Interested in Volunteering 

Call in to see us on Monday 22nd January between 2 and 4pm. 
Find our more about our volunteering roles. 
 
15 Priory Street, York, YO1 6ET. 

Volunteering Why not look into becoming an Volunteer Advocate? Can you spare a few hours a week to help? Contact the office to find out more. 

We have a number of volunteering opportunities, each requiring different qualities and skills. 
Whether you are 
passionate about older people’s issues 
a good listener and easy to get on with 
like helping to right wrongs 
like getting out and about and talking to people 
enjoy raising money 
Then you could be the person we need. 
Call in for an informal chat with Staff. 
Full training will be given and a full disclosure and barring check will be required. For all our volunteering roles the amount of time and commitment is determined by yourself, anything freely given is always greatly appreciated and expenses are paid. 
 
 

The Vocal Volunteer 

I've looked around since the New Year, and realised there isn't much smiling going on! The decs are back in the attic/garage/shed, or wherever they are stored, the bank statements start to come in like an avalanche, and the politicians are playing musical chairs at our expense. Oh, and all the good programmes pre Christmas, are a thing of the past as they make way for what “they” think we REALLY want to see ~ Dad's Army, Porridge, and Inspector Morse!! Oh, and let's not forget Top of the Pops 1985, or even those Botched Face Lifts of the once-famous ~ the ones no one has heard of before ~ the ones who have duck-lips, and eyebrows where their hairline used to be!! 
 
Oh dear, I have hit that age when grumbling has become a pastime, most enjoyed on dank January days, when the curtains are closed at 4 o'clock!!!! In other words, I have become MY MOTHER!!!! I thought to change my mind-set, and delve into the souvenir box to help with cheering myself up, and IT WORKED. I am ever the optimist normally, and like a good laugh with the rest of 'em, and finding this little gem tucked away has quite made my day. Here it is for you. 
 
Smile. 
 
Smiling is infectious, 
You catch it like the 'flu. 
When someone smiled at me today, 
I started smiling too. 
 
I walked around the corner, 
And someone saw me grin. 
Then when he smiled I realised, 
I'd passed it on to him. 
 
I thought about the smile, 
And realised it's worth. 
A single smile like mine, 
Could travel round the earth. 
 
So if you see a smile begin, 
Don't leave it undetected. 
Start an epidemic, 
And get the world infected!! 
 
Spike Milligan. 
 
You MUST be feeling happier by now aren't you? I certainly am, I am even looking forward to seeing the snowdrops again, and that's not something you would imagine a townie like me to be saying. Ever! Am even looking forward to another year of advocacy, too, and that makes me very very happy. And smiley! 
 
My goodness, have I just infected someone?? 
 
Vocal Volunteer 
 

 

An Advocate 
An advocate will typically take the issue concerning the client, such as an energy supplier issue, discuss the outcome required and then give the client options as to an appropriate way forward. An advocate never gives advice, rather they enable the client to access the information required to work towards an outcome. Within this process the advocate may be required to write letters, make telephone calls on the clients' behalf or attend meetings with the client to ensure the clients' point of view is heard. 
 
An advocate gives the client a helping hand to put their life back on track and make a real difference at a practical level. We do not require a fixed amount of time from our volunteer advocates, time commitment is determined by you. 
A Community Friend 
If you have a few hours spare and you like talking to people, why not become a Community Friend volunteer. This role could involve attending activities, such as coffee mornings or events within the community and informing them about OCAY's service. 
 
Or you could deliver leaflets and call on homes in your local area to let people know about our service. 
There are opportunities to talk to a group, such as a care home setting, another local charity or other organisations to raise the profile of OCAY. 
 
Information and guidance within this role will be provided and support given in preparing for different activities. Again we are flexible and the time commitment is very much at your discretion. 
A Fundraiser 
Help us to organise fund raising events 
Could you help run a coffee morning? 
Can you make things to sell on a stall? 
Could you organise an event to raise funds? 
 
Please get in touch 
A Trustee 
Trustees have collective responsibility for ensuring that OCAY pursues its charitable objectives. They give strategic direction to the organisation, setting overall policy, defining goals, setting targets and evaluating performance against agreed targets. They are responsible for ensuring the effective and efficient administartion of OCAY and seeking to ensure its financial stability. They must have integrity, and need commitment and goodwill towards OCAY, with time to give preparing for and participating in meetings and undertaking other activities on behalf of the charity. 
 
The trustee meetings are bi-monthly. 
An Advocate 
An advocate will typically take the issue concerning the client, such as an energy supplier issue, discuss the outcome required and then give the client options as to an appropriate way forward. An advocate never gives advice, rather they enable the client to access the information required to work towards an outcome. Within this process the advocate may be required to write letters, make telephone calls on the clients' behalf or attend meetings with the client to ensure the clients' point of view is heard. 
 
An advocate gives the client a helping hand to put their life back on track and make a real difference at a practical level. We do not require a fixed amount of time from our volunteer advocates, time commitment is determined by you. 
A Community Friend 
If you have a few hours spare and you like talking to people, why not become a Community Friend volunteer. This role could involve attending activities, such as coffee mornings or events within the community and informing them about OCAY's service. 
 
Or you could deliver leaflets and call on homes in your local area to let people know about our service. 
There are opportunities to talk to a group, such as a care home setting, another local charity or other organisations to raise the profile of OCAY. 
 
Information and guidance within this role will be provided and support given in preparing for different activities. Again we are flexible and the time commitment is very much at your discretion. 
A Fundraiser 
Help us to organise fund raising events 
Could you help run a coffee morning? 
Can you make things to sell on a stall? 
Could you organise an event to raise funds? 
 
Please get in touch 
A Trustee 
Trustees have collective responsibility for ensuring that OCAY pursues its charitable objectives. They give strategic direction to the organisation, setting overall policy, defining goals, setting targets and evaluating performance against agreed targets. They are responsible for ensuring the effective and efficient administartion of OCAY and seeking to ensure its financial stability. They must have integrity, and need commitment and goodwill towards OCAY, with time to give preparing for and participating in meetings and undertaking other activities on behalf of the charity. 
 
The trustee meeting are bi-monthly.