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East Yorkshire Transport Charity Launches Volunteer Recruitment Drive

The East Yorkshire community transport operator, Beverley Community Lift (BCL), has launched an appeal for new volunteers in the county as the charity approaches its 50th anniversary year.

The service helps dozens of people every week in the East Riding with car and minibus transport services, particularly those who have difficulties using public transport or have no access to a car. It operates in and around Beverley, Cottingham, Market Weighton, Holme-upon-Spalding-Moor and Pocklington.

Manager Fiona Wales says: “Our successful service has depended on the great work of volunteers over the last half-century and they enjoy providing an invaluable service to the public. As demand for our transport rises, we need more people to help in various parts of the East Riding.”

The charity needs car drivers, minibus drivers and passenger assistants and full training will be given:

Drivers use their own car to provide essential door-to-door transport for registered passengers. They need to be over 25 with a full licence and no more than six penalty points.

Minibus Drivers: Beverley Community Lift also operates shopper services to various East Riding towns and day trips for its clients to places like York, the coast or other popular destinations. Minibus drivers need to be 25 or over and have a D1 driving licence.

Passenger Assistants: Minibus drivers often enjoy the support of a volunteer to help with journeys and looking after passengers. It is ideal to have passenger assistants for regular shopper services and day trips so it is up to the individual how much time can be given. The role may involve assisting customers with wheelchairs and handling money.

For full details, please call 01482 868082, email manager@bclift.org.uk, or visit www.bclift.org.uk for information about the charity and the roles.

Volunteers wanted for ‘My Guide’

The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association’s ‘My Guide’ service helps clients to gain confidence, increase independence, make new friends, go for nice walks, shopping together, enjoy activities, or sports, or hobbies/ clubs in their community. It helps to tackle loneliness and promotes health and wellbeing.

How does it work?

A client will be carefully matched with an approved My Guide volunteer who has received training endorsed by VISION 2020 and has had a criminal record check. They are always looking for volunteers, so anyone interested is asked to contact them for a friendly chat.

What does this mean in practice?

The My Guide service involves a volunteer guiding a client as they get out and about in your local area.

Once a client makes contact about My Guide, they will find a suitable volunteer in their local area.

Clients meet the volunteer in the presence of a staff member and see if both you and the volunteer feel comfortable working together.

Your partnership is regularly reviewed and either of you can pull out with no obligation at any time. Your local staff member is there for support or to answer questions when needed.

Anyone interested in either making use of the service, or volunteering, should contact Alan Precious, MyGuide Volunteer Manager on Tel: 0118 9838753, Mobile: 07900135926 or Alan.Precious@guidedogs.org.uk

You can also find some information here

Friends for English needs befrienders

Friends for English is looking for volunteer befrienders to help with English, crafts, basic literacy, numeracy and IT

Friends for English is a befriending project to help newcomers (mainly asylum seekers and refugees) to practice English, make new friends and learn about Hull

Meets at Marvell House, 1 Cranbourne St (off Spring Bank, at the bottom of Peel Street)

For more information please contact Karen on 07791 530039 or e-mail karenvandiesen@outlook.com or go to their website 

EMS looking for volunteers

EMS are looking for volunteers to lend a hand in their community shop, based in the Preston Road Village Centre

The shop offers residents a range of affordable food that they can pay for with a donation. Day to day tasks in the shop include:

  • Collecting any donated produce and storing it correctly
  • Receiving and unpacking stock deliveries
  • Helping residents
  • Stacking shelves and checking stocks
  • Helping with the cleaning

The shop is open Monday to Thursday 10am – 4pm and Friday 10am to 3pm. Busiest times are between 10 and 12 noon

All volunteers have access to the food available on the green shelves free of charge.

For more information call Andy on 01482 709108 or e-mail andy@emsyorkshire.co.uk

HANA are looking for volunteers

HANA (Humber All Nations Alliance) are recruiting for Volunteers to work with in various capacities to help in the on going cases and events that they have.

