Do you have the gift of time to give to an enjoyable and rewarding activity?
Our service is dependent on the commitment of our excellent team of volunteer drivers and Day Centre helpers.
We need helpers to support the managers with serving drinks and lunch, organising activities and entertainment and providing a friendly, sociable atmosphere with time to listen and chat!
We need volunteer drivers who can use their own cars for an hour in the morning and/or afternoons to pick up our members and take them home afterwards. A clean driving licence and an empathetic and friendly manner is all that is needed, and mileage expenses are paid.
If you are an entertainer, speaker, singer or even magician, we can always accommodate your skills in our centre. Expenses or your standard charges can be paid if they are within our budget.
Volunteers with particular skills e.g. Manicurist, Hairdresser, Chiropodist or Craftworker would be most welcome to enhance our members’ day out.
Whether you have just a few hours or the whole day to spare, please consider helping out and call Gillian Coleman on 01844 212080 for an informal chat.
A DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check, formerly a CRB (Criminal Records Bureau) check, will be carried out for all our volunteers.
Below you can read the thoughts of two of our volunteers about helping at The Day Centre.
A Day Room Volunteer writes:
Worthwhile is the word
“Is there any chance that you could help as a volunteer at the Day Centre?”
Little did I know at the time that this request in 2004 from the Voluntary Services Coordinator at the Community Hospital would lead to such an enjoyable and rewarding role for me.
I had already been working as a volunteer in the Hospital itself and now further help was needed at the Day Centre. Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday a number of different volunteers help the Manager and her deputy in the running of the Centre. Tuesday is my day and there is always plenty to do.
Before the members arrive we wrap the cutlery in a serviette and put out the plates, dishes, jugs and glasses; then a word square is written out from the daily paper. The rivalry to see whether the volunteers or the members get the big word first is friendly but keen! As they arrive we welcome each member in with a cup of tea, coffee or hot chocolate and, of course, a smile and a cheery greeting.
During the day the volunteers may be asked to play Scrabble, Dominoes and various board games or just to read the newspaper to someone. We are always happy to sit down with them for a longer chat, which is a real treat for those who spend so much time on their own. There is a varied programme of activities in the afternoon so we are on hand to help where we are needed.
Our main concern is to make the day enjoyable for everyone and we are willing to do what we can to reach that goal. Our reward is in the words of appreciation we receive from those who come.
Now you can see why I am sure that being a volunteer is so very WORTHWHILE.
A Volunteer Driver and Trustee writes:
GETTING TO KNOW YOU
Thame is a lovely town. That’s not news to readers of this. But as a volunteer driver at the Day Centre over several years I have been able to trace its details, its courtyards and cul de sacs and, above all, meet its people. If I were a taxi driver and had to ‘do the knowledge’ of Thame, I think I would qualify.
How did this happen? Seven years ago, as I had finally retired, my wife and I looked at a map showing Oxford and High Wycombe. We have family members in both places and we thought we would like to live in reach of them all. And so we found Thame.
Explorations followed. Then the misery of selling our house in London and buying our home here. Then I pottered about …..
Some wives will know what is coming next. ‘Find yourself something to do, dear,’ said my exasperated wife. A notice in the former post office in Park Street beckoned. It wanted volunteers to work at Thame Community Hospital.
After a few more weeks of dithering I called in and was invited to be a driver for the Day Centre. My little red car took two adults and a small adult or two adults and a walking aid but not three adults and a walking aid. It didn’t matter though. I just made more trips.
So, every Tuesday morning and Wednesday afternoon I tracked down our members from the Chiltern Vale Estate to Pearce Way, from Windmill Road to Orchard Close and all points between and around.
Time passed and as I went about the town, usually on my bike, I found that there was virtually no day when I did not meet someone I know, whether they are members or helpers or people from the hospital staff.
Being a volunteer driver is great fun. And when Day Centre members say: ‘I don’t know what we would do without you people,’ I can say, in complete honesty: ‘That feeling is mutual.’