Interested in Volunteering 

 

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 

It's that time of year again!! Yep, invitations arrived to attend two more Nativity Plays. 
 
Now, I have sat through endless nativities, what with 3 children, and a host of grandchildren, and although most have made me laugh out loud, they have all brought a different tear to my eye as I drive away. This years' will be no different I fear, so I will be armed with the pack of tissues, and a strong backbone along with a will of iron to congratulate them on their efforts. All the efforts tucked away as usual in the memory box, and to be remembered again after a few glasses of fizz at future get-togethers. Love it! 
 
I haven't had any fizz just now, but once I started this, the horrors came flooding back. Think the first I attended was to see my eldest son at age 5, dressed as a shepherd in nothing but a sheepskin rug and his underpants! No shoes. The procession of similar shepherds and their sheep made their way from the back of the hall, through to the stage, where baby Jesus was waiting in his Barbie 4 poster bed. Everything was very quiet and expectant, and as my son stepped onto the stage steps, he stubbed his toe, and in a VERY loud voice said, “Bl***y Hell!!!” Every pair of eyes turned to glower at me. Tears rose. 
 
He grew up ~ well ~ got bigger, and as an 11 year old was a roving reporter in Bethlehem, in a suit and trilby, and with PRESS on a ticket on the hat. He careered over the stage like 
paparazzi with his camera at the ready and shouting SCOOP SCOOP!! Mary cried! 
 
My other son was made a King, but unfortunately had no idea where he was, or what he was supposed to do, and burst into tears when he saw me! My blonde daughter being blonde was cast as an angel, the fact she was blonde being the only stipulation for being cast as angelic! During the whole performance she constantly smacked the hands of other angels if they didn't keep to the correct script, whilst singing louder than anyone else, and looking daggers at the hoste of tinselled and winged messengers from the heavens. She has always been bossy!! Angel Gabriel cried! 
 
Oh dear, I thought by the time my grandchildren joined the nativity cast, things would be better organised, but I fear I was wrong. My 5 year old little darling lifted his handmade donkey mask to pick his nose!! For a very long time! His cousin, at a different nursery laughed rather too loudly when a tiny little girl came to dance around the Christmas tree. She was the Christmas angel for the top of the tree, and danced her heart out, round and round the tree until she got dizzy and lurched all over the stage in what was a breath-taking display of trying to keep upright! And failing!! I stifled the laughs until I cried!! 
 
The bossy angels' sons have not been without blame either ~ her eldest being cast as a wall (?) with withering looks at Joseph, who he really wanted to be, the year after being a Nazareen in “Call the Midwife”. His brother bored to tears, and sitting on the floor almost under the corner of the stage,~ trying but failing to push the corner of that stage up his nose!! His giant shiny gold star always getting in the way! My eyes filled up, possibly due to what could have happened had he succeeded!!! 
 
Last years though was truly hilarious, sitting directly in front of the Inn, we had a superb view of the cardboard Inn frontage, which I think was supposed to be held up by the suitably clad Inn Keepers behind it. ( A motley crew, wearing old and faded tea-towels, and perhaps too disinterested to keep a hold of the cardboard for too long!) It fell down! Time and again it fell down. As Joseph insisted on knocking at each of the three doors, it fell down again and again!! It fell down as the Inn Keepers nudged each other, and again, it ended up on the floor when they insisted on doing the script justice by shouting “THER'S NO ROOM” in loud, exasperated voices!!!! They had had enough at this stage, and there was a lot of scowling going on!! Mary took to telling the Inn Keepers off, just like my angel daughter would have, and as she tugged at Josephs robes to move on, the thing collapsed for the last time, even the three kings had to walk over it to get to baby Jesus! Oh my, by this stage, we were all stuffing tissues in our mouths, and the ride home was indeed a tearful journey!! But a happy one!! With happy tears!! And relief ~ relief that I wasn't an Inn Keepers Grandma!! 
 
And so I have my invites to this years' stunning performances, and I really can't wait!! Am taking time away from being an advocate, and revelling in my family and their efforts once again! (My 6 year old grandson already searching for a flat cap and a gilet!) Watch this space ~ It might get messy!! And tearful!! 
 
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 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 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.