Need Volunteers

Let us promote your volunteering opportunities

Calling all voluntary groups, societies and clubs in Ampthill, would you like to promote your volunteering opportunities to all residents in Ampthill. If the answer is yes Ampthill Town Council can help. We now have a dedicated volunteering page on our website where opportunities can be displayed, plus we will promote these opportunities in a dedicated section of Around the Pump. We would ask that you complete the 'Volunteering Opportunities' form, which can be downloaded from the Town Council website or collect a form from our office.

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Let Community Voluntary Service Bedfordshire promote yot volunteering opportunities

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Search for local voluntering opportunities via CVS Bedfordshire Volunteering

Search for local volunteering opoortunities by visiting CVS Bedfordshire Volunteering - Become a Volunteer Page and search from there. Alternatively, give them a ring on 01234 354366.

Local Volunteering Opportunities

Ampthill & District Good Neighbours – Help Provided & Help Needed!

Ampthill & District Good Neighbours is a voluntary group that provides a link between those residents in Ampthill, Maulden and Millbrook needing help and those who are willing to offer it. The Group acts as a safety net for all residents, young and old. Using local volunteers Ampthill & District Good Neighbours builds on existing help already provided in the area and also fills gaps in that provision. The scheme has now been in operation for nearly four years.

Help Provided - our volunteers can help those in need that require shopping, transport to the doctors or hospital, the collection of prescriptions, help in carrying out small jobs (e.g. changing light bulbs), dog walking or other pet care (e.g. during holidays/illness), befriending or gardening.

If you need help in Ampthill, Maulden and Millbrook please contact us on 07833 314 903. Please give us as much notice as possible!

Help Needed - We urgently require volunteers that are willing to be:

·       Drivers - to drive those in need to doctors/hospital appointments etc (out of pocket expenses are paid) – you receive 45p per mile for your mileage.

·       Mobile Phone Holders - who diligently arrange the help we provide.

·       Befrienders – loneliness can really impact on your health and volunteers are needed that can commit to regular befriending

If you would like to volunteer for the scheme - please contact Mark Smith 07896 124933 or at [email protected] This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For more information and to access further resources visit www.ampthillgoodneighbours.info

Ampthill & Flitwick TimeBank - Time to Give and Take – Could you help make this a reality?

Not long ago we all knew our neighbours and knew which of them would do us a favour if we asked them for one – and our neighbours knew if we would be happy to do them one in return. Life has changed and our friends and family do not always live nearby and it is not so easy to ask neighbours for help these days, particularly if we do not know if we can ever pay them back.

Timebanking is a rewarding and enjoyable way to bring people together once again to share their skills. Through a Timebank for Ampthill & Flitwick residents could potentially get the help they need and help each other out by taking turns to be responsible for some of the care and practical support that we need from time to time – the only difference is that with timebanking people of all abilities and skills can join in and exchange a whole range of skills.

Timebanking in a nutshell:

·     You give an hour of help and earn one time credit

·     The person receiving help owes one time credit

·     They pay back by helping someone else

·     Everyone’s skills are valued equally

With the aforementioned in mind, Ampthill and Flitwick Town Council’s are working together to set up a Timebank for the area. We are looking for volunteers to fill the following roles to make the scheme a reality, namely:

·     Administrator - administration of timebank

·     Data Coordinator - To input and manage data relating to the timebank itself

·     Events, Publicity and Marketing - telling people what is going on and how they can get involved

·     Donor/Sponsorship Support – developing a rewards programme via local businesses

·     Recruitment – finding and persuading new people to join the timebank

Furthermore we are seeking funding for the part-time role of the Timebank Co-ordinator, who will match requests for help with those requiring help.

We are looking to launch the Ampthill & Flitwick Timebank in the New Year, so if you are interested in helping out in the voluntary capacities detailed above or are simply interested in being a part of this exciting new project, contact Mark Smith at [email protected]. Website: www.aftimebank.org.uk

Parkside Community Hall

Members of the Parkside Management Committee are very keen to get more people involved. Why not volunteer your skills? We are looking for a team of people to help with fundraising and with the running of the hall. Can you spare a few hours to help with any of the following?

·        Fundraising

·        Managing the new computerised booking system

·        Producing marketing materials such as leaflets, posters, etc

·        Promoting the hall in order to raise the profile and increase bookings and income

·        Dealing with new and existing hirers

·        Helping to set up the hall for different events

This is your opportunity to support your very own Community Hall and help put Parkside Community Hall on the map. To Become a Volunteer
email: [email protected]. Website: www.parksidehall.org.uk

Other Local Voluntary Initiatives

Ampthill Food Aid

A reminder thatAmpthill Council is part of the Bedfordshire Food Aid Network (BFAN) which is co-ordinated by Preen Reuse Matters and allows food parcel provider that are part of BFAN, namely statutory organisations, local churches, and voluntary and community groups, to use the food donated to the BFAN to make up food parcels which they distribute to people in need. That means local families and individuals in crisis right across Bedfordshire benefit from the donations. The aim is to offer a short-term solution in times of crisis or greatest need, rather than ongoing provision. If you wish to donate to the scheme here are the foodstuffs and other articles that are required:

Sugar, fruit juice / squash, toilet rolls, tinned meat / fish, shampoo / shower gel, nappies, instant coffee, tea bags, UHT milk, instant mash, rice, breakfast cereals, toothpaste, toothbrushes, custard, tinned rice pudding.

To donate you can drop off items to the collection point at Ampthill Town Council offices at Park Lodge, Woburn Street, Ampthill, during their office hours.