There are many opportunities for volunteering with RCS. Our volunteers are greatly valued and are vital to the success of our charity and we are always looking for new volunteers to help us maintain and improve the services we provide.
Volunteers at our OPAL Clubs may be drivers, cooks or general helpers, and their role is to help the members to participate in the various activities and ensure they have an enjoyable time.
Volunteers with the BreakTime project offer carers of older people some time off from their carer duties ‘to do their own thing’.
Volunteers with the GoOnLine service use their computer skills to help older people to get online and enjoy the vast resources of the internet to pursue their personal interests.
Volunteers with our Branching Out service enable older people to reconnect with their community and to make new friends.
Volunteers with What’s Cooking enable people to enjoy food and cooking, even when they are cooking for one.
So if you would like to become involved in these projects, please get in touch. If you have a flair for organising events we would love to hear from you to join our fundraising team, to help us to raise vital funds to continue to provide our services.
We also welcome any volunteers with particular skills and interests who can help on a regular or occasional basis with any of our services, for example, craft skills, entertainment, demonstrations and talks.
Volunteers can offer their time and energy on a weekly, fortnightly or monthly basis.
The key characteristics of our volunteers are that they enjoy helping older people, have good inter-personal skills and a sense of humour, and are reliable.
Benefits of Volunteering
Volunteering is about giving your time, energy and skills freely for the benefit of others.
Volunteering can make a meaningful and positive impact on your local community, but it can also give many benefits for the individual volunteer:
- A sense of achievement and satisfaction through helping others
- New experiences and interests – volunteering is fun!
- Meet new people; make new friends and contacts
- Develop and apply your social and relationship skills
- Help your career by developing new skills valued by employers
If you are interested in joining us, or learning more, why not contact us:
Brenda Platt: Malpas and Tattenhall OPAL Clubs
Jean Toyn: Breaktime and GoOnLine
Elizabeth Miles: Tarporley OPAL Club
Zoe Blocksidge: Frodsham, Helsby and Kelsall OPAL Clubs
Julie Ennis: New Horizons and What’s Cooking
or call Jackie on 07592 464856
Volunteers’ Day, April 13th 2018
On 13th April we held a volunteers training day in conjunction with HealthBox.
Morning session was on Mental Health First Aid, the afternoon session on the new data protection regulations that come into force in May 2018.
Venue: at Castle Suite, Portal Golf Club, Tarporley.
Volunteers’ Day, September 28th 2016
Around 70 volunteers, trustees and staff enjoyed a special Volunteers’ Day on September 28th at Cheshire View, Christleton. There were 3 workshops, lunch and refreshments through the day, and of course lots of fun, conversation and networking.
Click on opal-newsletter-Winter-2017 to read the 2017 Volunteers’ Newsletter.