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    • Browntoa
    • By Browntoa 28th Dec 18, 7:09 AM
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    Volunteering in your spare time
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    • 28th Dec 18, 7:09 AM
    Volunteering in your spare time 28th Dec 18 at 7:09 AM
    Keep body and mind active but also do something for your community.

    Dementia friends , my local hospital scheme means you commit to 4 hours a week to visit a sufferer and help with mealtime or just chat.

    https://www.dementiafriends.org.uk/WEBArticle?page=what-is-a-friend#.XCXWxmmnyyU

    Volunteer at a hospice, normally things like making tea for patients , taking them their meals , Manning the front desk or helping in drop in sessions. If you have a skill like hairdresser , beauty or nail technician or massage etc then that is always something they are looking for.

    https://www.mariecurie.org.uk/get-involved/volunteering/volunteer-at-a-hospice

    Or look at your local hospice web sites.

    Volunteer in a local hospital , as featured in the daily mail

    https://www.helpforce.community/pledge/

    Not sure what exactly to do or the aboves not for you then search on

    https://do-it.org

    For things local to you

    Feel free to add other sites or mention where you volunteer .

    If you know of volunteer positions , link directly to them here
    Last edited by Browntoa; 29-12-2018 at 1:52 PM.
    I'm the Board Guide of the Referrers ,Telephones, Pensions , Shop Don't drop ,over 50's , Boost your income and Discount Code boards which means I volunteer to help get your forum questions answered and keep the forum runnning smoothly .However, please remember, board guides don't read every post. If you spot an inappropriate or illegal post please report it to forumteam@moneysavingexpert.com Any views are mine and not the official line of MoneySavingExpert.
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    • DairyQueen
    • By DairyQueen 5th Feb 19, 6:59 PM
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    DairyQueen
    I am one of the 30+ volunteers who run our community shop. If you have one of these valuable facilities nearby then there are a variety of roles available: serving in the shop, ordering, collecting stock, stock-checking, cleaning, managing cash and accounts, pricing, to name just a few.

    The essential people who deliver this service are 99% retired.
    • Browntoa
    • By Browntoa 12th Feb 19, 8:27 AM
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    Well I've done a couple of sessions at the Hugeneot Museum , did my first tree research for somebody.

    Quite enjoyed it and everyone's friendly
    I'm the Board Guide of the Referrers ,Telephones, Pensions , Shop Don't drop ,over 50's , Boost your income and Discount Code boards which means I volunteer to help get your forum questions answered and keep the forum runnning smoothly .However, please remember, board guides don't read every post. If you spot an inappropriate or illegal post please report it to forumteam@moneysavingexpert.com Any views are mine and not the official line of MoneySavingExpert.
    • kingfisherblue
    • By kingfisherblue 20th Feb 19, 6:40 PM
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    kingfisherblue
    I'm a volunteer for Girlguiding. It's a great chance to help young people to develop and to have fun. I run units, so I am there every week during term time, but more flexible volunteering can be arranged. My daughter is also a volunteer, but only goes every other week due to shiftwork.


    It requires an enhanced DBS check You can train to be an assistant leader or leader if you want to (you will receive training on first aid, safeguarding, and the programme for the age group that you volunteer with), or you can be a unit helper (safeguarding training). You don't pay for these. If you don't want to volunteer each week or fortnight, you can ask if other roles are available locally. You might be able to help out with accounts, for example.


    It's great fun, and you make new friends of all ages.


    www.girlguiding.org.uk
    • bugslett
    • By bugslett 20th Feb 19, 9:46 PM
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    bugslett
    Suggestions if you don't really like people?
    Originally posted by PennyForThem
    I used to volunteer for an animal group that arranged transport from either council shelters to a non kill shelter or collecting animals for 're-homing. Sometimes you'd be part of a chain, other times collect the pet and deliver within a couple of hours. I like driving so it suited me.
    Yes I'm bugslet, I lost my original log in details and old e-mail address.
    • Murphybear
    • By Murphybear 24th Feb 19, 8:24 AM
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    Murphybear
    Cinnamon trust

    http://www.cinnamon.org.uk/volunteers/

    You walk dogs for people
    Originally posted by Browntoa
    I had a look at their website and found that they require 3 lots of references including one professional, all of whom have known you for more than 5 years.

    As a retired person for 8 years who has moved twice in the last 2 years I realised that I could not provide a single reference. Either I have lost touch with suitable people or those who would provide a good reference I have not known long enough. They require a professional reference but that is even worse. Havenít known my GP or any other person of similar standing for long enough.

    Last time I worked I was self employed.

    Has anyone else had this problem? Their requirements are much higher than a lot of jobs
    • Murphybear
    • By Murphybear 24th Feb 19, 8:26 AM
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    Murphybear
    I had a look at their website and found that they require 3 lots of references including one professional, all of whom have known you for more than 5 years.

    As a retired person for 8 years who has moved twice in the last 2 years I realised that I could not provide a single reference. Either I have lost touch with suitable people or those who would provide a good reference I have not known long enough. They require a professional reference but that is even worse. Haven’t known my GP or any other person of similar standing for long enough.

    Last time I worked I was self employed.

    Has anyone else had this problem? Their requirements are much higher than a lot of jobs
    Originally posted by Murphybear
    Ps i used to sit on University recruitment panels and we found that most references are not worth the paper they are written on
    • rosie14
    • By rosie14 2nd Mar 19, 10:17 PM
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    rosie14
    I volunteer at Childline 👍
    • oystercatcher
    • By oystercatcher 23rd Mar 19, 2:24 PM
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    oystercatcher
    Anyone crafty can help make blankets for homeless people. We are trying to set up local pods to make and distribute blankets locally. If there isn't a pod near you then consider starting your own pod.

    I started sending off a few squares but have now made good friends that I meet regularly.

    https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/viewer?ll=52.48908716402138%2C-1.613363550000031&z=6&mid=1EEGGgXclwFj_BMDdo9WRenW XQ0zQlX7g

    I hope the link works
    • alanq
    • By alanq 23rd Mar 19, 7:04 PM
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    alanq
    I hope the link works
    Originally posted by oystercatcher
    Not for me.
    • chris_m
    • By chris_m 25th Mar 19, 12:33 PM
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    chris_m
    I'm a volunteer driver for the county council's voluntary social car scheme.

    https://www.cumbria.gov.uk/roads-transport/public-transport-road-safety/transport/commtrans/voluntarycars.asp

    Since our availability of buses around here is the square root of foxtrot oscar, we have a lot of, mainly, elderly people who cannot get about when they need to, be that for doctor's/hospital appointments, shopping or simply meeting friends for a coffee -or as one pair of ladies put it, getting to see a different four walls for a change.

    Often they cannot afford taxis all the time so this council subsidised scheme can make a huge difference to their lives.
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