All current volunteering opportunities

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SUPPORTING OUR BENEFICIARIES

Role: Hospital Family Befriender –Royal London Hospital (Whitechapel)

NEW in Autumn 2016

RSBC’s Family Engagement Workers provide vital practical and emotional support to families with children who are blind or partially-sighted.  As well as providing 1:1 support via home visits, they also offer sessions at London hospitals where they can provide much needed information and support following medical appointments.  Michelle, our Family Engagement Worker would welcome volunteer support during her session at the Royal London Hospital, Whitechapel that takes place on Mondays and Thursdays, 9.30am  – 4pm.

Key tasks:                     Befriending of families while waiting to meet Family Engagement Worker including wayfinding round hospital, information gathering and sharing.
Commitment:               once a week on either Monday or Thursdays
Before you start:          Interview, DBS check, 2 references, RSBC & Hospital Induction

 

Role: Vision Independence Volunteers 

We have a number of groups for vision impaired 18-25 year olds living in London. We are looking for volunteers who could make a regular commitment to one of these groups, and play a significant role in supporting the group members reach their individual goals, and establish the groups as self-run and sustainable networks. Currently we have groups based in Lewisham, Stratford, Whitechapel and Ealing. New groups in Kings Cross and Lambeth will start in Autumn 2016.

Key tasks:                     supporting and monitoring individuals’ personal development. providing 1:1 sight guiding, travel buddying.
Commitment:               minimum of once a month. On average, each group runs two activities a month.
Before you start:          Interview, DBS check, 2 references, sighted-guide & general induction training (Saturday)

 

Role: Social & Sports Volunteers 

Provide essential support to enable vision impaired young people to take part in sporting and social activities across London, and through doing so build their own peer social network, gain confidence, learn new skills and enhance their personal development. Some of the group members have additional needs such as learning and/or physical difficulties.

Key tasks:                     providing 1:1 sight guiding, facilitating communication and social interaction between group members, and supporting the activity
Commitment:               flexible; we ask that each volunteers donate a minimum of 30 hours of their time over a timeframe that works for them! You will be able to book onto the activities that suits your availability.
Before you start:          Interview, DBS check, 2 references, sighted-guide & general induction training (Saturday)

 

MORE ABOUT…

The Social programme

Enable social connections, outings and fun. Group members are aged between 11-17 or

18 – 25; with between 5 – 15 members in each group.

Location:                       pan- London with regular meetings based in Ealing, Lewisham, Stratford, Hackney, and activities all over London!
Availability:                  Saturdays & occasional Evenings – (some weekdays during school holidays)

Sport Without Limits

Participants are aged 11-25 and enjoy this opportunity to build confidence, learn new skills, meet new friends and try out a range of sports including football, handball, tennis, cricket…!

Location:                       Brent, Crystal Palace, Whitechapel (Saturdays) and various locations across London (Holidays).
Availability:                  Saturdays & weekdays during school holidays

 

Role: Employability Workshop Volunteer Assistants 

RSBC runs an exciting job skills programme for Londoners aged 18 -25.  Covering CV writing, interview and presentation skills, confidence and emotional resilience building and supporting the young people to find work and volunteer placements, this course works with our young people to get job ready. Some of the group members have additional needs such as learning and/or physical difficulties.

Key tasks:                     providing 1:1 sight guiding and support during the workshop to enable our young people to fully participate. This might include taking part in role plays, workshop activities and sharing skills and experience where appropriate.
Commitment:               1-2 times a week, when the 6-week programme is running
Location:                       Dalston, Hackney, Sundial Centre, Hoxton, other
Availability:                  10am – 4pm, Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays
Before you start:          Interview, DBS check, 2 references, sighted-guide & general induction training (Saturday)

 

 

SUPPORTING OUR BENEFICIARIES – 1:1

Role: Travel Buddy

Key tasks:                     providing travel support to enable a young person to attend our events. This usually is linked to the social and sports programme activities.
Location:                       across London
Availability:                  flexible
Commitment:               various
Before you start:          Interview, DBS check, 2 references, sighted-guide & general induction training (Saturday) & 1:1 guidelines

