Fantastic opportunity to gain admin experience in Witney and deliver an essential service as part of the British Red Cross

What is the role: Mobility Aids Spoke Volunteer

We are also looking for a team leader to support the other volunteers in the service. 

Who is the role for: British Red Cross

When and where does the volunteering take place: Witney Methodist Church, usually 2 – 3 hours a week. The depot is currently open on a Wednesday from 12-2pm but timings are flexible to suit the volunteer.

What the role involves: 

The British Red Cross provides valuable short-term support to vulnerable people in the UK, whether they’re recovering from an operation, need a wheelchair or just need help coping around the house. Our volunteer-led Mobility Aids Service provides wheelchair delivery and short-term loans of equipment across the UK, helping tens of thousands of people every year.

A Mobility Aids Spoke Volunteer will be on hand to deal with wheelchair requests and enter details onto a database. This key role will enable people to return home after an illness or surgery and help them to remain independent or go on a holiday or trip with friends or family. The beneficiary is at the centre of everything we do.

Typical tasks include:

>     Taking calls and enquiries from people wanting to borrow a wheelchair

>     Giving information about other Red Cross services, where appropriate

>     Updating service user records using computer based systems

>     Demonstrating how to use and look after our wheelchairs

>     Receiving and recording donations

As a team leader you would have additional leadership responsibilities for supporting your team of volunteers, encouraging them, providing guidance and championing their hard work.

Why you should sign up: 

  • The chance to work with a variety of different people from different walks of life and make a real difference to their lives
  • Recognition of the skills and experience you bring to the organisation with comprehensive additional training given as required so you can represent the Red Cross with confidence
  • A great opportunity to develop your existing skills and to gain new ones
  • The company of a warm and friendly team of like-minded people
  • Being a volunteer for the British Red Cross means that you can proudly say you are part of the world’s largest humanitarian organisation.

Skills required: 

  • Is willing to uphold the Fundamental Principles of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and adhere to the Society’s Equal Opportunities Policy
  • Is willing to act in accordance with our values and behaviours framework
  • Is willing to uphold people’s dignity at all times
  • Is willing to attend induction and appropriate training
  • Is willing to use our IT systems and has basic IT skills
  • Enjoys meeting people and helping them to remain independent
  • Has good communication skills.

Want to find out more: Visit www.redcross.org.uk/getinvolved and search ‘Witney’ in the key words box. Call 01235 552660 or email TVAVolunteering@redcross.org.uk