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Volunteering opportunities

If you are interested in any of the below volunteering opportunities then please contact us by email to communities@chorley.gov.uk or by calling us on 01257 515151. We will be able to let you know how to apply.

 

Volunteering job title

OrganisationLocationQualifications, skills, knowledge or experience requiredKey duties and responsibilitiesTime commitment
Community Access VolunteerHome StartCommunity based
  1. Parent or carer of young people, or current / previous professional experience
  2. Passionate about supporting, enabling and empowering people who are vulnerable, isolated or in need of support.
  3. All training is provided
  4. Enhanced DBS is required, can be applied for by HSCL
  5. Confidentiality is paramount
  6. A non-judgemental attitude to supporting families from all backgrounds
  1. To support parents to access parent and child groups, local parks and resources, or community groups.
  2. To support parents to access adult focused community and wellbeing groups
Variable
Walk & Talk VolunteerHome StartCommunity based
  1. Parent or carer of young people, or current / previous professional experience
  2. Passionate about supporting, enabling and empowering people who are vulnerable, isolated or in need of support.
  3. All training is provided
  4. Enhanced DBS is required, can be applied for by HSCL
  5. Confidentiality is paramount
  6. A non-judgemental attitude to supporting families from all backgrounds
  1. To attend weekly 'Walk and Talk' parent and carer support groups in the local area.
  2. To provide a listening ear and emotional support to parents and carers.
  3. To offer advice from own personal and professional experiences
  4. To raise awareness of additional support services
1-2 hours per week
In-Home Support VolunteerHome StartCommunity/home based
  1. Parent or carer of young people, or current / previous professional experience
  2. Passionate about supporting, enabling and empowering people who are vulnerable, isolated or in need of support.
  3. All training is provided
  4. Enhanced DBS is required, can be applied for by HSCL
  5. Confidentiality is paramount
  6. A non-judgemental attitude to supporting families from all backgrounds
  1. To provide regular, friendly and person-centred support to families for a minimum of 2-3 hours per week.
  2. To draw upon own experiences to support emotional wellbeing and encourage parent strengths
  3. To provide practical parenting support, support accessing the community, hands-on in-home support and other areas that arise for the family.
2 hours a week upwards
The Meeting Place VolunteerChorley United Reformed Church (URC)Hollinshead Street, PR7 1EP

1. To be able to ensure that all those attending the session are treated with dignity and respect at all times.

2. A knowledge of Safeguarding would be advantageous, however mandatory training will be provided every three years.

1. To assist with the delivery of the services of The Meeting Place as directed by the Team Leader.

2. To assist with the setting up of the room and ensure that all equipment and servers can work safely.

3. To be willing to receive instructions to operate equipment used throughout the session safely.

4.To ensure that Food Safety Regulations are complied with during the session.

5. To work with other team members and support those as required during the session, through activities prepared for all to participate in.

6. To assist with cleaning and clearing of all utensils, equipment and furniture at the end of the session, leaving the area suitable for other hirers to use.

7. To comply with all Health and Safety regulations and risk assessments for Chorley URC whilst in attendance and prior to attending the session.

8. To ensure that any incidents which could be considered a near miss, accident or are a breach of safeguarding policy are recorded and reported to the Team Leader.

2 hours per week
Volunteer DriverCentral Lancashire Dial a RideBorough-wide

-Access to a vehicle for the Community Car Scheme

-D1 on your driving license to drive a minibus

-Full UK driver's license

-DBS

-Be willing to participate in an observed drive

The organisation are looking for volunteers to participate in the Community Car Scheme or to drive Dial a Ride minibuses.  

You would be giving your time to people in your own community who are unable to use public transport, have no regular access to a car nor the ability to pay for taxis on a regular basis.

Dial a Ride will provide the Midas training (one day course) to enable volunteers to drive a minibus and pay for a DBS check.

Volunteers will be reimbursed any expenses at £0.40 per mile for the Community Car Scheme and meal expenses for any day trips out.

Various
Food and support service volunteerChorley Help the HomelessFriday Street, ChorleyFull training will be provided. Volunteers need to be empathetic towards visitors and reasonably active as the role involves moving around large quantities of food and other household items.

To help sort food and other donations, place items on shelves and prepare food parcels for delivery and distribution.

To also record all visitor details, non financial donations and items to be distributed.

3 hours a week
Digital buddyLancashire Adult Learning and Chorley CouncilHome basedBasic computer literacy.Support close friends and family members to develop computer literacy skills within their own home.Flexible
Face-to-face befriendingFriends for YouCommunity basedGood interpersonal skills, ability to use a phone.Reducing social isolation by maintaining contact with people who may have limited interaction with others.Flexible, 1 hour per week.
Assessor Citizens Advice Bureau Office based

Full training will be provided.
Have good interpersonal skills, computer and maths skills. Be willing to follow the aims and principles of Citizens Advice Bureau.

