Volunteering

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Volunteer!!

WHY VOLUNTEER?

  • Meet new people and help them
  • Experience work in the voluntary sector
  • Learn new skills
  • Learn about epilepsy and associated conditions
  • Enable and empower individuals
  • Opportunity for self-development and on-going training
  • Add to your CV
  • Enjoy and have fun

WHAT IS INVOLVED?

We are looking for volunteers for a wide range of activities, in all parts of Wales.  Some volunteering may involve telephone work, some maybe computer based or involves driving – whatever skill or opportunity you can offer we would love to talk to you.

You will be assigned a co-ordinator or field worker who will be available to support you and answer any questions or put to rest any worries you may have.

Epilepsy Wales is committed to equal opportunities for everyone.  We actively welcome volunteers of all ages, from a wide variety of backgrounds.  We welcome a person with epilepsy, someone who knows nothing about epilepsy, but is interested in learning more and giving a little time

VOLUNTEERING ROLES

Epilepsy Wales provides a generic service i.e. we work with adults and younger people, children and parents, adolescents and older people. Our work takes us into people’s homes, clinics, schools and universities and places of recreation and employment.

Volunteers in all areas require Criminal Record Bureau (CRB) checks as we deal with vulnerable people.

WHAT OUR VOLUNTEERS DO

The following is just a taster of what our volunteers can offer. The list is by no means exhaustive – what can you offer?

Befriending Projects

Whatever fits your lifestyle and timetable – we could match you to people with similar interests.  You would be assigned to individual/s to befriend – and if it “clicks” you could

  • Accompany them to a social outing e.g. to shops, cinema, pub etc
  • Enjoy a coffee
  • Provide a listening ear

The possibilities are endless – it would be up to you and your assigned friend.

Helpline

After completing a short training course you could volunteer to take the Epilepsy Wales Helpline.  This may involve:

  • Taking calls from members of the public who may have epilepsy
  • Calls from family/friends who need information on epilepsy
  • Taking referrals from other agencies and organisations
  • Taking requests for training

You would be trained on all non-medical aspects of epilepsy.

Promoting Epilepsy Awareness

Epilepsy Wales is committed to raising the awareness of epilepsy and organises many events during the year.  You could be involved in:

  • Delivering leaflets and posters to various settings e.g. GP surgeries, libraries etc.
  • Attending Awareness Days in various locations e.g. supermarkets, schools, charity fairs, carnivals, fayres etc.

Public Speaking

  • Attend conferences and information days giving information in epilepsy either as a person with epilepsy or significant other
  • Assist staff members in training sessions

Administrators

Administrators ensure that Epilepsy Wales runs smoothly. There are many different administrative roles – we can match your skills and time available to our needs. Tasks may include:

  • Using word processing packages
  • Photocopying
  • Help collate information and send out
  • Helping to arrange events
  • Taking notes and minutes at meetings
  • Book keeping duties

IT Support Co-ordinators

Epilepsy Wales is increasingly taking advantage of developments in IT. As an IT support volunteer you may be involved in a variety of areas, depending on your skills and the time you have available.  For example:

  • Designing spreadsheets, databases and websites
  • Updating/maintaining the Epilepsy Wales web site
  • Troubleshooting hardware and software problems
  • Designing leaflets
  • Training Epilepsy Wales staff and volunteers in IT

Trustee Board Members

Epilepsy Wales is a registered charity, governed by their own Board of Trustees, who are ultimately responsible for the quality and range of the service.  We welcome new trustees and new ideas.

Epilepsy Wales values all volunteers. They are issued with identity badges and introductory packs. We offer in-house and external training, support, supervision and opportunities for personal development.

WHAT NEXT?

E-mail us, drop us a line, or pick up a telephone and we will explain further what we can offer. You will be sent an introductory pack and application form.

Volunteer Guidelines are available on request. Please write to:

Epilepsy Wales
Bradbury House
23 Salisbury Road
Wrexham LL13 7AS

or telephone

0800 228 9016

or send an email to:

[email protected]

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