Charity looking to boost volunteer numbers
Caudwell Children, the national charity that provides practical and emotional support to disabled children and their families, is looking to add to its team of volunteers during the coronavirus crisis.
Like all charities Caudwell Children, benefit hugely from its volunteers throughout the year, but the team at the charity say that ‘Virtual’ volunteers are also needed during the current lockdown due to the global pandemic.
“We take our volunteer roles extremely seriously and in order to attract individuals who make a genuine contribution you have to provide meaningful roles,” explained Sherry Shehata, National Volunteer Manager at Caudwell Children. “At this moment in time we’re focusing on attracting virtual volunteers who can share their skills with us, both now and after the crisis. Their knowledge, experience and contribution will be vital in helping us to support more families.
“The current health crisis has resulted in many of our charity events and challenges being cancelled which has seen a huge loss of income for Caudwell Children.
“As a result our Events team has been working extremely hard to come up with a whole range of virtual events and challenges, and we are now urgently in need of virtual Online Fundraising Volunteers.
“If you’re full of new ideas on how to raise funds through online events and challenges then we want to hear from you.”
The charity has recently created a number of virtual events including a weekly pub quiz, a 5km and 2km family fun run, and a lottery, raffle and auction.
“We have a number of other ideas in the pipeline and we need volunteers to support us with these,” continued Sherry. “You could be brainstorming with the team via Skype or Zoom, you could be helping to build databases, or assisting with administrative tasks, the list goes on.”
Sherry was keen to stress that there are other roles that the charity is looking to recruit volunteers for. She said: “During the current health crisis it’s more important than ever that we ensure that we are supporting disabled children and their families at home.
“We need to be able to support them in leading a healthy, fulfilling lifestyle and help them to maintain their positive mental health and wellbeing.”
As a result, Sherry says that Caudwell Children is looking for virtual Health and Wellbeing volunteers to play a key role in helping to share wellbeing activities with families. “You can volunteer in an area of health and wellbeing that interests you,” continued Sherry. “We want volunteers to utilise their skills.
“Depending on their skills and experiences volunteers could help to create easy-to-follow recipes which would be suitable for children to make at home with their parents.
“They could possibly create physical activities, such as a dance or exercise video, for a range of abilities, including wheelchair users.
“Or they could provide tips, ideas and activities to help children and their families look after their physical and mental health.”
The charity is also looking to attract volunteers for its Keele based headquarters after lockdown ends, and is actively seeking applications from people who would be interested in volunteering in a number of departments within the state-of-the-art facilities at the Caudwell International Children’s Centre.
Initial meetings with potential volunteers will be held via Zoom, and requisite paperwork will be completed electronically. Training will be undertaken online so that volunteers will be suitably prepared once the building is open to the public.
“We’re trying to complete as much of the process as possible remotely so that any new volunteers can hit the ground running, both now and when we return,” concluded Sherry.
You can find out more about volunteering for Caudwell Children by calling Sherry on 01782 433949 or emailing: email@example.com
You can also visit the Volunteer web page here.