We welcome help and support with a number of key roles 

We currently need help with fund raising 
We are always looking for people with the skills and time available to help with fund raising and events. This volunteering role helps us to sustain our service. How much time you are able to offer is up to you. Just available now and then? You could help with our one off fund raising events. Want to do a sponsored event for OCAY funds? Please get in touch. 

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 

Getting out there and actually advocating, was a bit of a scary thought,~ but not one for procrastinating, out there I went. Out into the nether regions of York, and knocked on the door of my first unsuspecting client. Think, in truth, there have been many unsuspecting clients since that first one, but the first always sticks in your mind. 
 
I was on my own, my Boss Lady, (sorry,) Service Manager, had asked if I wanted help from an experienced advocate,~ and had talked me through the advocating procedure. A few years on from this encounter, OCAY has changed somewhat, and we all get training in various aspects of the “job”. Full Training!! Really full training!! No, I mean FULL training!! 
 
Back to the visit then. I declined the offer of help, due to my working for Social Services for 9 years, where I was used to ringing the doorbell, and assessing what was needed . Whether we could provide it or not, is of course, a problem, and so therefore, trying to find alternatives was challenging. I loved it. A thought occurred to me that this first visit for OCAY was surely going to be better than the one I am about to relay! My first visit there, being to a client who needed care, and subsequently, writing up a care plan for him. 
 
This gentleman was having difficulty with bathing, and general care, and I asked if he could explain his problem whilst having a bath. (we could provide equipment, but needed clarification). And I was new! He was getting louder and louder, possibly mistaking my vacant look for deafness, but he persevered with the shouting. “I can't have a bath, cause I can't get out of the b****y thing”, he bellowed. I asked if he was having the difficulty in sitting down or getting up. Quite a reasonable scenario I thought, (I could have suggested grab rails), but no hardship there apparently. So then I asked if his difficulty was getting his leg over?!?! Oh my goodness! He laughed out loud ~ “b****y h**l love, I'm 84, I haven't had my leg over in 20 years!! I did improve over the 9 years, but this man stays in my mind, not only for the leg-over bit, but for him showing me his beautiful Hogmanay table. Mahogany to you and I. 
 
Back then to my first visit from OCAY ~ I visited! There, that is all I can say, as our confidentiality is paramount. Sorry, but that's all I can pass on, and although the same confidentiality is required for Social Services, I know the gentleman referred to is sadly not with us any more. I wonder how many people he told, of a visit from a vacant case-worker enquiring about his love life! 
 
 
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 meeting 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.