Shropshire RCC, through the Building Better Opportunities (BBO) project, is providing a programme to assist people in Central and South Shropshire to move into supported volunteering as a step towards employment. BBO is funded by the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund. Funding will support projects in England that tackle poverty and promote social inclusion.
If you would like to get back into work, and think that a period of volunteering will help to build your skills and give you the confidence to apply for a job and the all important interview, then we can help! Our project officer will meet up with you for a friendly one-to-one discussion, find out what you are interested in and how some experience could help, and then help you to find an interesting, relevant volunteering opportunity in your local area.
We have placed many volunteers in local organisations, some of which you may never have thought of. For example, helping in a "pre-loved" book shop, getting fit gardening in a community garden, preparing and serving food in the community cafe in a community centres, or assisting people who live in a care home. New opportunities come forward all the time so we will be sure to find you something which interests and inspires you.
But we don't just leave you to get on with it. We will introduce you to the organisation, support you while you get started and if there are any issues, we will be there to help you put things right. And if it doesn't work out the way you hoped, we will look for a different placement until we find something more suitable.
Still not sure? Here is Nina's story .......
Nina (not her real name) had not worked for 6 years because she suffered from anxiety, and after meeting with her, we arranged for her to start a retail placement in a charity shop. Two weeks later we checked to find out how things were going and Nina told us she was really enjoying the experience and was on the rota for two mornings per week. A couple of months later, the Shop Manager told us that Nina would always offer to do extra shifts and described her as a “godsend”. The next time we spoke to Nina she confirmed she was “thoroughly enjoying” volunteering at the charity shop and would be starting an NVQ in Retail and Customer Service in the New Year.
Volunteering is fun, it will give you a new group of contacts, you will have the chance to develop new skills and to have some training if you need it. There may be a job available that you can apply for but even if there isn't, volunteering will build your CV, build your confidence, and you will have the chance of a reference to take to a potential employer. What have you got to lose?
What are the rules?
To qualify for help, you need to be 19+ years of age. There is no upper age limit. You will need to provide ID (full birth certificate or passport) and prove that you are not employed (eg, letter from Department of Work and Pensions).
Who do I need to speak to?
Shrewsbury Area: Sam Woodall
T: 07973 283773
For further information about the support we provide, please take a look or print this leaflet.
For help in other parts of the county please contact:
T: 01691 656 882
Telford and Wrekin:
T: Rebecca Dove T: 01952 262066