Give a little, gain a lot

Have you ever thought about volunteering, but never found the right time to start? With January being the season of New Year’s resolutions, make volunteering a plan you stick to this year.

The Community Support Services team at Elmbridge Borough Council are currently looking for volunteers to support the memory loss groups across the Centres for the Community. The Relief Carers scheme offers a range of support and respite services for carers and people living with memory loss. This volunteering role would suit someone with a patient and understanding outlook, who enjoys meeting new people. Training is provided, and volunteers would be working alongside specialist dementia staff.

If volunteering for a memory loss group isn’t what you’re looking for, the Centres have a variety of flexible roles that can work around your schedule. Opportunities range from volunteering in the tea bar, providing arts and crafts support, to delivering meals as part of the Meals on Wheels service. Each week volunteer drivers deliver almost 1,000 meals across the Borough to older and vulnerable residents. A single delivery round takes approximately 1 to 2 hours at weekends and approximately 1 and a half hours on weekdays. Sometimes this support provides the only contact with the outside world the recipient has during the day.

Councillor Mrs Ruth Lyon the Portfolio Holder for Social Affairs commented: “We are so grateful to the volunteers that dedicate their time each week to supporting the local community. Every person plays a fundamental role in keeping our services running. If you’re thinking of volunteering, make 2018 the year you join our team”.

To find a volunteering opportunity that suits you, please visit out volunteering webpages, or alternatively speak to the Voluntary Support and Services Manager on 01372 474 552.

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