Volunteering Expo – Exhibitors announced!

We are delighted to announce the following organisations will be exhibiting during the Volunteering Expo on 29th September, 10 am – 2 pm.

Acts Trust – aiming to eliminate poverty in Lincoln, Acts Trust have a variety of projects including the Lincoln foodbank, youth work and other social action programmes. Volunteering opportunities include: warehousing, van driving, social groups, youth work, befriending and mentoring.

Assist – local charity providing support for people with mental health needs, loneliness or struggling with life issues and working with people with dementia and their loved ones. Volunteering roles involve befriending and one to one visiting.

Carers FIRST – supporting over 23,500 carers of all ages and their families, providing emotional and practical support, advice, information and guidance. Opportunities include telephone befriending, admin support, support group volunteer, event representation and becoming a Carer Champion.

Cats Protection – helping around 200,000 cats and kittens every year thanks to the network of over 250 volunteer-run fundraising branches and 36 centres. Volunteer roles range from fundraising to fostering.

Children’s Comfort Bags – a new initiative created by the hospital chaplain to provide bereaved or soon to be bereaved children with mementos, books, craft items and toys to support them through this difficult time. Revd. Pamela Beattie will be on hand to discuss how you can support the scheme and talk about other volunteering opportunities at the hospital.

Healthwatch Lincolnshire – gathering information from people who use health and social care services in Lincolnshire, using data anonymously to influence improvements across health and social care. Volunteers are required to engage with local people, complete mystery shopping, and provide admin support with roles created around the skills of the volunteers.

Lincolnshire Action Trust - established in 2000, LAT work with a variety of agencies within the criminal justice system to reduce re-offending by working with offenders. The charity offers a range of training opportunities and employment support to prepare people for their release. Volunteering opportunities include: working 1 to 1 with offenders to aid their resettlement into the community, working in visits centres and prisons to accommodate families and children of prisoners, and assisting release support staff to ensure adequate support is provided to prisoners on their release.

Lincolnshire Wolds RDA – riding for the disabled, provides opportunities for individuals to learn more about horses, caring for them as well as riding and carriage driving. There are lots of great volunteering opportunities to work with horses and people.

LIVES – are a charity with over 700 volunteers who provide essential emergency medical care before an ambulance arrives. Opportunities include becoming a Lives responder and fundraising.

Lymphoma Action – the UKs only charity dedicated to lymphoma. The charity drives improvements in diagnosis, treatment and aftercare of lymphoma. Volunteering opportunities include helping to inform, support and connect people affected by lymphoma; raising awareness as an ambassador; buddying; reviewing publications; fundraising; coordinating a support group or facilitating workshops. All roles are very flexible and can be in local community or completed from home.

Mind – the mental health charity supports and empowers people with mental health needs. Opportunities include fundraising, volunteering in a Mind shop, improving mental health information and supporting story sharing online.

Say Hello – aiming to reduce social isolation in Lincolnshire, Say Hello provides funding to support adults with physical or learning disabilities to socialise with others through recreational and leisure activities and by enabling education and training.

The Volunteering Expo, takes place on Saturday 29th September, 10am-2pm, promoting a number of regional charities as well as offering the opportunity to learn and develop your skills in workshops and through a line-up of inspiring speakers. Stay in touch to hear more as the line-up is announced.