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A round-up of volunterring opportunities in the region

South Northants Volunteer Bureau

THE Big Society is a subject on everybody’s minds these days – and you could be part of it by taking up one of South Northants Volunteer Bureau’s many exciting volunteering opportunities.

Below is just a taster of what we have on offer but you can get in touch with Nicola Shaw on 01327 358264 or email nicola@snvb.org.uk for more details of all volunteering roles in South Northants.

Alternatively, you can browse through the opportunities on the national volunteering website www.do-it.org.uk.

Please note that some of these roles will require a Criminal Records Bureau check and most organisations will reimburse out of pocket expenses.

Volunteer Car Driver – Towcester Area Door to Door (TADD)

TADD provides a voluntary car service, covering 49 parishes of South Northants.

They are looking for volunteer drivers to take residents to and from medical appointments using their own cars.

If you regularly have a few hours spare per week when you could collect people from their homes and take them to their medical appointments (surgeries, hospitals, dentists etc) and return them home, get in touch. Out of pocket expenses paid.

Volunteer Speaker – The National Autistic Society

Volunteers are needed to raise awareness and fundraise on behalf of The National Autistic Society (NAS) to support individuals and their families affected by autism.

Typical tasks will include, adapting and delivering talks to a variety of audiences and age groups, actively encouraging and initiating fundraising opportunities with audiences, report on any comments, issue, potential opportunities or other support that NAS staff can follow up on and continuously promote the work of the NAS wherever possible.

If you enjoy meting new people, are confident in public speaking and mobile within approximately a 25 mile radius, get in touch to find out more.

Tour Guide – Stowe House Preservation Trust

Stowe was once described as ‘one of the most majestic English Houses of the eighteenth century’ and tour guides help to bring historic properties to life again.

As a guide you will help our visitors to understand and learn more about the State Rooms and paint a picture of how the House would have looked and felt in years gone by. The Trust offers two types of tour, the introductory tour and the more thorough 2pm tour.

The Introductory tours last about 30 minutes and are conducted regularly between 12-5pm. The 2pm (extended) tours cover much more information about the House and usually last around an hour.

You will need to be a team player who likes getting involved and also be able to work alone when required.

You will have an outgoing personality and be a proactive communicator especially with the public. Ideally you will have a background in secretarial and office work.

Ride Leader – South Northants Council

Do you like cycling and are aged over 18?

Would you like to share your interest and also promote, organise and deliver leisure rides in your community?

South Northants Council is looking for volunteer Ride Leaders.

Duties will include: promoting and organising regular leisure rides, giving basic advice on group riding, making minor mechanical adjustments to others bikes if necessary and to undertake training appropriate to the role e.g. child protection training or basic mechanics.

Volunteers will be required to attend committee meetings (minimum 2 x 2 hours per year). Otherwise the time commitment for this role will be about three hours per week.

Volunteers will need to have effective communication skills, an ability to motivate and influence people and good organisation and administrative skills. Training is available.

Get your organisation involved with the ‘Big Society’

Have you thought about how your organisation could use volunteers and get involved with the ‘Big Society’?

Every year, snvb matches hundreds of volunteers with roles in a variety of organisations.

We also offer ongoing support and training in recruiting, retaining and managing volunteers.

If you would like to explore how volunteers could fit in with your group contact Nicola Shaw, on 01327 358264 or email nicola@snvb.org.uk