North East Lincolnshire Council

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COVID-19 Local Volunteering Support

Blue Lights Brigade

TakePartNEL are working to best utilise the amazing offers of voluntary support from our community by linking in with the fantastic Blue Lights Brigade here in North East Lincs.

The Blue Lights Brigade have mobilised their team and set up to support the voluntary offer locally and will look to register and organise a voluntary response as best as possible in these challenging times.

As always we want you to think of you and your families safety first but any offers of support will be greatly welcomed to further assist the emergency and public sectors response in supporting the vulnerable and in need in our community.

Sign up now and register to volunteer with Blue Lights Brigade.

Thank you for your continued support here in North East Lincs. Stay safe and stay well.

This month

Would you like the opportunity to get out and about in the community, talking about everything health and social care related?

Would you like to encourage people to get involved and have their say on the health and care services that they receive, or how they could be improved?

Our Accord membership scheme is a way that North East Lincolnshire CCG can communicate with and involve members of the community in decision making. As an Ambassador you will play an integral role in promoting Accord & allowing people to have their say on health and care plans. All ambassadors are provided with training and ongoing support by the CCG. If you have a friendly attitude, enjoy communicating with people and want to learn new skills, this could be the opportunity for you.

To find out more information come along to our information session at Centre4, Wootton Road, Grimsby, DN33 1HE on Thursday 6 February 1pm to 3pm. If you would prefer to give us a call for an informal chat, please contact Jonathan Brooks on 0300 3000 563 or Katie Thomas on 0300 3000 567 or email nelccg.accord@nhs.net.

North East Lincolnshire CCG is looking to recruit community representatives to be part of our Accord Steering Group.

This small group of Accord members meets monthly, ensuring that our members have great opportunities to shape local health and care services. You will also have the opportunity to get involved in the planning of our twice yearly public events – Way Forward, and Getting Better Together. Being a member of this Group is a great way to find out more about how the NHS in this area works, as well as giving you the opportunity to help further develop the Accord scheme and the opportunities that members receive to have their say on matters affecting North East Lincolnshire. In recent years, our Accord Steering Group members have helped to plan numerous events, represented Accord on the Citizens Panel for the Humber Acute Services Review, and have helped to shape the new engagement strategy for North East Lincolnshire.

To find out more you can give us a call, for an informal chat, please contact Jonathan Brooks on 0300 3000 563 or Katie Thomas on 0300 3000 567 or email nelccg.accord@nhs.net.

We have got an exciting opportunity coming up at the CCG and we want you to get involved!

We know that hearing the views of the people in our community helps us to plan and buy services that meet the needs of local people. One way that we do this is through our Equality Impact Assessment panel. Our panel, made up of community members, meet regularly to help the CCG ensure that their plans and policies do not have a negative impact on local people, particularly those with protected characteristics ( eg gender, disability, sexual orientation etc).

We are currently recruiting community members to our panel and would love it if you could join us. We are looking for motivated individuals who are passionate about equality and the services that are delivered in North East Lincolnshire.

To find out more you can give us a call, for an informal chat, please contact Jonathan Brooks on 0300 3000 563 or Katie Thomas on 0300 3000 567 or email nelccg.accord@nhs.net.

North East Lincolnshire CCGs’ Community Forum is responsible for ensuring that the views of the public are being considered by the CCG all of the time.

It is made up of volunteer ‘community leads’ who each support a service area. We are looking to recruit a Community Lead for Primary Care, who will work with us to support the development of digital technology in North East Lincolnshire to enable patients to access services online. If you have an interest in Primary Care and want to work with GP Practices & Patient Participation Groups to develop services, we’d love to hear from you!

To find out more you can give us a call, for an informal chat, please contact Jonathan Brooks on 0300 3000 563 or Katie Thomas on 0300 3000 567 or email nelccg.accord@nhs.net.

Have you ever had one person in your life who listened to you and made you feel valued. Would you be interested in doing the same for a child in the care of the Local Authority?  Could you commit to volunteering for at least 18 months, spending quality time with a young person each month for 2-4 hours? Could you be one of our next Buddies?

Buddies are volunteers who are trained and supported to build a positive and consistent relationship with a child in the care of the local authority. Buddies meet up each month for 2-4 hours and engage in a positive activity and have fun.

