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Hosted by: Age UK Barnsley

Volunteer Good Neighbours are available to visit older people who live in their local area at times when they need some extra help. It may be that they have been ill, been in hospital or that the weather is really bad and they can’t get out to do their shopping. It may be that the older person does not get out very often and would benefit from their Good Neighbour calling in or telephoning for a regular chat. It may be a relationship that only needs to last a short time until the older person feels better or the weather picks up and the amount of involvement will depend on how much the volunteer wishes to have and the needs of the older person. Each Good Neighbour Volunteer will have an agreement in place that sets out the nature and limits of support that they would like to offer.

Tasks may include:
•Visiting or telephoning an older person in your locality on a regular or short term basis e.g. once a week or just at times when they need a bit of extra support.
•Providing low level practical support when it is needed e.g. posting letters, collecting prescriptions or doing some shopping.
•Taking the older person out in the community e.g. to attend groups, go to the library or support them to go shopping.
•Checking to ensure that the older person is well and that they are able to call in other services if they need them.
•Relieving social isolation by talking with the older person about what is happening in their lives.
•Making accurate and legible records.
•Reporting any concerns to the Service Manager
•Complying with service standards and boundaries and recognising Age UK Barnsley’s policies and procedures.
•Attending induction and occasional ongoing training by arrangement


Hosted by: Age UK Barnsley

Volunteers are needed to help needed to sort and prepare garments and other goods for sale, as well as serve customers in shop and maintain displays of goods for sale.


Hosted by: Age UK Barnsley

Volunteers are needed to help sort and prepare garments and other goods for sale, as well as serve customers in shop and maintain displays of goods for sale.


Hosted by: Age UK Barnsley

Information Assistant

Purpose of the Role:
The role involves greeting visitors to the one stop shop and directing them to the appropriate service or organisation.
The information and Advice service provides information and Advice on matters such as welfare benefits, health and social care, housing and local services.
Main Tasks:
• Greet visitors to the one stop shop and direct them to the correct service
• Book appointments for the information and advice service advisers
• Briefly explore the nature of the problem raised by the client, and, where appropriate, their wider circumstances
• Identify and research information relevant to the user’s situation, drawing on information resources available
• Present and discuss information with the client in an accessible manner
• Record the information given on an electronic system
• Inform people about services that may be available to them and how to access them, including Age UK services; where appropriate, refer people to other agencies and sources of help
• Book appointments with advisers on the electronic/paper system when it is apparent that the client needs more than information.
• Liaise closely with the I&A volunteer supervisor and other advisers, seeking advice, guidance and support where required
• Develop a working knowledge of the information and office systems supporting the service, use them effectively and contribute to their improvement
• Keep up to date with relevant laws, policies and procedures – locally and nationally (provided through ongoing training)


Hosted by: Age UK Barnsley

Purpose of the Role: To provide Administration tasks and support to staff members in the effective running of the mobility scooter and wheelchair hire service.

Main Tasks:

• Completing and Updating the database for the hire of scooters
• Completing the relevant forms to register new members and daily hire agreements
• Booking scooters and wheelchairs in and out
• Training new members on the use of the scooter
• Photocopying and filing
• Collating and recording information as required
• Checking the scooters on return


Hosted by: Family Lives

Do you have experience of being a parent or providing support in a caring role?
Do you enjoy listening, talking and sharing your skills to benefit other people?
Would you like to make a difference to families in your local community?
Can you spare 2-3 hours per week over the next year?

If yes, then our support service for new mums needs you!
We really want to hear from you!
Family Lives is a national registered charity with over forty years’ experience of providing parenting and family support to families. We are currently developing a new project in the Central Area of Barnsley to support new mums.
Being a new mum can be great but at times it can be tough. We are looking for Peer Supporters who can support new mums adjusting to pregnancy and/or the arrival of a new baby, who may be struggling to find time for themselves, get out and about or meet up with friends. Our peer supporters will visit new mums and families at home or in community settings. They will provide a listening ear, help parents to attend appointments, access community facilities, form supportive peer networks and signpost to other appropriate services. By building supportive one to one relationships they will help parents through emotional and practical ups and downs to build their confidence and skills, achieve goals and move forward positively.


