The benefits of volunteering are a two fold process. While making a valuable contribution to the quality of life of brain-injured individuals, volunteers improve their own knowledge, gain experience, increase their confidence, help a worthy cause, meet new people and make friends.
What will I do?
Volunteers are involved throughout all services at Brain Injury Matters NI. Here are some of the functions where we need your help:
Below is a list of volunteer roles that highlight the services/programme/projects in which a volunteer would be assisting with. To gain a more detailed role description for any of these roles, please contact Treasa via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Collection Box Champion
Becoming a Collection Box Champion involves taking responsibility for one or two Brain Injury Matters collection boxes and distributing them in your local shop, monitoring them and collecting any money donated.This role requires little time, however gives so much back.
Becoming a Bank Volunteer involves being available to help out at one off events, such as helping out at bag packs and street collections, or getting involved in one of our bigger fundraising events such as our Gala Ball.If you have limited time on your hands but still want to be a volunteer – this may be the role for you.
Younger Person’s Network
Becoming a YPN Volunteer will involve working in small groups with survivors of brain injury (from aged 16 to their early 20's), supporting them to engage in interactive personal development modules and get involved in a range of outdoor activities and outings in the community.The project is designed to bridge the gap between traditional statutory rehabilitation interventions and the more robust vocational based programmes for adults.
Becoming a Volunteer Artist will involve supporting survivors of brain injury, helping them to relearn the social skills needed to make new friends and regain their social lives.The Volunteer Artist will use art as a form of expression in order to empower service users, build their confidence and self-esteem and provide them with a fulfilling way to be creative and spend their time.
Project Volunteer-Wellbeing Programme
Becoming a Project Volunteer involves providing support to our service users on a weekly basis within our Wellbeing Programme at Brain Injury Matters premises; Encouraging individual service user participation; Encouraging service users to get involved in social activities and/or groups in their local community and make them aware of what is available and possibly dealing with challenging behaviours and enabling service users to learn to manage these responsibly.
The Fundraising Volunteer will coordinate and assist service users to organise fundraising events and raise awareness and the profile of Brain Injury Matters.
Physical Activity Volunteer
By supervising and delivering physical activity sessions for individuals living with an acquired brain injury, the Physical Activity Volunteer will assist in improving the physical and mental wellbeing of service users, as well as building their confidence.
The Lead Volunteer role involves assisting the Volunteer Officer and Project Officers with the induction of new volunteers, as well as reporting to project staff on any issues that may arise during sessions.The Lead Volunteer will ensure service users are participating in activities, with the overarching aspiration to enable service users to become actively and positively involved in community life.
The Administration Volunteer will support the work of the Administration Officer with secretarial/administrative duties allowing the Administrator to provide an effective service to clients.
How available do I need to be?
Most people volunteer for one 2 hour session each week but it can be more or less than that depending on your circumstances and the needs of Brain Injury Matters NI. Brain Injury Matters NI offer volunteering opportunities from Monday to Friday between the hours of 10.30am to 3.30pm. There are no regular opportunities for evening or weekend volunteering but we do need sometimes need volunteers to assist with fundraising events outside of our usual hours.
Where would I volunteer?
The majority of our volunteering opportunities take place at our centre in Belfast. Some volunteer roles are available in local community settings or other venues throughout Northern Ireland. What experience do I need?
No specific experience is needed. However we do look for qualities such as friendliness, enthusiasm, common sense, patience, reliability and a willingness to be flexible are essential. Please note for the Physiotherapy Volunteer role it is desirable that applicants who have a Physiotherapy Degree qualification are full members of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) and are registered with the Health Professionals Council (HPC).
What happens next?
Please download a Volunteer Application Form and an Equal Opportunities Form and email it to email@example.com or post it to Volunteer Manager at our Belfast office.