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volunteer services officer

Organisation: Trinity Hospice
Date: 10 January 2011

Activity:
I volunteer to help raise awareness of recruitment drives to the shops across the Trinity Network.
Comments:
Help and advice
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listening volunteer

Organisation: Samaritans
Date: 29 December 2010

Activity:
support callers
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Driver

Organisation: Contact the Elderly
Date: 17 December 2010

Activity:
I drive 2-3 elderly guests one Sunday a month, taking them to a volunteer host's house for afternoon tea.
Comments:
I love driving for Contact the Elderly and have been doing so for over 17 years, first in London and now in S Wales. We all have a lot of fun and there is real affection and friendship amongst the group. It makes such a difference to our guests, and one lady said to us last time that what she loves most about our outings is that she doesn't feel old - we're all just a group of friends having fun together and age becomes irrelevant. I find I really look forward to it each month too!
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Driver

Organisation: Contact the Elderly
Date: 17 December 2010

Activity:
I drive two or three elderly ladies to a monthly tea party, where I enjoy tea, cake and chat with them before driving them home again
Comments:
The ladies I take to each monthly tea party get such a boost from it - they enjoy the company and the outing, and they always look forward to them. I have been volunteering for 2 years now for Contact the Elderly, and I wouldn't stop!
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Portsmouth Area Organiser

Organisation: Contact the Elderly
Date: 17 December 2010

Activity:
Each month our volunteer drivers take lonely, older people to share a simple Sunday tea in a volunteer host's home. These outings are regular, free of charge and eagerly anticipated - giving often housebound older people the chance to spend precious time in the company of friends, both old and new.
Comments:
It is the best thing I have ever volunteered for. I have been involved for three years, I get more out than I put in. The people in my group, drivers hosts and guests have a wonderful time. We all get on so well, there's so much fun and laughter.

The downside is that for people like me who have a healthy appetite there's the temptation to overeat, especially when it's all homemade. 'Do have another slice of lemon drizzle cake'. Even though you know you shouldn't you can hear yourself saying 'I don't mind if I do'.
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Digitall Mentoring

Organisation: TimeBank
Date: 14 December 2010

Activity:
Digitall brings together young people aged 18- 25 who are willing to share their knowledge and experience of using the computers and the internet with people aged over 45 who are interested in getting to grips with new technology. Young people act as mentors, supporting their mentee on a one-to-one basis to achieve their digital goals.

By bringing together people of different ages and experiences we hope to promote a better understanding between the generations and enable people from all backgrounds and ages to access the opportunities offered by new technology and the Internet.
Comments:
An amazing idea, one that I've already convinced one of my friends to take up, and she's loving it so far. I will continue to teach my mentee in the future.
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Trustee

Organisation: Greater London Volunteering - GLV
Date: 9 December 2010

Activity:
Attended board quarterly board meetings and quarterly committee meetings
Comments:
Really happy to volunteer for such a fantastic infrastructure organisation that gives help and advice to organisations that are working on the frontline
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Retail Team Member

Organisation: Richard House Children's Hospice
Date: 6 December 2010

Activity:
Richard House has seven shops trading successfully in east London and Essex.

We sell good quality clothes, toys, electricals, bric-a-brac, books and we also sell furniture in our Romford and Barking shops. Romford also has a bridal showroom which sells ex-display wedding dresses and other items.

We are looking for people who have around half a day a week (or more) Monday to Saturday, who are looking for an opportunity to get involved, help sort, price & display goods, serve customers on the till and who enjoy being sociable and active.

We provide training for all our volunteers, a great atmosphere to make friends, as well as opportunities to visit the hospice and really feel like you are making a difference to the lives of some of the most vulnerable young children and young people in London.
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Help and advice
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helpline volunteer

Organisation: Parentline Plus
Date: 14 November 2010

Activity:
Answer calls from stressed parents and support them in what ever way they need
Comments:
Help and advice
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helpline volunteer

Organisation: parentlineplus (family lives)
Date: 14 November 2010

Activity:
Answer calls from stressed parents
Comments:
Have been a volunteer with the same organisation for 17 years. They must be doing something right to keep their volunteers
Help and advice
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