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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

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

A service to provide holistic support to people in Barnsley with mental health and / or learning difficulties. It has an early intervention and preventative focus to support individuals to improve health, wellbeing and independence, enabling people to have choice and control of their lives.
The Early intervention Prevention & support Service which mental health inclusion is part of, is a low level mental health service. Humankind are commissioned via Barnsley council to deliver this service.
Humankind are looking for volunteers to support people living with mental wellbeing issues to offer support and companionship to help with their recovery journey.
The support will be provided for 3-6 months.
Due to social distancing, the support offered will be telephone based. The focus of the support will include some / all of the following
• To prevent social isolation
• To reduce feelings of loneliness
• To increase independence
• To encourage people to make positive choices and decisions that affects them
• To increase people’s ability to take part in purposeful activities
• To have a better understanding of one’s mental wellbeing by attending one of our structured groups


Hosted by: Speak With IT

Speak With IT match people with aphasia (speech and communication difficulties) with a trained volunteer who will support the person to work on their goals using a variety of computer therapy programs. We are recruiting for Volunteer Speech Support Workers across Yorkshire who can provide valuable one to one support for people with aphasia on speech therapy apps. Our volunteers support people with aphasia in their own home and over videocalls, with visits organised around your availability and the people you are supporting.
Volunteers will schedule appointments each month to check on their client’s progress with the apps, make sure the exercises are an adequate challenge and that they are focused on working towards useful goals for the client such as learning to text.
Volunteers will also provide a link to the world outside, as many of our clients are socially isolated or may be choosing to shield. Conversation with their volunteer, someone trained to communicate with them effectively can be massively beneficial to both communication and overall mood.


Hosted by: Together for Mental Wellbeing

The Volunteer Advocacy Supporter will provide non statutory advocacy within scheduled sessions for individuals referred.
There is also an opportunity to help co facilitate self advocacy groups.


Hosted by: RSPCA Barnsley & District Branch

Our charity shop in Barnsley centre needs reliable volunteers to help run and maintain it. We ask that volunteers work in our shop for a minimum of 4 hours at a time and preferably the same day/s each week . Tasks can include sorting through donations (we are operating this with COVID safety measures in place), steaming clothes and cleaning bric a brac, till work, serving customers etc.


Hosted by: Age UK Barnsley

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: The Civic Barnsley

This will involve engaging with visitors in The Civic’s gallery and exhibition spaces. You will learn about our Visual Art programme and share your knowledge with visitors. The gallery is now open three days a week, Thursday to Saturday 10am – 5pm, operating with Covid-safe measure, including a one-way system, limited visitor capacity and a booking system. Full details can be found at https://www.barnsleycivic.co.uk/covid-19/

Volunteer tasks include:
• Be part of the exhibition invigilation team. Welcome all visitors to The Civic’s exhibitions and respond to any queries they may have.
• To ensure that all visitors to The Civic are able to engage with, understand and enjoy our Visual Arts programmes.
• Cleaning display cases and ensuring the overall tidiness of the galleries and reception area.
• Maintain The Civic’s health and safety procedures in the exhibition space, following Covid-safe guidelines.

We are hoping to recruit volunteers that can support our exhibition programme in a 4 hour shift, either 10am - 2pm or 1pm - 5pm, Thursdays to Saturdays.


Hosted by: B:Friend

Can you befriend an isolating older neighbour in Barnsley? Sadly we all now know what it feels like to be stuck inside but for many older people that is going to remain the situation throughout the winter months. Can you pick up the phone, or pop over to visit, someone nearby that otherwise may not have anyone to see or speak to. By becoming a befriender you can offer new companionship and support to an older neighbour. Kathleen (83) in Thurnscoe said: "Every time I see or speak to Nicola [befriender] it makes me feel like I'm still part of the world. Like someone cares." Just an hour a week can completely change someone's life.


Hosted by: Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice

Would you like the opportunity to raise vital funds for children, young people and families at Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice?
We need volunteers to help with some or all of the following:
• Receiving and sorting donations received at the shop
• Sizing, tagging, hanging and steaming garments
• Helping to make sure that sales floor is adequately stocked
• Volunteering on the sales desk
• Volunteering on the Till (specific training will be given if you are selected for this role)


Hosted by: Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice

Would you like the chance to be involved in raising vital funds to support children, young people and families at Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice?
We need volunteers to help with some or all of the following:
• Receiving and sorting donations received at the shop
• Sizing, tagging, hanging and steaming garments
• Helping to make sure that sales floor is adequately stocked
• Working on the sales desk
• Working on the Till (specific training will be given if you are selected for this role)


Hosted by: H.O.P.E. in Community

About the Opportunity:
We provide a listening service to prevent social isolation and loneliness to clients of all different backgrounds. This is a texting, zoom or phone call service so we would like volunteers to be able to make regular contact with the client once trained. This opportunity can also be done remotely.

Organisation Description:
To help others to positively engage in the Community with the aim of improving the conditions of life by the provision of a range of activities, including but not exclusively, fund raising, cook and eat sessions for a healthy diet, education on the preparation of low cost meals and working to a budget for people on limited incomes.

The Role:
We are looking to recruit committed, enthusiastic and reliable volunteers to support us to make contact with clients over the phone, on zoom or through text messages.

Suits those interested in:
Community, Computers, Writing, talking making a difference to someone that may be lonely and socially isolated. To be able to build someone’s confidence through giving them the information for them to make their own informed decisions. To empower them.

Skills Gained:
Leadership, Teamwork, Communication Skills, Organising Skills, Computer skills, Good written skills and Creativity


Hosted by: MND Association

Do you have good listening skills? Are you a good communicator? Would you like to offer direct support to people affected by motor neurone disease? Then you could become an Association Visitor! Volunteers perform a vital role in supporting people affected by motor neurone disease – both those with the disease and those close to them. They offer emotional support and give information about the Association and other services to help people make informed choices. All our Visitors are based in the local community as members of a team and usually have contact with people over the phone, via e-mail or will visit them in their own home.


Hosted by: Barnsley YMCA

YMCA Barnsley is an independent local charity that works for, and with, children and young people and their families in Barnsley. We deliver a wide range of children’s and youth work programmes. Our aim is to empower young people by involving them in activities that stimulate and challenge so enabling them to realise their potential and to participate fully in their communities.

Volunteers play an important role in the organisation and we have a hard-working Board of Trustees who guide and support our work.

We are looking for people of all ages and backgrounds to join our Board of Trustees, there is no need to have previous experience as a Trustee. Applicants are co-opted onto the Board for 12 months before being nominated as Charity Trustees.

As a Trustee you would be expected to attend Board meetings on a monthly basis to support YMCA Barnsley in implementing its governing document and ethos and to follow charity/company law.


Hosted by: Yorkshire Childrens Centre

Yorkshire Children’s Centre are reopening their doors following a 6-month period of closure as a result of COVID-19. Sadly, this long period of closure has resulted in many children waiting to see a family member in situations where independent contact arrangements between parents have broken down.

Position 1
Base: Doncaster, Welcome Way, DN1 3QS
Days: Saturdays

Position 2
Base: Barnsley, Western Street, S70 2BP
Days: Saturdays

Our service is in high demand following reopening and we are looking for passionate and dedicated individuals who want to be a part in bringing about long-term change for children, and support in the rebuilding of family relationships.

In return for your commitment the Yorkshire Children’s Centre will be able to offer:

 Being part of a passionate and energetic team
 Support and advice around career and educational progression
 Highly valued work experience
 Expenses