Hosted by: Re-engage

One Sunday afternoon a month, throughout the UK, Re-engage groups meet for tea and companionship. These groups are a lifeline of friendship for isolated older people.
Each older guest is assigned a volunteer driver and together they become part of a small group invited to a volunteer hosts’ home for tea. They visit a different host each month but the group remains the same and relationships grow. A warm welcome; a family home; meeting old friends and new, provides older members with companionship and a vital link with the community from which they have become isolated. This simple idea is the essence of Re-engage.

The volunteer drivers will use their own car to pick up and accompany one or two older people just one Sunday afternoon each month. They collect the same older guest from their home, driving them to the host’s home to spend a couple of hours together over tea before returning home. Drivers are not required to do any lifting only assisting with a steadying arm.


Hosted by: Re-engage

One Sunday afternoon a month, throughout the UK, Re-engage groups meet for tea and companionship. These groups are a lifeline of friendship for isolated older people.

Each older guest is assigned a volunteer driver and together they become part of a small group invited to a volunteer hosts’ home for tea. They visit a different host each month but the group remains the same and relationships grow. A warm welcome; a family home; meeting old friends and new, provides older members with companionship and a vital link with the community from which they have become isolated. This simple idea is the essence of Re-engage.

The role of a host is to provide a warm welcome, a friendly atmosphere and a simple afternoon tea with sandwiches and a few cakes for the older guests and the volunteers (once or twice a year). Hosts need a downstairs toilet, no more than three steps and seating for six or more older people (many hosts use a mix of hard and soft chairs). Over time this group of volunteers and older guests get to know each other well and together they spend many Sunday afternoons full of fun and laughter, sharing stories over cake and cups of tea.


Hosted by: Healthwatch Barnsley

Here at Healthwatch we want to hear from as many Barnsley people as possible about their experiences of Health and Social Care. The more information that we have, the stronger the evidence base we are able to present to service providers / commissioners to influence change where needed. We also like to tell them when things are working well. We have a small budget and a large remit and so, in order for us to achieve this we need your help.

We are looking for potential volunteers who would be willing to work with us in their own localities to help us to engage with the public over specific issues. This may be for a few hours every couple of months or a bit more frequently depending on what’s on the Healthwatch agenda. It can include:

· Going along to local events and telling people about our work
· Helping us carry out surveys and engagement
· Giving out information to local people


Hosted by: Educational Learning Support Hub CIO (ELSH)

Are you a Facebook or Twitter wizz? We are looking for a social media volunteer to help us promote the Education and Learning Support Hub to the local community and beyond, through social media posts created by you!

What will you get out of it?

You will help us to promote ELSH to people who may not know about us but would benefit from accessing our services and courses. You’ll have the chance to develop your own IT and communication skills along the way and to help with developing our social media posts, as well as gaining valuable experience. You can even do some of the tasks from the comfort of your own sofa!

Social Media Role Duties:

• Manage ELSH social media channels, including their website, Facebook, Twitter, and other relevant platforms
• Create engaging content and share information that will help signpost individuals who may want to access our courses to our website where they can find support and information.
• Share infographics, articles and news posts, including promoting current campaigns and upcoming events.
• Report back about your social media posts and how valuable people have found them


Hosted by: Our Place (Barnsley)

Our Place (Barnsley) provides support to adults with learning disabilities.
We operate drop in sessions three days per week, including Saturday’s, where people can come and meet their friends.
We have various activities available such as arts and crafts, quizzes, bingo, karaoke and much more!

Do you enjoy doing arts and craft based activities? Do you like, glitter, glue, cutting, sticking, painting, colouring and creating? Would you like to make a difference AND get to create while you are doing it? Then this role could be for you!

Our Place are currently looking for people who have an interest in arts and craft activities that can help support our clients at our weekly sessions to take part and inspire them in crafty activities. The sessions run at different times, and we understand if you can only commit to an hour a week within that session. You can do more hours if you would like, but just an hour would make a huge difference to our clients.


Hosted by: Our Place (Barnsley)

Our Place (Barnsley) provides support to adults with learning disabilities.
We operate drop in sessions three days per week, including Saturday’s, where people can come and meet their friends.
We have various activities available such as arts and crafts, quizzes, bingo, karaoke and much more!

