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Trustee roles and other specific volunteer requests  in Kensington and Chelsea, London 

Trustee Roles
The Volunteer Centre in Kensington and Chelsea (VCKC) are looking for a trustee who will support VCKC's work and provide leadership and strategic governance......more

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Other specific volunteer requests

NEW    WANTED - Volunteers for Westway CT which provides Door to Door Transport, Shopper Services and Mobility Scooters for older and disabled people living in the Borough.
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                     Volunteer Alex Allsopp helps an RBKC resident with the Community Car Scheme

Our volunteers come in all shapes and sizes, varying in age and background; employed and retired.   Some are students or, are themselves disabled.  All are interested in making their own contribution to the welfare of others, either helping those less mobile than themselves while at the same time either making use of their spare time or, gaining confidence and skills for their chosen careers.
We are looking for:
  • Drivers (who may or may not have a car)
  • Passenger assistants
  • Administrators
  • Gardeners
If you are willing to spare just a few hours per week, we will pay out-of-pocket expenses as well as give support and training.
We provide essential transport for people who have difficulties with public transport.  Our team of volunteers assists and supports those elderly and disabled people who find it difficult or impossible to use public transport.
Our three Door-to-Door services are:
  • Community car scheme
  • Shopper service
  • ‘Out and About’ scooter loan scheme
All of which are supported by our volunteers.
Most of our volunteers drive for us but, there are other positions for non-drivers.  For example, our volunteer passenger assistants play an invaluable role on our Shopper ’bus, helping passengers on and off the vehicle, even carrying their bags to their front doors. We also need vehicle washers, gardeners and administrators.

NEW  The Design Museum, newly relocated to High Street Kensington (Commonwealth Institute) where it will open on 24 November, is looking for Volunteers. 
With increased exhibition space, including a free-entry gallery, the museum is recruiting volunteers for several visitor and public-facing roles. We are particularly keen to involve local people from Kensington & Chelsea, Hammersmith & Fulham and Westminster who are looking for an interesting, on-going volunteer opportunity. We also wish to gain a more diverse volunteer team, so are keen to hear from fit over-50s as well!
Library volunteer
Help set up the new library and its procedures; assist the public, students and museum curators with their enquiries & research (it’s not a lending library). An interest in contemporary design is desirable.

Welcomer                                                                                                                                                                              Deliver excellent customer service, provide information and handouts, orientate people  and supervise an activity table.
Be familiar with forthcoming events/exhibitions and provide information on local facilities (tube, ATM machine, Boris bikes etc)

Family Activity volunteer
Set up and supervise design activities for families on the last Sunday in the month

Speak to local organisations, shops and community centres and deliver leaflets to raise awareness of the museum. Attend freshers’ fairs or pop-up exhibitions. Half day a week, or 2-3 days a month. Various locations in west London. 

Tour Guide
Lead guided tours (recruiting Jan/Feb 2017).  An audience-focussed approach and experience giving tours or presentations desirablel.
If you have a friendly, welcoming personality, enjoy working with people, have excellent spoken English and would like to be part of an exciting new experience, please get in touch, preferably before the end of September.
For more information or a full role description(s), contact:
Claire Robinson, Volunteering Manager.
Email:    Tel: 020 3862 5875

Home Start are looking for trustees. The role of this charity is to offer support, friendship and practical help to parents with young children in 3 boroughts  -  RBK&C, Westminster and Hammersmith.  To learn more ring Homestart on 020 7724 1345. 

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TRUSTEES REQUIRED :  We are looking for three trustees with senior level expertise for Dads House, a charity which helps single dads - giving them support, advice and information.
Role and Responsibilities
Trustees have ultimate responsibility for Dads House and its work. The Board of Trustees is responsible for the overall governance and the medium to longer term strategic direction of the charity. Ideally, you will have skills and strategic experience in financial management, fundraising and general administration.
Main Duties
·        To ensure that the charity and its representatives function within the legal and regulatory framework in line with the charity’s governing document, continually striving for best practice in governance.
·        To ensure sound financial management of the charity’s resources and expenditure is kept in line with charity objectives and investment activities meet accepted standards and policies.
·        To contribute where appropriate to the fundraising strategy of the organisation.

We require a qualified Company Secretary for Dads House, a charity which helps single dads - giving them support, advice and information.
Dads House is looking for a qualified Company Secretary to the Board to support its administration and compliance. This is a key role in the charity and the Company Secretary to the Board supports the Chair in ensuring that meetings are well organised and effective.
A critical role of the Company Secretary to the Board is to work with members to record their actions agreed, and dates they have been undertaken.  The Company Secretary will monitor the internal governance structure and will work closely with the trustees.

Please contact William McGranaghan
Tel 07765183504

A Volunteer Director for Kindred Studios; a collection of artists’ ateliers currently occupying 10,000 square feet under Westway in West London where over 90 artists create their art in affordable workspaces.  The works produced here include painting, sculpture, ceramics, textiles, jewellery, knitwear, photography, film making, illustrations, installations, 3D printing and, many other expressions of the fine arts.
Currently, the two artist founders of the project are running this not-for-profit business alone.
The Director will be a capable individual with solid business experience, who can devote his or her time to develop and implement a strategy to locate and acquire new premises when the current arrangements expire in a year’s time and also to identify and secure funding for those premises.  The founders are in touch with a number of suitable contacts in the charity sector, with whom discussions continue with the object of gaining their support.  The founders will thus be relieved of this task and able to concentrate on day-to-day administration and other managerial responsibilities as well as making their own art.  
This is an exciting opportunity for a retired person with commercial experience who wishes to put to good use the currently under-utilised knowledge gained in a managerial position in business.
To find out more about Kindred Studios and what is required there, please contact, in the first instance: Jaime Turner  or, 07767 059 313.

Cosimo Matteini works for Hestia which runs RBKC's Mental Health Befriending Scheme which  recruits, trains and supervises volunteers to visit isolated people with enduring mental health problems in Kensington and Chelsea.     Tney are looking for volunteers to act as befrienders to individual isolated people.   
Cosimo writes: Most of the volunteers I am able to recruit are students of psychology and counselling in their early twenties. However, many of the service users wishing to utilise the service are in their 50s and 60s. Whilst some intergenerational partnership are working very well, some of our service users would prefer to have a befriender in a similar age range. I am wondering if some Retirement Reinvented users may wish to volunteer ?
Hestia are also looking for volunteers to act as walking group co-ordinators to encourage people with mental health difficulties to explore London.
In both cases, conact to learn more.

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