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Volunteering at our Chalfont Centre

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1 June 2018

In Volunteers' Week 2018, Emma, our Volunteer Officer, talks about volunteering for Epilepsy Society and the difference you can make at our Chalfont Centre.

Emma Darlington, Volunteer Officer at Epilepsy Society, smiles standing against a white wall wearing an orange top

Emma Darlington, Community Fundraising and Volunteer Officer

Hello!

My name is Emma and I’m the Community Fundraising and Volunteer Officer at Epilepsy Society.

This Volunteers' Week, we're trying to spread the word about the fantastic and rewarding volunteering opportunities we have at our Chalfont Centre in Buckinghamshire. The volunteers at Epilepsy Society make an invaluable difference to the lives of the 92 residents who live on site, all of whom have epilepsy often as part of more complex needs.

At the moment we have such a great team of volunteers (we wouldn't be able to do what we do without their support so a massive thank you to them!) but we are looking to expand our team so we can continue to improve and maintain a life full of experiences for everybody on site.

Two female volunteers at Epilepsy Society smile. In-between them, a resident at Epilepsy Society smiles with his arm around one of them.

Volunteers and residents having a ball in our coffee shop

I was talking to Jackie recently, a volunteer who works with our residents, and here's some of what she had to say about volunteering at Chalfont: "Although I am a volunteer I must admit the residents/tenants that I support are more like friends". This for me really sums up the family atmosphere we have at Epilepsy Society and what is gained from volunteering for both our residents and the volunteers themselves.

I've written more about the kind of roles we have available below. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer I would love to hear from you.

What volunteer roles can I apply for?

Do you have an interest in arts and crafts? Do you enjoy playing music? Or do you simply just love building new friendships?

We have a wide range of volunteering roles at the Chalfont Centre. You could become a befriender to one of our residents or volunteer alongside the activities team, who host a huge range of exciting events for our residents both around the site and outside of our Chalfont Centre. Damien from our activities team talks about some of the ways in which volunteers can help in the video on this page.

A volunteer at Epilepsy Society in an Epilepsy Society Tshirt sits on a bench at the Chalfont Centre with her dog Xander

Xander loves spending time socialising with the residents at our Chalfont Centre

You can also help in our on-site coffee shop or even become an information distributer to help us make sure that as many people as possible have access to our information leaflets. We are also very keen to hear from you if you would be interested in becoming a driving volunteer to help bring our residents in and out of the site safely.

Our roles aren't limited to the above! We have a volunteer who even comes on site to play piano for our residents, or if you are green-fingered, you can even help with the gardening for our residential homes. Anything you think you can bring to the volunteering team we would love to hear from you. Our recruitment process aims to ensure that you are matched to roles that fit your particular skills and experience.

Do I have to dedicate a particular amount of time to volunteering?

We don’t expect a set amount of time from our volunteers, for us it’s as much time as you want to give. You could give us an hour of your time or even a whole day! Our residents like company and support during the day as well as in the evenings and at weekends. Consistency is important, so it's even better if you can offer your time on a regular basis.

Resident Martin and volunteer Anne sit laughing with Martin's craft project

Fun with crafts in the coffee shop

How can I apply to be a volunteer, and when can I start?

To apply to be a volunteer you will need to fill in an application form through the roles on this page.  If you would like to find out more information about volunteering, or talk about a role that isn't listed, you can call me on 01494 601313 or email volunteering@epilepsysociety.org.uk.

Once you have completed your application form you will be invited to an interview. If you are volunteering on site you are also required to have an enhanced DBS disclosure before you start your volunteering placement. You are also required to attend an induction day before you volunteer with us.

Thank you so much for reading my blog. I look forward to hearing from you! If you have any more questions about how you can make a difference at our Chalfont Centre, please do get in touch. 

Emma Darlington