Do you enjoy knitting in your spare time? Do you have some odd bits of wool to use up but not sure what to do with them? Would you like to make a difference AND get to do some knitting while you are doing it? Then this role could be for you!

Our Place are about to undertake a project within the service to help homeless and elderly people within the local community, by knitting blankets for the winter. We are only a small group so need recruit more knitters to help us achieve this!

We are looking for knitters that can help create some of these blankets for the project for us.
You can do this role from home, in your own time and we may include a monthly social meet up, to check how everyone is going. All the blankets made will make a huge difference to the homeless and elderly this winter.


Hosted by: Our Place (Barnsley)

Our Place (Barnsley) provides support to adults with learning disabilities.
We operate drop in sessions three days per week, including Saturday’s, where people can come and meet their friends.
We have various activities available such as arts and crafts, quizzes, bingo, karaoke and much more!

Do you like music? Do you enjoy singing a tune or two on the karaoke? Would you like to make a difference AND get to do a bit of singing while you are doing it? Then this role could be for you!

Our Place are currently looking for budding karaoke singers that can help run and support clients to take part at our weekly karaoke session. The session runs on a Wednesday evening between 5.30pm and 8.30pm. You can do more hours if you would like, but just an hour within that session would make a huge difference to our clients.


Hosted by: Age UK Barnsley

Shop Assistant

Main tasks:
• Circulating stock on a regular basis
• Freshening of stock by use of easy ironing steam press
• Ticketing goods ready for pricing
• Sharing responsibility for maintaining a safe and tidy working area
• Till work
• Ensuring that shelves remain clean and attractive
• Dusting and vacuuming as and when required.


Hosted by: Age UK Barnsley

Purpose of role:
To volunteer regularly to support older people in our friendly day centre, which provides socialisation and encourages independence.

Tasks:
• Greeting and accompanying members on arrival and when leaving the centre
• Help with coats and being seated
• Help with organised activities and games, encouraging and supporting members to participate
• Listening to and talking with service users, helping to promote a spirit of friendship within day care
• Encouraging social interaction, especially for those who are new to the centre or who find it difficult to join in
• Assist in the preparation of hot drinks and a snack
• Assist with the serving of lunch
• Complete other assigned tasks as agreed with the centre manager


Hosted by: Age UK Barnsley

Purpose of the Role:
Due to the ongoing regeneration in Barnsley Town Centre, this role is to meet people at the Age UK Barnsley Shop on Eldon Street and help them access the shops and new market area, assisting them with any help they need.
This role comes under Age UK Barnsley’s Access Barnsley service and clients may book a scooter or wheelchair to enable them to have full access to the town centre.

Main Tasks:
• To meet clients in the Town centre and assist them with any help they need as they shop
• May be required to escort clients via the use of a wheelchair – volunteers must be able to carry out this task safely
• To keep up to date records and take part in monitoring requirements as required by Age UK Barnsley
• May be required to assist with accessing public transport/Dial-a Ride


Hosted by: Age UK Barnsley

Purpose of the Role:
Due to the ongoing regeneration in Barnsley Town centre, this role is to collect clients from their home and bring them in to Barnsley Town centre and assist with any help that they need in accessing the shops and market.
This role comes under Age UK Barnsley’s Access Barnsley service and clients may book a scooter or wheelchair from it to enable them to have full access to the town centre

Main Tasks:
• To collect clients from their home address and bring in to the Town centre only
• To assist clients in and out of vehicles and in a safe and proper manner (as required)
• To help clients access the new town centre and market areas
• May be required to escort via the use of a wheelchair and volunteers must be able to carry out this task safely
• To keep up to date records of journeys undertaken and take part in monitoring requirements as required by Age UK Barnsley
• Must follow Age UK Barnsley’s Driver Conduct Policy


Hosted by: Age UK Barnsley

Men in Sheds Assistant (AGE 50+)

Purpose of the Role:
To assist the Men in Sheds project worker to run a creative, enjoyable & safe environment.
Main Tasks:
• Greet new and existing shed members.
• Learn how to use machines and tools safely.
• Take an interest in the member’s hobbies and interests, talk, support and listen to members about their interests. With a special focus on members who have no interest in woodwork.
• Help members with projects if required and ensure that members follow health and safety rules.


