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  • Medical Detection Dogs logo

    Regional Support Team

    Medical Detection Dogs

    This opportunity takes place until 10 May 2021. Closing date for applications is 20 Oct.

    Are you looking for an interesting, challenging, and engaging volunteer role? Would you like to make a real difference to people’s lives whilst learning new skills and having fun? We are looking for members of our Regional Support Teams across the South West to help raise awareness and funds for our work. You will learn new skills, build your CV, meet lots of new people, gain confidence, and contribute directly to a really worthwhile cause.

    Being a part of the regional support team could involve:

    - Conducting talks in person or via Zoom to share our work with community groups, schools, and businesses.
    - Attending events to raise awareness of the charity
    - Collection pot distribution
    - Leaflet distribution
    - Supermarket collections
    - Organising your own event
    - Taking part in challenge events, such as charity runs
    - Meeting with other team members to create new ideas to raise money and awareness

    We will ensure the role fits to your interests, or where you would like to develop your skills.
    You can give as much or as little of your time as you would like, volunteering just the once or an ongoing basis. Anyone can get involved!

    • Role TypeCommunity Volunteer, Fundraiser
    • Communication Skills
    • Decision Making
    • Initiative
    • IT Skills
    • Organisation/Planning
    • Problem Solving
    • Teamwork
    • Time Management
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    Virtual Role - Missing Maps

    SU Volunteering

    This opportunity is ongoing, with no end date.

    Each year, disasters around the world kill nearly 100,000 and affect or displace 200 million people. Many of the places where these disasters occur are literally 'missing' from any map and first responders lack the information to make valuable decisions regarding relief efforts. Missing Maps is an open, collaborative project in which you can help to map areas where humanitarian organisations are trying to meet the needs of vulnerable people. If you are interested in this role, when you sign up the details will be sent to you via email.

    • Work withOther
    • Role TypeMicro-volunteering, Virtual
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    Virtual Role - Be My Eyes

    SU Volunteering

    This opportunity is ongoing, with no end date.

    Bringing sight to blind and low-vision people. Be My Eyes is a free app that connects blind and low-vision people with sighted volunteers and company representatives for visual assistance through a live video call. How it works Every day, sighted volunteers lend their eyes to solve tasks big and small to help blind and low-vision people lead more independent lives. Sighted volunteer receives video call As a sighted volunteer you can help just by installing the Be My Eyes app. A blind or a low-vision user may need help with anything from checking expiry dates, distinguishing colors, reading instructions or navigating new surroundings

    • Role TypeVirtual
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    Virtual Role - Instant Wild

    SU Volunteering

    This opportunity is ongoing, with no end date.

    ZSL’s Instant Wild empowers you to take part in vital conservation work by bringing you LIVE images and videos from amazing locations all around the world for you to identify. You don’t need any special expertise to take part – help is provided in our handy Field Guides – simply sign up and start tagging the animals in the images. Your involvement will not only contribute to conservation but you’ll also get a window into the some of the world’s wildest places. What rare species will you find? Currently only available on Iphone and Ipad

    • Role TypeVirtual
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    Virtual Role - Zooniverse!

    SU Volunteering

    This opportunity is ongoing, with no end date.

    What is the Zooniverse? The Zooniverse is the world’s largest and most popular platform for people-powered research. This research is made possible by volunteers — more than a million people around the world who come together to assist professional researchers. Our goal is to enable research that would not be possible, or practical, otherwise. Zooniverse research results in new discoveries, datasets useful to the wider research community, and many publications. At the Zooniverse, anyone can be a researcher You don’t need any specialised background, training, or expertise to participate in any Zooniverse projects. We make it easy for anyone to contribute to real academic research, on their own computer, at their own convenience. You’ll be able to study authentic objects of interest gathered by researchers, like images of faraway galaxies, historical records and diaries, or videos of animals in their natural habitats. By answering simple questions about them, you’ll help contribute to our understanding of our world, our history, our Universe, and more. With our wide-ranging and ever-expanding suite of projects, covering many disciplines and topics across the sciences and humanities, there's a place for anyone and everyone to explore, learn and have fun in the Zooniverse. To volunteer with us, just go to the Projects page, choose one you like the look of, and get started.

    • Role TypeMicro-volunteering, Virtual
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    Virtual Role - United Nations Volunteer

    SU Volunteering

    This opportunity is ongoing, with no end date.

    The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme contributes to peace and development through volunteerism worldwide. Online volunteering allows organizations and volunteers to team up to address sustainable development challenges – anywhere in the world, from any device. Online volunteering is fast, easy – and most of all, effective. When skilled, passionate individuals join forces online with great organizations working toward sustainable development goals, everyone wins.

