Volunteering News February


Volunteering is a great way to give back to communities and covers all five Ways to Wellbeing.
Connecting with the community, taking notice where there is a need, being actively involved, learning new skills and giving time. If you would like to know more on how to become a volunteer, please contact us at the Volunteer Centre.

We have been busy finding placements for young people working on the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme.
We are looking at new opportunities for young people to volunteer. Volunteering is a great way to try new experiences before getting paid employment. It is useful to put onto a CV when applying for work. We would love to hear from young people needing to complete volunteer placements for Duke of Edinburgh Award, school or college courses. Please get in touch yourself, or if you know of a young person who may like to volunteer give us a call.

Volunteer Befrienders

Our Befrienders offer companionship to those most isolated in their community.
We support people over the age of 60 who for a variety of reasons could benefit from more social interaction. We aim for our Befrienders to visit someone in their local area, roughly once a week. A chance for a chat and a cup of tea. In return our befrienders get to share in someone else’s life experience and develop a new friendship. All of our Volunteer Befrienders undertake an Enhanced DBS check and receive ongoing support.
For more information please contact our Befriending Coordinator, Laura on 01638 608048 or laura@thevoluntarynetwork.org

The Voluntary Network requires drivers

Could you offer to drive someone to a hospital appointment using your own vehicle? Drivers are needed on an as and when basis, expenses will be paid.
Mini bus drivers are also needed.
If you can help please contact The Voluntary Network, telephone 01638 608048

Haverhill Gateway Club

Gateway is a social club for adults with learning disabilities, including mobility issues.
Volunteers are needed to join our members on club evenings to support with fun activities including Kurling, Carpet Bowls, Yoga, Quizzes, Games and more. We also visit pubs and the Arts Centre and have parties and speakers.
For more information please email jill.moss@haverhill-tc.gov.uk or drop into The Link 45a High Street Haverhill.

The Cinnamon Trust

Many elderly or ill pet owners worry about their ability to provide proper care for their animals and start looking to rehome what may be their only companion. This is where our national network of dedicated volunteers step in to offer support enabling them to stay together. We’ll walk the dog for a housebound owner, we’ll foster pets when owners need hospital or hospice care, and even clean out the bird cage or litter trays. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, you can download our volunteer registration form from our web site www.cinnamon.org.uk

Open Mind

A local and free mental health drop-in service. Friendly, caring and confidential, Open Mind was formed to support the people of Haverhill and surrounding villages with their mental health.
Volunteers are needed on Wednesday mornings and Monday evenings to support clients using the drop-in service. The group needs more male volunteers to join the team. Training and DBS will be provided to suitable candidates.