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Lockdown Volunteering

Please accept our thanks and appreciation for offering your time and energy to support services during this challenging time. 

All the roles offer flexibility, some require a DBS check, all are for 18s and over unless otherwise stated. If you are interested in a role and do not have a DBS, please get in touch via the relevant email as we might be able to find an alternative role within that organisation or arrange for a free DBS check. 

Unless otherwise stated the organisation concerned will pay your expenses and you will be covered by their insurance. We produce this newsletter on a weekly basis so if you cannot find a role for you listed below there may be more on offer in the near future. You can also check our social  media feeds for daily updates. 

If you have any general queries about the contents of this newsletter please email info@volunteeringbradford.org 

All the roles listed comply with government guidance re volunteering during the current crisis. 

Thanks for your support and stay safe! 

 

LATEST ROLES 

**SHOUT OUT FOR COMMUNITY SUPPORT VOLUNTEERS** 

Are you concerned about rising Covid infection rates in Bradford? Do you care about the people in your local area? If so, would you be able to offer a few hours a week to support a key project to carry out home tests to ensure early detection of the infection and prevent further spread. 

You will be part of a team of two people. As a volunteer your role is to support a paid member of council or voluntary sector staff. You will talk to people to offer advice, find out their concerns and provide information in a friendly and approachable way. Your colleague will then guide the householder through the home testing process. 

This work takes place on people’s doorsteps and complies with all Covid safety measures. The ability to speak a second language would be useful but is not essential.  Volunteers are vital, in order to expand work already taking place so that more tests can be carried out and infection rates controlled. 

You can undertake a morning or afternoon shift of approximately 3 hours.  A good level of physical fitness is required and a willingness to work outside is essential. Full training will be given prior to starting and all volunteers will be provided with ID, appropriate PPE and all out of pocket expenses. The next training will take place on Wednesday 18th November. 

For further information, please email  GillB@cabad.org.uk.  

 

AGE UK – Various Roles 

AGE UK Bradford is currently recruiting volunteers for a range of roles. 

  • Shopping/prescription collection – a vital service during the current pandemic 

  • Making a friendly phone call to support those who are lonely or isolated 

  • Support for community hubs – assisting in fund raising shops by sorting stock or serving customers 

If you have time to support any of the above roles, please email info@ageukbd.org.uk  or text 07471 227 907  

 

St Christopher’s Good Neighbours Project, BD4 – Kitchen Assistants 

This project is responsible for the preparation and delivery of 40 home cooked meals a day to isolated people in the BD4 area who are not able to get out and about under the current restrictions. A kitchen assistant is required. Flexible shifts available and no previous experience required. Further information https://do-it.org/opportunities/424b847c-315a-4d66-937f-ceae1ddaf88c 

Email lorraine@volunteeringbradford.org if you are interested in this role. 

 

Bradford Museums and Galleries - Our Street Gallery 

An opportunity for anyone with an interest in public art and how it can impact on people’s lives is invited to get in touch with Bradford Museums and Galleries to find out more about the next phase of Bradford’s #OurStreetGallery. Smile is looking for volunteers to engage with local people to make them smile, help manage the public art project and assist with website and social media updating. For further information email 

bmgvolunteers@bradford.gov.uk with Our Street Gallery in the subject. 

 

Canalside Test site support 

 
We have an urgent request to see if we have any volunteers who are willing to support the Canalside test site to navigate people who arrive.  

The role would involve a meet and greet for any staff attending for FIT testing (https://www.rcn.org.uk/magazines/activate/2020/aug-2020/fit-testing-getting-it-right-advice-for-safety-reps-covid-19)  at the main entrance of Canalside and escorting them to the room where FIT testing is taking place. I would be there at the start and end of the day to brief the volunteer and to make sure the room is set up/cleaned down afterwards. The schedule of the day is that 2 candidates will arrive for testing at a time in slots that are 20 minutes apart. The testing will start at 9am, finish at 4.30pm with an hour for lunch between 12-1pm 
 
If you need any further information please don't hesitate to contact me. 
 
M: 07866 015637 
E: julia.elliot@bradford.nhs.uk 

 

MORE BEFRIENDERS NEEDED 

As we head back into lockdown, more befrienders are needed to support isolated people through friendly phone calls. So if you can spare an hour or so a week, to connect with someone on their own, please let us know.  

MIND (Community Companions, or Connecting Through Companions are our two befriending projects) are:  

 

-Volunteers provide one phone call per week, for up to one hour to an individual who is lonely and/ or socially isolated 

-The role is flexible, the day and times can change for the calls each week 

-Volunteers would befriend the same client for up to 12 months  

-Volunteers would need to have: 

 - Great communication skills, verbally and non-verbally  

 - Be flexible 

 - Be punctual  

- Good organisational skills  

- Be friendly, positive and enjoy conversation  

 

There would be some online training and a volunteer induction to attend via Zoom, then we would match you up (providing your DBS is up to date) based on hobbies and interests.  

 

The application can be found here: https://www.mindinbradford.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Community-Companions-volunteer-application-form-July-20.docx 

 

 

Fairweather - Befrienders needed 

Fairweather is recruiting volunteers to support people who face issues with their mental health. Support can be offered by phone but also through social media platforms such as WhatsApp or Zoom. Minimum age 18 years.  

