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kitchen assistant

Organisation: Food Chain
Date: 16 April 2013

Activity:
Helped prepare food for people and serve up
Comments:
im 75 retierd want to do some kind volutary work i live across the road in sutton buildings i have experiances in the baking trade decorating trade laundry work printing but would be grateful for anything that would help out brian wilson
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Health Care Assistant

Organisation: Trusted Local Care
Date: 11 March 2013

Activity:
i help elderly and ill people there by feeding them, taking them to the toilets, assist them with their medication, help them in and out the wheelchair. prepare lunch for them.
Comments:
it depends on who i am volunteering for and if i like the place.
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kitchen assistant

Organisation: Food Chain
Date: 7 March 2013

Activity:
Helped prepare food for people and serve up
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kitchen assistant

Organisation: Food Chain
Date: 28 February 2013

Activity:
Helped prepare food for people and serve up
Comments:
How am i meant to apply for it?
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work study

Organisation: IHF
Date: 13 February 2013

Activity:
Online work and teach students English classes
Comments:
This is the third week we came here and it is a good chance to review about what we have done and learned here. As one member of volunteering team, our work is mostly about the advertisements postings on websites. During the time I did the work, I know more about our volunteers and directors of IHF. Every time I was posting, the only wish was that more people can see it so that we can help center get more good volunteers and directors. I believe, there will continually more people come here because helping others is really a happy thing. Although our time here is almost running out of and work is almost finished, I will remember what I learn from here. Volunteering team, I am grateful that can get a chance here to contribute my helping!
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kitchen assistant

Organisation: Food Chain
Date: 13 February 2013

Activity:
Helped prepare food for people and serve up
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Age UK Suffolk-Volunteer Befrienders & Telephone Befrienders- SUDBURY

Organisation: Age UK Suffolk
Date: 30 January 2013

Activity:
The free Befriending Services aim to make life more fulfilling for older people who may be socially isolated, by being visited in their own home on a regular basis. Volunteers often become really good friends with those that they visit and the beneficial effect for the older person is often amazing.

Visits or calls are made weekly. Care is taken to match the interests of the older person and the volunteer as far as possible.

The Befriending Co-ordinators are available to support and advise volunteers and will match new volunteers with someone they really enjoy talking to each week.
Comments:
I visit an elderly lady each week. I do use oxygen so am limited in what volunteering I can do, but have been doing this for over 10 years and received a 10 year award. I feel it worthwhile
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General Volunteer

Organisation: Crisis
Date: 10 January 2013

Activity:
Day 1 (Hammersmith Day):

Runner

Art room

Front door guard

Day 2 (RS 2):

Volunteer room guard (gap duty)

Front desk/receptionist

IT room troubleshooter

Basement guard

Day 3 (RS 2):

Cafeteria socialiser

Dining room coffee/tea/snacks server

Dining hall waitress

Day 4 (Hammersmith):

Main gate guard

Day room socialiser

Toilets

Sweep dinning room corridor

Day 5 (Hammersmith Day):

Front door guard/opener

Lift guard

Luggage room handler

Luggage room guard
Comments:
Crisis is a charity for homeless people. They put up centres all around London for people at Christmas (23rd to the 29th) so that they can get good food, companionship, activities to keep busy, professional services & professional help. They had 2 centres which even had accommodation for the rough sleepers. I was at a day centre and a rough sleepers centre & I’ve had the time of my life. I never thought I’d ever be able to have more fun volunteering than I do at MSPCA with animals, but it was phenomenal. I’ve learnt so much from everyone it’s been one of the best weeks of my life, very emotional too. It’s taught me to look at things that I used to take for granted.

My week at Crisis @ Christmas has been the most inspiring weeks of my life. From treating guests as royalty while serving them dinner to just sitting & having a chat with them, there isn’t a single moment I wouldn’t want to go back to. Our duties included singing & dancing with the guests, greeting them as they entered & left centres, showing them around the building, taking them to where they needed to get, helping them carry their luggage, offering them snacks, cleaning the showers & toilets, dining halls, corridors & cafeterias. We also helped guests with IT issues, played games with the guests, joined in artistic activities in the art room with them & a whole load of other activities that just helped build a more positive atmosphere.

Volunteering at Crisis has definitely made me learn to appreciate all that I do have, the little things most of us take for granted – such as a hot shower, access to personal toilets, perfectly sized clothing, great food, the ability to apply for jobs, a very loving family & friends who I know I can depend on, people to talk to, no language/communication barriers where I live.. And just SO MUCHH more.

At the same time, it’s been a little sad too, considering all the stories I’ve heard. Some very difficult conditions people have faced. The thing is most of them just wanted a friend, a companion, someone to talk to. And that’s what we tried our best to give them. I just hope all of them find long-lasting peace, love & happiness for the rest of their lives. They all wrote down their wishes on a very large poster. Beautiful wishes they were, & very colourful too! I’ll never be able to forget any one of the special people I’ve had the chance to meet. From being labelled as “the Christmas spirit” & “daughter Teresa” to “angel”, it has all been very encouraging to just sit & befriend people who really need it, and just serves them & smile at them, to get smiles back. Very, very heart-warming. I don’t have the words to describe how beautiful it has all been. It was like entering a whole new world where everyone was just at everyone’s service.

