What volunteering looks like at Equal Lives 

Thank you for taking an interest in volunteering with Equal Lives. It's thanks to people like you that we're able to achieve the great work we do!

 

Email us at volunteers@equallives.org.uk to find out more about volunteering at Equal Lives. 

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Volunteering During the Covid-19 Pandemic 

We know that volunteering during a pandemic can be a little intimidating. That’s why we’ve worked hard to ensure a safe working environment for all our volunteers.  Most volunteer roles have now been facilitated to be remote, rather than site based, to remove the anxiety that comes with working in an environment other than your home.  We’ve also moved all meetings onto Teams and all training now takes place online. 

 

Where equipment is needed, we make arrangements to provide volunteers with whatever is essential to the role, so there’s no need to worry about whether your laptop is up to date with the latest security software.  If you’d like any more details about how we’re making volunteering safe in a Covid facing world, please feel free to ask! 

Information and Advice

This is our busiest department and at present has the most volunteers. This team is responsible for supporting people to apply, appeal or manage welfare benefits, as well as provide information, advice and advocacy to disabled people in need. 
 

To volunteer in this department, you will likely have a good understanding of disability-related barriers, have some basic computer skills, be empathetic and have your own transport. You could help people to complete their benefits applications, support them to attend appointments and much more. 

Email - volunteers@equallives.org.uk

Business Development 

Responsible for marketing, membership, fundraising and communications - the Development Team is central to the organisation.

 
It's a small but busy team, and they're always working on something new. 

To volunteer in this department, you will likely be friendly and energetic, have a good understanding of how to use social media, be enthusiastic and be willing to learn. 

You could volunteer from home or come into the office, and support us at events. 

Email - volunteers@equallives.org.uk

Payroll and Finance

The payroll team are busy every week running payroll for customers who have a direct payment or those who employ their own Personal Assistant. 

To help out you could come into the office and support with admin, envelope stuffing, scanning and supporting the team with general tasks. To do this role you will need to be reliable, have excellent attention to detail and be okay with working with numbers.

Email - volunteers@equallives.org.uk

Suffolk Independent Living

Based in Ipswich, Suffolk - the SIL team support people who have a Direct Payment. 

Support you could give this team is help picking up the phones during busier times, helping with admin in the office and assisting them to post jobs onto their social media for people who are recruiting their own Personal Assistant. 

Email - volunteers@equallives.org.uk

Join as a Trustee

Trustees govern our organisation and help to direct and steer our services. 
As a trustee, you'll need to be passionate about the rights of disabled people and have personal experience of disability. 

You will need to be flexible and attend monthly meetings over Teams. 

To enquire about becoming a trustee please email Susan on:

 

susan.waterfield@equallives.org.uk 

Shopmobility

Shopmobility is a scheme that supports people to rent mobility scooters or other mobility aids during their visit to the city.  

There will be several opportunities to volunteer and build your skills, meet new people, and feel more confident! 

The Shopmobility Service will be open: 

Tuesday – Sat  

09:00 – 16:00  

We will need volunteers to support us: 

Tuesday – Sat  

08:30 -16:30 

On a day to day basis, the volunteers will: 

  • Open the site ready for business, and close at the end of the day 

  • Greet customers and support them to rent the equipment  

  • Keep the site clean and tidy  

  • Clean vehicles when they’re returned  

  • Handle cash and take card payments  

  • Support people to sign up as members  

  • Support people to join Equal Lives as members  

  • Answer some queries on social media  

  • Take future bookings 

Sound interesting? Contact us on shopmobility@equallives.org.uk or call 01508 491210