If you are interested in this role, please email lorraine@volunteeringbradford.org  

 

Shipley Area Links - Befrienders needed 

Telephone befrienders required to make friendly calls to isolated people. DBS required. Minimum age 18 years.  

If you are interested in this role please email Kirsty via covidvolunteer@cabad.org.uk 

 

Mind - Befrienders needed 

Volunteers make weekly phone calls to isolated people aged 65 and above. This project covers central Bradford and Baildon areas. DBS required but arranged by Mind. Minimum age 18 years.  

Email lorraine@volunteeringbradford.org if you are interested in this role. 

 

Royds Community Association - Befrienders needed 

Royds Community Association is recruiting telephone befrienders to support older, vulnerable and isolated members of the community in South Bradford. You should have an enhanced DBS check - free DBS checks can be arranged. Training provided. The role is flexible based around a minimum of 2/3hours a week. Minimum age 18 years. 

If you are interested in this role please email covidvolunteer@cabad.org.uk 

 

The Thornbury Centre – Befrienders needed 

The Centre is seeking volunteers from a wide range of backgrounds to train as befrienders. As a befriender you will help someone to continue to enjoy their day to day lives and make a real difference to their health and wellbeing. Befriending support will be carried out via telephone initially to comply with current Covid-19 restrictions but may move to face to face. You will be matched with a befriendee with similar interests.  DBS check required. 

Email lorraine@volunteeringbradford.org if you are interested in this role 

 

HFT - Befriending online in a group 

 

We have an online social calendar of events and social activities that people with learning disabilities join in on. Students are welcome to join as well just to see what we do, and also have fun!  

 

Best ones as an intro for people are the following.  

 

TASTER SESSIONS 

Monday – 5.30 – Afternoon Drinks with Michelle.  

Tuesday – 7.00pm -  social theme nights with holly  

Thursday 10.30 – Kieran’s Pub Quiz  

Tuesday 17th November – 7pm – Talent show.  

 

 

Interested? I can have a chat with you and then send you all the details of the Zoom session prior to the event: alice.nicholas@hft.org.uk  

Mobile: 07747 461 225    Tel: 01274 655956  

Web: www.hft.org.uk 

 

Bradford Befriending Network 

Groups in Bradford District that provide befriending support.  

https://bradforddistrictbefriending.org/ 

 

SUPPORT BRADFORD CARE HOMES 

Link Up Letters - Volunteer letter writers needed  

Would you like to be part of Link Up Letters where something as simple as writing a letter can help isolated people who are currently not able to visit or be visited by friends or family? By becoming part of Link Up Letters you can - just some of the feedback from the letters already written "a huge boost" & "it's been such a difficult time but the letters have really helped". There are 100s of people in care homes and supported living accommodation across the Bradford District who have had little contact (and will continue to have little contact) with people from outside for many months. A friendly, cheerful letter from you could make a big difference to them. If you can spare a few minutes to write by email or put pen to paper twice a month, we would love to hear from you. If you have never written a letter before or you're a bit out of practice, don't let that put you off because we can provide some simple guidelines to get you started. Suitable for all ages.   

If you are interested in this role please email Kirsty via covidvolunteer@cabad.org.uk  

 

Bakers for care homes across the district required 

A team of wonderful volunteers have been working to support many care homes across the district during a time when residents have been isolated from their friends and families, dependent solely on their wonderful carers. Simple things make a big difference like providing care home staff with the occasional baked treat. This work is happening with eight care homes in Bradford with amazing results – the staff and residents are so grateful for the kindness of the community, and it is really keeping them going through what is an exceptionally tough time. So if you are a whizz with a whisk, a marvel with a mixer or brilliant at brownies, we would love to hear from you! 

If you interested in this role please email GillB@cabad.org.uk 

 

SUPPORT BRADFORD CARE HOMES

Festive Cards to residents at Bradford & District care homes

As the Festive period is fast approaching, would you like to send a Seasons Greetings card to an isolated person living in a Bradford & District care home? This will be a challenging Festive period for many, for those people living in care homes there will continue to be restrictions of visits from loved ones. A Festive card from you will be a light hearted reminder that people are thinking of them and have taken time from their busy days to write and send a card to a stranger to help them feel less isolated. Suitable for all ages.

If you are interested in sending a Festive card please email Kirsty via covidvolunteer@cabad.org.uk

 

VOLUNTEER DRIVERS REQUIRED TO SUPPORT LOCAL SCHOOLS – Licence and vehicle required

We are looking for volunteer drivers to deliver school food parcels to children who are socially isolating. This involves collecting food parcels from local schools and delivering to households in the locality. Deliveries will be twice weekly on Tuesdays and Fridays usually between 9.30am-1pm. DBS check NOT required. Fuel expenses will be reimbursed (45p per mile). If you have a full licence and access to a vehicle please contact steve@volunteeringbradford.org to register an interest.

 

Grandmentors - Volunteering Matters – For older students

Volunteering Matters is recruiting mentors aged 25 plus to support young people not in education, employment or training. Mentors provide short-term, solution-focused mentoring by guiding, signposting, or supporting young people towards independence. This could be by helping them search and apply for jobs, creating a UCAS statement for University, looking for voluntary work or apprenticeships. It could also be to help them build their confidence, increase employability skills, or connectedness. The support is for 1-2 hours a week for up to 6 months. Full training provided. Expenses. Further information https://volunteeringmatters.org.uk/project/grandmentors/