See our Volunteers Week 2020 THANK YOU VIDEO to our wonderful volunteers here:
Volunteers are crucial to BCH - without their skills, enthusiasm and commitment, we simply couldn't do the work we do.
Volunteers at BCH work with older people, young people with learning disabilities, and in our community centre.
Volunteering with Older People
There are many older people in Hammersmith & Fulham who experience social isolation through circumstances beyond their control - due to the death of friends or family, ill health and disability, or family moving away from the area. By volunteering with us you can enable isolated older people to renew social contact and access the things in life which we all need to stay happy - friendship, new opportunities, new learning, access to transport, access to better leisure, health and care services.
Volunteers help isolated older people through a range of support such as: daily telephone befriending to check people are safe and well; befriending an isolated person in their own home; providing companionship and support to someone who has just come home from hospital; or accompanying someone outdoors to assist them to remain independent in the community, and avoid becoming housebound.
"I'm happy to do a service that benefits people in the community who are vulnerable. I also enjoy meeting Alan. He has the opportunity to walk outside when I'm with him, which he could not do by himself due to a stroke he suffered 2 years ago."
Volunteer John, 2013
Volunteers should be available for 1-2 hours each week, preferably on weekdays, during the day.
If you would like to volunteer as a befriender on any of the above projects, contact Jelena on 02073859689 and press 1 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Download the Homeline volunteer application pack here.
Volunteering with Keep Active
Keep Active is a volunteer delivered project in partnership with the Community Independence Service (CIS) in Hammersmith and Fulham, Westminster and Kensington & Chelsea. Volunteers will provide short term support (usually 9 weeks) to older people after discharge from the CIS. Volunteer support helps keep older people physically active and independent; and aims to build confidence so older people can remain engaged with their local community. Volunteers visit an older person to help them with indoor exercises, outdoor walking practise or to reach a goal within their home. We need volunteers in H&F, Westminster and K&C.
"As well as my walking improving after my volunter visits , I have achieved a lot of confidence and know that gives me independence. Thank you" Keep Active Client David April 2015
Volunteers should be available for 2-3 hours each week, preferably on weekdays, during the day.
If you would like to volunteer with Keep Active, contact mghandi@creightonhouse.
org or download the Keep Active volunteer application pack here.
Volunteering with Learning Disabled People
People with learning disabilities face a variety of barriers in everyday life which can prevent them from fulfilling their true potential. Developing personal goals, learning to make choices in life and even moderate social outlets are things that many people take for granted but for a person with learning disabilities they can seem like difficult things to achieve. A mentor can help by working closely with an individual 'mentee' to help them achieve their personal goals. Whether it's being able to travel independently, find work, manage money or build confidence, mentors can make a real difference to the lives of their mentees. We recruit and provide training to volunteers who become mentors to people with learning disabilities in the Hammersmith and Fulham area.
"I would recommend being a mentor to anyone, not only can you make a real difference in a person's life, but you will make a difference in your own life as well. I really only need three letters to describe mentoring: fun."
Mentors and mentees meet once every fortnight for a few hours. This can take place in the evenings or at weekends - it's flexible and is up to the mentor and the mentee.
If you would like to volunteer as a mentor to a person with learning disabilities, contact email@example.com.
Download the volunteer mentor application pack here.
Volunteer on Community Centre Reception
The BCH community centre is a very friendly space with lots of groups and clubs meeting at different times of the day. Volunteers help and support the Centre Co-ordinator, running the reception area, dealing with telephone enquiries, room bookings and providing support to people who come into the reception.
Volunteers should be available for three hours each week, either morning or afternoon slots, Mon-Fri.
If you would like to volunteer on our reception, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteering with Safer Homes
Safer Homes is a project run by Bishop Creighton House to help families make their homes safer and reduce the risk of their children having an accident at home. We carry out an assessment, offer advice and provide and fit necessary safety equipment free of charge for eligible families living in H&F.
We are looking for volunteers who are friendly, observant and with a keen interest in helping families with young children. Our volunteers need to be happy to work on their own although support is provided by our home safety advisor. Assessments are carried out by video link and are arranged at a time to suit both the families we are supporting and our volunteers. Our volunteers will identify possible safety risks to children within the home, provide advice about how to reduce those risks and then recommend which child safety equipment would be of benefit to the family. This equipment is then fitted by our handyperson. This volunteering opportunity could provide valuable and rewarding experience for those wishing to pursue a career in child or social care.
All necessary training given although some previous experience of looking after young children is required.
Volunteers should be available for 1 or 2 hours per week.