Volunteering Why not look into becoming an Volunteer Advocate? Can you spare a few hours a week to help? Contact the office to find out more. 

We have a number of volunteering opportunities, each requiring different qualities and skills. 
Whether you are 
passionate about older people’s issues 
a good listener and easy to get on with 
like helping to right wrongs 
like getting out and about and talking to people 
enjoy raising money 
Then you could be the person we need. 
Call in for an informal chat with Staff. 
Full training will be given and a full disclosure and barring check will be required. For all our volunteering roles the amount of time and commitment is determined by yourself, anything freely given is always greatly appreciated and expenses are paid. 
 
 

The Vocal Volunteer 

I've never been that keen on babies really, even mine raised my stress levels to dangerous proportions, ~ with teething, sleepless nights, and my endless search for a bit of peace and quiet. That last bit was like hunting for a dress that makes you look a size 6!! Never to be found! 
 
Toddlers with their tantrums and their fussy eating take some looking after, and again THE SEARCH. This time the search for a lone bath or shower, when even a trip to the toilet (alone) was a celebration in itself. Other mothers in the same boat, so what do we do? We meet up for a coffee ~“Oh how lovely, let's do it every week!”, we say at the start of the great toddler trek through life. But what is that looked-forward-to-coffee-get-together like? 
Sometimes hell, that's what it's like!!! Talking to a friend, toddler gets up close, and turns your face away from the friend, to look at THEM. You may think you are grown up enough to deal with this scenario, but you end up like putty in their tiny hands, frantically trying to make eye-contact with the friend, whilst struggling with a toddlers iron grip! It's surprising how many books a toddler can pull off a bookshop shelf whilst you are pouring milk into that cup of coffee! Waterstones ~ I apologise!! 
 
The tantrums are for mothers who cannot control their children, (said you, when you were pregnant), but here you are in the throes of another screaming fit because you gave your tot a blue cup, and not the orange one!!! Smiling at the crowd gathering to gawp is useless, trying to grab an arm is useless, ~ the sweat beginning to roll down the back of the neck at this stage whilst calling them “darling” as they are rammed into their pushchair does nothing for the blood pressure! 
 
But then, they get bigger! They begin to talk, and how I love it when they can chatter all day, ~ and make me laugh ~ and give hugs and kisses without a tear in sight. Lovely. I saw a programme on television before Christmas, where 5 year olds were taken to a residential home, where the residents were sceptical about this funny mix of ages, but the sheer exuberance of the children rubbed off on the elderly, and they all got stuck into games, and card-making, with glitter all over the place. Happy children. Happy residents. And friendships continuing. 
 
I might be one in a million, but loved when mine were teenagers!! Yes I did, they were fun, I liked most of their friends, they included me in the things they were interested in (well~ to a point), and to see them mature into what they are now, made all the tantrums worthwhile! Am beginning to sound a bit self-satisfied I know, but I am sitting here and missing them!! 
 
All 3 have their own families, all 3 still like to “come home”, no matter where that might be, and they have all supported me through MY tantrums, as I get older!! AND I know who to turn to for help with IT, when my husband has given up on my learning to copy and paste! 
 
Not everyone has that ability to rely on someone else when things go pear-shaped, and that is where Advocacy can be helpful. We all need some support at different times, and I enjoy being able to support that someone, ~ the knock-on effect being MY retired life is fuller, and I am happier than tut-tutting at mothers struggling to get their toddlers rammed into that push-chair!!!! 
 
 
If you feel (for all sorts of reasons) that you would like to join us, give us a call, it might be the best call you make, and if you feel that helping toddlers, and not the over-50s is more your cup of tea,I am sure there are many toddler groups around York that would value your help. To say nothing about the mums or dads who would give their all to access a toilet on their own!! No wonder they sit in there for longer than they should ~ meditation is the way out!! 
 
Vocal Volunteer 
 

 

An Advocate 
An advocate will typically take the issue concerning the client, such as an energy supplier issue, discuss the outcome required and then give the client options as to an appropriate way forward. An advocate never gives advice, rather they enable the client to access the information required to work towards an outcome. Within this process the advocate may be required to write letters, make telephone calls on the clients' behalf or attend meetings with the client to ensure the clients' point of view is heard. 
 
An advocate gives the client a helping hand to put their life back on track and make a real difference at a practical level. We do not require a fixed amount of time from our volunteer advocates, time commitment is determined by you. 
A Community 'Pal' 
If you have a few hours spare and you like talking to people, why not become a Community Friend volunteer. This role could involve attending activities, such as coffee mornings or events within the community and informing them about OCAY's service. 
 
Or you could deliver leaflets and call on homes in your local area to let people know about our service. 
There are opportunities to talk to a group, such as a care home setting, another local charity or other organisations to raise the profile of OCAY. 
 
Information and guidance within this role will be provided and support given in preparing for different activities. Again we are flexible and the time commitment is very much at your discretion. 
A Fundraiser 
Help us to organise fund raising events 
Could you help run a coffee morning? 
Can you make things to sell on a stall? 
Could you organise an event to raise funds? 
 
Please get in touch 
A Trustee 
Trustees have collective responsibility for ensuring that OCAY pursues its charitable objectives. They give strategic direction to the organisation, setting overall policy, defining goals, setting targets and evaluating performance against agreed targets. They are responsible for ensuring the effective and efficient administartion of OCAY and seeking to ensure its financial stability. They must have integrity, and need commitment and goodwill towards OCAY, with time to give preparing for and participating in meetings and undertaking other activities on behalf of the charity. 
 
The trustee meetings are bi-monthly. 
An Advocate 
An advocate will typically take the issue concerning the client, such as an energy supplier issue, discuss the outcome required and then give the client options as to an appropriate way forward. An advocate never gives advice, rather they enable the client to access the information required to work towards an outcome. Within this process the advocate may be required to write letters, make telephone calls on the clients' behalf or attend meetings with the client to ensure the clients' point of view is heard. 
 
An advocate gives the client a helping hand to put their life back on track and make a real difference at a practical level. We do not require a fixed amount of time from our volunteer advocates, time commitment is determined by you. 
A Community Friend 
If you have a few hours spare and you like talking to people, why not become a Community Friend volunteer. This role could involve attending activities, such as coffee mornings or events within the community and informing them about OCAY's service. 
 
Or you could deliver leaflets and call on homes in your local area to let people know about our service. 
There are opportunities to talk to a group, such as a care home setting, another local charity or other organisations to raise the profile of OCAY. 
 
Information and guidance within this role will be provided and support given in preparing for different activities. Again we are flexible and the time commitment is very much at your discretion. 
A Fundraiser 
Help us to organise fund raising events 
Could you help run a coffee morning? 
Can you make things to sell on a stall? 
Could you organise an event to raise funds? 
 
Please get in touch 
A Trustee 
Trustees have collective responsibility for ensuring that OCAY pursues its charitable objectives. They give strategic direction to the organisation, setting overall policy, defining goals, setting targets and evaluating performance against agreed targets. They are responsible for ensuring the effective and efficient administartion of OCAY and seeking to ensure its financial stability. They must have integrity, and need commitment and goodwill towards OCAY, with time to give preparing for and participating in meetings and undertaking other activities on behalf of the charity. 
 
The trustee meeting are bi-monthly.