Volunteer in 2018!
Guernsey Community Foundation sees upsurge in key volunteer vacancies
The Guernsey Community Foundation’s Volunteer Matching Programme, which introduces volunteers to local charities who might benefit from their particular skills and expertise has seen an upsurge in vacancies this January. This upsurge has coincided with the arrival of a new staff member at the Foundation. William Carter has taken up the role of Development Officer. He will be working to support and build capacity in the voluntary sector in the Bailiwick and strengthen its activities. In doing so, he is excited to be taking over the Volunteer Matching Programme.
‘There is a huge pool of potential volunteers on the island, many of whom have a particular skill or experience and want to give something back to the community but don’t know where to start,” said Wayne Bulpitt CBE, Chair of the Guernsey Community Foundation. “The Foundation is here to help them take the next step by introducing them to volunteering and helping them find a charity that needs what they can offer.
‘By using this programme to make introductions and communicate where charities might need help, we can start to forge new relationships,’ he continued. ‘Not only does this benefit the charitable sector as a whole, but it’s a hugely rewarding experience for the individual. This service is in addition to that of volunteer.gg which we are pleased to support also, and offers a more bespoke matching of particular skills and needs’
The list of charities needing help is wide and varied, but the Foundation is hoping that the revamped Programme will in particular source volunteers with experience in governance, business strategy, project planning, finance and audit, marketing, graphic design and IT. Other charities might simply need administrative support, or someone who is willing to give the time in support of fundraising events. And if people don’t have the skills or qualifications needed, many of the charities are willing to give training. There is something to suit every schedule and skillset, from any personal or professional background. A full list of opportunities is available on our website.
‘The Foundation has compiled an extensive database of charities’ requirements,’ said Mr Bulpitt. ‘We’d really encourage people just to take a look and see if there is anything of interest or get in touch with us and we can discuss how their skills and experience could be of use to the voluntary sector.’
Examples of charities currently needing support are Guernsey Alzheimer’s Association which needs a Chair,; Young Enterprise is looking for a new Board member to help with events and PR work, facilitate advisor workshops and deliver presentations to schools; St John Care in the Community Library needs someone to organise its large print library, co-ordinate volunteers and deliver an annual report to the Council of St.John; and Guernsey Crimestoppers has various volunteer vacancies including a Deputy Chairperson with leadership skills and an interest in reducing crime in the Bailiwick.
The website Volunteer.gg is another easy way to see what general volunteer opportunities exist in the island, and a list of all charities can be viewed on the Association of Guernsey Charities website, www.charity.org.gg