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Host

Organisation: Contact The Elderly (Brighton Group)
Date: 24 October 2011

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I've done this four times now and am about to do my second Christmas event! I organised and made afternoon tea in my home for a group of around 8-10 elderly people plus volunteer drivers. Once we did a lunch instead.
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The whole experience is fun and immensely rewarding - one group has been to my home several times and we feel like friends now! It's a great way to try out new recipes and meet new people, all of whom are so appreciative. It's been great for my disabled husband too - he doesn't get out and about much independently, so he had the bonus of people coming to him instead.
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Volunteer at the Guardian Centre

Organisation: Merton Vision
Date: 23 October 2011

Activity:
Volunteers are need to help out with a number of tasks:
1. Assisting in all aspects of coffee morning, lunch club and classes e.g. making and serving tea/coffee, serving lunches and clearing away.
2. Assisting with collation and distribution of our bi-monthly newsletter.
3. Occasional assistance as escorts with day trips / outings.
4. Assistance with gardens.

For our sister charity:
Merton Sports and Social Club: Drivers always needed to take people with a visual impairment swimming and front riders for tandems (group usually ride on Sunday mornings).
Comments:
I've been volunteering with MertonVision for 2 years now mainly home visits and helping cu the centre or guiding on day trips and I get much more satisfaction from this than I think I got in my working career.
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Group co-ordinator, Driver and Host

Organisation: Contact the Elderly - Brighton
Date: 22 October 2011

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I organise tea parties and small events once a month for a group of about 8 guests. This involves arranging volunteer hosts, co-ordinating the drivers and sending out invites to our members. Most of the hosts, drivers and guests are found by the area co-ordinator and their details passed on to me.
Comments:
As more and more day centres are closing or reducing their capacity this service is becoming even more vital. It requires only a small amount of commitment each month but the friendships you form with the members is incredibly rewarding for all involved. Some may not have the opportunity to mix with others at any other point in the month and their enjoyment at having time to talk, laugh and spend time in the company of others is the most rewarding part. Drivers need to commit to driving once a month - usually a Sunday and hosts need an accessible home / venue with a downstairs toilet and comfortable seating. Hosts may provide an afternoon tea a couple of times a year, usually a few sandwiches and some cakes, which are very much appreciated. It is lovely when hosts have young families as often the two age groups do not get a chance to meet and both really enjoy their time together. I can honestly say I have had as much enjoyment from volunteering with this group as the elderly members have themselves.
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Victim Support Caseworker

Organisation: Victim Support In Camden
Date: 21 October 2011

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Giving free and confidential emotional support and practical help to people affected by crime. This can be over the phone or through visits to their homes or another mutually agreed location.
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Host

Organisation: Contact the Elderly
Date: 19 October 2011

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I welcome a small group of elderly people and the volunteer drivers into my home twice a year and provide them with tea, cakes, sandwiches and generally ensure everything goes with a swing.
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It's a really enjoyable thing to do. Not difficult, as I'm not providing a full meal, and the volunteer drivers all help out with passing the sandwiches and keeping the conversation flowing. It's great fun as many of the elderly people are real characters, and they say it's the highlight of their month. If you home bake, it really doesn't cost too much preparing the food.
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Volunteer Visitor

Organisation: Detention Action
Date: 25 August 2011

Activity:
Visit a detainee in detention as part of a be-friending scheme.
Comments:
This has been an amazing opportunity to have a tantiable impact on someones life at a difficult time. I have found this a really rewarding and satisfying experience.
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Street Pastor

Organisation: Northampton Street Pastors
Date: 11 August 2011

Activity:
Supported people who were out having a good time in Northampton. Gave out flip flops to ladies who had taken off their shoes so that they didn't cut their feet. Picked up bottles and put them in the bin. Gave out lollipops. Had my photo taken with a bunch of happy people. Talked to people who needed someone to listen to them.
Comments:
Being a Street Pastor is brilliant, people always tell us that we are making a difference and that they like talking to us. It is a real privilege when you get to listen to someone who is feeling sad and has no-one else to talk to.
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Street Pastor

Organisation: Northampton Street Pastors
Date: 11 August 2011

Activity:
Supported people who were out having a good time in Northampton. Gave out flip flops to ladies who had taken off their shoes so that they didn't cut their feet. Picked up bottles and put them in the bin. Gave out lollipops. Had my photo taken with a bunch of happy people. Talked to people who needed someone to listen to them.
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Being a Street Pastor is brilliant, people always tell us that we are making a difference and that they like talking to us. It is a real privilege when you get to listen to someone who is feeling sad and has no-one else to talk to.
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Support your Local Womens Group

Organisation: Ladies of Substance
Date: 6 June 2011

Activity:
Join LOS in mentoring young mothers and families for a better and happier future because a happy family is a happy community.
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Well done this is good, because united we stand and divided we fall. I am impressed. team work makes all the difference.
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Builder

Organisation: 2recreate
Date: 31 May 2011

Activity:
I painted Praxis reception hall. It's an on going project and I will update my review in a few days time.
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