Volunteer with Us

Volunteers are an integral part of Connection Support, offering their time to support vulnerable clients from all backgrounds, who may be experiencing various difficulties in their lives.

Not everyone has someone to turn to in a crisis, someone to see the positive in a difficult situation, or to lend a hand. Connection volunteers help fill those gaps and, in doing so, often make a lasting difference to another person’s life.

We have a variety of volunteer roles available which are flexible. Here are a few specific roles we are currently seeking volunteers for:

Volunteer Mental Health Buddy – Oxfordshire

Location: Oxfordshire (various)

Hours/Days: Flexible to fit around you. Ideally a Buddy will meet with a service user on a weekly basis for 2 – 3 hours.

Start Date: Ideally February 2018.

The Role:

To encourage and support clients on a one-to-one basis as a well-being buddy to participate in social and meaningful activities in order to promote better health and well-being.

        • Out of pocket expenses will be reimbursed.
        • No previous experience necessary. However, the role would suit someone who is friendly and flexible and who can respect the needs of our service users.
        • Some basic IT skills would be helpful as you will assist clients to research activities.
        • Access to own transport may be required depending on location.
        • Volunteers will be required to apply for a DBS (paid for by Connection Support).
        • Induction provided as well as online safeguarding training.
        • Training will be learning on the job.

For More Information

Please contact Angela via volunteers@connectionsupport.org.uk or call/text her on 07799 110037.

Deadline for applications/shows of interest: Open-ended

Volunteer Support Worker – Drop-In Service, Oxfordshire

Locations: Banbury & Bicester

Hours/Days: 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Wednesdays & Fridays (Bicester), 10:30 to 12:00p.m. Mondays & Wednesdays (Banbury)

Start Date: As soon as possible and open-ended although would be happy to consider a volunteer with time restraints looking for flexibility.

The Role:

To assist the Support Worker on duty with setting up accounts and emails for Universal Credit, completing forms, writing letters and telephone calls.

          • Out of pocket expenses will be reimbursed.
          • No previous experience necessary, however, an interest in housing and the benefits system could be useful.
          • Some basic computer and online skills would be helpful.
          • Volunteers will be required to apply for a DBS.
          • Training will be learning on the job with some online safeguarding training.

For More Information

Please contact Angela via volunteers@connectionsupport.org.uk or call/text her on 07799 110037.

Deadline for applications/shows of interest: 31st January 2018

Knowing you have helped someone is an amazing feeling, but there is so much more to gain. New friends, new skills and experience, and confidence, to name but a few!

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There’s no ‘one size fits all’ when it comes to volunteering with us

Whether you want to gain experience to move into a career in the social support sector, fill up your spare time, or simply make a difference; we would love to hear from you.

Volunteering with Connection offers many exciting opportunities. There is no typical volunteer, we believe that everyone has something valuable to offer. Whether your skills are practical, admin, language based or people-centred, we can find a role to suit you.

We aim to be flexible around the hours and days of volunteering. Every hour is precious and every hour is appreciated.

Volunteers are valued members of the team and as such receive support and training and are paid out of pocket expenses, including a generous mileage allowance. We are seeking volunteers in Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire.

You may be seeking a placement as part of your social care degree, retired with valuable knowledge to pass on, willing to give basic cooking lessons, a Mum who would like to help during school time, provide practical help to someone less able or moral support to someone in need. 

For more information or to simply have a chat about what we do, please get in touch:

Email: volunteers@connectionsupport.org.uk

Tel: 01865 711267 for Oxfordshire

Tel: 01296 484322 for Buckinghamshire

Our volunteering team will help you every step of the way, and your local Volunteer Co-ordinator will make sure you’re happy and comfortable in your new role.

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