North East Lincolnshire Council

Volunteering opportunities

If you’re interested in volunteering for any of the roles below please email me at volunteering@nelincs.gov.uk.

I look forward to hearing from you,

Ross Blackwood,

Volunteer Coordinator

TakePartNEL Role of the Week

Christmas Parade Volunteers

2017 is the first year for our region to hold an Illuminate parade which are held each year at Thanksgiving in America and have more recently been held in the UK at Plymouth and Boston. ‘Transported’ a strategic community-focused programme, who are responsible for Boston’s Illuminate parade are kindly loaning two large Pilgrim Family head lanterns that will form part of our Illuminate parades which will be filled with lanterns made by schools and community groups in the lead up to the events.

The parades will be:

Place – Grimsby Town Centre
Date – 23rd November 2017

Place – Cleethorpes St Peters Church
Date – 1st December 2017

Place – Immingham Civic Centre
Date – 8th December 2017

Volunteers will be helping marshal these visually eye catching processions along the route and may actually be part of the parade by carrying some of the lanterns (Even possibly the eye catching ‘show stopping’ lanterns which are supported via back packs!)…all culminating in each of the Christmas Lights Switch on.

So are you feeling festive and would like to support these family focussed nights? You could do one or all of them…it is up to you!

If you are interested please contact the Volunteer Coordinator, Ross Blackwood.

 

Buddies NEL – The Independent Visitor Scheme

Could you be one of our Buddies to a child in care here in North East Lincolnshire?

Are you passionate about making a difference to the lives of children and young people?

Are you willing to give up some of your time to make a difference to a young person’s life? Do you relate well to children and young people and like a challenge?

North East Lincolnshire Council  are urgently looking for male and female volunteers who can offer 1-1 support to children and young people living in the North East Lincolnshire area.

An Independent Visitor is a volunteer who connects with a child or young person and helps them to develop meaningful, long term relationships with adults. Independent Visitors usually visit a child or young person on a monthly basis and engage them in fun activities that build their confidence and self-esteem whilst acting as a positive adult ‘role model’ for the young person.

You don’t need any special qualifications, but patience, flexibility, determination to make a difference, a non-judgmental attitude and a good sense of humour are essential. You will need to commit a few hours each month for at least 18 months.

In return for your commitment we will give you training, and ongoing support.   Becoming an Independent Visitor can open up new opportunities for employment and is a chance to meet other volunteers, share new experiences and gain new skills.

To register or find out more information view our Independent Visitors scheme page.

November

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.

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.

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.

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.”  Thoughts from Barbara a current Home Library Volunteer.

North East Lincolnshire Council in partnership with Engie are recruiting Home Energy Volunteer Champions to help residents stay warm and well in their homes through practical support and advice.  We will be looking for residents in all wards.

Full training and support will be given.  This is an exciting opportunity to  become an energy champion as long as you have contact with people within their local community either as neighbours, family and friends and/or as a member of a local voluntary group, sports club, faith organisation,

North East Lincolnshire Council in partnership with Engie are particularly keen to recruit Energy champions who come into contact with those residents on low incomes, the elderly, those with young children and/or those living with disabilities or long-term illnesses.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please contact me as directed at the top of the page.

NHS Foundations are an organisation which delivers a whole system approach for drugs and alcohol misuse in North East Lincolnshire. They utilise a local allotment within their programme and are looking for someone with both the time and experience to help maintain it. The allotment is available for all clients of Foundations to come and enjoy the experience of connecting with nature to aid their recovery. We are looking for someone who can give maybe around 4 hours of their time 2 days a week to this fabulous project.

Duties will include maintaining the vegetable plot i.e sowing, planting, digging, weeding. N.B. You will be required to make your own way to and from the allotment (Travel expenses will be reimbursed.)

If you are interested please contact the Volunteer Coordinator, Ross Blackwood.

Ongoing opportunities

North East Lincolnshire Council is currently looking for mums or grandparents who have successfully breastfed  their babies 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. If you think you can spare a little time, typically a few hours each week, then the next volunteer training starts on

Monday 5 June to 17 July 2017, 9.30 pm – 11.30 am covering different topics each week. Please email the address at the top of this page for further information.

Capacity Buildings Ltd, in partnership with VANEL and NELC have acquired and refurbished a beach hut, to be used by community groups, schools and agencies. We are now seeking to recruit a team of volunteers to help us transform it into a seaside heritage museum. Volunteer Heritage Research Assistants will work with local historians, local heritage societies, museums, and community members with an interest in sharing stories and memories and creating new ones.

The role involves researching existing archives and records; organising, conducting and transcribing interviews with members of the public; digitising existing oral history cassette tapes and other recording formats; and collecting and presenting artefacts and memorabilia. There will be plenty opportunity for creativity in the creation of the museum on what is now a blank canvas.

We welcome a variety of skills including methodical research experience, engaging with the public, IT / website knowledge, filming capabilities and presentation / design skills, although enthusiasm for local history / heritage is a must. Volunteers will be able to work flexibly at different times to respond to personal and project availability.

The BCCRP is a group which act as a voice for passengers and communities along the rail corridor whose members include: North & North East Lincolnshire Council, town and parish councils, Train Operators, volunteer groups & organisations and individuals so they can play an active role in the development of their local rail service.

The aim is to create a vibrant and busy train service that links Barton upon Humber to Cleethorpes and its intermediate stations, encouraging people to live in, work in and visit North & North East Lincolnshire.

To help achieve these aims there is a series of events and activities that range from station planting and growing projects, on and off station marketing events which cover everything from Armed Forces Day to Barton Carnival and themed trains i.e. Santa Special with Father Christmas on the train giving out presents.

There are several ways to find out more about what BCCRP and what they do via Facebook, visit their website here.

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 8.30 am to 5 pm and Friday 8.30 am to 4.30 pm except bank holidays