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Guide Dogs looking for volunteers

Guide Dogs is approaching volunteering in a different way. They are not doing any face to face volunteering at this point due Covid restrictions but are open to virtual volunteering and ideas for fundraising.

They are taking all precautions and supporting all our volunteers with CV19 and Health & Safety Training.

They have a range of roles and activities that might be of interest:

Volunteer Opportunities in Liaison and Diversion Community Links

Community Links Liaison & Diversion Service are welcoming applications for volunteers to assist their Support Time Recovery Workers (STRW) in the community.

The service accepts referrals from NHS colleagues based in Police Custody suites to support service users who have come into contact with the Criminal Justice System. The volunteer will assist the STRW’s by supporting the service user to access support services for vulnerabilities and support needs identified during initial screening and can include: Mental health problems, substance misuse, housing and benefits with the aim to reduce re-offending.

Under normal conditions, this could require accompanying the service user to attend appointments to existing services or simply meet up for a coffee and a chat to provide emotional support. The current COVID19 restrictions has meant that telephone consultation with the service user has been used with some success to reach out to those needing support, signposting or onward referral to specialist agencies throughout Hull and East Riding.

A full induction, training and mentoring will be provided.

For further details email: neil.rustill@commlinks.co.uk  or phone 07552326908 for an informal chat.”

Trustees wanted for Citizens Advice Hull & East Riding

Your knowledge and vision could help build the success of the area’s leading advice provider.

Citizens Advice Hull and East Riding (CAH&ER) is a successful local service which puts clients first and focuses on delivering high quality advice services. They help people overcome their problems.

In the last year they helped over 22,000 people with issues from debt to benefits advice, avoiding homelessness, to understanding their employment rights and coping with family breakdowns. Their advice makes a difference to individuals and communities. Last year they estimate they helped to saved Government and public services £5,545,484, and supported local residents to achieve almost £8 million of financial gains.

They are currently looking forward to the future and developing their services to meet the challenges the people of Hull and the East Riding will face over the next few years. Your ideas, skills and enthusiasm could make all the difference to how they achieve this.

They are seeking people with strategic vision, independent judgement and a willingness to give time and commitment to being a trustee.

They are particularly interested in hearing from people with knowledge and experience in some of the following areas:

  • the legal and advice sector
  • developing strategies for increased financial sustainability in the third sector
  • how technology and social media can support service delivery and promote the organisation
  • A knowledge of/relationship with key stakeholders
  • HR and managing people in fast changing times
  • An understanding of the economic and social drivers of poverty in society and an ability and interest in supporting Hull and East Riding residents

This is a voluntary post. All reasonable expenses are reimbursed.

For further information please visit their website

You can also obtain an information pack by e mailing recruitment@hull-eastridingcab.org.uk .

If you would like to discuss the role before returning the application form, please ring Lesley Thornley, Chief Executive on 01482 328990 or email lesley.thornley@hull-eastridingcab.org.uk

Puppy walkers – Guide Dogs for the Blind need you!

Do you live in or near the villages between Selby and Holme on Spalding Moor?

Who could say no to a cute guide dog puppy?

All puppies are special, but these little ones are puppies with a purpose!

Many of the pups will go on to be qualified guide dogs, helping to open the world up to a visually impaired person.

The initial stages of training are crucial, and it takes the support of a very special volunteer to help the puppies thrive.

Puppy walkers are given a dog at 6 weeks old and over the course of about 14 months they will introduce the pup to the wider world, ensuring that they follow basic commands while helping them to become familiar with as many situations as possible.

Pups need to be prepared for whatever the world has in store for them!

The Puppy Walker role is such a rewarding role, watching your puppy develop knowing that you’re contributing to their future career as a guide dog.

There will be plenty of puppy cuddles to go around but this is a demanding role which takes a great deal of commitment.

The puppy will be with you 24/7, cannot be left alone for more than 3 hours and you must have an enclosed garden with a suitable area for the pup to do its business.

Not forgetting the classic puppy cheekiness so be prepared for the odd accident on the carpet or a chewed slipper.

If you can meet the criteria and are looking for a rewarding challenge, we would love to hear from you.

Full training is provided including monthly puppy training classes.

All food and vet bills are covered by Guide Dogs.

To find our more, please contact Linda Conway for a chat on 03451430207 or email linda.conway@guidedogs.org.uk

Fitmums Trustee Vacancy

Fitmums and Friends is a charity which provides support for men, women and children to be active through the delivery of walk, run, cycle and athletics sessions. The bulk of activities are delivered by an extensive volunteer network, across the Humber, North & South Yorkshire. 

The organisation has been operational since 2009 becoming a registered charity with a board of Trustees in 2017. At the end of the most recent membership year the charity was supporting nearly 1000 members; spread across 11 clubs with around 300 volunteers delivering sessions. 

In addition, the charity also supports a coaching development structure; mental health champions; guide runners; an intensive support scheme called In the Pink; a team who deliver activities for people affected by sight loss and an inter-generational choir. 

The charity has exciting plans to continue its growth in supporting men, women and children to become active. To help them grow they need experienced members of the public to join the existing Board of four trustees. They are particularly keen to recruit individuals with Social Entrepreneurship skills and/or experience but welcome all applications.

Board meetings are held every two months either at Fitmums and Friends HQ on Greenwood Avenue, Hull or virtually via Zoom. 

The Board is responsible for setting the strategy and direction of Fitmums and Friends and guides and supports the Chief Officer and her team.  

