the performance of Healthwatch Bucks. Additionally, the Treasurer has specific responsibilities supporting the Chief Executive to ensure that:

 

  • Financial planning processes are maintained and that available financial resources are appropriate to the aims of the organisation.

 

  • Healthwatch Bucks has an effective strategy for generating and accounting for commissioned and donated income to achieve its objectives and manage its expenditure.

 

  • The Board receives all necessary advice on the financial implications of strategic plans and projects.

 

  • The Board is presented with budget statements, management accounts and financial information at all key points in the planning and budget cycle and that issues are outlined in a coherent and easily understandable way.

 

The Financial Management and Control Policy is kept up-to-date and implemented throughout the organisation.

  • Proper procedures are followed for preparing, presenting and filing the annual financial statements.

 

  • The recommendations of external financial advisors are reported to the Board and acted upon.

 

  • Equipment and assets are appropriately recorded, depreciated, maintained and insured.

Representation

The Honorary Treasurer will, as appropriate:

 

  1. Liaise with staff and contractors responsible for the financial activities of the organisation.

 

  1. Represent Healthwatch Bucks with commissioners and sub – contractors, partners, Healthwatch England, bankers and members.

 

  1. Act as a spokesperson or signatory for the organisation.

 

  1. Liaise with the independent examiner on the annual management letter and related Board representation.

 

Person specification

 

Knowledge and experience

 

  • Proven expertise in financial planning, management, and reporting
  • Appropriate financial qualifications.
  • UK Law and practice regarding financial management, accounting and reporting, risk assessment, mitigation, and monitoring.
  • Experience of leadership and governance, including strategic planning and performance management.
  • Experience of financial management and funding in either charity and/or not for profit organisations.
  • Understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities, and liabilities of being a Board Director of a non-profit organisation.

 

Skills and abilities

 

  • Excellent judgement.
  • Ability to plan, prepare and chair effective meetings of the Finance Committee.
  • Ability to challenge and hold the Board, staff team, contractors, and partners to account.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills, able to liaise effectively with a wide a range of stakeholders and audiences including the Chief Executive and her team and fellow Board members.
  • Strategic vision, creative thinking and problem solving.
  • Ability to analyse proposals and examine their financial consequences.

 

Personal behaviour and style

 

  • Passionate about promoting better outcomes in health and social care for all.
  • Strong commitment to inclusion, equality, and diversity.
  • Integrity, diplomacy, and sensitive approach.
  • Accessible to management for ad hoc advice on financial matters.
  • Listens to others and provides decisive leadership when required.
  • Good, independent judgement and a willingness to speak up, including making unpopular recommendations to the Board.
  • Willingness to devote necessary time and effort.

 

Other requirements

 

  • Lives in or near Buckinghamshire.
  • Willing and able to devote at least two days per month to the role, on average, and to serve for a full term of three years.
  • Able to use Microsoft Office suite.

 

 

ANNEX 3

Seven Principles of Public Life

 

The seven principles of public life apply to anyone who works as a public office-holder. This includes people who are elected or appointed to public office, nationally and locally, and all people appointed to work in public bodies including health, education, social and care services. These principles also apply to those in other sectors that deliver public services.

 

  1. Selflessness: holders of public office should act solely in terms of the public interest. They must not gain financial or other benefits for themselves, their family, their friends, or community.

 

  1. Integrity: holders of public office must avoid placing themselves under any obligation to people or organisations that might seek to influence them in the performance of their official duties. They must declare and resolve any interests and relationships.

 

  1. Objectivity: holders of public office must act and take decisions impartially, fairly, and on merit, using the best evidence and without discrimination or bias.

 

  1. Accountability: holders of public office are accountable to the public for their decisions and actions and must submit themselves to the scrutiny necessary to ensure this.

 

  1. Openness: holders of public office should act and take decisions in an open and transparent manner. Information should not be withheld from the public unless there are clear and lawful reasons for doing so.

 

  1. Honesty: holders of public office should be truthful.

 

  1. Leadership: holders of public office should exhibit these principles in their own behavior and actively promote and robustly support the principles and be willing to challenge poor behaviour wherever it occurs.