South Wilts Mencap is building its team of volunteers, so please give some thought to joining us for a few hours each week. Here are some of the areas you can volunteer in;
- Our Charity Shop needs sales assistants and people to help sort and manage the stock. It is a great place to enjoy a bit of company whilst helping to generate vital income to keep the charity running. There is no need for experience, but if you have worked in retail, so much the better!
- We need someone to coordinate, and others to help, with our Ability Bikes Club one evening per week between 5:30 and 7:30pm (day as yet unknown). This activity is great fun, you would love it!
- Our other clubs need some friendly faces too, from practical help with the activities to admin assistance.
- If you are interested in a more strategic role, you might consider becoming a Trustee or member of the Executive Committee. Both Boards are made up of voluntary positions with committee meetings held in the evenings.
- We can also find small tasks for anyone with administrative experience.
- Finally, please don’t forget out Street Collection in Salisbury on Saturday 19th May. This is such an important team effort. Last May we took over £1,000 and it would be so good to beat that figure. We are looking for a coordinator for the bi-annual street collections and volunteers to come into town and collect for an hour.
Interested? Need more information? Ring Our Secretary, Emma Harper on 07702 565318 or email email@example.com
WPCC are looking to recruit 6 volunteer parent carers to become trainers to deliver training to support parents in Wiltshire as part of a new initiative. As a trained facilitator, you would work in partnership with a trained professional from Wiltshire Council to deliver training called Time Out for Parents which has been produced by an organisation called Care for the Family. You would be able to claim out of pocket expenses including mileage and childcare expenses incurred by delivering training. WPCC are excited by this opportunity to empower parents to be trained as professionals so that they can train and support other parents.
If you are interested in this opportunity, you would need to commit to five days of training. The training would give you the skills to facilitate groups, and you would be trained to use materials to enable you to deliver a range of sessions that includes a module specifically for parents of children with special needs. You would be able to claim out of pocket expenses including mileage and childcare expenses incurred by attending the training days.
Training will take place in Trowbridge on the following days:-
- Monday June 4th: 9.30am – 2.30pm
- Tuesday June 5th: 9.30am – 2.30pm
- Wednesday June 6th: 9.30am – 1.00pm
- Monday July 9th: 9.30am – 4.30pm
- Tuesday July 10th: 9.30am – 3.30pm
To understand a little more about the courses for parents, please click HERE to visit Care for the Family’s website.
WPCC would welcome applications from any parent carer wishing to express an interest in being trained to deliver these courses.
Applications must be received by 5pm Sunday 13th May 2018.
Informal interviews including more information about the training, the courses and an opportunity to ask questions, will take place on: Tuesday 22nd May 2018 (likely to be from 10am and finish no later than 2pm). If you are not sure if this is for you or not and you would like an opportunity to understand more and ask any questions you may have, we would encourage you to complete an application form too.
Please click APPLY to complete a short application form.
At South Wilts Mencap, we are seeking support with our PR, communications and marketing from an individual. It may be that you work in this field fulltime or are recently retired. We would like to extend the work we do with the website, social media and print to make our communications even more effective and need your consultancy advice. This a voluntary role to provide support South Wilts Mencap on an ad-hoc basis.
South Wilts Mencap 4&More Club are always looking for volunteers. The group has 30 members whose ages range from 18 to 30, all of whom have learning difficulties. The Club runs from 6pm till 8pm every first second and third Wednesday of the month the first and second are held at the Saint Michael’s Community Centre and the third week we either go to the Royal Oak Pub or the Kandi Lounge in Salisbury.
Experience of working with people with learning difficulties would be an advantage but not a necessity. The evenings are always relaxed and fun. We currently have a waiting list of new members wanting to attend however without any more volunteers we cannot accept any more members, please email Sue Bailey team leader for more details DBS will be carried out by SWM.
Take a look at the fantastic work the co-farmers do at River Bourne Community farm under the Guidance of Laura Tween. This is thanks to the community interest company, Able Hands Together, set up in 2016.
“Able Hands Together aims to teach adults with learning disabilities (Co-Farmers) to nurture livestock on a smallholding. Growing their own produce to cook from their success”
Laura Tween, LLB- Founder
You can learn more about this project by visiting their website or facebook page.