A big thank you
Tara Bell, our Volunteer Services Manager says "Whether you have been able to participate in the last twelve months or not, you are all our biggest asset and I want you to know how much our organisation appreciates you."
Volunteers Week 1st - 7th June
During the covid pandemic many of our services had to either stop or completely change their way of operating. The pandemic also brought cause for new, emergency services to start, offering our older community help during uncertain and frightening times.
For many of our 400 plus volunteers this meant an abrupt end to their usual volunteering. Many offered their services during the initial lockdown, enabling us to provide emergency support to older people who had no one local to count on. In addition to this we received an influx of volunteer applications from members of the public who were keen to help. By April 2020 we had a bank of 114 volunteers (a mix of existing and new faces) who assisted with tasks such as shopping, prescription collection, food parcel deliveries and telephone befriending. We also started a food service, using donated food produce, and delivered three-course meal packs out to older people in our community. This service continues today as the twice-weekly Meal Delivery Service.
The last 14 months have shown how flexible people can be, especially in the face of adversity. Our volunteers quickly adapted to the ‘new normal’ and were unstintingly generous with their time. They have been, and continue to be, a vital lifeline for our organisation. We simply could not operate without them.
Tara Bell, Volunteer Services Manager
Could you accompany an older person on a short walk?
We need caring, patient people who would enjoy meeting up on a regular basis for some gentle outdoor exercise and a friendly chat.
We need an Honorary Treasurer
Could you help the Board of Trustees with their financial stewardship responsibilities and be a vital link between them and the senior management team?
Thank you for all the kind offers to help and support older people during the current pandemic. In order to keep everyone safe you must complete our Volunteer Application form (see below). As a responsible organisation we have to comply with normal government legislation and will need some details from you before you can volunteer.
Our volunteers keep the charity going
There are many ways your time and effort can help a local charity so please get in touch. Ordinarily we rely on around 390 volunteers (May 2021) who put their spare time to good use. They enable us to provide services and support to thousands of people living in Milton Keynes every year. And we hope you will get something out of volunteering too.
Please download and print out the application form that suits you. You can choose to print out a PDF or the Word document. The Word version can be filled in electronically by typing in the grey boxes. But you must save it so that it can be emailed to us or printed and then posted. Or call us on 01908 550700 and we will send you a form in the post for you to complete and return.
Meet new people, learn new skills
Being a volunteer gives you a regular activity to look forward to each week and you will meet new people and gain useful experience that looks good on your CV. Being a volunteer can help you get a bit of confidence and life-experience by doing something new. And you get the satisfaction of knowing that you are doing something useful.
Give something back
Whatever your age, talents or interests we are sure to find something that you’d enjoy doing and which would help us. Maybe you feel it is time to give something back to the community where you grew up; maybe you need work experience because you are hoping to go back to work.
Students and young people
If you are a young person not in education, employment or training (neet) becoming a volunteer can help you in many ways. You can use your skills, experience and energy to brighten the lives of older people.
We welcome young people still at school and can arrange work-placements or voluntary work that can count towards a Duke of Edinburgh award. Most people volunteer for a minimum of a morning or an afternoon a week, but get in touch and we'll try to arrange hours that suit you.
Why does Teresa volunteer for us?
"It's an opportunity to help others who need support. I find it stops you thinking about your own problems and uplifts your own mood when you see what you are doing really makes a difference. It’s a chance to become part of the community, give something back and meet new people. Also you can surprise yourself with learning new skills which you didn’t think was possible. Can be challenging at times but I would definitely recommend."