All our guests want is to be treated normally, with respect. Something we often take for granted. I met a very nice gentleman, on a wheelchair, who was suffering from cancer. No family or friends so he blessed us with his presence at Crisis during the Christmas week. It was wonderful to just sit & talk to him. He was such a lovely guy. There were many people with many different stories, from all around the globe. Even different professions – a doctor & a software engineer too. Just shows how we often take what we have for granted. No one asks to be homeless, or lonely. It’s just nice to have people, friends, family, who can be there for you, who can listen. It makes all the difference. I wonder where our guests will go, I hope they can all get a chance to become volunteers next year. :)

Thank you Crisis, for this opportunity.

Thank you guests, for believing in me & blessing us with your presence & teaching me so, SO much.

Thank you volunteers for looking out for me, protecting me, encouraging me & making me laugh.

Thank you family & friends for helping me do this & postponing Christmas dinner 5 days just so that I wouldn’t have to miss out.

Thank you timebank for giving me a chance to share my experiences & write my feelings down, it feels great actually to write about it.

Thank you reader! I hope you can be part of our Crisis family (if you’re not already) too. :D
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General Volunteer

Organisation: Crisis
Date: 10 January 2013

Activity:
Crisis is a charity for homeless people. They put up centres all around London for people at Christmas (23rd to the 29th) so that they can get good food, companionship, activities to keep busy, professional services & professional help. They had 2 centres which even had accommodation for the rough sleepers. I was at a day centre and a rough sleepers centre & I’ve had the time of my life. I never thought I’d ever be able to have more fun volunteering than I do at MSPCA with animals, but it was phenomenal. I’ve learnt so much from everyone it’s been one of the best weeks of my life, very emotional too. It’s taught me to look at things that I used to take for granted.

My week at Crisis @ Christmas has been the most inspiring weeks of my life. From treating guests as royalty while serving them dinner to just sitting & having a chat with them, there isn’t a single moment I wouldn’t want to go back to. Our duties included singing & dancing with the guests, greeting them as they entered & left centres, showing them around the building, taking them to where they needed to get, helping them carry their luggage, offering them snacks, cleaning the showers & toilets, dining halls, corridors & cafeterias. We also helped guests with IT issues, played games with the guests, joined in artistic activities in the art room with them & a whole load of other activities that just helped build a more positive atmosphere.

Volunteering at Crisis has definitely made me learn to appreciate all that I do have, the little things most of us take for granted – such as a hot shower, access to personal toilets, perfectly sized clothing, great food, the ability to apply for jobs, a very loving family & friends who I know I can depend on, people to talk to, no language/communication barriers where I live.. And just SO MUCHH more.

At the same time, it’s been a little sad too, considering all the stories I’ve heard. Some very difficult conditions people have faced. The thing is most of them just wanted a friend, a companion, someone to talk to. And that’s what we tried our best to give them. I just hope all of them find long-lasting peace, love & happiness for the rest of their lives. They all wrote down their wishes on a very large poster. Beautiful wishes they were, & very colourful too! I’ll never be able to forget any one of the special people I’ve had the chance to meet. From being labelled as “the Christmas spirit” & “daughter Teresa” to “angel”, it has all been very encouraging to just sit & befriend people who really need it, and just serves them & smile at them, to get smiles back. Very, very heart-warming. I don’t have the words to describe how beautiful it has all been. It was like entering a whole new world where everyone was just at everyone’s service.

All our guests want is to be treated normally, with respect. Something we often take for granted. I met a very nice gentleman, on a wheelchair, who was suffering from cancer. No family or friends so he blessed us with his presence at Crisis during the Christmas week. It was wonderful to just sit & talk to him. He was such a lovely guy. There were many people with many different stories, from all around the globe. Even different professions – a doctor & a software engineer too. Just shows how we often take what we have for granted. No one asks to be homeless, or lonely. It’s just nice to have people, friends, family, who can be there for you, who can listen. It makes all the difference. I wonder where our guests will go, I hope they can all get a chance to become volunteers next year. :)

Thank you Crisis, for this opportunity

Thank you guests, for believing in me & blessing us with your presence & teaching me so, SO much

Thank you volunteers for looking out for me, protecting me, encouraging me & making me laugh

Thank you family & friends for helping me do this & postponing Christmas dinner 5 days just so that I wouldn’t have to miss out

Thank you timebank for giving me a chance to write my feelings down, it feels great to write about it

Thank you reader! I hope you can be part of our Crisis family (if you’re not already) too :D
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Community Outreach

Organisation: Brighton & Hove 10:10
Date: 5 January 2013

Activity:
Distributed draft-busting energy efficiency products ad information at a community centre. Chatted about ways to reduce fuel bills and save energy.
Comments:
Was a great feeling giving money-saving devices away for free! I also got a short piece of paid work out of contacts i made there.
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