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 Elaine 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 H&F Community Rehabilitation Team. Volunteers will provide short term support (up to 9 weeks) to older people after discharge from the Community Rehabilitation Team. 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 for a chat, accompany them out for a walk or help them reach a goal within their home.
"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 cness@creightonhouse.
org or download the Keep Active volunteer application pack here.
Volunteering with Safer Homes
Safer Homes helps elderly people and those with a disability to continue to live independently in their own homes by carrying out practical work to improve security and reduce the risk of home accidents.
Our volunteers visit clients in their homes and carry out home safety, home security and fire safety assessments. They carry out simple, but essential, practical tasks like changing light bulbs and testing smoke alarms and them complete a report so that our handyman can return and complete work like fitting new locks and re-routing trailing wires to remove a trip hazard. This work requires volunteers to have the ability to offer practical advice to our clients and provide some social interaction with people who might be vulnerable and suffering from social isolation. Full training will be given.
We also have volunteers who telephone clients who have had work completed by Safer Homes to talk to them about their experience of using the project.
Volunteers should be available for 1 -2 hours each week, during the day.
Volunteering with Young People with Learning Disabilities
Young people with learning disabilities face a variety of barriers in everyday life which can prevent them from fulfilling their true potential. This is where a mentor can help, working closely with an individual 'mentee' to help them to achieve their personal goals. Whether it's being able to travel independently around London, getting a job, managing money or building confidence, mentors can make a real difference to the lives of their mentees. We recruit and provide accredited training to volunteers who become mentors to young people with learning disabilities between the ages of 16-25. We particularly work with young people who are isolated, lacking in other services or who may be in a time of transition.
"I would recommend being a mentor to anyone. not only can you make a real difference in a young 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 young people 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 young person.
If you would like to volunteer as a mentor to a young 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.