FAQs for Volunteers

Want to make friends, learn new skills and boost your self-esteem? Be a Breathe volunteer!

We‘re looking for enthusiastic, reliable and organised volunteers to provide our small, busy team with much-needed support. By helping free up our time, you can let us focus on making our programmes even better to help even more people.

WHY VOLUNTEER?

Volunteering is a two-way street. We get your time and enthusiasm, but you get a whole lot back too. Dedicating your time helps you expand your network, improve your social skills and give your self-esteem a healthy boost. Alongside a sense of accomplishment and pride, volunteering can keep you mentally stimulated, pep up your life and give you a sense of purpose.

SO HOW CAN I HELP?

What you’ll be doing will depend on your skills, experience and interests. Here are the areas where we need support:

PERFORMING ARTS PROGRAMME

  • Researching calendar activities, arts festivals and local events
  • Issuing standard booking summaries/contracts for lunchtime bookings and chasing responses
  • Electronic filing of replies and recording in photos file, artists’ folders and database

RESIDENT MUSICIAN PROGRAMME (Breathe Regularly / Breathe In, Breathe Out)

  • Adding date info to help prepare rotas per rolling quarter, ready for availability requests to be populated
  • Sending standardised Survey Monkey reminder releases to clinical teams before each concert
  • Sending supplies of marketing materials and information to musicians

BREATHE MAGIC PROGRAMME

  • Stocktaking of magical props supplies
  • Researching info on venues and caterers
  • Electronic filing / basic data entry and filing
  • Hands-on help to move items i.e. setting up venue with children’s table and chairs
  • Willing to take taxis to transport equipment
  • A driver would be a bonus!

BREATHE OFFICE

We deliver a wide range of work and require the volunteer to give office support including liaising with performers, sending emails, digital filing, internet research, stock-taking and basic data entry but it could also include welcoming visitors, answering calls, arranging training and interviews.

We request volunteers commit to at least 0.5 or 1 day per week for a minimum of three months.

  • Quick-thinking, friendly and approachable with good interpersonal skills
  • Good understanding of general IT setups, ideally able to use both Mac and PC
  • Confident using Microsoft Office – Word and Excel
  • Typing documents that may contain sensitive information
  • Data entry
  • Collating of digital files
  • Collation of information
  • Photocopying
  • Filing
  • Archiving
  • Answering the telephone
  • Organising post when required and taking to post office/box

All applicants need to undergo a DBS (CRB) check, and a valid driver’s licence would be useful but is not essential.

SPECIALIST VOLUNTEERS

Have you got a special or unusual skill? Whatever it is, please let us know – we’re sure we can use you!

  • Juggler
  • Super sewer
  • Free-from baker
  • Tap dancer
  • Motivational speaker
  • Domino run champion

READY TO VOLUNTEER?

If you think you can help, we’d be delighted to hear from you – please get in touch.