Volunteers play an important and invaluable role here at the OETP. It is a great way to get involved in the community, develop lots of new skills and to meet like minded people. As a non-profit organization, we relies upon the vital contribution of the volunteers to help our organization to run activities. Anyone can volunteer – it doesn’t matter what your experience or background is, or how much time you can offer.
OETP has so many different types of volunteering opportunities:
- Mentoring and supporting children and young people: You could take part 1: tutoring or organise days out for small groups of children,
- Sports: You could aange sporting events for the community or volunteer to coach children.
- Helping with activities such as arts and crafts
- Admin Work
- Outreach work
- IT support
- ESOL Support
- Online Volunteering & Marketing
Benefits of Volunteering
- Giving back and helping others. Most people want to volunteert o improve situations or help people. …
- Developing skills and gaining work experience to put on my CV.
- Building community awareness. …
- Helped to improve their self-confidence
- significantly influenced their attitudes and outlook
- provide them with advice and support to take on new responsibilities, a promotion or when changing jobs
- Meeting new people.
- Keeping one self busy and active
- Get to know people from different communities.
How do I apply to become a volunteer?
Please contact the Volunteer Co-ordinator Olga Education & Training Project (OETP)
email: firstname.lastname@example.org/uk, who will send you an application form and a job description. Once the application form is completed, this cane matched to possible opportunities. If we have anything suitable, we will ask you to come in for an informal interview, which will help you to find out more about the role, and for us to find out more about you. References will be taken; DRB forms must be completed.
What does your Volunteer Learning Mentor do?
A volunteer mentor offers their 1 to 1 professional friendship based upon trust, confidentiality and mutual involvement. The relationship is non-judgemental, mutual, and there is a commitment over time. A volunteer mentor can provide support to clients to build up their confidence, self esteem and support with thier work.
How much time will volunteering take up?
Volunteers will need to be committed for at least 4-6 months, 2-4 hours per
Who volunteers with OETP?
- Our volunteers come from a wide range of backgrounds, different age groups and a variety of cultural backgrounds..
- OETP is committed to achieving a diverse pool of volunteers. Our decision to work with you is based entirely on your ability to carry out the role
- Do I get expenses?
If our charity does have funding, then we will reimburse travel expenses in accordance with the expenses policy. It is important to note that reimbursement will only occur when the expense has been incurred and not before.
Types of Expenses that can be claimed:
Appropriate travel to/from and carrying out work on behalf of OETP will be reimbursed. At the minimum/maximum, this would be a return journey on public transport (bus only) from the home address
How can the OETP support me as a Volunteer?
You will be supported in your role of volunteer through regular supervisions with the volunteer co-ordinator which will:
- Explain the standards we expect for our services and encourage and support you to achieve and maintain them;
- The volunteer co-ordinator will meet with you regularly on a monthly basis to discuss your volunteering and any successes and problems;
- Ascertain your development needs and draw up a training profile, in order to help you develop you’re volunteering role with us.
What do I do if I’m unhappy with any aspect of volunteering?
We want all our volunteers to be happy in their role. Therefore, if you are unhappy with your role or any aspect of volunteering work with OETP, we advise you to discuss this in confidence with your Volunteer Co-ordinator. If, however, you are still unhappy, and would like to make a formal complaint, please contact our project leader.
Will volunteering affect my benefits?
Volunteering will not affect your Incapacity Benefit, Disability Living Allowance, Income Support or Job Seekers Allowance. If you receive Job Seekers Allowance, you have to actively look for paid work as well as volunteering, but the Job Centre should give you a bit more notice if they call you for an interview.
Any expenses you receive from OETP will not affect your benefits, as they are a refund of payments you have had to make.
Do you take up references or ask for other checks?
All suucessful volunteers are asked to provide two refrences before taking up of a post. We also undertake a criminal records beruau (CRB) disclosure chec
Will I be interviewed?
We arrange to have an informal chat or interview. This is a two-way process so that we can find out some more about you and you can find out more about the role you are interested in. It is also a chance to see the office and meet some of the other staff and volunteers.
The questions you may be asked will vary from role to role and you will get an opportunity to ask us questions during the meeting
What training will I get?
You will receive training in Child Protection, Volunteer Befriending, and Personal Safety at Work.
Can I leave if I don’t like it?
Of course you can. If you are unhappy about your role, or your availability or ability to volunteer has changed, then you can stop volunteering.
However, it is always worth talking to your volunteer co-ordinator. You can discuss with them why you want to leave and suggest changes and improvements so that future volunteers enjoy their time with OETP
Equal Opportunity and Diversity
We are an equal opportunities organisation. It is therefore organisational policy to actively promote equal opportunities in all aspects. Please refer to the Equal Opportunities policy and Volunteer Handbook. The full policy can be obtained from the Human Resources Department.
Who joins students volunteering?
College, Undergraduate as well as post graduates students.
From a primary school pupil:
“When you have tutors you get more fun and you enjoy being with them”
From a student tutor:
“All the teachers were so helpful and friendly. The sheer excitement and enthusiasm of some of the children was incredible. And the amount of noise that comes with it! One girl asked me what Uni. was like – she asked if it was as big as the world!”
Clearly there are wide benefits for all who participate in student tutoring. Pupils say that they learned more and found lessons easier and more stimulating; teachers value the help the students give in the classroom, finding lessons easier to handle and more enjoyable; students feel they gain useful practice in communicating their knowledge and ideas and improve their self confidence.
Comments from Volunteers
“The project is also very helpful to students because it applies some pressure on to us to remember the basics. Very often we students have difficulty studying at undergraduate level because we forget the basic maths skills. Helping out at the homework classes helps us to remember the basic maths skills that are sometime for gotten.”
Dave Hoys, Queen Mary University
“I was attracted to volunteering because I wanted to do medicine in the future and helping the community is a key part of this career. I got involved with the community from an early stage. Working with children is great; they all have minds of their own and it is a pleasure to help them. Staffs of Olga Education & Training Project are always supportive and wonderful to work with. I would definitely recommend others to do volunteering. OETP have provided us training in Child protection, Health & Safety, diversity and mentoring. They supervised me on a monthly basis and really enjoying my time with OETP.”
“The OETP project is really enjoyable and very easy for students because we have already sat most of the exams that the OETP students need help with. The project is especially useful to students because many students are thinking about teaching when they finish university and this is an excellent way to practice teaching to see if it fits”
Barrister Islam Khan, Volunteer, Communications Teacher