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Didsbury Good Neighbours

Volunteer

A MESSAGE TO OUR CURRENT AND FUTURE VOLUNTEERS REGARDING CORONAVIRUS 

Dear Volunteers,

Thank you very much to all our current volunteers for your continued support and those who are offering time and joining Didsbury Good Neighbours team of volunteers. Our focus is on assisting older people in Didsbury with 

  • Shopping/delivering essentials 
  • Small errands
  • Telephone befriending

CURRENT VOLUNTEERING VACANCIES

  • Telephone Befriending- do you have time to give an older person a weekly call and be a friendly voice at the end of the phone? Telephone befrienders must be aged 18+
  • Drivers- do you have a few hours to spare each week and can help give our older members lifts to the neighbourhood centre, on a regular or rota basis? Drivers needed!
  • Lunch Club Volunteer- can you help with the hosting of our small Lunch Club, on a rota basis, approximately 9 members, Thursdays between 12.45-2.15?
  • Walking Companions- could you accompany an older person on a short walk in their local area, or Didsbury Park, and help build social connections, friendships and core strength after a year of lockdown?
  • Cafe Volunteer- Weekdays between 12-3, for more information please email the cafe at didsburypavilioncafe@outlook.com

For more information email us at: volunteer@didsburygoodneighbours.org.uk 

Didsbury Good Neighbours provides opportunities for local people to volunteer and get involved. We firmly believe that our volunteers benefit just as much as the people they work to support. With a range of volunteering opportunities, there is a role to suit each volunteer’s availability, commitment and preference.  If you would like to download a leaflet on volunteering please click here.

BEFRIENDING

Befriending is the core of our work, building friendships with people who are most at risk of loneliness and isolation. This role requires commitment, regularly visiting an individual at home and taking a genuine interest in their life and wellbeing. Befriending volunteers need to have time to dedicate and be comfortable in a role that requires reliability, listening skills and friendship.

INTERESTED?
All befriending volunteers must be 18+ and require references, a police check and undertake an induction training programme. Throughout their time as a befriender volunteers receive regular support and on-going training from the Didsbury Good Neighbours’ Volunteer Co-ordinator. If you would like to become a volunteer please click here to download our volunteer application form (Microsoft Word Document) and email it to us at volunteer@didsburygoodneighbours.org.uk or post it to Didsbury Good Neighbours, Didsbury Park, Gillbrook Road, Manchester M20 6WH or pop in to talk to us at Didsbury Neighbourhood Centre or The Pavilion Cafe in Didsbury Park.

If you would like to speak to a member of the team you can contact us using the contact form, or by email to: volunteer@didsburygoodneighbours.org.uk or call in and see us at the Neighbourhood Centre in Didsbury Park.

VOLUNTEERS SUPPORTING ACTIVITIES
Volunteers provide lifts to activities and are regular faces in the Holt Pavilion and Neighbourhood Centre; they help out at all activities, providing vital assistance and friendship to all. This opportunity is a great way for those available during the week to be part of the operation of the charity and the volunteering team.

AS & WHEN VOLUNTEERS
The As & When volunteer does exactly what it says on the tin: providing the opportunity for individuals to be involved on a more occasional basis, without a regular weekly commitment yet still providing vital and much appreciated help to Didsbury’s senior generation. Roles vary from fundraising, driving and emergency shoppers to gardeners and simple DIY’ers, along with opportunities to lend a helping hand at our weekly activities or coffee mornings.

FUNDRAISERS
Fundraisers are vital to Didsbury Good Neighbours, without them, we couldn’t continue our work. This role provides a vast array of opportunities for both individuals and groups to get involved through sponsorship, sport, activities or events. Fundraising also provides great openings for the younger generation of Didsbury to contribute to and be part of the charity.

SPONSOR A VOLUNTEER
Volunteers are the core of our service. It costs Didsbury Good Neighbours £99 to carry out the recruitment, essential training and police checks before our befriending volunteers can become operational. Through our sponsorship scheme, individuals or businesses can donate in a more personal way. Whether the volunteer is someone from your business or a volunteer assigned through Didsbury Good Neighbours, the sponsor will receive an update of their volunteer’s activities, seeing first-hand the difference their donations have made.


If you would like to become a volunteer sponsor, please contact: sue@didsburygoodneighbours.org.uk