Buddies are trained and supported through regular contact with a co-ordinator and will be invited to network meetings to meet with other buddies at least twice per year.
Training will be held on 5 December 5:30pm to 8pm and a further training date in January to be set.

Is this you?

For more information and an informal chat about the role contact Pippa Curtin on 01472 323298 or Lorren Hewson on 01472 325018

To apply email advocates@nelincs.gov.uk and request a Buddies Application form.

Food Bank

Rock Foundation is seeking reliable volunteers who want to help vulnerable people in their community, alongside our dedicated and dynamic foodbank team.

Applicants must be able to work with people across the whole social spectrum with respect and compassion, and be able to deal with difficult situations in a non-confrontational manner.

Tasks will include interacting with clients, handling food and assembling food packages, and keeping the foodbank organised and presentable. There are two main food banks looking for support:

  • Holme Hill School, Heneage Road/Wellington Street Junction, Grimsby – Opens Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 1pm to 3:30pm
  • Willows Community Church, Wingate Road, The Willows, Grimsby – Opens Tuesday and Thursday from 1pm to 3:30pm

Charity Shop

Rock Foundation is seeking reliable volunteers who want to help vulnerable people in their community, alongside our dedicated and dynamic Second hand shop team.

Applicants must be able to work with people across the whole social spectrum with respect and compassion, and be able to deal with difficult situations in a non-confrontational manner.

Tasks will include interacting with customers, sorting donations, pricing up items under the managers instruction and serving customers when necessary. We are looking for an organised and presentable person.

The Shop is based on Freeman Street and open Monday to Saturday 10am to 4pm.

Food Bank

Rock Foundation is seeking reliable volunteers who want to help vulnerable people in their community, alongside our dedicated and dynamic foodbank team.

Applicants must be able to work with people across the whole social spectrum with respect and compassion, and be able to deal with difficult situations in a non-confrontational manner.

Tasks will include interacting with clients, handling food and assembling food packages, and keeping the foodbank organised and presentable. There are two main food banks looking for support:

  • Holme Hill School, Heneage Road/Wellington Street Junction, Grimsby – Opens Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 1pm to 3:30pm
  • Willows Community Church, Wingate Road, The Willows, Grimsby – Opens Tuesday and Thursday from 1pm to 3:30pm

Charity Shop

Rock Foundation is seeking reliable volunteers who want to help vulnerable people in their community, alongside our dedicated and dynamic Second hand shop team.

Applicants must be able to work with people across the whole social spectrum with respect and compassion, and be able to deal with difficult situations in a non-confrontational manner.

Tasks will include interacting with customers, sorting donations, pricing up items under the managers instruction and serving customers when necessary. We are looking for an organised and presentable person.

The Shop is based on Freeman Street and open Monday to Saturday 10am to 4pm.

Lincs Inspire provides a free, regular and reliable Home Library and information service to anyone who is unable to come into the library themselves either long term or temporarily due to illness, frailty or disability.

We also provide a library service to carers who find themselves equally housebound.

The service is monthly, free and delivered by volunteers who choose books for their readers and take them to their homes.The volunteers take time to chat about the books they like and keep records of the titles they have read.

The Home Library Service are always looking for new volunteers to join our team. How many people you visit is decided by yourself. Monthly visits are arranged in advance and you will work with another volunteer. If you do not drive we will pair you with a volunteer that has access to a car.

Thoughts from Barbara a current Home Library Volunteer:

“I know that our customers really value what we do, but we also get a lot back from it ourselves and it’s extremely rewarding to know that you can bring a smile to someone’s face by giving up a few hours of your time.”

If you want to volunteer contact us at volunteering@nelincs.gov.uk or by phone on 01472 325985.

So, you’d like to volunteer. You’re ready to take the fight against dementia to the next level. But maybe your schedule is constantly changing, or you have a lot on. If so, Side by Side could be just the thing for you.

This fun, friendly, super-flexible volunteering opportunity matches you with someone with dementia so you can help them keep on doing the things they love – and try new things too.

That might be going to a football match. Catching the latest movie. A jog round the park, a splash in the pool, a mooch around the shops, a catch-up over coffee or supporting them to volunteer themselves.

Whatever they would like to do, together you decide where and when. One thing you can be sure of is bringing a lot of joy into someone’s life by empowering them to continue playing an active part in their community.

