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Volunteer with MS-UK

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Volunteering is different for everyone. Some people love to be cheering on our fundraisers at a national event. Others enjoy coming into the the MS-UK offices and supporting us behind the scenes. Whatever way you want to volunteer, take a look at our opportunities to get involved below...

 


 

Volunteer Vacancies

Trustee

Multiple sclerosis-UK (MS-UK) is recruiting two new members to join our board of trustees. MS-UK is a small national charity supporting people affected by multiple sclerosis to live happier, healthier lives. We are particularly keen to hear from people with experience in digital service delivery, and marketing to assist our decision making and increase our impact. A personal connection to multiple sclerosis is desirable, however, more importantly, a connection to our vision, mission and values is crucial.

Our trustees work together to set the direction of the charity and ensure it is well managed. By joining the board, you too will be instrumental in the success of the charity and help make a real difference to the lives of people affected by MS. As well as reading our recruitment pack, you can also find out more about the role of a trustee on the Charity Commission website.

MS-UK is committed to being an equal, diverse and inclusive charity accessible for all. The aim is for our workforce, including our board of trustees, to be truly representative of all sections of society and our stakeholders, and for everyone to feel respected and able to give their best. We encourage applications from people of all backgrounds and communities.

Current board

The board is made up of seven trustees with a wide range of lived and learned experiences.

Expenses

Reasonable out of pocket expenses, such as travel, can be reclaimed.

Location

The board usually holds four meetings per year. Three in Colchester, one in London. There is also a board and senior management team away day each year. Attendance can be arranged via Zoom if attending in person is not practicable.

Time commitment

Meetings are generally 3 hours and you will need to allow around 2 hours to read the papers for each meeting. There may be some occasional papers sent electronically for consideration and response. Other opportunities to get involved with the wider work of the board and charity are optional.

How to apply

For full details and information on how to apply, click the button below. 

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Student Volunteer Counsellor

Volunteer role         MS-UK Student Counsellor

Location                  Home based

Responsible to       Head of Services

Hours                       Flexible – Monday to Friday between 9am-5pm

Are you a final year counselling student and would you like to join our counselling team to work with people living with a multiple sclerosis (MS) diagnosis?

MS-UK provides the MS community with the services they need to live happier and healthier lives. Life with MS can be incredibly challenging. Diagnosis often comes at a time when people are planning careers or families, and creates a level of uncertainty of what life may hold that is difficult to accept. Longer-term, treatment options and how to manage such a vast potential of symptoms including visual disturbances, fatigue, pain, and mobility problems, can often become overwhelming without the right information and support.

MS-UK Counselling is one of our national services which delivers online person-centred counselling via telephone or Zoom. This is the only national counselling service for people living with MS and demand is high. Our clients need support to help find a way to accept and live with their diagnosis and manage the many different emotions such as grief, loss and anger. We cannot achieve our objectives without the vital support of volunteers.

We are looking for volunteer student counsellors to join our counselling team to provide online counselling sessions to those affected by MS. If you are a final year student with BACP student membership, at least 80 hours experience and some experience of delivering person-centred counselling online please get in touch. The role is home-based and full training on MS will be provided. Monthly group clinical supervision will be provided.

Purpose of the role

  • To provide online counselling to people living with multiple sclerosis (MS) via telephone or Zoom

Key tasks

  • To provide online counselling to people living with MS
  • To work within MS-UK policies and procedures, and good practice in line with relevant BACP guidelines

Key skills/requirements

  • Final year student, individual membership with BACP, preferably with prior knowledge of MS or a health/social care background
  • Experience in delivering person-centred counselling online
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Computer literate
  • Knowledge and understanding of professional body regulations and ability to interpret correctly
  • An understanding of Data Protection
  • An understanding of Safeguarding and Equality and Diversity

Other

You will need to comply with MS-UK policies and procedures relevant to the role.

Hours: Weekdays between 9am and 5pm – flexible but an ability to commit for at least 12 months would be preferable for a minimum of four hours / 4 clients per week.

Please click on the button below to download the application form and then send to Sarah Wright, MS-UK, D3 Knowledge Gateway, Nesfield Road, Colchester, CO4 3ZL or via email to sarah@ms-uk.org . Please call 01206 226500 if you have any queries

Download the application form here

Volunteer Counsellor

Volunteer role         MS-UK Counsellor

Location                  Home-based

Responsible to       Head of Services

Hours                       Flexible – Monday to Friday between 9am-5pm, but an ability to commit for at least six months would be preferable for a minimum of four hours per week

Would you like to join our counselling team to work with people living with a multiple sclerosis (MS) diagnosis?

