Who can volunteer for ECHO?

Want to volunteer? we welcome enquiries from ANYONE. At ECHO we have over 90 volunteers, all ages and more importantly lots of different skills and experience.

What skills and experience would I need?

An ability to get on with people and bring out their best is far more important than formal qualifications and experience.

What preparation will I be given?

All our volunteers have a full induction and training for the role, including a visit to the activity they have chosen.

What support will I be given once I start?

You will have regular contact with ECHO’s Volunteer Co-ordinator, and the leader of the activity you support. You will also receive our volunteer newsletter, and the chance to attend our Social Learning Days.

Will it cost me anything?

No! You can claim back any expenses.

Will it effect my benefits?

Volunteering for ECHO will not affect your benefits. However, you may need to inform the benefits agency, depending on which benefits you receive.

How will ECHO decide if I am suitable for the role?

We will get to know you as you go through the process of training and induction. We will also ask you to provide two references and undergo a Criminal Records Bureau check.

It sounds great! What do I do next to apply?

Ring the ECHO office on 01568 620307 and ask to speak to Denise Kerwood, our volunteer co-ordinator.

Current Vacancies

Eaton Barn Horticultural Project, Stoke Prior

Wanted – Volunteers who are passionate – but not necessarily about gardening

Eaton Barn is an exciting and innovative gardening project near Stoke Prior on the outskirts of Leominster. It’s a beautiful spot with facilities to die for including 2 huge polytunnels, orchards and a kitchen garden with raised beds. We are looking for volunteers who enjoy the outdoors but who aren’t necessarily passionate or expert gardeners. The session leaders have the gardening knowledge. The project is about getting adults who have learning disabilities down and dirty with nature. Ideal volunteers will be able to inspire and motivate people to get the most from each session and have a whale of a time while they’re about it.

Can you swim? volunteers needed on Thursday afternoon, Leominster

 

Wanted – Volunteers who are enthusiastic (but not necessarily expert) swimmers

The Priory Centre project takes a small group of adults who have learning disabilities to the Halo Leisure Centre in Leominster each Thursday afternoon. They are hoping for a volunteer who could help staff with the walk across town and who could then join them in the pool where they would enable the participants to get the most from this lively and fun session.

ECHO Board of Trustees

Ever thought of becoming a Trustee? It can be a very rewarding experience and you would have the satisfaction of knowing you have made a real difference in the governance of our charity. At ECHO strong governance is an integral part of being a well-run organisation for our members.

About Face Theatre Company

This project has expanded and now runs 5 days a week offering training as well as the main company. We can offer exciting volunteering opportunities, contact us for more details.

ECHO Sports

We are always keen to hear from anyone wanting to help out at our various sports clubs held during the week. Fancy badminton on a Monday? Bit of football for fitness on Thursday? New ideas are in development as we hope to extend the range on offer and encourage more engagement. Contact Nick at the ECHO office 01568 620307 for more details.

Lifelinks project, Hereford – Wednesdays

We are looking for the right person to join our team and be part of this fun project based at St Martins Church. Lifelinks helps participants take part in a variety of activities including; helping house bound people by doing their shopping for them and volunteering in the community. We also go out and about quite a bit to visit places, so a car driver is preferred.

Studio Mirai retail outlet at Retro Station opening soon

Would you like to support ECHO but maybe don’t want to commit to one of the projects?
 
Could you use your skills to help our wonderful furniture upcycling project Studio Mirai grow?
 
If you’re the sort of person who loves to mooch around vintage markets and warehouses this might be your thing.
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Studio Mirai are looking for a volunteer to be at the desk at The Retro Station in Leominster. The project has a unit there which is an outlet from which to sell their amazing refurbished painted furniture.
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They would like someone to volunteer on Tuesdays and Thursdays mornings though you need only commit to one session.
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If you’re interested or want to learn more, please contact Denise at the ECHO office 01568 620307.