Volunteering

Volunteers make a huge difference to our work. They help us connect with different parts of our community, they help increase the capacity of our services and they make it possible for us to do so much more!
If you’d like to give something back to your community, we would love to hear from you. You can learn new skills and enhance existing ones. We will aim to give you a rewarding volunteering experience with ongoing training and help from a supportive team.
We want volunteers from all parts of our diverse community, and we would particularly welcome the support of volunteers from ethnic minorities that are currently under represented within our team.
Our services drive towards improving later life for the older members of our community but our volunteers can be adults of any age.
This page tells you all about our current volunteering opportunities. If you would like to find out more or just have a general chat about volunteering with us, please email volunteering@bjf.org.uk or call 07770 016978

Healthy Generations

Healthy Generations brings together both young and old, helping people to use digital technology to learn new ways to improve their health and wellbeing, giving them more ways to find information and try new things that can help them enjoy a great quality of life.
During lockdown we continued to deliver our sessions remotely via Zoom and telephone support. Now that restrictions are easing, we are cautiously returning to delivering sessions on our premises and at community venues. Our volunteering roles may now include community based activities.
There are four volunteering roles within Healthy Generations:
  • Zoom Group Co-Host (co-hosting a hobby/interest group, with support)
  • Zoom Group Helper (assisting with online health, wellbeing and social groups)
  • Tech Buddy Helper (helping clients to use their devices to access zoom. This role may be undertaken online or face to face in community settings)
  • Bereavement Zoom Group Helper (assisting with online peer support groups)
Volunteers are welcome to apply for any, or all, of the above roles.
The specific skills needed depend on the role you are interested in, but as an idea you should have as a minimum:
  • Good listening and verbal communication skills
  • Proficient in use of digital technology such as smart phones, tablets and computers
  • Ability to motivate others
  • Patience and understanding
  • Understanding of the benefits of a healthy lifestyle
  • Practical skills for group settings – welcoming partcipants, setting up, tidying away etc.
For further information about volunteering with the Healthy Generations Team please email: Healthy.Generations@bjf.org.uk or call 07930 321841

Digital Friends

Digital technology has transformed our lives and is now central to things such as communications, work, public services, shopping and leisure. 
The Covid lockdown has increased our dependence on the internet and it is more important than ever that everyone has basic digital skills.
We are working with partner organisations to develop an exciting new community based initiative to help older people to use digital technology.
BJF is recruiting volunteers to become Digital Friends, to reach out to people over 55 in Stoke on Trent who may not have friends or family members to offer them digital support.  Digital Friends will help us to run BJF Digital Engagement Events and may also provide one to one support.
Personal experience of using a digital device such as a smartphone, tablet, laptop or computer may be advantageous, but Digital Friends don’t need to be technical experts.  We are looking for people who are good at listening and able to offer friendly and helpful support to someone else who is learning.  Digital Friends will need to have an email address, and some means of accessing the internet.
 
Help us make sure that nobody gets left behind in the digital age.
If you would like to become a Digital Friend, please email volunteering@bjf.org.uk or call 07770 016978

 

Reception Volunteer

As Covid restrictions ease we are working towards the revival of our premises as a community hub for our projects and activities.  We need volunteers to help with reception duties and to help us make our facilities a safe and welcoming environment for everyone.
We are seeking volunteers with good communications skills who can make a regular commitment to helping with reception at our premises, (Parkfield House, Hartshill, ST4 7JL)
Help us make our community hub a great place for all local older people
If you would like to help please email volunteering@bjf.org.uk or call 07770 016978

 


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