Every month we pick the cream of the county’s volunteering opportunities:

Swan Credit Union

Volunteer role title: Drop-in Service Volunteer

Aim of Role: To help staff a new drop-in centre for 2 hours per week in Aylesbury. We need to find 3 or 4 volunteers to staff this on a rotating basis.

What makes this an exciting and rewarding opportunity? : A great chance to help our members and prospective new members with advice and learn about credit unions and dealing with people. Training will be provided.

We typically operate as a virtual organisation by telephone or via our website, but some members and prospective members prefer face to face contact. We  have a weekly drop-in in Milton Keynes for this purpose, staffed by trained volunteers. We would like to extend this facility to Aylesbury Town centre.

Main tasks: The tasks of the volunteers vary depending on demand. Sometimes it is explanations of how we operate, reassurance about the organisation, sometimes help with completing the forms, and or getting the documents through to our back office.

Website:  www.swancreditunion.org.uk

Location: Aylesbury

Time Commitment: 2-3 hours at a fixed time every 2 or 3 weeks.

Contact Name: Diane Butler

Contact e-mail:  dbutler@swancreditunion.org.uk

Contact Telephone Number: 07443 926683

Bipolar UK

Volunteer role title: Support Group Co-Facilitator

Aim of Role:  To ensure people attending High Wycombe Bipolar Support Group can share their experiences and support each other, by enabling and encouraging discussion.

What makes this an exciting and rewarding opportunity? :

Using your personal experience of life with bipolar, your empathy and listening skills, you will help to create a safe space where people can feel accepted and understood. You will develop your confidence and skills and make a real difference to someone who might be isolated or struggling. You may have a diagnosis of bipolar, or be a family member of someone with bipolar.

Main tasks:

  • Supporting and co-facilitating a monthly meeting.
  • Regular attendance at the group.
  • Ensuring group paperwork is up to date.
  • Attending annual co-facilitator training.
  • Communicating regularly with Bipolar UK staff.

Website: www.bipolaruk.org

Location: Oakley Hall, High Wycombe

Time Commitment: Monthly meeting, 1.30 to 3.00pm, 3rd Wednesday of each month. Around 1 hour per month managing emails to the group and Bipolar UK.

Contact Name: Group development

Contact e-mail:  groupdevelopment@bipolaruk.org

Contact telephone number: 0333 323 3885

The Shaw Mind Foundation

Volunteer role title: Charity Box Co-ordinator

Aim of Role:  Collect charity money boxes to aid those suffering with mental health.

What makes this an exciting and rewarding opportunity? :

Enjoy a role where you meet new people A flexible role which will fit around your activities

You will be provided with telephone training and will join our ever-increasing team of people who donate their time, skills and enthusiasm to support people living with a mental illness and their families.

Main tasks: Look after collection tins and boxes placed in shops and businesses around the UK. This is a flexible location volunteer role.

Website:  www.shawmindfoundation.org

Location: UK wide

Time Commitment: Flexible to suit individual volunteer.

Contact Name: Natalie Beggs

Contact e-mail:  natalie.beggs@shawmindfoundation.org