Charity work

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I've been retired for the last few years and the novelty has worn off a bit so back in October I decided to do some voluntary work.

I drive patients to hospital who otherwise would have difficulty getting there. The work is very rewarding and I get to meet some very interesting people to boot.

The hospitals I visit invariably have signs up asking for volunteers, usually for help to man the Shop/Cafe or even just the ward tea trolley. Local charity shops often need help too.

Even a few hours a week would be gratefully received and as I say the work is very rewarding.

Can you spare a few hours a week? A little goes a long way in charity work. Have a think about it and if you can help give it a try you may be like me and love it.

PM me if you would like to ask anything.

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I would be interested in doing some voluntary work on the weekends. I'm from London so can you tell me what hospitals I can go and ask?

Very commendable by you-the fact that the hospital is asking for volunteers is another indication that this government is failing those in need, while they give tax breaks to their rich friends who use Bupa or other private health care (bet they don't have volunteers working at the cafe). Rant over.

Voluntary work is very rewarding in all sectors. One of the most rewarding I have experience of is befriending children in long term foster care-these kids need a permanent role model in their lives and all they ask you to do is take them out every couple of weeks to the cinema/bowling, etc. (expenses paid). I'd urge anyone with the time and inclination to get involved.

I didn't realise you were a decent old stick OP.

My admiration goes to those prepared to give their time for free to those who need help.

Merry Christmas.

I have been trying my best to help the local children's hospitals.

dcx_badass

If you can't be bothered to Google that then you probably can't be … If you can't be bothered to Google that then you probably can't be bothered to do the work either.


Always a smartass trying to ruin a good thread. Stfu if you have nothing useful to say.

transit

I have been trying my best to help the local children's hospitals.



You don't say X)

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Jakirrr21

I would be interested in doing some voluntary work on the weekends. I'm … I would be interested in doing some voluntary work on the weekends. I'm from London so can you tell me what hospitals I can go and ask?



Go along to any conveniently located hospital and enquire. I would be surprised if any hospital turned you away.

I volunteer for a great organisation who regularly run accredited training courses in all different areas of the job. I'm studying counselling, and the training and experience will help me to get the job I want eventually.

So volunteering isn't all about giving up your time, it can be about bettering your job prospects too

toshapetriji

Go along to any conveniently located hospital and enquire. I would be … Go along to any conveniently located hospital and enquire. I would be surprised if any hospital turned you away.


I found out that King's College Hospital takes volunteers. Thank you very much and I commend you for doing what you do. Merry Christmas

transit

I have been trying my best to help the local children's hospitals.



You kept that quiet X)

vics219

You kept that quiet X)



I don't like to talk about it.

This has something for almost everyone
Edited by: "fungimala" 23rd Dec 2014

toshapetriji

Go along to any conveniently located hospital and enquire. I would be … Go along to any conveniently located hospital and enquire. I would be surprised if any hospital turned you away.



Or most ' Homeless ' Charities are in need of volunteers , especially at this time of year

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fungimala

Or most ' Homeless ' Charities are in need of volunteers , especially at … Or most ' Homeless ' Charities are in need of volunteers , especially at this time of year



Good point actually, most charities would welcome help.

Great to see something non deal related that is actually worth reading, and for a worthy cause.

Well done

I've been looking at doing this for a while since my mum was in the hospital I'll, please inbox me I'm in the Manchester area

tommytucka

I've been looking at doing this for a while since my mum was in the … I've been looking at doing this for a while since my mum was in the hospital I'll, please inbox me I'm in the Manchester area


The link above do-it.org.uk/ has a variety of choices and is easy to navigate .

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Message to those considering it in this thread... quit with the trolling please. If you have anything to contribute to the thread then by all means please do so, otherwise leave it out.
Edited by: "andywedge" 24th Dec 2014

transit

I have been trying my best to help the local children's hospitals.


Good stuff Transit, I hope they enjoyed that Starbucks coffee.

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I'm just going to say this once. For once can we keep a thread on track, on topic and sensible without some members coming in here with their own agenda in an attempt to derail the thead with daft and pointless images and comments.

Why did my Tiny Tim post get taken off? Mods was it a mistake?

Editor

Fair play to you OP, I genuinely take my hat off to you, anybody who takes time from their own lives to make the lives of others easier is a saint in my eyes

Hope you have a great Christmas.

Not sure how this post could be derailed for the worst, just behave you Misc lot

Can I raise awareness on the loneliness of OAP, I volunteer for an organisation Contact the Elderly who is trying to combat loneliness. We are organising tea parties usually once a month on a Sunday so if you can spare couple of hours on a Sunday once a month have a look contact-the-elderly.org.uk/
It is highly rewarding and you get a lot in return.

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Commendable stuff.
I'm far too busy to do voluntary work, so hats off to those who do, and shame on the government for putting public organisations in a situation where they depend on volunteers.

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ionuttd

Can I raise awareness on the loneliness of OAP, I volunteer for an … Can I raise awareness on the loneliness of OAP, I volunteer for an organisation Contact the Elderly who is trying to combat loneliness. We are organising tea parties usually once a month on a Sunday so if you can spare couple of hours on a Sunday once a month have a look http://www.contact-the-elderly.org.uk/It is highly rewarding and you get a lot in return.



