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Whether you wish to volunteer on a regular or ad hoc basis there is something for everyone.

> Salvation Army - Soup and Sweet Volunteer

The Salvation Army is a Christian church and registered charity, working in 126 countries worldwide, that offers support, friendship and practical help to people of all ages, backgrounds and needs. They are currently looking for volunteers to help on Fridays for their “soup and sweet” from 11.00 am - 1.30 pm which is a free weekly service for homeless people and anyone else who is on a low income. They would like people who are willing to help prepare and serve food and to wash and dry up. A cook would also be great as the present cook is elderly and gets very tired.

> Winter Night Shelter - Winter Night Shelter Volunteers

This is the fourth year that the Winter Night Shelter project has operated in Milton Keynes. Following a very successful project last winter they are again offering a hot meal and a bed for the night to street homeless people during the harshest of the winter months. The shelter will run from December - March through a partnership with local churches and voluntary and statutory organisations. The project cannot run without the kind and generous support of many volunteers helping to prepare the venue, cooking and serving food or engaging with guests through conversation, games or quizzes. Some volunteers stay overnight and others arrive first thing to serve breakfast and help clear up. Volunteers find the tasks rewarding and inspiring as they seek to help move guests into accommodation and work.

> Milton Keynes Equality Council - Exhibition Volunteers

Milton Keynes Equality Council are looking for a bank of individuals who are passionate about equality and diversity and want to share that passion. Individuals will need to be willing to volunteer when required for a few hours on an exhibition stand talking to people about what the Equality Council is and what services they deliver. The role will be sporadic and you may only be required a couple of times per year, however you will be given full training as well as invites to all of their events.

> The Food Bank - Events Coordinator/PA

This is a great opportunity for an enthusiastic person who wants to make a real difference in their community. The Food Bank are looking for an Events Coordinator/PA to run their supermarket collections, Quiz Nights and other events and support the Business Partnership Manager in their role. It will involve communications with volunteers and supporters, organising schedules and doing mailshots. You will need good working knowledge of Outlook, Excel and Word and have good written communication & organisational skills.

This is a great team and they have a lot of laughs together and enjoy what they do. This role takes place in an office within a warehouse and they have lots of friendly volunteers popping in and out. It can get a little cold though so you would need a thick jumper in winter. Ideally The Food Bank would like a volunteer who could come in two mornings/afternoons a week, evenly spread e.g. 10 - 12pm on Tuesday and 2 - 4pm on a Friday, but they are flexible.

> NAOPV (Woodhill Branch) - Prison Visitor

Prison visitors at HMP Woodhill are individuals who volunteer through the Chaplaincy and visit offenders, who do not receive visitors. Volunteers represent the outside world, offer friendship and acceptance and demonstrate to the offender that they are not forgotten. Many volunteers remark that prison visiting is among the most worthwhile and satisfying thing they have done. Full training and support is provided. The full recruitment process can take approximately 6 months but it is well worth it.

> Carers MK - Volunteer Driver Heroes

Have you ever wanted to do something that would really make a difference to the community? Carers, MK is looking for Volunteer Driver Heroes to support a new driving project aimed at helping families in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire and beyond. They are currently recruiting new drivers to be a part of a great team. They are looking for drivers who are able to commit at least a few hours over 1 - 2 days per week for a minimum of 6 months to transport families to their appointments. Their aim is to match each driver to a family or client to transport them to their location safely. Full training and support will be provided as will out of pocket expenses and your car will be valeted once every eight weeks. All volunteers will need a full clean driving licence, access to a 4 door car and car insurance. Prior to commencing volunteering all volunteers will need to be DBS checked. If you are looking to gain valuable experience to help towards a career in social work, learn and develop new skills or simply have free time to help others going through a difficult period in their lives then this role could be for you!

Want to find out more? Contact Debbie and Shona at Community Action: MK on 01908 661623 or email volunteering@communityactionmk.org to register your details.

Alternatively, to find out more about other opportunities within the Milton Keynes area come along to our weekly drop in session on a Thursday at Acorn House from 10 am - 12 noon or log onto the National Database of Voluntary Opportunities www.do-it.org

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