    • Role TypeMicro-volunteering, Virtual
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    Time Bank Plus - Gardening Group

    SU Volunteering

    This opportunity is ongoing, with no end date. Closing date for applications is 10 Oct.

    Join their team of gardening volunteers helping people and organisations in the local community. You don't need to be an experienced gardener as all volunteers are given training and support. Contact timebankplus@gmail.com or call 01125 442813 to find out more.

    • Role TypeCommunity Volunteer
    • Work withConservation and Campaigning
    • Teamwork
    • Time Management
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    Face to Face Befriender for Disabled Children

    Time2Share and WECIL

    This opportunity takes place between 01 Nov 2020 and 16 Jul 2021.

    This rewarding and varied role involves helping disabled children and young people on a weekly or fortnightly basis by providing 1:1 Befriending support. The unsupervised role helps young people reduce feelings of isolation, improves self esteem and confidence and helps them to access community based activities, while families get a well earned break from caring. You get to have fun, develop communication skills, empathy and resilience and gain valuable care or support work experience.

    What are we looking for?   You don't need to have had experience of working with disabled children or young people, but we would like you to be responsible; have the confidence to carry out a role without direct supervision; good listening skills; a friendly, non-judgemental approach; commitment and reliability and the ability to offer a caring and understanding presence.  A sense of fun and a willingness to try out new things would also be great.

    What will you receive?  We offer training and support from our friendly team of staff and volunteers; you will be joining an organisation with a good track record and over 40 years experience of delivering services to disabled children and young people; expenses; social activities; celebrations and awards; valuable and meaningful experience and the knowledge that your support has helped to change the life of a family.  

    We ask that you are able to commit to the role for a year and that you are willing to undertake our safer recruitment procedures which include an Enhanced DBS check, training and an informal interview.  If you have lived overseas in the last 5 years, we will also require criminal records checks from the countries you have lived in.

    Recent feedback from some of our Volunteer Befrienders:

    'I have always felt very well supported in this role. Training opportunities are good and there are social activities too which is great for those who enjoy them! I’ve felt well looked after and that I am part of a team.’ 

    'It is valuable work which is important to me. It fits in with my skill set and with my interests in working with young people. I find it very rewarding to work 1:1 with young people in this way. I really feel I have made a difference to A and her family.’  

    • Role TypeCommunity Volunteer
    • Work withChildren and Young People, Disability and Health
    • Communication Skills
    • Cultural Awareness
    • Decision Making
    • Initiative
    • Leadership
    • Organisation/Planning
    • Problem Solving
    • Sport
    • Time Management
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    Digital Designer

    First Steps Bath

    This opportunity takes place between 12 Oct 2020 and 16 Nov 2020. Closing date for applications is 12 Oct.

    We are looking for a kind and creative person to format a Christmas Card to thank First Steps Supporters, a digital and printable version.

    Are you able to give some time and your creative skills to a local charity?  Could you arrange a series of jolly pictures of children and thier comments in a way that illustrates the impact of our projects?

    Each year we thank people who have funded our projects, helped us through volunteering or in a professional capacity with a cheery card.  We provide all the pictures, with parents approval for use and the comments we ask you to format the pictures around the comments and make it all sparkle.

    • Role TypeFundraiser
    • Work withChildren and Young People
    • Communication Skills
    • IT Skills
    • Project Management
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    Energy Sparks Schools Volunteer

    Energy Sparks

    This opportunity takes place between 01 Nov 2020 and 31 Mar 2021. Closing date for applications is 20 Oct.

    As an Energy Sparks Schools Volunteer you will help Bath and North East Somerset school children develop energy literacy and take action on reducing energy consumption in their schools, cutting costs and reducing carbon.

    We are looking for volunteers to work with small groups of children in primary and secondary schools across Bath and North East Somerset.  You will be working with one school on a regular basis, to support children and staff using the Energy Sparks website to reduce their energy consumption.   This involves:

    • investigating the problem - how much energy is being used by the school;
    • developing energy literacy - learning about energy production, climate change and how our actions affect the climate;
    • spreading the message to the school community; 
    • taking action around the school to reduce energy consumption; and
    • supporting whole school changes regarding energy use.

     

    • Role TypeCommunity Volunteer
    • Work withChildren and Young People, Schools and Education
    • Communication Skills
    • Digital Practice
    • Initiative
    • IT Skills
    • Leadership
    • Organisation/Planning
    • Project Management
    • Problem Solving
    • Teamwork
    • Time Management
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