We have an amazing team of volunteers and we’re always looking for additional people to join the team.
No matter how much or how little time you can give, it all makes a difference and makes a big difference to the number of people we can help. You’ll be able to bring valuable experience and skills from whatever walk of life you’ve come from and you’ll meet new people to work with for a common cause – and we always try hard to find the right opportunity for you.
Why should I volunteer?
Volunteering is a great way to support Bracken Trust (The Trust). It’s also an opportunity to meet new people.
What roles are available?
Our volunteers take on a wide range of roles and responsibilities throughout The Trust which include the following:
- Centre Volunteers are the first point of contact when people arrive at The Trust. They play a very important part in welcoming visitors, helping them feel at ease and offering refreshments.
- Helping at one of our fundraising events, e.g. Bike or Run for Bracken, Summer/ Winter Fayres. We are always looking for volunteers to marshal at such events, serving tea/ coffee, putting up tables, gazebos or a myriad of other things.
- Gardener/ handyman. The Trust is very fortunate to be set in over an acre of grounds. Another vital role for volunteers is helping to maintain it as a beautiful and peaceful haven for our patients and guests.
- Shop assistant – this could be on the shop floor a few times a year or a backroom assistant – helping to sort and price items for sale, e.g. clothing and ‘bric a brac’
- Cooking for cake stalls, coffee mornings
- Walk assistants – every 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month, we take a small group of patients on a short walk, e.g. around the Groe in Builth, Lake in Llandrindod and often need people to support the patients – chatting, helping to push wheelchairs etc. Following this we provide a light lunch at The Trust which is open to anyone; regardless of whether or not they have been on the walk.
- Preparing/ serving light lunches, e.g. soup and roll, quiche and salad and / or a sweet/pudding at The Trust following the walk. There are opportunities for volunteers to be involved in the preparation/ serving or clearing of the lunch.
How many hours would I be expected to give?
You can commit to as many hours as you want; however, if you are unable to make a regular commitment, you could become a floating or relief volunteer covering for holidays or sick leave. Fundraising/ events volunteers operate on an as-and-when basis, which suits some people better.
Can I start straight away?
There can sometimes be a short waiting list for some positions.
What if I need a break once I commit to the role? If your circumstances change; you can adjust what you can offer either on a short term / long term or permanent basis. (e.g. if you agreed to meet and greet patients every other Thursday and on one of those Thursdays you needed to be somewhere else – you can simply let us know and we will find an alternative person to cover the shift)
I’m under 18. Can I still volunteer?
Yes. Volunteering at Bracken Trust is a great way to meet people and gain valuable experience to help you in later life.
If you are aged between 14 and 17, you can also volunteer to help with fundraising by helping at one of our events.
Under 14s are also able to volunteer at an event if they are accompanied by a responsible adult.
Is there anything else I should know?
Everyone who works in and for the Trust, whether in a paid or voluntary capacity, is bound by a professional rule of confidentiality and must not discuss patient details outside the centre. Some volunteer roles also require a DBS check, because they involve regular contact with vulnerable adults.
How do I apply to be a volunteer?
You can ring / call in for an application form or download one here.
For more information about becoming a Trust volunteer, please contact Helen or Gaynor on 01597 823646
We have a community charity shop three times a year, staffed by volunteers.