Volunteers are a vital resource for The AJR and there are several ways you can voluteer. Some of these opportunities are listed below.
Many elderly AJR members, though still living in their own homes, are frail and often isolated. Some have few or no surviving family and can find themselves to be very lonely indeed. A befriender, who can make regular visits, be someone to talk to and possibly go on walks with, would be very welcome. Currently, befrienders visit between 1-2hrs weekly, fortnightly, or even monthly.
Befriending invariably proves to be an extremely rewarding activity. If you think this is something for which you believe that you possess the necessary qualities, Please click HERE for the application form.
Supporting Clients with Memory Loss
The AJR with the support of the Six Point Foundation are launching a volunteer befriender project aimed at supporting clients with memory loss. This ground breaking project is due to be launched summer 2013. All volunteers will receive specialised training and regular supervision. Please click HERE for the application form.
Many AJR members would like to learn how to use a computers to keep in touch with familiy and friend abroad or generally learn how to use Webpages such as Google or online newspapers. Volunteers with basic computer skills (Word, Exel, Internet, etc.) are required to visit them and assist them in using their computer. The time commitment will be about one hour every week or fortnight. Please click HERE for the application form.
Regional Outreach Groups
Our outreach programme operates 44 regional groups throughout the country. These groups meet up monthly where our members meet to share experiences. Volunteers are required to register people, serve refreshments and be of general assistance.
Usually active AJR members, who could well find themselves temporarily in hospital for treatment, may be in need of company and visits during their stay. If you would like to offer your time and companionship to members in hospital, please click HERE for the application form.
Various office-based tasks arise throughout the year, such as answering phones, sorting through paperwork, sealing envelopes and taking bookings. From time to time the AJR also needs volunteers to help members complete forms relating to German and Austrian pensions and compensation claims. If you think this would be of interest to you, please click HERE for the application form.
Reading AJR Magazine onto CD
AJR Journal, published monthly, remains of great interest to all our members as it has over more than 60 years. In response to an increasing number of members developing poorer eyesight, a team of volunteers undertakes to provide the option of a recorded version on CD, delivered to each registered recipient directly through the post.
Volunteer readers require clear diction and some knowledge of German is helpful. Three readers are called to record each edition, on average once every few months. Recording sessions are held at the Jewish Care campus in Golders Green. If you can offer help, Please click HERE for the application form.
Volunteer Support and Events
The AJR provides support for all its volunteers in a number of ways to ensure that they have the best possible information and training to assist them in their tasks.
·A quarterly Newsletter welcomes new volunteers, reports on activities, gives information on future events and keeps AJR volunteers regularly informed on all the latest volunteering news.
·Training sessions are offered throughout the year and cover relevant volunteering topics, such as 'Effective Listening Skills' and 'Dealing with Depression'.
·Regular support is available for volunteers, from the Volunteer Services Co-ordinator, both on the telephone and in person.
·The AJR will reimburse volunteer's travel costs at the current rate per mile for car journeys and also any bus or train fares against the tickets or receipts.
·A celebration of volunteering event takes place every year. All volunteers are invited to attend to enable the AJR to thank them for all their time, hard work and commitment.
How do I become a volunteer?
After completing an application form and once references have been obtained you will be invited to meet with our head of volunteer services to discuss which opportunity may be best for you.
You will receive an induction to your role and to AJR so that you can see how your time will benefit both of us and the people we support. Please click the link for the application form.