Hosted by: Age UK Barnsley

Reception and Admin
Purpose of the Role: To provide Reception cover and office support.
Main Tasks:

• Reception services – meeting and greeting people and directing them to the correct location.
• Telephone answering – take and make calls, take messages, and deal with enquiries about Age UK Barnsley’s services.
• Incoming and Outgoing post.
• Maintain office diary as required.
• Make room bookings as required.
• Upkeep of leaflets and notice boards in Reception area.
• Word processing as required.
• Photocopying and filing
• Provide refreshments as required to class service users
• Take payments from service users for classes, refreshments, cards etc.


Hosted by: Age UK Barnsley

Good Neighbour
Purpose of the role:
To provide practical support to lonely or isolated older people in your community. People may need help in times of ill health, bad weather or following temporary changes to their daily activities, such as family members going on holiday. The support can be one-off, short term or long term so is suitable for volunteers who have varying availability.
Main Tasks:
• To support a lonely or isolated older person in your community when they need extra help
• This includes but is not limited to picking up some shopping for someone who has been unable to get out of the house, collecting a prescription, posting a letter or reminding someone about an appointment
• Help out with small one-off jobs around the house for someone who is struggling to do the job themselves
• Looking out for an older neighbour in the event of bad weather
• Help to build an older person’s confidence. For example, accompanying them to a group or social event until they have the confidence to attend alone, meeting someone for a cuppa at a local café or going with them on a small walk to get some fresh air, being a travel companion
• Attend relevant training for the role where required
• To report any issues or concerns to the Social Inclusion Worker
• Any other tasks identified that may be relevant to the role


Hosted by: Humankind

Humankind provides holistic support to people in Barnsley with mental health and / or learning difficulties. They have an early intervention and preventative focus to support individuals to improve health, well being and independence, enabling people to have choice and control of their lives.
Humankind links people living with low level mental well being issues to local volunteers who can offer them support and companionship, to help with the promotion of someone’s recovery journey.
This support can be provided for the 3-6 months
The inclusion partnership between a service user and the volunteer explores goal-setting on issues like -
• Preventing social isolation
• Reducing feelings of loneliness.
• Increasing independence.
• Encouraging them to make positive choices and decisions that affects them.
• Increasing their ability to take part in purposeful activities out of their own home.
• Increasing their opportunities to take part in group activities by joining a community group.
• Having a better understanding of their mental well being by attending one of the local structured group workshops.
• Progress into volunteering, education or employment.
• Increasing their ability to have improved social interactions with others in their communities.
This role involves supporting service users, signposting, being motivational, talking positively about recovery and supporting people to access and engage with the service. The role may involve encouraging them to attend appointments and getting them to feel confident around using public transport.
Living with a mental health issue or learning disability can sometimes cause someone to withdraw from social interaction. This can make them feel isolated and get in the way of recovery. The inclusion volunteer role aims to increase social interaction and reduce isolation.
Inclusion volunteers are trained to help people get out into their community, build people’s confidence, support them to meet new people, and develop hobbies and interests.


Hosted by: BMBC

The role of an Independent Visitor for children and young people in care was introduced as a statutory requirement for local authorities to provide in the Children Act 1989. The Act states that a local authority has to appoint an independent visitor for any child they are looking after, if they feel it would be in the child’s best interests.
A flexible, exciting and rewarding volunteer opportunity that fits around your current lifestyle and other commitments where you will make a positive difference to the life of a vulnerable young person, contributing to their development and confidence.

Establishing a long-term, trusting and supportive relationship with a child or young person (between 8 and 21 years old) who is looked after by the Local Authority. Helping to motivate them, develop their social skills, ensure they feel valued and encourage them to reach their full potential.

To meet regularly with the child or young person on a monthly basis offering friendship, support and advice. Engaging in visits, positive activities and outings that are led by the young person, dependent on their interests.

Matched with children and young people who have similar interests and hobbies.

Supporting children and young people to ensure that their voice is heard.

To work in partnership with the local authority while maintaining the independence necessary to this role, promoting the child’s or young person’s social and emotional development.

To complete all paperwork required and attend supervision meetings as directed by the scheme.

Willingness to undertake any training relevant to the role and a commitment to safeguard and protect children and young people at all time.

Contribute to the child or young person’s Looked After Child review if requested.

To have fun together!


