Launching the NHEHS Volunteer Programme 2019/20
Last year was an absolutely tremendous year for charity work here at Notting Hill and Ealing High School raising over £14,000 pounds in the last academic year. Building on the commitment and success of this charity work in our local community and across the world, we decided to develop a new exciting strand to our charity sector – The NHEHS Volunteer Programme.
With the celebration of International Volunteers Day later this week on December 5th, we were excited to announce a wide range of volunteering opportunities as part of this programme for girls of all ages at assembly.
Brand new opportunities are available with Rumi’s Kitchen, the Riding for the Disabled Association, Two Minute Litter Picking, The Felix Project, Dementia Concern, Hounslow Toy Appeal and the Teenage Cancer Trust. In addition we are continuing to work alongside several local organisations with whom we have built strong links over the last few years. These include Ealing Mencap, Drayton Green Primary School, The Log Cabin and Ealing Age Concern.
Open to girls age 13+ are soup kitchen support roles with Rumi’s Kitchen, serving food to the homeless people who visit Rumi’s kitchen on Saturday/Sunday lunchtime in Harlesden/Cricklewood and having a chat with them.
Another brand new opportunity is to work with the Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) whose the horses benefit the lives of over 25,000 disabled children and adults. With activities such as riding and carriage driving, they provide therapy, fitness, skills development and opportunities for achievement – all supported by 18,000 volunteers and qualified coaches at nearly 500 RDA centres all over the UK. They are looking for horse riders to help coach the disabled riders, but also other skills too, eg IT skills for their website, social media for charity promotion, and fundraising (open to girls age 12+).
Could you spend 2 minutes (or more) using the 2 minute litter pick equipment in local parks in Ealing? You can also earn while you pick with the BetterPoints App. This free App rewards you with points when you’re active and when you litter pick. BetterPoints can then be redeemed for high street shop vouchers or donated to your favourite charity. Open to all ages.
We have worked together with The Log Cabin charity in Northfields for a number of years and they are looking for volunteer play workers to encourage and enable children of differing abilities to play in an adventurous, creative and imaginative way, in a caring, secure environment both individually and within a group for children aged 4-15 years.
The Felix Project helps feed local communities in London by rescuing surplus food from the food industry and delivering it to over 350 frontline charities and schools. They are looking for volunteers aged 16+ to take up walk/cycle/co-driver roles collect left over food from suppliers and take to warehouses, or deliver food to shelters, plus warehouse assistants sort the food for delivery.
We are looking for volunteers from Years 7-8 to join our Ealing Mencap Events Committee to help organise fun and engaging events for the people with learning difficulties and other disabilities (application deadline January 8th).
The very successful Reading Programme we have run with Drayton Green Primary School is seeking volunteers from Years 12 and 13 for an hour every week during your free periods – Mon-Fri 9 am-3.30 pm to work with young children who attend Drayton Green to develop and practice their reading and literacy skills.
Another volunteering programme looking for volunteers age 16+ is Age Concern Ealing who would like volunteers to befriend an elderly person who attends Greenford Community Centre. This may involve having lunch and chatting with the elderly or helping with organised activities throughout the day.
Dementia Concern would like to find volunteers age 18+ to help in Ealing. Volunteers will be matched with a cared-for person who has dementia and will visit them in their home or take them out to a local place of interest for 3 hours each week. This valuable service will provide carers in your community with a break from their responsibilities, whilst giving the cared-for person the chance to befriend someone new and engage with shared interests. You can volunteer during your free periods or at the weekend.
Hounslow Toy Appeal 2019 need volunteers to wrap presents on 15th December between 11 am and 2 pm, ready for distribution to several local charities. Based in Isleworth, volunteers can be from age 10+, with parental/guardian supervision.
If you would like to help Teenage Cancer UK, why not be a ‘Bucket Boss?’ They are looking for volunteers aged 16+ to collect monetary donations at big events at Wembley stadium and the O2 throughout the year.
Volunteering provides many benefits to both mental and physical health, including learning new skills, making a difference, making new friends, being part of a team, enjoy being outdoors, boost your CV……so if you would like more details on how to get involved and help make a difference to other people’s lives, please get in touch with Ms Motyer or Mrs Johnson by December 13th for all roles except for Hounslow Toy Appeal (apply immediately) and The Log Cabin (deadline December 6th). Thank you!