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Volunteer Police Cadets

Recruitment open until 30th April

Humberside Police are recruiting for volunteer police cadets in all 6 unit locations around the force and the application process if open to young people aged 15 & 16 years of age (or young people who will be 15 years of age by the 31/08/2021).

They are looking to recruit young people from all backgrounds and communities so please could you forward this information onto any young people or other organisations you know who support young people in the required age range.

You can find full details here

If you or anyone has any questions about the cadet scheme please feel free to get in touch via Cadets@humberside.pnn.police.uk

Telephone Befriender Volunteers wanted

The Humber Teachiing NHS Foundation Trust are recruiting new Telephone Befriender Volunteers.

As most will know too many people have been isolated and lonely during the pandemic, so it is vital that we collectively tackle this. So if you have time, volunteer with them be a hero.

They are particularly hoping to attract people with life experience, who can chat to people about a range of topics. They have befriendees who are interested in all sorts of discussions, from current affairs, art & culture, gardening and world travel.

Just a 30 minute conversation can improve the well-being of someone who is socially isolated and lonely


Please contact them for more information and details on how to apply.

You can ring

(01482) 477862 / (01482) 477836 / 07813 543056

Email hnf-tr.voluntaryservices@nhs.net

or go to their website

SASH is looking for supported lodgings hosts

SASH is a registered charity preventing homelessness in young people aged 16 to 25 throughout North and East Yorkshire. When young people are facing homelessness, SASH can offer a spare room in the home of a trained volunteer and support to move forward.

Volunteering as a host is an opportunity for you to help a young person through a difficult period in their life. There is no special requirement, hosts come from all walks of life. You just need to have a spare room and want to help young homeless people. You won’t be on your own – they provide full training and support, and payment to help with the costs of hosting (expense payment rate can be up to £130pw for a supported lodgings host).

They are currently looking for new hosts across Hull and the East Riding, if you are interested or have any questions please contact caroline.andrews@sash-uk.org.uk.

You can find our more on their website

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.”

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

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 


  • 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)


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.