Talk with clients to explore their problems and help them understand their options. Write summaries of issues and action taken.6 hours per week and above
Advisor roleCitizens Advice Bureau Office basedFull training will be provided.
Have good interpersonal skills, computer and maths skills. Be willing to follow the aims and principles of Citizens Advice Bureau.
Talk with clients to explore their problems and help them understand their options. Write summaries of issues and action taken. Making referrals to other organisations, for customs to access support.8 hours a week and above for a minimum of 12 months
Digital Help Centre AssistantCitizens Advice BureauOffice based

Are you approachable, reliable, available for at least one day a week and able to demonstrate the following skills:

  • Listen and help someone who finds technology baffling and needs help to carry out a simple task
  • Navigate the internet to look up information
  • Cut and paste information into a document
  • Gather information to help a client complete a form that is vital to their needs - such as acting as a scribe and inputting the client's answers into an online form
  • Provide written notes on action a client might need to take
  • Recognise when a person may require specialist help
You will not give advice in this role but assist clients to carry out activity online to help solve their issues.A minimum of one day per week
AdministratorCitizens Advice BureauOffice based

Are you approachable, reliable, available for at least one day a week and able to demonstrate the following skills:

  • Comfortable using IT and have digital skills as you will scan and attach documents to emails and our internal systems, create new documents etc
  • Able to learn how to use our internal systems as you will ensure client profiles are correct, input new referrals onto our systems and send weekly advice clinic appointments out to partners
  • Retrieve and action client voicemails from our phone system / emails from our online enquiry system
  • Retrieve and action voicemails left by clients on our appointment line
  • Able to assist with inbound and outbound post if required
  • Comfortable when dealing with partner organisations by phone or email
  • Able to work with others undertaking the same role
You will not give advice in this role but assist and support the team to ensure the 'back office' side of the work they undertake with clients is undertaken in a timely manner, accurately recorded and maintained to a high standard.A minimum of one day per week
Case Note and Quality CheckerCitizens Advice BureauOffice based

Are you approachable, reliable, available for at least one day a week and able to demonstrate the following skills:

  • Comfortable using IT
  • Able to learn how to use our internal systems as you will ensure client profiles are correct and all information has been recorded correctly
  • Comfortable when giving feedback to other volunteers
  • Able to work with others undertaking the same role
You will not give advice in this role but work in a small team to ensure that the information and advice given to the client by other volunteers and staff, has been correctly delivered and recorded in accordance with our processes.A minimum of one day per week
Good Food Club Van DriverChorley BuddiesCommunity based

Good interpersonal skills and non-judgmental attitude needed. Volunteer will need a full drivers license and be physically able to lift as part of the role.

To drive the team van, collect foods for the Good Food Clubs before the session starts. Upwards of 6 hours a week
Activity buddiesChorley BuddiesCommunity basedGood interpersonal skills and non-judgmental attitude needed. Volunteer will need to be physically able to perform the exercise part of the role.Helping those coming out of shielding or self-isolation into a regular exercise regime. This starts off with telephone befriending but will lead to accompanying the client on walks or other forms of exercise. 3 hours a week upwards
Shopping and medication deliveryChorley BuddiesCommunity basedGood interpersonal skills and non-judgmental attitude needed.Providing a shopping service for those who are unable to shop themselves and/or delivering medication. Would be a contact free role, Volunteers do not enter customers' homes.3 hours a week upwards
Telephone befriendingChorley BuddiesHome basedSafeguarding and telephone technique training provided. Good interpersonal skills and non-judgmental attitude needed.Talking to people who for a variety of reasons are feeling lonely or isolated. 3 hours a week upwards
Tuck Shop Assistant The Anderton CentreNew Road, Anderton, Chorley, PR69HG

DBS (Provided) Safeguarding Training (Provided), Great customer service skills and a passion for supporting our wonderful Charity with a high level of enthusiasm and integrity

Opening and setting up the Wood Hatch (Tuck Shop), stock takes and resupplying, money management, sales cleaning and shutting down at the end of service.Monday to Friday, 12:00 - 13:00, with 30 minutes either side for set-up and shut down. Any availability will be very much appreciated
Volunteer Youth WorkerInspire Youth ZoneChapel St, Chorley, PR7 1BS

We need volunteers who:

  • Are passionate about working with children and young people.
  • Can establish positive relationships with children and young people and be a positive role model.
  • Ability to start a conversation with young people
  • Engage young people in small games
  • Ability to build professional relationships
  • Able to meet the needs of young people
  • Can work with children and young people with diverse needs in small and large groups.
  • Are creative, enthusiastic, confident and resilient

We are looking for volunteers to make a difference to the lives of young people by assisting in providing play activities for children and young people 8-12 years old after school, weekends and during school holidays.  Encourage young people to get involved in a range of activities and be willing to actively take part.

Activities include: To help set up and tidy away activities, To support staff members or other volunteers in activities, Encourage children and young people to participate and engage in activities.

Weekly/Weekends/School holidays

Minimum 3 hours - maximum 8 hours

 

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