Volunteer to help out worthy city causes

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Volunteering is a great way to gain new skills or use the skills knowledge you already have. Here are this weeks opportunities.

MIND BLMK - Trustee Board Director: Mind BLMK provides support services for clients experiencing mental health problems. Services include counselling, information, sport and exercise, crafts and relaxation, individual community support and 1:1 support. Mind BLMK also campaign for improvements within mental health e.g. against mental health discrimination.

The Trustee Board is a small decision-making group requiring a general contribution from each of its members across the wide range of matters discussed.

The responsibility of the Board is to develop strategy and broad policy directions, monitor and review the implementation of these by the CEO and the executive team ensure compliance to statutory obligations affecting both limited companies and charities and to ensure the vision and values of Mind BLMK are sustained throughout the organisation.

The Board should have knowledge of management accounts and budgets, staff management, organisation development, performance evaluation and auditing and business planning and marketing.

Volunteers need to be at least 18 years old, complete an application form and submit a CV, attend a short interview for selection, provide two satisfactory references and successfully complete the Induction Training.

Safety Centre - Tour Guides: The Safety Centre aims to teach children in an interactive ‘hands-on’ way the important safety messages for the rest of their lives.

The Centre needs volunteers to guide small groups of children around 12 life-sized scenarios at their premises on Kiln Farm. You only need a minimum of three hours a week during the daytime and occasional evenings.

The Childrens Society - General Assistants: The Childrens Society helps some of the most vulnerable children in England, many of whom have nowhere else to turn. They are looking for volunteers to support them in their eBay operations which receives large volumes of high value, niche or collectable stock. The key objective is to assist in various areas of the operation in order to increase the quantity of stock that is listed every week.

Tasks involve receiving, checking and sorting incoming pallets, safely storing the stock in the industrial unit, completing a ‘goods in’ form, listing the description, quantity and condition of the incoming stock, inspecting stock and reporting on its condition and to pick and pack sold items prior to despatch.

Volunteers need to be computer literate with knowledge of online marketplaces such as eBay or Amazon and also have strong communication skills.

Volunteers will be based in either the office or the light industrial unit at Deebies, Barton Road, Bletchley.

To register contact Debbie or Shona on 01908 661623, debbie@communityactionmk.org or shona@communityactionmk.org, visit the drop in session on a Thursday at Acorn House from 10am to 12pm or visit www.do-it.org