Volunteer

Volunteer

Suffolk Axis welcomes new volunteers and friends. We currently have many volunteer roles available as follows:

Volunteer Drivers:

Volunteer drivers are required for our purpose-built minibus who would be willing to transport service-users to and from the sessions on a monthly or occasional basis. Drivers will need to have a clean, relevant driving license for the UK, and have MIDAS training or be willing to undertake this. The minibus seats up to 15 passengers or 5 wheelchair users so volunteers will need to be experienced and comfortable with a large vehicle.

Volunteer drivers who have access to a car and are willing to offer a few hours each week to transport someone to and from the weekly sessions are also needed. Travel expenses for this are covered by Suffolk Axis and drivers will need to have a clean, relevant driving license for the UK.

Volunteer Supporters:

Volunteer Supporters are needed for our daily/weekly sessions to support and assist service-users so they can participate in activities. You will need to enjoy assisting others with meals and refreshments as well. Our supporters often help with outings such as our planned trips to Sizewell or even a mystery tour! We would therefore be happy to talk to someone wanting to do just a few hours a week as there is flexibility in these roles. Its also a great opportunity to learn more about caring for people with a disability and increasing your disability awareness.

Volunteer Fundraisers:

Volunteer fundraisers are welcome to help us raise money for activities and outings and for the day service in general. This might be in a variety of ways such as preparing for an annual raffle, being sponsored for Axis, having a table-top sale, running a quiz night and much more. We are open to new ideas!

Volunteer Trustees:

As a charity Suffolk Axis is governed by its Executive Committee. We would welcome new trustees to join our existing committee and help shape the future of our work in Suffolk as we seek to grow. For those who are new to governance, general details on the responsibilities of trustees are available through the charity commission.

To find out more about joining us as a volunteer, please feel free to contact us for an informal discussion and/or for a volunteer application form. As our work is with adults at risk an enhanced DBS will be required for volunteer roles.

                           Mid Suffolk Axis

 

                         Volunteering Roles

 

Fundraising Role

  • With support from the management and trustees and your fellow volunteers, help to plan and deliver events and activities to raise funds and awareness of Mid Suffolk Axis.
  • Support the Fundraising Team and Fundraising Steering Group with the events they are organising – your role may vary for each event; you could be greeting and registering participants, cheering on participants at challenge events, selling raffle tickets running a book/cake stall or tombola or serving refreshments, for example
  • Help with admin – processing donations/information onto the fundraising database, photocopying, filing, writing letters, etc.
  • Publicise fundraising events and activities within the local community Support collections and community fundraising events
  • Pro-actively seek new opportunities to raise awareness and funds for Age UK Horsham District
  • Thank donors/supporters

          Please note this list is not exhaustive!!

 

Administration Role

  • Working with fundraising volunteers
  • Filing
  • Minute taking
  • Distribution of Flyers, posters, letters to prospective members, potential trustees etc
  • Liaise with Marketing volunteers
  • Weeding and Shredding of files/papers
  • Reorganising paperwork
  • Members Activities Timetable
  • Data Entry
  • Spreadsheets
  • Take responsibility for mini bus hire bookings
  • Research Funding applications and assist with completion

 

Please note this list is not exhaustive!!

Member Companions in sessions (no personal care is required)

  • Chat with members in group
  • Play board or card games with individual members
  • Assist members with bingo, quizzes or word searches
  • Assist with craft or baking activities in sessions

 

Please note this list is not exhaustive!!

Member Excursion /Day trip Escort

  • Accompany members on t he mini -bus
  • Assist members on day trips or excursions – this could involve pushing a wheelchair
  • Help members to choose a meal option, assist with ordering and payment
  • Assist with the choosing and buying of goods and carry shopping as necessary
  • Chat and ensure members are happy and comfortable

Please note this list is not exhaustive

Marketing

  • Update and maintain Mid Suffolk Axis social media presence, including Facebook , Instagram, Twitter and Linked In updates
  • Assist in planning, writing and managing monthly Newsletter • Draft, distribute and pitch news releases, media alerts and other stories
  • Designing flyers, graphics, manual & e-vites and other marketing material for events hosted by Mid Suffolk Axis
  • Update the Mid Suffolk Website when needed
  • Reach out to the community organizations, general public and donors to promote Mid Suffolk Axis and gain new members and raise awareness of the charity
  • Collaborating with staff on new ideas, directions, and venues for marketing and communications
  • Promote min bus hire

 

Please note this list is not exhaustive !!

 

Mini Bus Drivers – approximately(8.45– 11am) (2.15 – 4.15pm)

  • Report to Transport Manager
  • Collect and drop off members to attend sessions, assist those members in wheelchairs onto the bus and strap in, along with walk on passengers.
  • Plan route in the most cost effective way
  • Fill up mini bus with fuel
  • Record mileage, passengers and undertake a health and safety check each trip
  • Clean mini bus at the end of each day

 

Please note this list is not exhaustive

 

Mini Bus Escort approximately(8.45– 11am) (2.15 – 4.15pm)

 

  • Report to Transport Manager
  • Accompany driver to collect and drop off members to each session morning and afternoon
  • Take temperatures of staff and members before entry on to the bus
  • Assist members onto the bus, ensure seat belts are on and members are safe and secure.
  • Record members and support staff on and off the bus as part of health & safety checks
  • Clean mini bus at the end of trip
  • Record any accidents in the accident book
  • Review and Maintain mini bus first aid kit monthly

 

Click below to download our Volunteer Application Form

Volunteer Application Form