Community Support Services has well over 700 volunteers, already active in some capacity, who give their time to make Elmbridge a better place to live.
More volunteers are always required
If you are thinking of volunteering but haven't got the time, think again. You can volunteer for as little as two hours of your time a month. There are opportunities to work inside or out, evenings, weekdays or weekends and you can use your experience and/or gain new skills.
Volunteers can help the whole community, including socially isolated or disabled people, all of whom need support. Volunteering makes a difference to people's lives and as a volunteer; you gain by making new friends and possibly even learning new skills.
Centres for the Community Volunteers
There are seven |Centres for the Community in Elmbridge and volunteers play a huge part in ensuring the centres remain comfortable and welcoming places. We support and help local older and disabled people by offering a range of support services to enable them to remain independent and to stay at home.
Volunteers at our Community Centres can provide support in the following areas:
- Meals on Wheels
- |Tea/coffee bar - Providing refreshments to visitors to the centres.
- |Information desk - Greeting visitors to the centres, taking bookings for lunches and selling a variety of goods, from eggs to greetings cards.
- |Men in Sheds Project - We are looking for volunteers to assist with practical activities such as woodwork
- Garden Maintenance - We are currently planning and designing a new Community Garden, which we hope to have open at |Molesey Centre for the Community by the end of the year. When completed, we will require volunteers to help with the general upkeep of the garden.
- IT support
- Arts and Crafts
- Special events helper
- |Help in the Centre kitchens
- Do you have any special skills? Play musical instrument? Know how to play cards? We'd love to hear from you!
We offer flexible arrangements, if you have a few spare hours a week or every now and again - you can make a real difference.
Meals on Wheels Volunteering
|The Meals-on-Wheels Service delivers about 1,200 meals a week to older vulnerable and disabled people in the community. The meals are delivered by |dedicated volunteers who really make a difference to the lives of others. A mileage rate is paid to cover petrol costs. Each round takes approximately 1 to 2 hours at weekends and approximately 1½ hours on weekdays. Meals on Wheels is more than delivering a hot meal, it can provide the only contact with the outside world the recipient has during the day. Our research has shown that our clients highly value this service. Even if you cannot drive, we are always looking for |escorts to assist the drivers with the delivery of the meals.
Elmbridge Volunteer Champion
The Worshipful the Mayor of Elmbridge, Councillor Jan Fuller supported a Meals on Wheels volunteer in June 2015 with delivering meals in the borough. The Mayor is the Volunteer Champion and actively promotes the need for more volunteers to provide the vital services delivered by Community Support Services.
What can you expect from us?
We will offer you an informal interview at the centre you are likely to be volunteering at, support to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service application form, an induction and ongoing support. Come and be part of a team and your local community where you can make a difference. Please take a look at our |brochure for more information.
Relief Carers Scheme
|The Relief Carers Scheme supports people suffering from Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia. We are looking for volunteers who may consider helping in one of our Specialist Day Care Groups working with trained staff.
Are you a voluntary organisation?
The |Voluntary Sector Support Office would like to hear from you if you run a voluntary organisation in Elmbridge. This also includes voluntary |directory of all the voluntary organisations operating in Elmbridge organisations who may be based outside Elmbridge but support people in the borough. The VSSO has also compiled a so please make sure your organisation is included.