 

Role: Employability Peer Mentor

Key tasks:                     we are looking for young people who are vision impaired and in employment to provide 1:1 support, encouragement and motivation to the young people on our employability programme.
Availability:                  flexible
Commitment:               approx. 1 hour a week – via phone or skype.
Before you start:          Interview, DBS check, references, mentor induction training

 

Role: Residential Student Buddies

Key tasks:                     supporting our college students, who live in our supported housing, to access social activities of their choice.  Full Driving Licence helpful, but not essential.
Location:                       Bromley
Availability:                  Friday evenings & Saturdays
Commitment:               approx. 6 hours a fortnight/month
Before you start:          Interview, DBS check, 2 references, sighted-guide & general induction training (Saturday)

 

OTHER ROLES WITH OUR COLLEGE

Role: Independent Listener

Key tasks:                     support us ensure a high quality and safe experience for our college students. Join the college for an evening once a term, observe activity and interaction, be available if any students would like to talk 1:1 and write a short report for Education Director.
Location:                       Bromley
Availability:                  weekday evenings
Commitment:               once a term
Before you start:          Interview, DBS check, 2 references, safe-guarding training and induction

 

Role: Volunteer Placement Coach 

Key tasks:                     supporting and facilitating one of our college students to complete a work or volunteer placement
Location:                       Bromley area
Availability:                  various
Commitment:               likely to be once a week for period of 4-6 weeks
Before you start:          Interview, DBS check, 2 references, sighted-guide & general induction training (Saturday)

 

FUNDRAISING ROLES

Public and box collections are a vital source of funds that enable us to deliver our services to growing numbers of children, and their families.

Role: Public Collector

Key tasks:                     Collecting money at various public venues such as supermarkets and tube stations. Engaging members of the public and sharing information about our services.
Location:                       Various
Availability:                  As and when
Commitment:               Very flexible – you can pick the dates that you can do
Before you start:          Interview, reference, DBS check & guidelines

 

Role: Box Co-ordinator

Key tasks:                     We have boxes in various local venues such as shops, cafes…Your role would be to design a route to collect boxes in an area, and replace with empty ones, count money and transfer to us. We would be delighted if you would like to find new venues to look after a box for us.
Location:                       Various
Availability:                  Every few months on dates that suit you – weekdays
Commitment:               Very flexible – you can pick the dates that you can do
Before you start:          Interview, reference, DBS check & guidelines

 

OFFICE-BASED ROLES

Role: Fundraising Events Intern

Our Fundraising Events team have a full portfolio of exciting events including  RSBC’s unique Blindfold Run, which will take place on Sunday 6 November 2016. They are looking for an enthusiastic and dedicated Volunteer Intern who would love to gain amazing experience in charity events management.

Tasks:                            Event management, research, admin…
Location:                       Dalston, Hackney
Availability:                  weekdays
Commitment:               1 – 2 days per week for a minimum of 3- 6 months
Before you start:          Interview, DBS check, 2 references; you will also have the opportunity to attend our sighted-guide & general induction training (Saturday)

 

Role: Fundraising/Marketing Support

Occasionally our fundraising and marketing teams require additional support, and are able to offer excellent experience to get you started in those career areas. Contact us to find out more about the current roles.

Tasks will vary depending on the role: data inputting, telephone research, event planning
Location:                       Dalston, Hackney
Availability:                  weekdays
Commitment:               1 – 2 days per week for a minimum of 6 months
Before you start:          Interview, DBS check, 2 references; you will also have the opportunity to attend our sighted-guide & general induction training (Saturday)

 

ONE-OFF

Love our work, but not able to make a regular commitment?  Perhaps you could share a couple of hours to take part in a bucket collection, or you might want to take on a personal challenge such as running the London Marathon, or even taking part in our unique Blindfold  10K Run and raise funds to support our amazing work! If your company would like to talk us about supporting our activities we would love to hear from them!

 

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