Housing association Broadacres offers ten volunteer roles

Andy Powell signs the Volunteer Management Charter in the presence of Hazel Kirby.

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A housing association has unveiled ten volunteer roles that will be offered to local people a part of a new project launched with the support of a local charity.

Broadacres, which has properties across Richmondshire and Hambleton, is working with Hambleton Community Action to provide more volunteering opportunities for its staff, residents and members of the public.

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The new volunteer roles include helping out in the furniture store, supporting older people to get involved with social events, lending a hand with activities at the women’s refuge and assisting people with learning disabilities to get out into their local communities.

To mark Volunteers’ Week, which runs from 1st to 7th June, Broadacres this week signed up to a Volunteer Management Charter, which sets out 10 key principles of good volunteer management.

The Charter covers everything from equality and diversity through to providing training and development opportunities for volunteers.

Andy Powell, Broadacres’ Customer Services Director, said: “We are delighted to have formalised our partnership with Hambleton Community Action by signing up to the charter.

“It demonstrates our commitment to providing new and interesting volunteering roles for the people who live in our homes and to the wider public in general, as well as supporting and encouraging our own employees to take up opportunities within the communities where we have housing.”

Hazel Kirby, Hambleton Community Action’s Chief Officer, said: “We recognise that volunteering has many benefits; it can help people to learn new skills, get experience, do something with their time, meet new people and it can be lots of fun.

“We are, therefore, pleased to be working with Broadacres and we look forward to helping their own staff find volunteer roles within the community, as well as encouraging people to take up the roles the organisation has developed.”

More information on the roles, along with details of how to apply, are available from http://www.broadacres.org.uk/Customers/Getting-Involved-Volunteering/Volunteering/Volunteering-Opportunites/