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IV for NYAS

Organisation: NYAS National Youth Advocacy Service
Date: 23 January 2011

Activity:
Volunteer as an Independent Visitor to a young person in care.
Comments:
Being a volunteer with NYAS is by far the most rewarding thing I have ever done. The young person I visit is now a genuine friend and I believe I have had a really positive impact on his life and behaviour. The training day was good fun and covered all eventualities and I know that Suzanne and Caroline will be there for me if ever I needed them. I would wholeheartedly recommend working as a volunteer independent visitor with NYAS to anyone with the time and commitment to do it
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Library service

Organisation: St John's Ambulance
Date: 23 January 2011

Activity:
I work in a local nursing home and take a trolley full of library books around the home
Comments:
I only do about 1 hour, occasionally up to 2 hours at the home. I find it very rewarding. There are only a few people who read but it is an opportunity to talk to other residents and provide a different face. This is easier when I bring along my mother's dog with me. The residents much prefer speaking to Millie then me! I have also done other volunteering jobs at the nursing home such as helping out at fetes.
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Clearing land on Blackdown Hills

Organisation: Neroche Conservation Volunteers
Date: 23 January 2011

Activity:
We meet once a month - soon to be twice a month. Supervised by Forestry Commission or partnership organisation like Butterfly Conservation or Somerset Wildlife Trust. We usually do things like cutting down gorse, small trees or anything to assist with the conservation of the Blackdown Hills.
Comments:
This is a very flexible volunteering role which fits into my life. You can do it once, if that is all you can manage. However, we have a very friendly group now and I try and go every month. I have learnt a lot about how plants, animals and insects are being conserved by our work. The work sometimes seems quite daunting but we all get down to it and I am always surprised how much we achieve in a day. It keeps me fit and gets me out in the fresh air. I have decided to volunteer for Butterfly conservation too, having gained an interest in butterflies and moths.
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Mentor

Organisation: Refugee Action
Date: 23 January 2011

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I met up with my matched Refugee and built up a professional relationship with him which I maintained for one year. During this time I supported him to successfully intergrate into society in this country by helping him with English, accessing services, join clubs, get into university. I helped him to learn to bugget and assisted with any general issues which may have impeded intergration.
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One of the most rewarding things I have ever done. We very occasionally meet up for coffee, he is now in his second year of Uni and also works, he has learnt to drive and is doing really well for himself.
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IV for NYAS

Organisation: NYAS National Youth Advocacy Service
Date: 23 January 2011

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I am an Independent Visitor for National Youth Advocacy Service, I visit a young person in care once every 3-4 weeks and take the young person out on various outings over an already organised time with the carer.

I am there to befriend the young person aswell as take them out and to help or give advice where and if needed.

I am also very lucky and am involved in LAC reviews and Team parenting meetings which helps me understand the young person better and involves me in the team of people who care for the young person. There is also help and advice from the organisation if needed they are always just at the end ofthe phone or pop in anytime.
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NYAS gives me the opportunity to be involved with a special person who is from a completely different upbringing to myself, who I would probably never have met, and vice-versa, without the organisation. We both had to 'suss' each other out, and within the space of our first meeting I knew I had made a friend.

I am quite lucky in that we started chatting away from the beginning, as I know there are children and young adults who need time to come out of their shell - it's not always going to be as easy as it was for myself due to their various past/present experiences and memories, however once that connection is made it is a truly wonderful feeling.

Suze and Caroline do a fab job, and are so clued up and willing to help it gives a sense of reassurance. There may be a time when you need to speak to them, and you know there will always be someone to listen.

Give NYAS a go if you want a unique opportunity to help others who are of an age in life that is so important for forming their personalities and outlook in life...it really can make a difference.
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steaming cloths

Organisation: age concern orpington charity shop
Date: 23 January 2011

Activity:
i did hanging steaming and tagging the cloths.
Comments:
while working in shop specially with Amanda child our shop manager it was simply outstanding. under her team i found every one giving their best to achieve target of the shop. she was very kind and helpful with staff and volunteers. she is highly professional and passionate with her work. apart from this she is best mother and daughter. for me she is the best in the world. each movement i work with her its was most memorable in my life. from bottom of my heart i wish she achieve glory in her life, which she deserve it.
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Mentor on TimeTogether Scheme

Organisation: Refugee Action Manchester
Date: 23 January 2011

Activity:
Acted as mentor to a refugee, chatting in English, helping with careers advice, etc.
Comments:
This was an excellent scheme, and was very well supported by the staff at Refugee Action. It required very little time commitment from me - meeting in a coffee shop every couple of weeks. Training was provided (very useful) and there was a support group for mentors. Highly recommended.
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IV for NYAS

Organisation: NYAS National Youth Advocacy Service
Date: 22 January 2011

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I am an Independent Visitor for National Youth Advocacy Service, I visit a young person in care once every 3-4 weeks and take the young person out on various outings over an already organised time with the carer.

I am there to befriend the young person aswell as take them out and to help or give advice where and if needed.

I am also very lucky and am involved in LAC reviews and Team parenting meetings which helps me understand the young person better and involves me in the team of people who care for the young person. There is also help and advice from the organisation if needed they are always just at the end ofthe phone or pop in anytime.
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I find this a most enjoyable an rewarding role and would recomend it to anyone, it gives you a great insite into young people in care and we have great fun aswell as helping with homework and learning to cope with everyday challenges.
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Helpline Worker

Organisation: Muslim Youth Helpline
Date: 22 January 2011

Activity:
Provide a counselling service via phone, email and webchat
Comments:
A great place to volunteer. As a Helpline Worker told me there: 'You get more out of it than you put in'. Being part of a helpline service gives you a sense of perspective on life, gratitude for your own blessings and compassion for others. The other volunteers are - perhaps unsurprisingly - warm, sociable and decent human beings - and they make volunteering at MYH an enjoyable experience.

You commit to a particular weekly shift (3 hrs), so you needn't worry about your commitment spiralling out of control and affecting any other responsibilities you have. Training is thorough and has the effect of ensuring volunteers are serious about volunteering there.

Definitely recommended.
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Support with local family with under 5s

Organisation: Homestart
Date: 22 January 2011

Activity:
After interview and compulsory training, matched with local family and spend one half day per week with them in their home as friendly support with parenting and chlldcare issues. Families either request support or are referred eg by Social Services
Comments:
I volunteer with Homestart Haringey, so in London borough with lots of vulnerable families with under 5s. Cannot rate too highly the care given to preparing and supporting us in this role - all very friendly, interesting and professional. There are regular volunteer support group meetings with training and individual supervision meetings. Only qualification for getting involved is being a parent (in my case, grandparent). Getting to know families and spending time with them in their homes, playing with children, going to the park etc is a pleasure and the sort of support that most of us never had and would have loved when we had little ones. The training means we have lots of information and suggestions to share with families. Am still volunteering and would miss it v much if I had to stop.
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