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Volunteer Opportunities

Derbyshire Carers Association has a number of offices across Derbyshire, our main ones being Chesterfield Carers Centre and Derby Carers Hub. Volunteers are an invaluable and help us make DCA what it is. We are looking for volunteers to support our teams across the County including Derby City.

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 in our centres:

• 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 on our systems and office procedures will be provided; there are also opportunities for ongoing training as required.

Support Groups

We also require volunteers to assist with support groups throughout the county and city. 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.

Out and about

We have specialist teams in Derby City and the County that go out to GP’s surgeries and hospitals to help identify carers, raise awareness and provide information at display stands. If you enjoy interacting with people and would like more of a face to face role then this could be for 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.

If you would like more information about volunteering at our Derby Centre please call Manjit Sokhal, on 01332 200002 or email manjit.sokhal@derbyshirecarers.co.uk.

For more information on volunteering with our County Team please contact Kelly Gibbons on 01773 833833 or email kelly.gibbons@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