Could you help?

We believe volunteering should be enjoyable, rewarding and personally fulfilling. Our friendly team of volunteers come from all over south Warwickshire and Rugby District. And we appreciate as much time as you can give to enable our vital services to run smoothly, with times available to suit you. You are the key to enable local people live their lives to the full.

Do contact us at: hello@vasa.org.uk to find out more about our award-winning charity.

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All our services are up and running and we are looking for the following volunteers:

Volunteer Community Drivers

A typical journey would be to take clients to medical appointments or to groups and activities to enable social interaction.

How often:  As often as you would like! Some drivers are available on specific days; others provide an ad hoc service. The great thing about being a driver is you only have to accept the journeys you wish too.

We need drivers from all areas in South Warwickshire and Rugby District. Areas covered: Stratford, Alcester, Warwick, Leamington Spa, Kenilworth, Southam, Rugby, Shipston & the surrounding villages.

You must hold a valid driving licence, been driving for at least three years and have no more than 6 penalty points on your licence. You will need to provide an MOT certificate (if applicable) and an Insurance Certificate. A Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly CRB) check will be carried out at no charge to you.

All bookings are taken by the Community Transport Schemes. You will be covered under their public liability insurance but the driver must have their own vehicle insurance and notify their insurance provider that they are a volunteer driver (in some cases this can reduce your premiums but this cannot be guaranteed). You will be paid at the HMRC travel rates, currently 45p per mile. Most services provide training if required.

Telephone Operators (working in our head office in Stratford upon Avon or from home)

We need volunteers to help answer the phones for our Community Transport Service. You’ll be taking transport bookings, entering details on a computer and be part of a friendly group in our Stratford Head Office. Or if you prefer to work from home, this can be arranged. Full training is given. Perfect if you have a spare few hours in the morning or afternoon.

Telephone volunteers will be trained to use our transport booking system. You must be computer literate and have a friendly telephone manner. You are the first port of call for our transport service users and represent VASA.

Benefits: you can work in VASA’s head office in Stratford upon Avon – there’s tea & coffee and biscuits included! You meet and work with other volunteers and office staff.

How often: we have morning or afternoon slots available: 9am-1pm or 1pm-4pm

Activity Hosts & Helpers

We like to offer a wider range of activities for adults in the area. We currently need help running our Memory Clubs and Carers' Cafés.

Do you have a skill or a hobby you enjoy and would like to share with others? You don’t need to be an expert or qualified, just a friendly manner and a willingness to share your craft with others. This could be singing, knitting, reading.

Your time is the key to help people live their lives fully. We are on the look out for volunteers to lead fun and uplifting sessions and put a smile on someone’s face. Or perhaps you prefer to put the kettle on and have a friendly chat. You can really make a difference to someone's day.

Stratford upon Avon / Wellesbourne / Leamington Spa / Shipston on Stour

Benefits:     Travel and out of pocket expenses may be reimbursed.

How often: Some groups meet weekly, some fortnightly or monthly, so whether you are interested in leading a group or supporting one of the groups, we look forward to hearing from you.

Outdoor Activities Volunteers – walks / allotments / social events

Allotments

Our volunteers come from all walks of life so maybe you have gardening knowledge and can help plant a sensory garden in our dementia allotment or help others with some gardening or growing vegetables.

Stratford upon Avon and Studley future areas tba

Benefits:   you gain benefits from working with nature

Gentle Walks

We are looking for volunteers to lead walks and support walk leaders. 

Stratford upon Avon and future areas tba

Benefits: We know that just five minutes outside each day makes a difference to physical and mental health so any outdoor activities improve wellbeing. Travel and out of pocket expenses may be reimbursed.

How often: Most groups meet monthly, a walk leader would need to commit to two hours per month, volunteers an hour per month. Gardening could be weekly or monthly, anytime that can be offered would make a difference.

Training: Walk leaders will need to attend a two-hour training session.

Fundraising Events

We plan quirky fundraising activities each year. We are a very small team and need volunteers to join our Events Committee to help in the planning and promotion of our fun fundraising events and ideas.

Benefits: You can work in VASA’s head office in Stratford upon Avon – there’s tea & coffee and biscuits included! You meet and work with other volunteers and office staff.

How often: Ad hoc when we are organising an event.

Volunteer Ambassador

You would be a champion for VASA’s volunteers. Looking for opportunities to give volunteers a thank you from the communities they serve. Liaising with office staff and organisations in the area to deliver benefits for our volunteers. Also, looking for opportunities to spread the word about VASA’s services and encourage people to try their hand at volunteering.

Stratford upon Avon and surrounding area

Benefits: You can work in VASA’s head office in Stratford upon Avon – there’s tea & coffee and biscuits included! You meet and work with other volunteers and office staff. A real sense of achievement helping people in your local community and volunteers who help people in your local community.

How often: On-going role.

Why Not Volunteer Today!

Call 01789 262889 or email hello@vasa.org.uk

 Why I Volunteer

“Volunteer driving is a lifeline for me. My wife died last summer, and for a time I was lonely and bereft. I was welcomed with open arms by Vasa and now I drive three times a week. This is a vital service for the community which has made a huge difference to my life as well!”

John Jackson, Volunteer Driver 

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