Women Makers Fab Club 50+ aims to reach out and engage older women in Lache and Blacon and other areas of West Cheshire, who are isolated or experience feelings of loneliness. We would like to focus on supporting women in building their confidence and resilience whilst contributing to their overall health and wellbeing and measure the positive impact on social isolation & loneliness whilst attending club activities. Club activities will involve basic woodworking, mindful crafts, DIY skills.
Are you interested in learning new skills in woodwork, making craft and diy? Want to learn more about your local community, engage with senior women who need more socialising and new friends? Are you looking for volunteering experience that makes a real impact in someones lives?
You will receive an induction before you commence your volunteer role.
Practical experience in delivering activity sessions
Opportunities to gain further on the job experience
Short training courses in basic woodwork
Health & Safety knowledge
Leadership and teamwork skills
Organisational and administration skills
Volunteers expenses provided
Being part of the new exciting social enterprise
Being part of the bigger volunteer network in Cheshire
We need volunteers to help with:
Promoting the club activities in the community and referring women to the project
Attracting, sustaining and recruiting more members to the Club
Assist women 50+ to complete the CMF paper questionnaire at the start of the engagement with the project
Running free weekly 2hr Women Makers Fab Club at our woodwork centre in Saltney (Woodwork to Wellness –“W2W”), where women will learn basics of woodwork, DIY and socialise, build new friendships
Assisting and running several free women only taster woodwork, DIY classes at W2W
Assisting and running outreach mindful crafts and pop up woodwork or DIY surgery sessions in various community venues
Supporting setting up Women Makers Creative Meet ups in community
Supporting and attending seasonal craft fairs to sell handmade crafts at chosen craft venues
What skills and qualities will volunteers need?
Good communication skills; ability to actively listen
Personable; friendly, respectful and non-patronising, polite and courteous.
Empathy; sensitive to an individual’s needs and feelings, able to relate well to older and vulnerable people, non-judgemental.
Reliability; attends appointments on time, keeps appointment changes to a minimum and makes necessary arrangements in the event of any change or cancellation.
Mature disposition and sense of humour.
Understanding of and commitment to confidentiality.
Ability to keep accurate records and notes using a computer.
Willingness to send monitoring information to the volunteer co-ordinator periodically.
Requirement to undertake training to include: induction, awareness of issues affecting older people, conducting a ‘guided conversation’ and any other appropriate training which may be required before undertaking certain tasks.
Requirement to work to guidelines and policies on Health & Safety, confidentiality, equalities and data protection.