Oh that's great.

We invite our 76 year old neighbour around for sunday lunch on a fairly regular basis, he's so interesting to listen to.

Thanks for sharing that ionuttd.

My dad used to use this service many years ago to go to dialysis, he was seriously ill with kidney failure at the time. It really made a big difference to him not having to wait around in the cold or have to jump in some random taxi on his 3+ visits to the hospital per week. He got to know the drivers well and enjoyed the having a chat with them on the way in, I remember we really struggled financially at the time as he was forced to take medical retirement, so not having to spend money on 6 taxis a week was a massive help. I think the service provided by those kind people definitely played a part in his recovery. My dad has been doing quite well since the 10+ years since his last transplant.

Thanks doesn't even cover it, it's is so much more than a lift, we will always be grateful for the kindness of people like yourself. Keep up the amazing work.

Happy Christmas to you and yours

Edited by: "spaceinvader" 23rd Dec 2014

toshapetriji

Oh that's great. We invite our 76 year old neighbour around for sunday … Oh that's great. We invite our 76 year old neighbour around for sunday lunch on a fairly regular basis, he's so interesting to listen to.Thanks for sharing that ionuttd.



You can get in contact with your local coordinator, usually there are lots of local groups of up to 10 or 15 people who meet on a Sunday once a month, I'm sure he'll have a lovely time with others his own age..and yeah their stories are amazing,the stories I've heard it's just unbelievable and their sense of humour is out of this world.
Here is something to think about...you can become host,have a look on the website.
Edited by: "ionuttd" 23rd Dec 2014

Been volunteering in a local charity shop since October. Started doing one afternoon now doing a day a week. Last week it was two days. It's great work experience as haven't worked in a shop since my Saturday girl days in Boots 40 years ago. The manageress is great. She let me do a window display last week. It's really given me my confidence back having taken early retirement after a breakdown two years ago. I recommend it to anyone with spare time.

Fantastic work op and others who give up their time to help others.

Op for VIP..

CookinBat

Op for VIP..



Sorry, too impractical. You won't be able to fit 'toshapetriji for VIP' in an avatar X)

deeky

Sorry, too impractical. You won't be able to fit 'toshapetriji for VIP' … Sorry, too impractical. You won't be able to fit 'toshapetriji for VIP' in an avatar X)


what utter 'tosh'..see what I did there?..:D

CookinBat

what utter 'tosh'..see what I did there?..:D



Good idea but too cryptic for mere mortals X)

I'm about to start voluntary work with a local befrienders group. It will involve visiting people who are 50+ once a week, to have a chat and a cuppa and give them some company. They are only asking for a couple of hours per week but I'm hoping that I can befriend a couple of people and give them something to look forward to every week. I love chatting to the elderly (hello deeky <3).

fern37

I'm about to start voluntary work with a local befrienders group. I love … I'm about to start voluntary work with a local befrienders group. I love chatting to the elderly (hello deeky <3).



I've told you. You can chat to me any time as long as you don't start sending me leg pics again

I take a guy out every wekk who has dementia he thinks I am his son, we go for lunch and a drive and sometimes to a pub my expenses are paid by his family, cost them about £20 for our food and my pertol, we are out about 4 - 5 hours, its the only time he gets out, they could use a sitting service but that is £18 per hour + expenses, I love to spend time with him, he is like the dad I never had

miles136

I take a guy out every wekk who has dementia he thinks I am his son, we … I take a guy out every wekk who has dementia he thinks I am his son, we go for lunch and a drive and sometimes to a pub my expenses are paid by his family, cost them about £20 for our food and my pertol, we are out about 4 - 5 hours, its the only time he gets out, they could use a sitting service but that is £18 per hour + expenses, I love to spend time with him, he is like the dad I never had


You're such a great person Miles.

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I post on here giving happiness to you lot of miserable boring old sods

Please note the old part was meant for deeky and deeky alone

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miles136

I take a guy out every wekk who has dementia he thinks I am his son, we … I take a guy out every wekk who has dementia he thinks I am his son, we go for lunch and a drive and sometimes to a pub my expenses are paid by his family, cost them about £20 for our food and my pertol, we are out about 4 - 5 hours, its the only time he gets out, they could use a sitting service but that is £18 per hour + expenses, I love to spend time with him, he is like the dad I never had



thought it was a woman?

she is 83 and b4 her dementia would have said, let me be, I have had a good inings, she is perfectly happy, she has forgotten she has Dementia and has adapted to her memory loss, she is always with her husband or a select group of friends, she thinks now I am her son,

This is one of the best threads on this site for a long time and so timely because whether we like it or not, this time of year can be very emotional for many.

As a nurse, i am only too well aware of the impact of isolation on top of chronic illnesses.

My job involves speaking to lots of ill people on the phone who would love to chat for many hours and it breaks my heart that I cannot give them that time. These people are not all elderly, circumstances push people into situations they never imagined could happen to them. They can often feel invisible, toshapetriji and others give them back a lot more than just practical support.

Time is one fmthe most valuable gifts we can ever give.

Thank you toshapetriji









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