Volunteering

INS Trustee

Would you like to help us run INS? We are currently recruiting new Board members to support our valuable work for the local community. We are seeking two Trustees who are excited by the vision and strategic ambition of the charity, can proactively contribute to that vision and demonstrate a passion and commitment to help us improve the lives of adults with long term conditions. We serve a multi-cultural group of clients and welcome applications from a diverse range of applicants.
 
INS is a local charity which has developed a reputation for achievement and innovative approaches to care in the community. We provide professional support for people with long term neurological and other conditions (e.g. MS, Parkinson’s and stroke) and for their carers. We were the Richmond Mayor’s Charity of the Year in 2016/17.
 
The role will be to contribute to the future direction of INS by bringing 
• management or business experience to support the general management of the charity OR
• health or social care experience to support the work of the charity OR
• fundraising , tendering or events experience to help raise income
 
All Trustees should be able to demonstrate:
• A commitment to upholding the Nolan principles for conduct in public life: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership
• A broad understanding of health services and/or social care and/or the voluntary sector
• Good, independent judgement, objectivity and impartiality
• Excellent communication skills and the ability to contribute actively to discussion and debate
• An ability to think creatively and be constructive and objective
• An ability to work as a member of a team, while contributing an independent perspective
• A willingness to devote the necessary time and effort to being an effective Board member.
The Board meets in the evening approximately 6 times a year. Trustees also attend a sub-committee meeting 4 times pa. For more information about INS and our work please see our website and the most recent Annual Report.
 
To apply please email a short CV and covering letter explaining how you meet the Role Description to admin@ins.org.uk 
 
Closing date 15th December 2017
For more information see: Trustee Role Description

Befriending

Befrienders provide practical and emotional support as well as relief from stress and isolation for INS clients and their family carers. The service is provided by trained and supported volunteers whose aim is to offer ongoing support, practical help and friendship.

As a Befriender you would be asked to visit someone who would welcome regular visits, or who might need help to get out and about – shopping, a trip to the cinema or whatever. Your visit might also provide an opportunity for the family carer to take a well-deserved break from their caring role.

Volunteer Befrienders are given training and are fully supported in their role, with regular meetings to get to know other Befrienders and discuss any problems. Clients and Befrienders are carefully matched and both sides can withdraw from the arrangement at any time.

The role of the Befriender is hugely appreciated by our clients and Befrienders usually find it enjoyable and extremely rewarding. The project offers Befrienders opportunities to learn new skills and build on existing ones, the satisfaction of building a relationship with people they visit and social contact with other volunteers and staff.

For more information see: Volunteer Befriender Role Description

Activity Buddies

The aim of the Activity Buddy Service is to improve the emotional, physical and social wellbeing of INS clients through community participation. Activity buddies are volunteers who support INS clients to participate in activities in the community – from art groups, to Tai Chi to walks in the park.

Are you passionate, enthusiastic, positive, able to motivate, inspire confidence and are willing to commit a couple of hours a week?  If so, Buddy UP Now!

For more information see: Volunteer Activity Buddy Role Description

Fundraising

Like most charities, INS is dependent on fundraising to enable it to continue its work and we need help in all areas – from coffee mornings, to quiz nights, to applications to the Lottery and we welcome people who are able to give some time either to fundraise independently or to join our fundraising team. New ideas are always needed! Learn more

For more information see: Volunteer Fundraising Role Description 

Education

Clients can become involved with our education programme talking to medical students during the regular training sessions that INS delivers to St. George’s University of London. 

Office Support

We are keen to recruit additional, regular support from people with good IT and office skills to help our office administration team.

For more information see: Volunteer Administrator Role Desciption

Information Technology

We need experienced people to help us with a wide range of IT issues, including: desktop publishing; setting up online databases; streamlining systems; creating a picture library; archiving.

Other Areas

If you have a particular skill to offer that is not mentioned here, please get in touch to discuss it.

For more information see: Volunteer Handyperson Role Description

How to Volunteer

To learn more about volunteering opportunities please email our Volunteer Coordinator, Amanda Lyndon-Chappell: alyndon-Chappell@ins.org.uk

If we don’t have any voluntary roles that suit you at the moment, please try the following websites, but do remember to revisit us. 

For volunteering opportunities in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames: 

www.volunteeringrichmond.org.uk

For volunteering opportunities in the London Borough of Hounslow: 

www.volunteeringhounslow.org.uk