Interested in Volunteering 

 

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 watch some rubbish on television. I do. I have my favourite programmes of course, but occasionally the rubbish creeps in, and an hour of my life has gone, never to return. Of course, when I say “rubbish”, I know a host of people would be offended if I named these programmes, they are inevitably someone else's favourites! That's the way it goes, and we can't please everyone all the time, can we? 
 
MY go-to programmes usually suit me due to the enjoyment I get from people-watching. I just love it! Love Question Time, 'cause those politicians are so good at avoiding the question asked, then their body language says it all. Same with Daily Politics. Some of them haven't mastered the art of squirming have they, and oh how I love to see a good interviewer hit the target with a probing question! At this point you are thinking how very nasty of me to find entertainment in someone else's downfall, ~ and I have to say, I would be thinking the same, but for me, I like to hone my skills in the people-watching department. It stands me in good stead when I am up against officialdom and I am doing my best to help a client or two. That language of the body is a giveaway!! 
 
I own up to watching Escape to the Country!!! Please don't ask me why, 'cause I would never in a hundred years want to live in the country!! I would not even be paid to do it! The moors are a frightening place, with NOTHING to interest me, and woods too frighten the life out of me ~ especially just as it's getting dark! Fields are full of animals that don't want you there, and should you wish to have a picnic, and actually SIT, then surely a million insects will meet their demise!! Especially in my case, my rear end possibly covering the whole of the rug! 
 
No, it's not the countryside that interests me on this programme, it's the house-hunters. A wonderful opportunity for people-watching, as they say they want to “downsize” but well, not really~'cause “these rooms are small!” Then they shuffle about as they are taken to a type of house they said they didn't want, like the ones who hate beams, but are shown a home with so many beams that the rooms look like cells. “Is this too small for you?” the presenter says, as they stand in a loft conversion, backs against the wall, and necks pushed forward 'cause they can't stand up straight. “No, I think this is a good size” they say, lying!! Oh, rich pickings for the likes of me, who revels in the body-language on offer. 
 
I think the BBC are missing a chance here, I would pay good money to see Escape FROM the Country!! My idea of a good walk is up and down Regent Street, with the occasional trot into Bond Street, and whilst I think of it,~ why do they put residential homes tucked away in the country, or at the back of trading estates? For me, I would love to be in one on a High Street, enjoying the comings and goings of the town through a window, with a good flat meander into the shops when I felt like it. 
 
And so, as I said I love the people-watching, and the body-language, and to see a clients face light up with relief when a problem is solved is good enough for me. ( I love a happy ending!) And if, like me, you love helping, why not join our team,~ but PLEASE don't watch my body, ~ it's not a pretty sight!!! 
 
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.