Hosted by: Speak With IT

Speak With IT is a Yorkshire based charity that helps people with aphasia. Aphasia can follow a stroke or brain injury and the condition not only affects a person’s ability to speak and/or comprehend, it can also have a devastating impact on other aspects of their life. We specialise in using computer therapy to support people with aphasia and were awarded funding from the Big Lottery in 2017 to develop our support in Yorkshire.

Volunteers will visit people with aphasia in their own home and support them to work on communication goals using a variety of computer therapy programs and supported conversation techniques. It takes as little as 2 hours a month to support someone with aphasia and whilst the commitment may seem small, the impact can be huge.

Main Tasks:
- Develop a good understanding of the computer therapy programs the charity supports
- Visit clients in their own home and support with communication goals. Minimum one visit per client per month.
- Complete client visit report and return to Volunteer Coordinator
- Attend regular training organised by charity

Person Specification:
- Demonstrate a commitment for supporting people with aphasia
- IT literate
- Friendly, positive and patient
- A self-starter who is able to work independently

This is a great opportunity for someone wanting to give back to their community by helping people at high risk of social isolation. Volunteers work in partnership with their clients to develop a learning friendship based on mutual respect and strong rapport. Computer therapy has been found to be at its most effective when used in combination with supported conversation, so we're looking for volunteers confident they can have a good natter!


Hosted by: National Trust

Wentworth Castle Gardens is a national treasure including 63 acres of formal gardens and 500 acres of parkland, with many stories to tell. We want to give visitors a warm,friendly and relaxed welcome so they feel free to explore the property and have fun. Volunteer Welcome Assistants are key to us achieving this. Based in the Visitor Reception Building you will be one of the first people visitors meet. You should enjoy meeting new people and working within a diverse team.
What's involved?
Giving visitors a friendly welcome when they first arrive and ensuring they have the information they need to enjoy their visit
Talking to visitors about the National Trust
Supporting visitors with particular needs to understand how they can access different parts of the garden and parkland and get the most from their visit
Sharing the stories, historical and modern, of Wentworth Castle Gardens and our partners, Northern College and Barnsley Council
Being part of a team ensuring that everyone who visits feels welcome and included
You don’t need any previous experience just a desire to help visitors enjoy their day and provide great customer service.
We are looking for new volunteers that want to help regularly on weekends and during school holidays.


Hosted by: Together for Mental Wellbeing

We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers with a passion for helping people to gain the confidence to self-advocate. Volunteers will support people within advocacy sessions in the community, with a wide range of issues eg benefits, housing, mental wellbeing etc. There is also the opportunity to facilitate self advocacy groups for individuals with Autism and Learning Disabilities.


Hosted by: Crossroads Care Barnsley

Crossroads Care has more than 26 years of experience, helping carers to have a break by providing one to one support with caring in the home.
As a registered charity provider, we deliver care locally. Together with care providers nationally, we reach almost half a million carers a year!
We provide a wide range of quality support services for carers and the people they care for, no matter what age group, type of illness or disability they have.
We have a small dedicated team in our main office, however we are looking for an office support volunteer who can assist us with administration tasks around the office, to ensure we can keep delivering an effective service.
We are looking for someone who can help with photocopying, shredding and all manner of dealing with our office paper work. This means we can make sure our office runs efficiently and is organised effectively. Volunteers may also need to help initially answer calls in our main office, pass them onto the appropriate staff member and take messages. We receive calls from carers, support staff and partner agencies, so it will be varied who you may get to speak to.
We believe it’s important that when someone calls, their call is answered by a friendly voice. A simple, friendly Hello can mean everything. As we are a small team, we can’t always be near the phone to do this. You will not be expected to answer any queries, but can assure the person on the other end of the phone, that someone will get back to them as soon as possible. We think this is much more personable than an answer phone and helps us ensure we deliver great care in all aspects of our service.


Hosted by: Romero Communities

Have you considered using your talents and experiences to support, influence and launch community initiatives?
Romero Communities Charity is a small but ambitious community led organisation.
Trust Responsibility: Romero Support and Guidance- working with partners to empower individuals and groups.
Ambition: to continually develop the charity so that we may offer a range of services to the public.

As Romero Communities continues to grow, a limited number of Trustee opportunities are now available.