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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

Volunteer Counsellor

MS-UK is a national charity formed in 1993. We are here for people affected by multiple sclerosis – that’s around 107,000 people in the UK and 2.3 million worldwide. MS-UK is here for anyone affected by multiple sclerosis, to empower them to live healthier and happier lives by improving the understanding of MS and providing support where it is needed most. We put people affected by MS at the heart of our work. Our team are dedicated with a passion for making a difference. We pride ourselves on offering independent, unbiased information and support so people with MS can make their own choices. We cannot achieve our objectives without the vital support of our volunteers.

We are looking for Volunteer Counsellors to join our team to provide telephone counselling sessions to those affected by multiple sclerosis. If you have experience of delivering person centred and telephone counselling please get in touch. The role is based at our office in Colchester and full training would be provided.

Hours: Weekdays between 9am and 5pm – flexible but for a minimum of six weeks on the same day and time, in order to commit to completing client sessions.

Download the volunteer role description (PDF document)

Please send your CV with a covering letter to Sarah Wright, MS-UK, Unsworth House, Hythe Quay, Colchester CO2 8JF or via email to sarah@ms-uk.org

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 in Essex!

As a Community Champion, you will be responsible for distributing and monitoring 5 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 will be a valuable asset to the charity operating in Colchester (our home town) and the surrounding areas.

Complete an application form on our website or call Lucy 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 5 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 5 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 2 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.

Volunteer wellness coach assistant - Josephs Court

Josephs Court is our wellness centre based in The Hythe, Colchester. The centre offers a range of activities in our purpose built wellness centre, where every piece of equipment is designed to create strength and muscle tone and improve general fitness. Above all, Josephs Court is a community hub for anyone affected by MS. It runs a range of complementary therapies and it is a warm, relaxing space where people come together.

We are looking for a volunteer assistant wellness coach who will assist our wellness coaches who provide exercise prescription to our clients with multiple sclerosis and other neurological conditions. For this role we are seeking volunteers who have a background in the fitness industry, preferably those with a minimum qualification at Level 3. Additional qualifications will be advantageous. This position will include assisting wellness coaches, liaising with clients, their family and carers, making refreshments and to be a listening ear and to signpost to other services where applicable. You will have excellent interpersonal skills and ability to deal with the general public in a professional manner. Full training on the specialised equipment and other relevant training will be given.

Hours: Weekdays - morning or afternoon for a minimum of 8 hours per week.

Please contact Sarah Wright, MS-UK, Unsworth House, Hythe Quay, Colchester CO2 8JF or via email to sarah@ms-uk.org for an application form.

Welcoming clients - Josephs Court

We are looking for a volunteer to provide a welcoming service to people with multiple sclerosis so they may access the specialist services available at the centre. This will include liaising with and supporting clients while at the centre and their family and carers, making refreshments and to be a listening ear, signpost to other services where applicable and assist in other daily tasks. You will have excellent interpersonal skills and ability to deal with the general public in a professional manner. Full training on the specialised equipment and other relevant training will be given.

Hours: Weekdays - morning or afternoon for a minimum of 8 hours per week for six weeks.

Please contact Sarah Wright, MS-UK, Unsworth House, Hythe Quay, Colchester CO2 8JF or via email to sarah@ms-uk.org for an application form.