Volunteering in Milton Keynes: Could you spare a few hours a week?


Community Action:MK supports charities and community groups with the recruitment of volunteers. This week it focuses on St Mungo’s Broadway.

St Mungo’s has four clear objectives which are at the root of everything it does: to prevent homelessness and the exclusion that embeds it; to alleviate homelessness and exclusion; to assist personalised recovery for homeless and excluded people; to influence policy that affects homeless and excluded people.

Comunity Action:MK is currently looking to expand its team of volunteers and is recruiting in the following areas:

Project Support Volunteers

This is an exciting opportunity to volunteer with young people who are at risk of homelessness, within the residential services St Mungo’s provide across Milton Keynes. As a Project Support Volunteer you will provide advice and support to the young people, help them engage in meaningful activities, volunteer as part of a team who have experience of dealing with clients with complex needs, including substance misuse, mental health, physical and sexual issues. You will be making a valuable contribution to the service, helping them to reduce and prevent homelessness and rough sleeping. Volunteer will need to have the ability to relate to people with drink, drugs and/or mental health issues, and/or those with challenging behaviour, with sensitivity and respect, show commitment, patience and reliability, possess good communication skills and the ability to motivate others, have an awareness of the causes of homelessness and its impact and believe in the potential of others. St Mungo’s would like volunteers to commit to a period of six months. Volunteers can expect regular support, receive training to prepare you to volunteer and also access to additional training and travel expenses are reimbursed.

Gardening Volunteers

Volunteer gardeners are required to share their talent for, or interest in, gardening with the clients of St Mungo’s. You will teach them about gardening and enable them to creatively contribute to the garden in the project where they live, share your passion for growing plants, herbs and vegetables, encourage others to take part and try something new - some of the clients will be beginners and will need your encouragement and to help clients enjoy the activity at their own pace and take pride in their achievements. The volunteers will need plenty of patience, gardening skills and knowledge which they are keen to pass on to others, have good communication skills and the ability to motivate others and a compassion and understanding for vulnerable people at a difficult time in their lives. St Mungo’s would like the volunteers to commit to one session a week for a period of six months.

Want to find out more? Then 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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