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- Volunteering – A Personal Perspective
Here at Alexander Devine Children's Hospice Service we need volunteers to help us with a range of varied and exciting projects.
We would love you to come and help us develop Berkshire's very own Children's Hospice Service - please come and join our team and make something meaningful happen for the children and families of Berkshire.
It could be a one-off project you help us with that takes a couple of hours, or it could be a regular task that sees you helping out on a weekly basis.
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Can You Help Us?
• Local fundraising events – come and join us by helping out at a village fair, quiz night or sporting event. Or perhaps you think you could organise your own fundraising event at your local school, church or library?
• Collection boxes – many local shops, restaurants and clubs keep our collection boxes by their till and this raises an enormous amount of money for the charity each year. Boxes often need dropping off – and then collecting when full, and we are always on the look-out for new places to put our boxes.
Could you either help with the odd drop-off or pick-up of a collection box by liaising with our office manager? Or perhaps you could manage 10 boxes at any time by securing new places to put them, dropping them off and then bringing them back to the office when they are full?
• Perhaps you would like to join our established Maidenhead Fundraising group and make some new friends? Or maybe you have the organisation and persuasive skills to start up your own local Fundraising Group – it could be a couple of people arranging a couple of events in a year, or it could be larger with numerous events – we are really keen to have fundraising groups in every town across Berkshire. It's a Big Challenge – do you think you can rise to it and really make a difference for a local charity?
• Office support – are you able to come into our office to help with general admin, HR, research, sourcing raffle prizes or database entry? It's a great way to brush up on your office skills if you've been out of the workplace for a while and will look fantastic on your cv.
• We also need people to host monthly coffee mornings for our volunteers – are you a hostess with the mostess?!
• Come and join a small, friendly charity that is supported widely throughout the local community and help us make a big difference
If this sounds interesting you can contact our Volunteer Coordinator by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on: 0845 055 8276 and come in for a chat. If you've got the time, our arms are wide open to welcome you into the Alexander Devine family!
Volunteering – A Personal Perspective from Helen Johnson, Chair of the Maidenhead Fundraising Group
Volunteering, what does that mean to most people? Being asked to do something or help someone who is trying to raise money for a charity when perhaps your initial reaction is that you don't really want to make that kind of commitment....
My advice would be "give it a go" and I'm sure you will surprise yourself when you realise just how much you enjoy it, and what benefits it can bring. I have spent 30 years as a volunteer for two local charities, the second of which is Alexander Devine Children's Hospice Service. I have been working with Alexander Devine for the past 3 years, after being inspired by a talk by the charity's co-Founder, Fiona Devine. A volunteer needs to feel passionate about the charity it is supporting and I believe totally in Alexander Devine's aims and goals and know that they will be achieved and realised, and I have total confidence in Fiona and her team. It is wonderful knowing that we are part of making something very special happen for families with children with life-limiting conditions in Berkshire.
Volunteering can take many forms, from having a coffee morning to running an event and there are hundreds of possibilities in between. For most charities, if you are happy to just give your name to be added to a volunteer database, this is sufficient. You will then be contacted as help is needed, whether it is to help on a stall at a fete, or to be part of a collection day team at a supermarket, or perhaps you might be called on to help send out a mailing from the head office – the tasks are always many and varied!
My own experience as a volunteer started in this way, helping out at a jumble sale and then manning a stall at a fair. Volunteering for the same charity means that over the months and years you get to know the other volunteers really well and friendships form. You encourage each other to take on more responsibility knowing that you have the backing of other people so it is not daunting.
Volunteering can take up as much or as little time as you want to give. The rewards are great because every pound you help raise takes the charity nearer to its goal. At Alexander Devine Children's Hospice Service, I am well supported and feel I am a valued member of the team. Why not take the plunge and join us?
If you would like to contact me personally to talk about it first, you are welcome to telephone me on 01628 631575 or you can email me at email@example.com. Otherwise, you can contact Alexander Devine directly on 0845 055 8276, or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org. We also have fundraising groups in Wokingham and Earley. Clare Dando is Chair of Wokingham Fundraising Group – email@example.com and David & Julia Eversham are Chairs of Earley Fundraising Group – firstname.lastname@example.org
I look forward to welcoming you to our team!