At Options, we have over 360 fabulous members of staff and volunteers supporting our mission to support, empower and enable people with disabilities to live their lives to the full. While there’s various areas within our organisation, we all work together towards this mission, to meet our aims and share the same values.

Volunteering can be a couple of hours a week, and we have a number of fabulous voluntary opportunities and positions available for anyone who is interested in delivering our mission, wanting to gain experience of working in social care or learn new skills. These include:

Befriending
We offer Befriending – this is where a volunteer can make a difference to someone’s life by simply spending time with them. Loneliness is a major concern for people with disabilities, so this is why Befriending is so important – as you really make a difference to their lives.

Gemma has volunteered with Options for a number of years, providing support for Irene. She started volunteering to gain experience of working with vulnerable people and learn more about disabilities. Before Gemma supported Irene through Befriending, Irene couldn’t read or write but Gemma has supported Irene in learning how to, through supporting her to open and read mail for her and encouraging her to go on an English course every week – which has allowed for her to meet new people. Gemma also encouraged Irene to try new things so that boredom doesn’t creep in which breaks the week up for her. Gemma realised that she really enjoyed support work so increased her hours with Irene to two days a week, this has really allowed her to increase her knowledge and experience of working with vulnerable people.

Helping with or at Events
Options believes everyone should be feel included in their community and have numerous opportunities to get involved. This is why we continuously and regularly organise a variety of events. Last year we were one of three local charities that hosted a festival in Birkenhead park called One Wirral that saw over 2000 people enjoy a stage of performers, sport activities, donkey rides, food from different cultures, dance groups and a dog show judged by the Wirral Mayor. We offer a number of opportunities for volunteers to get involved with events – whether it’s part of planning and organising or helping to run it on the day. It’s a great chance for you to get involved and learn skills while having fun.

We’re currently looking for a creative individual for a voluntary Events Coordinator role this summer to help organise One Wirral 2018 Festival! To find out more information, please contact Jennie at jlittle@optionsforsupportedliving.org

Supporting our Community Projects
We love taking part in projects going on in our area from gardening at Vale Park to sponsored bike rides! The projects we do are especially important for people we support to develop skills. For instance, our partnership with an eco-friendly farm in Wirral called Holmwood Farm has led to great outcomes for Jamie who has gained confidence in using public transport by working at the farm every Friday. Our volunteers would have the opportunity to support people interested in the projects we do, while they develop social skills whilst being an active part of their community. Or just for the sake of it, volunteers would be able to be a part of these projects themselves – learning how to plant fruit trees and seeds, spend time with the rescued animals like alpacas, goats, chickens and pigs.

Fundraising for us and other local charities!
Everyone at Options gets involved in regular Charity and Community Work events to support various local campaigns. This year alone, we’ve supported Zoe’s Place Baby Hospice, Macmillan, Samaritans and Royal Hospital etc. We do this because we believe it is very important for people we support and our staff to continuously feel and be involved in their communities. We know there are thousands of ways people can fundraise – we love hearing new inventive ways! Some opportunities that you could get involved in to help raise money for our charity include: Marathons, Walks like the Wirral Coastal Walk, Sky-diving or Cake sales.

Please contact our Fundraiser Barry at botoole@optionsforsupportedliving.org if you are interested in fundraising for us or interested in learning more about our Community and Charity Work.

Office-based opportunities
We also have opportunities for people to gain differing experiences through volunteering at our head office. The skills learned within an office are transferable for any role you go into, or you could opt to gain experience in a particular department such as HR, finance, marketing, events, admin or even try them all to see what it’s like! The culture in our office is always welcoming and positive.

Volunteering YOUR skills – we need you!
While there’s loads of ways to volunteer with us, you may have ideas or skills you’d like to share. Whether you’re a good musician, excellent teacher, great at sports or arts, love photography or DJ’ing – whatever it is, we support so many people who have broad interests and would love the opportunity to learn from you.

We hope you’ve enjoyed learning more about what voluntary opportunities are currently available at Options. If you’re interested in finding out more info or want to volunteer your time with us, please complete our Volunteer Form here or contact our Personnel Team at volunteering@optionsforsupportedliving.org or 0151 236 0855

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