MS-UK provides the MS community with the services they need to live happier and healthier lives. Life with MS can be incredibly challenging. Diagnosis often comes at a time when people are planning careers or families, and creates a level of uncertainty of what life may hold that is difficult to accept. Longer-term, treatment options and how to manage such a vast potential of symptoms including visual disturbances, fatigue, pain, and mobility problems, can often become overwhelming without the right information and support.

MS-UK Counselling is one of our national services which delivers online person-centred counselling via telephone or Zoom. This is the only national counselling service for people living with MS and demand is high. Our clients need support to help find a way to accept and live with their diagnosis and manage the many different emotions such as grief, loss and anger. We cannot achieve our objectives without the vital support of volunteers.

We are looking for four volunteer counsellors to join our counselling team to provide online counselling sessions to those affected by MS. If you are a qualified BACP counsellor and have experience of delivering person-centred counselling online please get in touch. The role is home-based and full training on MS will be provided. Group clinical supervision will also be provided.

Hours: Weekdays between 9am and 5pm – flexible but an ability to commit for at least six months would be preferable for a minimum of four hours per week.

We are committed to equality of opportunity for all staff and applications from individuals are encouraged regardless of age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief and marriage and civil partnerships.

Please click on the button below to download the volunteer application form and then send to Sarah Wright, MS-UK, D3 Knowledge Gateway, Nesfield Road, Colchester, CO4 3ZL or via email to sarah@ms-uk.org. Please call 01206 226500 if you have any queries.

Purpose of the role

  • To provide online counselling to people living with multiple sclerosis (MS) via telephone or Zoom

Key tasks

  • To provide online counselling to people living with MS
  • To work within MS-UK policies and procedures, and good practice in line with relevant BACP guidelines

Key skills

  • Qualified counsellor – registered with BACP, preferably with prior knowledge of MS or a health/social care background
  • Experience of delivering person-centred online
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Computer literate
  • Knowledge and understanding of professional body regulations and ability to interpret correctly
  • An understanding of Data Protection
  • An understanding of Safeguarding and Equality and Diversity

Other

You will need to comply with MS-UK policies and procedures relevant to the role

Volunteer counsellor application form 

 

 

MS-UK Community Champion

We are looking to welcome volunteers to join MS-UK’s first volunteer fundraising group and to become MS-UK’s Community Champions!

As a Community Champion, you will be responsible for distributing and monitoring five collection pots in your local area, and maintaining relationships with venues that agree to hold our collection tins. We are seeking volunteers who are passionate about our work to support people affected by multiple sclerosis (MS), with excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to deal with the general public in a professional manner.

Our Community Champions are such valuable assets to MS-UK.

Complete an application form on our website or call Molly on 01206 226500 to find out more!

What's involved?

As a Community Champion, you can volunteer as much or little time as you like! We ask that you take a minimum of five collection tins to distribute in your local area, but if you feel that you have time to manage more collection tins then that would be fantastic!

You will be making a valuable contribution to MS-UK and helping to support anyone affected by multiple sclerosis...

Your responsibilities will be:

  • Managing a minimum of five collection tins in your local area
  • Seeking locations for potential venues to hold a money tins for MS-UK (shops / pubs / local businesses)
  • Building and maintaining relationships with these venues
  • Changing the collection pots every two months
  • Ensuring that each venue has signed the relevant permission forms
  • Counting and paying in funds from collection pots to MS-UK
  • Thanking venues accordingly and presenting with certificates

In return we will support you every step of the way to have an amazing volunteering experience. You'll get a full induction, support and training, regular e-newsletters from MS-UK and we will reimburse agreed out-of-pocket expenses.

Volunteer cheer squad member - fundraising

As part of the fundraising cheer squad, you'll attend events and support our dedicated fundraisers who are running or cycling in aid of MS-UK!

From the Virgin Money London Marathon to the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100, MS-UK has teams in national sporting events throughout the year that you can support.

We are looking for enthusiasm, a fantastic cheering approach and lots of energy. You will be the eyes and ears of MS-UK on event days, spotting our fundraisers and giving them much needed encouragement. You will have excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to deal with the general public in a professional manner. Full briefings for each event will be given, and you can volunteer as much as you feel able to.

Please contact Jill on 01206 226500 to find out more. You can also complete a contact form to get in touch with the fundraising team.