Volunteering at St. Pancras Community Association

Saint Pancras Community Association is a charity offering services and activities for people of all ages in Camden. We enable residents to work, play and learn together for mutual benefit and well-being.

Golden Years Programme Volunteer Role Description

Aim of the role

To be one of our valued Golden Years Volunteers who help run fun weekly/ monthly/one-off activities for people aged 60+ living in Camden. Activities range from Nosh and Natter, Mindfulness, daytrips, walks and weekend or evening café and pub socials. You will make people feel welcome, have a chat and help out as needed. We also provide weekly telephone support for older members.

Main contact

Jane Yeomans, Golden Years, Volunteer Coordinator

Start date

To be agreed.

Time commitment

Ideally, we would like you to commit to 1-2 hours per week for 3+ months but we also have opportunities for short-term, one-off events, day trips and annual holiday where times/days vary and will be agreed.

Location

Saint Pancras Community Association and other venues in Camden such as cafes, walks, day trips and home-based.

Main tasks

Tasks may vary. Not all tasks are expected and can be adapted to suit your interests and  needs

  • Facilitate groups/joint-run groups with activity leader
  • Welcome older people and provide support during activities
  • Help plan future activities and events and promote activities
  • Take registers for people attending events
  • Ensure SPCA’s policies on Covid-19, Safeguarding, Health and Safety are followed to ensure the health and safety of volunteers, older people and SPCA staff
  • Report any concerns/ issues to the Volunteer Coordinator
    Please note, personal care will not be carried out. All volunteers/ members/staff are expected to stay apart 2metre/1m+ (with face coverings), following Government guidelines.

Skills/Experience/Qualities

  • Be reliable, friendly and trustworthy
  • Good written and verbal communication with the ability to engage and communicate effectively with older people, other volunteers and SPCA staff.
  • Able to work as part of a team
  • Experience of using Word, Excel and Zoom would be an advantage but not essential.

What we can offer you

  • Training appropriate to volunteer role (e.g. Food Hygiene, Safeguarding
  • Ongoing support and supervision
  • Learn and develop new skills, build your confidence
  • Gain work experience and add to your CV
  • Meet new people and make new friends
  • Make a difference and give back to the community
  • Travel expenses / Food expenses (up to £5 if volunteering for more than 5 hours, on day drips or in social activities such as meals in cafes).

Additional information

You will be working with older adults so references and DBS checks are required.

Get in touch

If you are interested in volunteering with us, please contact Jane Yeomans, Golden Years Volunteer Coordinator, at goldenyears@spca.org.uk.

Alternatively you can;

Download the volunteer application form.

Planning events

Especially the summer festival.

What Do Volunteers Gain?
  • -Experience in planning and decision making. Useful for job seekers’ CVs.
  • -Contributing to the community, feeling good.
Commitment required

4-5 early evening meetings per year, mostly from Feb to July.

Summer Festival tasks range from overseeing bouncy castles or face paints to setting up marquees to managing raffles to shifting furniture.

What Do Volunteers Gain?
  • -Limited but genuine experience for job hunters. A little can look good on a CV.
  • -Lots of fun.
Commitment required

1 or 2 days in summer.

Telephone and face to face reception duties plus whatever the “tasks of the day” entail.

What Do Volunteers Gain?
  • -Meeting a wide range of people.
  • -Useful experience for someone seeking admin work.
Commitment required

Undergo basic training then be available for requests to cover specific times.

Qualifications and restrictions

Willingness to undergo a police check (DBS).

Researching local community need, identifying suitable funders and what they want, matching this with what we want, preparing budgets and likely outcomes.

What Do Volunteers Gain?
  • -Knowledge of how to make a good funding bid, including collecting and presenting evidence to make a business case.
  • -Develop and learn to demonstrate business and communication skills.
Commitment required

It’s possible to schedule your own hours and to choose whether to work at home or in the community centre.

Qualifications and restrictions

IT skills, including Excel, Word and Outlook.
Good written English and Maths.

Overall responsibility for what happens at SPCA.

What Do Volunteers Gain?
  • -Experience of strategic management eg involvement in budget planning, staff recruitment.
Commitment required

One evening meeting per month (Mon. 6-8pm) usually with another 2-3 hours per month studying reports, working on recruitment panels etc.

Qualifications and restrictions

Willingness to speak up in meetings.
Live or work in Camden.
Preferably some knowledge of HR, financial planning, managing meetings etc. but these skills can all be learned.

Paid opportunities

Below are local paid opportunities, contact details can be found on the job description. Please contact the organisation directly for opportunities outside of SPCA.

There are currently no paid opportunities