Volunteering - We Are Recruiting
Are You Over 50?
Do you want to make a difference in your local community?
Are you an East Lindsey resident?
If you want to help us make a real difference to the lives of local people over 50 then we want to hear from you!
We are recruiting volunteers. Whatever your passion and how much time you have to spare we have five opportunities for you to get involved.
T.E.D. Friends are there to support and befriend local people over 50 who have been referred to T.E.D. You will be matched to a referral who we think you can build a friendship with. You will meet them regularly either in their home or out in the community and help them to feel part of their local community and more positive about their future. You could be visiting someone for a cup or tea and a chat or helping them find out what groups or social activities are available locally. You will then provide support so they can take part in activities and build new friendships.
Community Champions help us spread the word about T.E.D. This could be by attending our events and lending a hand, or speaking to local groups all about T.E.D. We also need volunteers to help us promote T.E.D. by putting up posters or handing out flyers. If you don’t have much time to volunteer but you still want to get involved this role is ideal as it is entirely up to you how much time you want to give and what types of things you want to take part in.
Our Community Researchers speak to members of their local community about T.E.D. You will be supporting people to complete surveys about their experience of T.E.D., meeting with people and finding out their story and if T.E.D. has helped them. If you love speaking to people and finding our about their experiences this is the role for you!
Age Friendly Business Volunteers help us make sure that local businesses and services are as ‘Age Friendly’ as possible. You will meet with local businesses and speak to them about our ‘Age Friendly Business Award’ and make sure they understand the process. You will interview local businesses and services to find out how ‘Age Friendly’ they are, and what they could do to be more ‘Age Friendly’. You will also use local business and services anonymously and then measure your experience against our AFB Award criteria. Our Age Friendly Business Volunteers help to improve local businesses and services for the whole community.
T.E.D. commissions services for local older people several times a year. Our Commissioning Panel helps in the development of our commissioning plans and gets to have a say in the delivery of new services. You will look at application forms from community groups and organisations who have applied for funding to deliver an activity. You will make comments on the application forms and give each one a score. The entire panel then meets to discuss each application and makes a recommendation which is then reported to our Programme Management Group. Commissioning volunteers make sure the views of local older people are at the heart of the services we commission.
Our Scrutiny Group is a volunteer group which is entirely made up of local residents who are over 50. They meet at least four times a year and look at all the different aspects of the project, and give their feedback and views. For example they help us make sure all our marketing materials are accessible, and they give us feedback about our events and other activities. The Scrutiny Group are our ‘eyes and ears’ in East Lindsey and make sure we listen to the views of local people over 50.
Volunteering with T.E.D. is a great way to meet new people and get out in your local community. Full training will be provided for all of our volunteer roles, and the T.E.D. Team will be there to support you every step on the way. We want volunteering to be available to all, and we cover volunteer expenses so you are never out of pocket.