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New Volunteer Opportunities!

16 July 2015

If you are interested in helping with any activities…… We are looking for active people to help us make sure Norwich is a great place to live-whatever your age! Whether it’s Arts and Crafts, gardening or supporting a small luncheon club within a school environment.

IT Computer Project

 

 

We are looking for a volunteer administrator to support our free volunteer-led computer training to older people. The role of IT training administrator involves:

 

Phoning clients to discuss their training needs then matching them with a suitable trainer.

 

Updating the client waiting list and preparing a weekly training timetable using Excel

 

Writing to clients confirming their lesson bookings

 

Collating client feedback and maintaining statistical data on service use

 

Skills required: IT literate (including MS Excel and Word) with confident phone manner and ability to prioritise effectively.

 

For more information please contacnt Natasha on 01603 496322o r email natasha.farr@ageuknorwich.org.uk

 

 

 

 

Promoting Independence

Our ‘Promoting Independence’pilot is progressing well, but we still need more volunteers to help  clients work towards their identified goals. The role is varied, and the below case study  illustrates how a volunteer is currently supporting one  client to help regain mobility and 
independence.


Margaret and Chloe - Margaret was referred by her GP because she suffers from a condition which severely affects her mobility and she was finding it increasingly difficult to get out. Her poor mobility resulted in her falling down  concrete steps outside her house.  Her family live some distance away and were becoming concerned about her. She has always been a very independent lady who enjoyed walking, gardening, nature and wildlife and was  becoming frustrated at her inability to do the things she wanted to do.  

 
During a Guided Conversation, Margaret explained that her main difficulties are first getting moving and walking short distances. She finds getting around the house extremely difficult but is better if she can get outside and get moving properly. However, she felt unsafe to go out on her own.  Her physiotherapist had given her exercises to do to improve the strength in her legs. She felt that if she was able to continue with her exercises and get out for walks on a regular basis, she might be able to improve her mobility.

Volunteer Chloe is now able to go for regular walks with Margaret. Chloe also gives her support and encouragement to do her physiotherapy exercises. It is still early days but Margaret reports that she gets on well with Chloe and is looking forward to being able to get out more. She is hopeful that with the extra support she will make good progress with her walking and may be able to get out 
independently again.


Small acts of kindness, make a big difference— to volunteer with this project, contact: Sally Thornton on 496382 or email sally.thornton@ageuknorwich.org.uk

 

Befriending is fun – Why not join in?

New Befriending Vacancies

 

Can you spare one hour a week to visit an older person? Many people find it a rewarding experience!

 

We have had a great response with new volunteers coming forward, particularly young people wanting to get involved.

 

We particularly need some mature volunteers who can visit weekdays, during the day when people are most likely to be alone.

 

If you have been thinking about volunteering, now is a good time to contact Sheena on 01603 496330 or email sheena.macronald@ageuknorwich.org.uk   Sheena looks forward to hearing from you.

Activities

 

Volunteer required to help assist with social activities at Alnwick Court Social group (Bowthorpe) meets Monday fortnightly 2.00pm – 4.00pm. To help lead activities - quiz and raffle

 

Lakenham Primary School Intergenerational luncheon club meets Wednesday fortnightly 12.15 – 1.30pm and seeks a volunteer to help oversee the group of children and older people

 

Ryrie Court lunch and social event (Wednesday fortnightly 12.00 – 4.00pm) seeks a volunteer to help with general duties in the kitchen and assist support for general activities (working within a small team)

 

Harry Perry Sheltered Housing Social afternoon meets Wednesday fortnightly 2.00 – 4.00pm seeks a volunteer to lead  afternoon activities. Duties include running a quiz, bingo session, raffle and refreshments for a group of 8 (currently)

 

Volunteers are needed to assist with Intergenerational gardening projects and social group activities including crafts, games and reading projects based at Somerley residential home (unthank Rd) and Philadelphia House (Penn Grove Rd).


Contact Claire on 07786900685 for more information about these opportunities