The benefits of volunteering for a charity are numerous! Volunteers are the life force of any charity and help them to run efficiently while keeping costs low – this means that we can channel our funds into improving our services for people with learning disabilities.

Volunteering doesn’t just benefit US, it also benefits YOU! Here are just a few of the benefits that volunteering can bring to your life:

  • Opportunity to meet people and make friends
  • Develop and practice new or existing skills
  • Adds experience to CVs and university applications
  • Motivation and a sense of achievement
  • Being a part of your local community
  • Increase your confidence and self esteem
  • HAVE FUN!!

Whether you have lots of time to spare or just a couple of hours here and there, being a fundraising and events volunteer for Independent Options is an incredibly rewarding experience.

What will my role involve?

As a fundraising and events volunteer there are lots of different activities you can get involved with:

  • In house events
  • Supermarket collections
  • Supermarket bag packs
  • Stalls (markets, car boot sales, etc.)
  • Promotion
  • Collection box distribution

Once you have registered as a volunteer and completed the relevant checks, we will add your details to our fundraising and events volunteer database. When opportunities arise for volunteers, we will contact you either by email or by phone to ask if you would like to take part! If you are able to help with that particular opportunity, then just let us know your availability.

We also offer the opportunity for volunteers to come in on a more regular basis to help the Fundraising and Marketing team. For more information about opportunities like this, contact the Fundraising and Marketing Manager directly.

What do I do next?

If you would like to go ahead and register as a fundraising and events volunteer with Independent Options, then you will need to request an application form from the Fundraising Office: fundraising@independentoptions.org.uk / 0161 456 6502

Once we have received your completed application form, a member of our HR team will then be in contact with you to complete a DBS (formerly CRB) check.

Jason's Story

Jason, a Shared Lives Service User: “Shared Lives is a place you can go to get help. You can make and meet new friends, and they have good carers. You get to go on holiday and share your life with someone else. My life is better because of Shared Lives because I have a home that is safe, calm and easy to live in. Shared Lives is helping me to be more independent and gain skills for the future. I am being helped to be a part of my community and I am supported when I am faced with challenges. Talking with my carer helps me to meet those challenges and it gives me confidence.”

Shared Lives Carer: “I have worked in care services for many years, but there is nothing more rewarding than welcoming someone into your own home, and sharing everything in your lives. The relationship that builds between you is something special. No amount of money could buy that.”

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