To find out more please contact Tony Sutton – Chair of Trustees via admin@fitmums.org.uk 

For more information about Fitmums, go to their website (opens in a new tab) 

Guide Dogs need volunteers

Every hour, someone in the UK starts to lose their sight-that’s why the charity Guide Dogs need your help! Want to make a difference – Join the Guide Dogs Family of Volunteers

As restrictions ease Guide Dogs are now opening up and as they rely so greatly on their volunteers for support they are currently recruiting for:

Fundraisers in the Hull & Humber Region

Would you like to have fun and help change people’s lives at the same time? There are lots of ways you can raise money for Guide Dogs – from organising an event with friends and family, to taking part in a charity challenge – or even hosting a dogs’ tea party! Your support will help fund vital services that enable thousands of visually impaired people to lead confident, independent and fulfilling lives. You can choose how much time you give to this role and you must be aged 16 or over. You could give five minutes, five days or more.

Puppy Walkers in Selby, Brayton, Barlby , and Howden

Puppy Walkers play a vital role in the early socialisation and education of guide dogs. At about seven weeks of age, puppies start their early training, remaining with you until between 12-16 months of age. They then head off to a training centre to begin their specialised training.

  • You will need to care for, feed and train the puppy. This is very time consuming and – particularly when young – our puppies cannot be left on their own for more than three hours.
  • You will be expected to teach basic obedience commands and you will need a suitable outside area (ideally gravel or pavement) where the puppy can go to the toilet.
  • The puppy must be familiarised with different environments and you will be expected to introduce the puppy to different people, sounds and situations.

If you, or someone you know, would be interested in volunteering for them, please contact Linda Conway on 03451430207 or apply directly here (opens in a new tab)

Versus Arthritis launches UK’s first condition-specific coronavirus chatbot

Versus Arthritis has developed an AI chatbot for people with arthritis and other musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions affected by Covid-19.  It says it is the first coronavirus chatbot to be developed specifically for people with a long-term health condition in the UK. COVA was developed by the charity’s in-house digital team with support from AI specialists Filament in just 14 days. 

Versus Arthritis had been experiencing a significant increase in demand on its helpline, website, online community and social media channels. COVA incorporates health information with answers from Versus Arthritis as well as the British Society for Rheumatology, the NHS and GOV.UK. 

Versus Arthritis is currently exploring partnerships with other health charities to see if they can add relevant information to COVA, and so expand its capability.  

You can find out more here (opens in a new tab)

Become a Neighbourhood Network trustee 

The Neighbourhood Network are seeking dynamic and influential individuals who can contribute to the ongoing development of a forward thinking charity, raising the profile and growing the charity to support a wider reach of communities. 

Vision: People will feel better equipped and informed to create safer environments in which to live and work 

Mission: Work with and support people to make their communities safer 

Aims: 

  • To support and empower people aiming to create safer environments 
  • To be a support to other organisations helping communities to be more proactive in reducing crime 
  • To be a trusted communicator and educator of key messages from Community Safety Partners 
  • To be an introducer and facilitator of engagement between Neighbourhood Network members, community safety partners and others 
  • To provide cost effective community safety solutions to Neighbourhood Network members and the wider public. 

If you feel you could contribute, please feel free to contact them on Tel: 01482 826061 or email office@nnetwork.org.uk.

The trustees meetings take place every 3 months. 

Recruitment of Co-opted members for Two Ridings Community Foundation Grants Committee

Deadline 30th April

Could you be part of shaping and informing our grant making strategy and decisions?

TRCF are looking for people to join their Grants Committee as co-opted members. This means
you would sit alongside  trustee representatives on the Grants Committee to add additional and specific insight and experience.

Co-opted members have the same rights and responsibilities as trustees on the Grants Committee but the majority of the attendees must be trustees and the chair of the committee is always a trustee.

The Grants Committee reports to the Board of Trustees and is responsible for:

  • Assessing the impact of the grant-making programmes;
  • Overseeing the overall Foundation grant making strategy as well as the management and administration of the Foundation’s grant making process;
  • Reviewing grant applications, approving grants on behalf of the Board and ratifying decisions made by advisory panels or grants made under delegated authority;
  • Assisting in securing and overseeing the delivery of new funds; and
  • Identifying ways other than grant-making for the Foundation to contribute appropriately to meeting the needs of local communities and monitor progress of the initiatives prioritised.

The Grants Committee meets quarterly in June, September, December & March.

Meetings are usually in the afternoon on a Monday (usually the second Monday of the month) and
last up to 2 hours (see below for 2020/21 dates).

Meetings are held in their offices in York and travel expenses will be paid. They will also offer an induction session before the first meeting.

They are particularly looking for co-opted members who can add insight and experience of:

  • Social enterprise
  • Impact and evaluation of grant making activity
  • Applying for funding from the perspective of a charity based in the region
  • Understanding the challenges facing some groups from accessing funding (e.g. black, Asian, minority ethnic groups)

Interested?

Please send an email to Jan Garrill, CEO, (jgarrill@tworidingscf.org.uk ) outlining briefly why
you would like to join the Grants Committee and what knowledge or understanding you would bring.

Trustees with Absolutely Cultured

Deadline 5th April

Absolutely Cultured are looking to appoint a number of enthusiastic individuals to join their Board of Trustees. As member of the Board, you will be joining them at an exciting time as they shape and implement a new strategy for 2020 and beyond.

As a Trustee you will use your skills, knowledge and experience to guide the strategic direction, ensure good governance, and raise the profile of the company.

They want to hear from people who are passionate about the work Absolutely Cultured do, and they are actively seeking applications from a wide-range of candidates from diverse backgrounds.

Further information about the role and how to apply can be found here (pdf opens in a new tab)