With someone developing dementia every three minutes, there are nearly 1,000 people waiting for volunteers right now.

Sign up for Side by Side and get ready to make a difference: not only to their lives, but to yours.

Email us at volunteering@nelincs.gov.uk if you are interested in becoming a Side by Side volunteer.

Be prepared for children telling jokes, singing, stories and car games such as I spy!

Are you a qualified driver with a vehicle, aged over 25 and able transport children from new born up to the age of 18 to and from ‘family time’ sessions? (contact with their birth parents/siblings and extended family). This service is for children who are in foster placements or residential care within North East Lincolnshire, it is a role with such an amazing value to the children and families alike.

If you are interested in supporting this fantastic service please email me at volunteering@nelincs.gov.uk and we can begin the communications around the vetting and application process.

Green Futures is a social enterprise scheme based on a 3.5-acre site on Bradley Road in Grimsby.

They maintain a growing space that includes four poly tunnels; and also have a workshop, a wetland, woodland and orchard. They rely on volunteers to help us grow produce and maintain the site all year round, and in turn our volunteers benefit from open spaces, a nurturing growing environment, and companionship in a safe environment.

Volunteers benefit from a friendly, welcoming environment and companionship in a sanctuary in the heart of Grimsby.

Green Futures are looking for green-fingered volunteers, who are looking for great friends and want to enjoy growing and eating good food with roles including: general gardening and horticulture roles, also a lunchtime cook.

So as you can see there are a number of opportunities available for volunteers on site, across general gardening, pruning, woodworking, working on our veg-box scheme, preparing lunches, site maintenance and looking after our woodland.

For information please email sarah@greenfuturesgrimsby.co.uk, telephone 01472 870609 or visit their Facebook page facebook.com/greenfutures

Now, thankfully big emergencies are few and far between and in North East Lincolnshire we have probably had five or so in the last fifteen years. For those directly affected it is probably an irrelevance whether it’s a small or big emergency, one house gutted by fire or a whole street, one property flooded or the whole town, it is devastating either way. For the emergency services and other responding agencies the difference between the two is significant. The bigger the emergency the less resources there are available. Following the massive success of the volunteers used during the National Armed Forces Day celebrations in Cleethorpes we are looking to see how we might be able to draw on the time, wonderful skills and selfless dedication that local, community minded people offer. We would like to look at, and trial, how we can use the team of volunteers to work alongside the Council’s Emergency Link Officers to assist in the vital liaison following an emergency. You will never be put in any danger and you won’t be asked to drive any vehicles with flashing lights and sirens, but you will be able to help in going the extra mile in providing support and assistance to other members of the community at, what can be for some, the very worst time of their life.

If you think that this could be something that you would be interested in supporting and would like to find out more please contact me as directed at the top of the page.

Community transport providers desperately need volunteer car and minibus drivers to help local people with their transport needs. A number of partner organisations are working together to create a voluntary transport scheme that covers the whole of North East Lincolnshire and supports isolated residents or those who are unable to access public transport services.  Humber & Wolds Rural Community Council, Louth Voluntary Car Service, Age UK and Dial A Ride are working together to recruit volunteer drivers, supported by North East Lincolnshire Total Transport Partnership.

If you think that this could be something that you would be interested in supporting and would like to find out more information please contact me as directed at the top of the page.

Ongoing opportunities

Could you support a young person in the local area?

We are looking for someone who can give us their time and life experience as an Appropriate Adult, to support young offenders in police custody.

The role involves supporting a young person in the event that they are detained by the Police, acting as a guiding hand, helping them to understand what they are being told, and making sure that they are treated fairly.

We provide a 7-day-a-week service, and you can sign up to cover shifts during days, evenings or weekends – whatever suits you.

You will receive extensive training and be required to complete a DBS check.

For more information you can view the AA job description (Word document) or contact:

Safeguarding and Youth Offending Service

Telephone: (01472) 325252

Email: YOSAdmin@nelincs.gov.uk

North East Lincolnshire Council is currently looking for mums or grandparents who have successfully breastfed  their babies for at least 6 months to provide information and support to pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers.

Volunteers are being recruited to become Breastfeeding Peer Supporters. All volunteers undergo a security check, have medical clearance, and further training. We currently have a great set of volunteers, who provide support in community venues, family hubs alongside Health Visitor clinics, groups and on the maternity unit wards at Diana Princess of Wales Hospital in Grimsby. They meet regularly, help organise and support promotional events and recruit places to the local Breastfeeding Welcome  Scheme.

