Volunteering opportunities with the CCA
The Colnbrook Community Association is first and foremost a voluntary membership organisation committed to improving our community. We currently have over 500 member/friends throughout our community and the local area. We operate throughout Colnbrook, Poyle, Brands Hill and Westfield.
We do not receive precepts or regular funding to be able to pay staff; all funding is by application to a variety of sources based on a particular project, such as the Youth Club, Seasonal Fairs and our Summer Camp.
We believe that by operating in this way we will encourage residents and local businesses to come together on a voluntary basis to improve our environment, provide extra facilities not available from the local authority, and increase the utilisation of the existing facilities within our communities.
To this end we are looking to recruit a number of volunteers in order to expand upon and improve the work that we already undertake in our community.
We are looking to increase our main committee to up to ten persons due to the variety of areas of community life that we find we are being asked to engage with. So whatever your skills please don’t be afraid to become involved in YOUR community and help to make a difference.
Experience is not necessary as training will be provided, although the ability to attend two meeting per month of approximately two hours each would be a requirement.
This would suit any age group from age 18 upwards with an interest in community matters.
We liaise with local organisations and local authorities, the Police, community groups and schools so experience in dealing with partner organisations and service providers would be useful, but not essential.
Project Volunteers / Campaigners
This would suit anybody concerned with matters effecting the whole community or sections of it. Recent examples are the HeathrowAirport expansion report; the Brands Hill A4 road “improvements and the up and coming multi group campaign to clean up the parish.
This work is usually undertaken by a small team of three of four members working together to achieve a pre determined outcome. The time involved will be variable, but could involve concentrated periods of research, then the unpredictable process of dealing with service providers, local authorities, and other local or neighbouring community groups.
A person(s) experienced in media such as websites, Facebook, Streetlife etc to handle our communications with the community. The time required for this is dependent on the volunteer and how much time you are prepared to devote to the task.
People aged between 14 and 25 to undergo training with our affiliates with a view to assisting in the operation of the Youth Club, Summer Camp and other youth orientated activities we plan for the future.
You would be able to join our Youth Committee after the required training. The time required for this is dependent on the volunteer and how much time you are prepared to devote to the young people.
Sports Coaches / Trainers
This role would suit people with experience in coaching or training to assist with the Youth Project and Summer Camp. For younger people without experience we can offer free training via our affiliated organisations.
You would be able to join our Youth Committee after the required training. The time required for this is dependent on the volunteer and how much time you are prepared to devote to your community. Our sessions are usually run for one or two hours.
What we can offer you;-
DBS enhanced check at a reduced cost
FREE training in relevant fields
An enhanced CV
New friends and interests
If you are retired, volunteering could give you an interest to replace work; if you are unemployed this is a great way to improve your C.V, improve your employment prospects and to make new contacts; if you are a younger person volunteering will add to your life experiences as well as enhancing your C.V. and therefore your future educational and employment prospects.
You have nothing to loose by volunteering, but much to gain.
“One of the better-known benefits of volunteering is the impact on the community. Unpaid volunteers are often the glue that holds a community together. Volunteering allows you to connect to your community and make it a better place. Even helping out with the smallest tasks can make a real difference to the lives of people, animals, and organizations in need. And volunteering is a two-way street: It can benefit you and your family as much as the cause you choose to help. Dedicating your time as a volunteer helps you make new friends, expand your network, and boost your social skills”.
What to do next
If you would like to discuss the opportunities available please call Charles on 07940131778 in order to arrange an appointment to further explore the wide ranging possibilities.
Post: c/o 2, Harrison-Barber Cottages. High Street, Colnbrook. SL3 0NA