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 

Well, we have eaten our body weight of chocolate eggs, have tidied up and found the odd egg that the grandchildren forgot during their annual “hunt”, and even the tulips have had enough, and are drooping out of their jug! I know how they feel! I am droopy myself, after too much food, too much noise from excited children, and the hoovering up of tiny bits of silver paper. Enough moaning!!! The rain has stopped, and I am getting back on track doing what I enjoy (apart from being an advocate) writing my blog! 
 
My husband tells me he has been “slated” in some of them, and I have to agree. He is such a lovely man, and doesn't deserve the negative comments I have sometimes awarded him in the search for humour. Stay with me then, and I will try to redress the balance. 
 
I am thinking of a time when we moved from Germany to Bristol, but my husband had to go on ahead, leaving me to finish the packing of our house, and arrange for myself and our 8 year old daughter to travel to Bristol on the following Friday. Sounds good when you say it quickly, (and I think he did), but undaunted I managed. Only one thing! After he left, the Post Office, and BT went on strike, and there was no communication between us. Hard to believe I know, and it seems like 100 years since mobiles were invented,~ but yes, I lived through that time before Candy Crush, and the rush to put pictures of a breakfast on Facebook. I don't know how we all managed!!! 
 
Anyway, back to the move. All went well, but through the whole journey, I worried and worried again, as I had no idea where in Bristol we were going to live, neither did I know where my husbands new job was situated. Arriving at Paddington Station London, I felt just like that famous bear did, LOST! Hopped on the train to Bristol Temple Mead, luggage and daughter in tow, with my head pounding ~ and trying to work out just what I was going to do when I got there! 
 
Nervous! As the train pulled into Bristol Station, who was standing there on the platform?? Yes, my husband!! Oh my!!! I cried, my daughter cried, and when I asked how on earth he knew when the train was due in, replied that he was at the station all day, waiting for us! 
What a relief! I am so lucky, and I am so sorry for giving him a hard time in the blogs. I wholeheartedly apologise!!! 
 
My mind has wandered now, to what it is like for our clients, who are also nervous, and who worry what will happen to them if they can't find the help they need ~ and I am sure they feel the same relief when all ends well, just as I did. I like to be a part of that relief ~ I feel it with them, and that's why I volunteer for OCAY. Must stop this sermonising though!! 
 
My daughter, now grown up and with 2 boys of her own, lets me browse her Facebook, mainly so I can catch up with what my 3 children are up to. Certainly not photographing their breakfasts, nor posing for selfies, but whilst on there I came across a mum asking for advice. “Does anyone know how to keep a sun-hat on a 1 year old?” I ask you!! Believe it or not , 12 people replied, and I have to ask ~ how would they cope with the Germany to Bristol scenario???? Maybe they would, but only if Google were involved! 
Vocal Volunteer 
 

Volunteer Training 

Thursday 3rd May 
Case Management and Case Note Writing 
 
The start is at 6.30pm and runs to 8.30pm at OCAY, Priory Street, York.  
 
More information at 676200 

 

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.