They would particularly like volunteers with an interest in:

  1. Community Engagement
  2. Communications and Publicity
  3. Events and Activities
  4. Administrative Support.

If you are interested in any of these areas or any other form of Volunteering, please contact HANA on 01482 491177 or admin@hanaonline.org.uk

For more information about HANA go to their website

Hessle Road Network need volunteers

The Network need volunteers for their Network Attic – a new and used shop on Massey Street. Not just a shop, it’s an information point and lots of isolated local residents often just pop in for a chat and a cuppa.

For more information contact Jo on 01482 606077, or pop in to collect an application form

Headway Hull and East Riding is looking for volunteers

Headway, the brain injury association, is a Charity set up to give help and support to people affected by brain injury.  Headway Hull and East Riding is run by a small committee of volunteers, some of whom are professionals or have had an injury themselves or are a family member or a carer; providing a monthly coffee meet and socials.

They are looking to strengthen their committee and with this in mind are inviting anyone who has an interest in giving something back to the community, sharing skills and supporting brain injured survivors, their families and carers to join.

If you think this volunteering opportunity would appeal to you and you have interests in any of the following areas, please contact diane.derbyshire@headway.org.uk

  • Arranging Fun & Interesting Social Activities
  • Fund Raising/Finance
  • Social Media
  • Administration
  • People Skills
  • Risk Assessing
  • Information & Sign Posting

For more information about Headway UK go to their web site where you will find information about all the – groups, branches and campaigns, and a host of Fact Sheets.

Volunteering Opportunities with H-CAS

Humber Community Advice Services (H-CAS) is a charity which provides advice & guidance to minority ethnic communities in Hull. H-CAS wishes to recruit volunteers who can support its clients with either advice; interpretation of different languages; basic IT skills; or admin skills.

Full training will be provided; and volunteer travel expenses reimbursed.

If you feel that this is for you, please contact the Manager, Peter, on Phone: 01482 236460, or Email: info.hcas@gmail.com

Hearing Aid Support Volunteers – Hull

Action on Hearing Loss need volunteers to provide support and advice to NHS hearing aid users at their local Hear to Help drop-in clinics.

All Hear to Help clinics take place Monday- Friday, during the day, and they ask volunteers to commit to a minimum of 3 hours a month.

As Hearing Aid Support Volunteer, you’ll perform the following tasks:

  • Visit service users in their homes, residential/day care centres and walk-in clinics
  • Undertake basic maintenance on hearing aids such as re-tubing and battery replacement.
  • Signpost other agencies that may be beneficial to the service user, such as the Sensory Impairment Team
  • Monitor the number of visits carried out and feedback to the volunteer co-ordinator
  • Promote the work of Action on Hearing Loss

It can take time for people to get used to hearing aids, understand the different settings and learn how to take care of them. The Hearing Aid Support volunteers therefore provide a valuable service to people who depend on their hearing aids for day-to-day tasks and social interactions.

What skills do you need?

  • Knowledge of or willingness to learn about issues affecting people confronting deafness, tinnitus and hearing loss- particularly in older people
  • Some experience of using hearing aids would be preferable.
  • Friendly, reliable and an approachable manner.
  • Ability to listen to questions and to answer appropriately.
  • Happy to work with a wide range of people.

What support will you get?

Regular support will be given by your own Volunteer Manager especially in the early stages of your role as you settle in. You will also receive informal support from other Action on Hearing Loss volunteers and staff as you work together.

What training is offered?

Action on Hearing Loss offers full, on-going training for all volunteers including an induction programme and further training specific to the volunteering role. This may include:

  • training in understanding hearing loss
  • the opportunity to attend other training relevant to their role.

You will be required to complete a DBS check (previously CRB), as some of your work may include working with vulnerable adults.

Please find below a short video clip of Hear to Help Clinics in Wales.

If you think this role is perfect for you, and you can make a positive contribution to our service users then please contact Emma Butterfield, Community Support Officer, Audiology, Castle Hill Hospital


01482 841969 or 07435753193

Sight Support are looking for volunteers

They are recruiting to one of their premier placements.

Join the volunteer telephone befriending team on a Tuesday or Wednesday morning.

Making a call to someone who is lonely and visually impaired makes a huge difference.

For more information about the service go to the Sight Support website or e mail volunteering@sightsupport.org