About the role

In this role you will make a difference in the lives of children and young people when you teach them how to speak out and stay safe from abuse. Visiting one primary school at a time, you will deliver energetic, enthusiastic presentations that inspire courage and create confidence.

You will:

  • Co-deliver engaging assemblies and workshops to primary aged children
  • Give and take feedback to help keep up high standards
  • Sensitively handle and report any concerns you have about a child

To apply go to the NSPCC website.

More information about the role is in this Role profile (PDF). If you have any questions about the role then please contact the NSPCC on 0121 227 7577 or by email at volunteerrecruitment@nspcc.org.uk.

As a mystery shopper volunteer you will visit community venues to find out what information is available and find out if staff know where to sign post you to if they cannot help. This will enable Healthwatch and you to make changes to how information is given to the general public and you will make recommendations to organisations how things can be done better or share their good practice and achievements. It is a role in which you have an opportunity to help with the health and wellbeing of our people and place.

If you think that this could be something that you would be interested in supporting and would like to find out more information please contact me as directed at the top of the page.

Do you think you could benefit a young person’s life?

We are looking for somebody to become a Referral Order Panel Member for the Youth Offending Service.

You will take part in Referral Order panels which are held for young people aged 10-17, who have been convicted of a criminal offence. Panels are held on a Tuesday at 5:30pm-7:30pm and you will be required to attend one or two a month.

For more information you can view the RP job description (word document) or contact the Youth Offending Service.

Telephone: (01472) 325252

Email: YOSAdmin@nelincs.gov.uk

Have you got spare time on your hands and would like to assist as a Police / Fire Service Volunteer?  We have a wide range of tasks that our volunteers help us with from back office functions to community engagement events. Volunteers assist with a wide range of tasks from back office functions performing administrative tasks, role plays for student officers and call handlers, CCTV, engagement events, maintenance of Police vehicles, fire safety visits and marshalling events.  We try to match peoples skills and abilities with whatever roles we have on offer.

There is no upper age limit so if you are over 16 and want to find out more you can visit our website www.humberside.police.uk and click on the Citizens in Policing link or ring Joy on 01482 220723.

As a community engagement volunteer you will support the Healthwatch staff team at local events, Community venues and GP Surgeries, talking to the local community about their experiences of health and social care services, and handing out information and leaflets promoting the service. if you enjoy meeting people and like a good natter, then this is the volunteer role for you.

Volunteers all undergo DBS checks and must provide references. In return we pay all travel and associated expenses, regular supervision and the opportunity to undertake training.

We welcome Volunteers from all backgrounds and all ages (over 18 yrs) who have good communication and interpersonal skills, are flexible and have an understanding of or personal experience of health and social care services.

If you are interested in supporting this fantastic service please email me at volunteering@nelincs.gov.uk and we can begin the communications around the application process.

As a Volunteer Enter and View Representative you will ‘enter’ publicly funded health and social care settings such as care homes, GP surgeries, Pharmacies etc and, once on site, you will talk to patients, residents, staff, carers and relatives about their experience of the service to find out what is working well or where improvements can be made.

You will also ‘view’ what is going on and write a short review of you findings ready to form the basis of a report compiled by Healthwatch staff.

Volunteers all undergo DBS checks and must provide references. In return we pay all travel and associated expenses, regular supervision and the opportunity to undertake training.

We welcome Volunteers from all backgrounds and all ages (over 18 yrs) who have good communication and interpersonal skills, are flexible and have an understanding of or personal experience of health and social care services.

If you are interested in supporting this fantastic service please email me at volunteering@nelincs.gov.uk  and we can begin the communications around the application process.

Volunteer now

If you are interested in volunteering for any of these roles then email our volunteer coordinator Ross on volunteering@nelincs.gov.uk.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Contact details

Ross Blackwood, Volunteer Coordinator, Municipal Offices, Town Hall Square, Grimsby North East Lincolnshire, DN31 1HU

Email: volunteering@nelincs.gov.uk

Telephone: 01472 325985

Opening times: Monday to Thursday 8:30am to 5pm and Friday 8:30am to 4:30 pm, except bank holidays