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Volunteering with Brentford Together

 

 

We are also on the look out for volunteers with local knowledge who would like to become Community and Events Volunteer. Our Community and Events Volunteer will be supporting us to share and support the workshops with Brentford residents.

Run a session

If you have a particular skill (whether that be anything from woodwork to meditation to baking) and would like to share this with the local community by running a session or two as part of this project, we would love to hear from you!

 

Please email [email protected] or call us on 07947 885 374 for details.

Become a community and events volunteer

Four project volunteers distributing Brentford Together Leaflets

As part of Brentford Together, a three-year partnership project which encourages and promotes healthy living, we are running a selection of free workshops seeking to boost health and wellbeing.

 

Over the last year we have run over 60 workshops ranging from sewing, knitting, cooking, gardening and bike maintenance. We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help share and support these workshops with the wider community.

 

Volunteers will be working alongside the project manager to:

  • Attend a training session where you will learn motivational interviewing skills. These will support you in speaking with people in your community who may be at risk of social isolation or health problems
  • Help on stalls at public events (such as Brentford May Fayre) to promote the workshops
  • Attend workshops to gather feedback from participants
  • Provide event support during our monthly ‘taster days’ where we will showcase workshops
  • Support meetings between the project manager and local organisations
  • Assist the project manager in any additional activities and events which may arise

 

Each volunteer will have the opportunity to gain a health and wellbeing-related Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) qualification. Please indicate on the application form if you would be interested in this opportunity.

 

Timings are flexible but ideally you would be available for an average of one day per week, for two to four hours for a three-month period. No formal experience or qualifications are necessary. Training will be provided, and a DBS check will be conducted.

To apply as a volunteer

 

To apply, please complete the application form and equal opportunities form and send it to [email protected]. 

Application Form [pdf]

 

Application Form [doc]

Role Description [pdf]

 

Role description [doc]

equal opportunities form [pdf]

 

equal opportunities form [doc]

Application deadline

 

The deadline for volunteer applications has passed however, keep an eye out as more opportunities will be available later in the year.

Rachel's volunteering experience

Rachel sitting at a desk. A brentford together sign is stuck to the side of her PC.

Volunteering with the team has been one of the most rewarding and developmental three months of my life.

 

During my time I have learnt so much about the environmental and social issues that London faces. The work that we do is current and progressive. Prior to coming there I was never really aware of the how severe the levels of air pollutants in our atmosphere were. I’ve gotten to help on projects teaching young children about air pollution, helping them run workshops to measure NO2 levels around their school. The work being done here does really is on the forefront of changing the sustainability landscape in the UK.

 

The office environment is friendly and welcoming. All the staff here have diverse backgrounds with regards to their education and their previous experience. So it’s really interesting to see everyone’s different strength come to the table to make our projects work. All the volunteers are given primary projects but we all work across projects together so there’s a strong sense of teamwork in the office.

 

My role has been as the communications volunteer. I was trained on various systems and then given independence to function in my role. I got to write newsletters and bulletins from scratch, I learnt how to use the website software and I ran all the social media accounts. Throughout my time here, help was always given in the office whenever I came across something new!

 

My highlight of volunteering here has been getting to be part of the strategy development team for an upcoming Brentford Together project. Being part of the very first stages of such a large project was an incredible learning tool. As a volunteer my voice was really heard and I was able to contribute to key decisions that have gone on to define the project. Specifically, as the communications intern I was given creative freedom to design branding and marketing material.

 

From a professional point of view being part of this charity has given me the opportunity to undertake responsibilities that I otherwise would not have been able to. I can now say that I took on roles and completed tasks that interns in larger organizations are likely to not have been taught to handle.

 

Overall, the team has done a fantastic job of marrying the ability to teach volunteers about the core values that the charity fights for, and the professional skills that are needed to succeed in their future.

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