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Volunteering at St Monica Trust

St Monica Trust has a long tradition of working with volunteers and we are always looking to extend our volunteering group through programmes of support for residents.

All of our volunteer roles have a focus on the well-being of our residents and include:

  • Escort duties on minibus outings.
  • Helping with group activities that address social, recreational and spiritual needs.
  • Helping residents in their rooms with daily tasks such as letter writing.
  • Visiting isolated residents for conversation and companionship.
  • Assisting at weekly coffee mornings.
  • Assisting residents to enjoy gardening.
  • Helping at special events.

Why should I volunteer for the St Monica Trust?

Volunteering with us is often a life changing experience and gives you the opportunity to:

  • Keep active and be involved in your local community.
  • Learn something new about yourself.
  • Do something you’re good at.
  • Increase, improve and maintain your skills.
  • Get experience of working with older people.
  • Make a real difference to the life of an older person.
  • We value our volunteers and demonstrate our commitment to volunteering by:
  • Paying travel expenses for our volunteers.
  • Making sure our volunteers are supported by experienced staff.
  • Providing induction and other training opportunities for our volunteers.
  • Welcoming volunteers from all backgrounds.
  • Providing opportunities for our volunteer teams to meet up, share their experiences and give us feedback.

    Becoming a Volunteer

    The first step is an informal chat with our volunteer co-ordinator, who will talk you through our current volunteer opportunities to see if any are of interest to you. Potential volunteers are asked to fill in a volunteer application form and will get the opportunity to visit the Trust to find out more about the volunteer role and ask questions.

    When considering volunteer applications we look at the skills, interests, motivations and personal circumstances of a potential volunteer, whilst ensuring that the benefit to our residents remains central.

    Because our volunteers work in a position of trust with vulnerable older people we also take up references and carry out a Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check. Having a criminal record will not automatically prevent you from volunteering for the Trust, as decisions about your suitability to volunteer are made on a case by case basis.

    For an informal chat about volunteering at St Monica Trust, please call Wendy Hodsdon on 07817 633 011 or email volunteering@stmonicatrust.org.uk. If you are interested in work experience we also have a number of different types of roles available at the Trust.