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.

Isla's Story

Isla is three and a half years old and has been coming to the Children and Family Centre for around two years with her family.

At first Isla had no diagnosis, but it was clear to her parents that something was different from an early age as she had a short attention span and would have regular crises if other children came near her. Her speech was also delayed and she didn’t speak or make any verbal noises until the age of three.

By coming to The Centre, play around other children was normalised for Isla as she began to get used to other children being around and she loves coming to The Centre now. She enjoys the freedom to play in the garden or inside with the toys and crafts. Isla responds well to the staff and volunteers at The Centre and is confident to ask for help.

“Isla has speech and language delay but one of the first words Isla spoke was when she shouted “Messy Play!”, so we knew then how vital it was for her to come here.”

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