Do you have some time to spare and would you like to join the Project as a volunteer helper?
Most of the people that work at the Project are volunteers, if you are over 16 years of age, you can be one as well. There are lots of different ways that volunteers can be involved, these include:
- van crew,
- office work,
- warehouse work,
- customer care,
- sales (The Warehouse and The Shop),
- database input,
- Management Committee Member (elected).
We are totally dependant on volunteers and anyone can join us. All that is required is the willingness and commitment to give at least 2 hours of your time.
In return we will give you an opportunity to develop your skills, increaseing your self-confidence, improving your computer skills, and helping you to effectively deal with people.
What we can give obviously depends on the sort of person that you are and the skills that you already have. We will providetraining where possible and appropriate, and you will have the satisfaction of contributing to the wider community.
If you wish to get back into full-time employment we will be able to give you work-related skills and an up-to-date reference.
Appropriate training and assessments are essential before volunteers are expected lift heavy items or to drive the Project's van.
Drivers must already have passed their car test, be over the age of 25 years and be competent to drive Groups B + C1 vehicles. Due to insurer's requirements, all volunteer drivers must have a clean licence.
All the Project asks from volunteers is that they are reliable, flexible, and polite to the customers.
The Project has all sorts of work to do and is usually able to find something that volunteers are comfortable with.
This is what some of our volunteers have said about their experience with us:
"I like to meet new people and have made new friends as well as learning new skills and techniques.
While I have been at the Project I have increased my job potential. All the volunteers are friendly
and I like to get off my backside and help the people in the Melton community."
"As I am a full time foster carer volunteering gives me the opportunity
to keep active and useful when the children at school."
"Volunteering makes me feel that I am doing my part for the community.
It has helped me to improve my confidence and move forward. Not
being in work for a while I felt that it would be impossible to find
a job but volunteering has given me my confidence back."
"Not only is it a good way to make new friends and learn new skills it also
looks good on your CV and gets you back into the routine of work."
"You are not judged by your circumstances but by your abilities to
do the job, everyone is welcome and made to feel at home."
"It helps me to be able to sell furniture, to meet people, to be responsible and
to be trusted to do my job when lifting and helping move furniture in the
warehouse and it also gives me the skills to help people with disabilities."
"Volunteering at the Furniture project has helped me in many ways, I have enhanced
my original skills and developed some new ones. I have become more confident
with people, I am more brash and outspoken than I used to be. I hope it will
eventually help me to find full time employment."
"I would advise anyone to come and volunteer."
"Working at the Furniture Project has given me a sense of purpose. It has enabled me to get out
of the house and do something useful for the community. I have also benefited personally
from working at the Project, I have gained new skills, met some interesting people and
increased my confidence levels in dealing with donors."
"Since becoming a volunteer I have learnt a lot of important things like self-confidence, computer
skills, and work-related skills. But most of all I feel wanted again, not just a number."
"Being a volunteer is fun - try it."
Here's what you need to do, to become a member of our volunteer team.
We actively encourage equal opportunities. Interested? Then please call in or telephone the Project during office hours and ask for Angela Dawson (Project Manager) or Matthew Smalley (Trainer) to discuss what you could do to help us.
Or you can write to us at our address, including your name, address and a contact telephone number.
We will take you on a tour of the Project and answer any questions that you may have. You will wherever possible be given tasks in line with your preferences, abilities, and needs. We want all people, whatever your gender, ethnic background or mental and physical ability.
We look forward to hearing from you.
The Melton And District Furniture Project is a signed up participant to the government "Skills Pledge" training scheme.
You can click on the link "Skills Pledge" or click here.
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