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Volunteer Opportunities

Derbyshire Carers Association has a number of offices across Derbyshire.
Volunteers are an invaluable and help us make DCA what it is. We are looking for volunteers to support our teams across the County.

We currently have a range of volunteering opportunities available and we would love for you to join us. Below are some examples of the work you could be doing :

• Helping to support and assist staff to run walking groups for carers
• Assisting with support groups throughout the county. These groups are invaluable to carers giving them, what could be, a rare couple of hours away from home and the chance to talk to others in a similar situation. Roles within this could be meet and greet, helping to facilitate arts and crafts sessions or helping provide music sessions.
• Reception (answering the telephone, meet and greet)
• Data input (uploading information and actions onto our database)
• Support Call List (calling carers on the list to see how they are doing, adding any actions onto our database and sending out relevant information)
• Leaflet Log (keeping a log of information for carers stocked and up to date)
• Other general administration

Training will be provided as required.

If you have skills in arts, crafts, music, tai-chi, chair based exercises or any other skills that you could run sessions for our carers at the various support groups around the county then we would love to hear from you.

What are the Benefits of Volunteering with DCA?

Volunteers benefit from volunteering for DCA in many ways, for example:

• Gaining experience and confidence
• Learning new skills
• Building up a CV for future employment
• Giving something back to the community
• Finding employment through experience

Contact Us

If you have skills which you feel would be of benefit to us or, if you are looking to learn new skills please get in touch.

For more information on volunteering with our Team please contact Sarah White on 01773 833833 or email sarah.white@derbyshirecarers.co.uk

Volunteer Testimonials

Ashley Nicholson
“I retired 2 years ago and since then have been a volunteer 1 day a week at the Carers Centre. I have found the work most enjoyable and rewarding. Varied admin duties, covering many aspects make for varied days and occasional contact with Carers and a very pleasant mix of colleagues means Tuesday is the highlight of my week.”

Mark Kettleboro
“I’ve recently worked with DCA on a work placement, part of the Jobcentre Plus’ new ‘Community Work Placement’ scheme. The placement lasts for six months, up to thirty hours per week and is intended to help unemployed people gain experience and references. During my time here, I’ve found myself given a wide array of tasks, from simple office jobs such as shredding documents, to data entry, project development and computer troubleshooting. The experience I’m gaining from work is invaluable to my chances of securing paid work in the future. Aside from this, the office has a fantastic welcoming atmosphere to it. It feels more like a family than an office – with staff and volunteers getting along very well. It was a wonderful feeling to have been almost instantly absorbed into that atmosphere and I’d highly recommend DCA as a brilliant work environment for those looking for voluntary work. I’m very much looking forward to what the future holds for me here.”

We are delighted to announce that Mark has now found full time employment. We wish him all the very best and thank him for the time he shared with us. – DCA staff, Chesterfield offices

Mark Kettleboro Chesterfield Centre Volunteer