Volunteering with RUILS
As a self-help group with shared goals and life-forming experiences, we rely on each other as volunteers to provide the range of peer support activities.
Who can volunteer?
RUILS positively encourages the involvement of all volunteers but, we are particularly keen to recruit and encourage disabled people to run and manage our activities.
Of course, non-disabled people also have an important role in utilising their skills, work and life experiences or in supporting our disabled volunteers
I don't have any particular skills, could I do it?
Everyone has something to offer. Perhaps, you could help out at our group meetings or in our office. Maybe you can draw, enjoy talking to people, help with mailings or writing letters. These are everyday skills - we're not looking for Superman or Wonder woman!
How much time and commitment would it mean?
You decide. Among our volunteers are people who work a fixed day or set number of hours every week and others who work only when there is job to be done. We need to be flexible and appreciate that you have other things to do in your life. When you come for an introductory chat, your availability is discussed and your voluntary placement tailored to your needs.
Will I receive any support or training?
It is a RUILS policy that all new volunteer recruits will be allocated a named link person or mentor who is a more experienced volunteer. This informal 'buddy' will show you around and help you to feel confident and comfortable enough for you to work more independently or as part of a team.
Should you decide to join us as a volunteer, you will be offered induction training.
What Volunteering Opportunities do you have?
To see a list of our current vacancies click here
How do I apply?
To find out more call Caroline Thorogood on 020 8831 6083 or email her firstname.lastname@example.org.
Why not join our Management Committee and make sure that you can have your say.
At each Annual General Meeting, our members elect from among their number, a committee to run the affairs of the organisation. The current elected management committee is comprised entirely of local disabled people, of whom the majority are current recipients of direct payments. Several members are also serving as trustees of national and other local disability organisations and collectively, the committee reflect a wide range of impairments, age, gender and ethnic origins.
The committee meet monthly and if you are prepared to offer your services to this purpose it would be most welcome. To make a difference as a member of the RUILS' Board of Trustees, contact us by emailing email@example.com or call 020 8831 6083.