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Welcome to Trafford Volunteer Centre
Cheshire M33 2AF
Volunteer Centre was established in 1996 and is the only accredited Volunteer
Centre in the borough.
Centre Co-ordinator: Mike Hall
10am - 5pm Monday to Friday (Evening
and weekend appointments available)
do make an appointment before coming
0161 976 2447 Fax:0161 976 2433Email firstname.lastname@example.org
What does Trafford Volunteer Centre do?
information and support to anybody who is in interested in volunteering
n Trafford and parts of Manchester.
and places volunteers in voluntary work in the local community.
an up to date data base of all current voluntary opportunities.
with national volunteering organisations `do-it.org.uk` and `timebank`.
support, information and training to local voluntary/community organisations
to increase and develop their voluntary opportunities.
to increase the number of hard to reach groups of people accessing voluntary
opportunities - people in pockets of disadvantage, minority ethnic groups
and people with additional needs e.g. mental health problems or learning
and markets voluntary opportunities and recruit volunteers at job fairs
and large events.
from every walk of life choose to volunteer. Volunteering is about being
inclusive and we help people with additional needs e.g. mental health
problems and learning difficulties. These groups require assistance and
support in finding suitable voluntary work.
Why people volunteer?
work experience- Research by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation found
people that undertake voluntary work increase their employability. Volunteers
gain new skills, e
career- Voluntary work gives people the opportunity to explore new
and interesting opportunities. This can be useful for people who may be
wishing to change career. Some types of voluntary work are available in
the evenings and weekends.
a return to work- Voluntary work can be a good way for people to get
back in to the workplace after an absence. It can provide structure to
the day, enable individuals to refresh skills and provides a reference.
a career- Having some voluntary work experience is often necessary
to get on to a university course and can provide practical experience
to students during their studies.
are many other reasons why people choose to volunteer:
To get involved in community developments
To help and support a particular cause
To meet new people and keep active
To improve self-esteem and build self-confidence.
of Voluntary work is available?
We currently have approximately 250 charities and community groups registered
with us that take volunteers. All of these organisations benefit from
increased participation from the local community, which is vital and allows
them to continue to provide their services.
We have good
links and have placed numbers of people with organisations such as Trafford
Youth Offending Team, Citizens Advice Bureau and Victim Support as well
as many smaller organisations.
of the kinds of volunteer opportunities we can offer:
Children/Youth/ Disability/Drugs/ Addictions/Environment/Conservation/
Heritage /Mental Health/ Museums/ Elderly/ Race/Ethnicity/Refugees/ Womens
groups/ Admin/Office work/ Caring/Catering/Business Management /Community
work /Fundraising/Charity shops/ Teaching/Training/ Computers/Technology/Prisoners/Ex-Offenders/
Health/Hospitals/Hospices/ Advice work/ Counselling/Trustee/Committee
work/ Driving/ Finance/ Practical work/D.I.Y.
Trafford Volunteer Centre work with?
- We work
with the Job Centre and `Skills for Life`
- We also
have good links with `Next Step` project working with people who have
experienced mental health problems and those with learning difficulties.
- We work
with Next Step Careers Service who refer people to us who are looking
to change career and/or make themselves more attractive to potential
- We are
members of Skills for Life and E.S.O.L. steering groups (Trafford).
- We work
closely with the Learning Disabilities Partnership Board, local L.S.P.,
Trafford's Mental Health Strategy and we have good links with local
How do I get involved?
Contact us by telephone or email. We usually ask people to make an appointment
to come into our office for a chat. This is to find out what you are interested
in and why you want to volunteer, and to register you with us.
are unable to come in during office hours, evening and weekend appointments
are available upon request. We can also offer telephone appointments.
If you are
not sure what possibilities are available we can offer ideas. We then
try to find a placement within a suitable organisation. We also list curent
volunteer opportunities on the national volunteering website do-it.org.uk