Council To Recruit Volunteer Coordinator For Islands

The Town Hall

The Council is recruiting a member of staff to encourage islanders to volunteer.

It’s our islands response to David Cameron’s Big Society plan.

The Town Hall feels that the volunteering sector here isn’t currently strong enough or organised enough to support Big Society initiatives.

The successful recruit will encourage residents to share talents and skills for the benefit of the wider community and his or her work targets would include setting up a so-called ‘University of the Third Age’. That’s a nationally recognised group where retirees share expert knowledge to encourage learning.

They’ll also be offered training on environmental awareness and advice on mentoring.

The new Community Learning Coordinator will be expected to work 15 hours a week on the Volunteer Scilly project until next April.

The volunteering project hopes to find helpers to work with videoconferencing and distance learning, after the recent success of Spanish language courses. Islanders used computer links to practise alongside students on the mainland.

There’ll also be a ‘Time Bank’ that locals sign up to and which organisations needing assistance could recruit help from. Volunteers’ time would be directed towards the memory cafe, the health watchdog Link for Scilly and Lifelong Learning.

Organisers believe the benefits of volunteering include making new friends and contacts, building self-confidence and feeling valued.