Volunteering

MCDT aims to involve volunteers in the delivery of MCDT`s services in order to meet the needs of our customers and increase our contact with the local community.

MCDT seeks to recruit volunteers from a diverse range of backgrounds that reflects the makeup of the local community.

Each potential volunteer will be invited to an initial contact meeting to discuss areas of volunteering available eg

  • Health Champion volunteering
  • Park Library
  • Community Cafe
  • Pantry Project
  • Park Centre Community Garden Project
  • Steel Inn Young Peoples Resource Centre Services

There is an application process with support which includes request for references and a DBS check to be carried out.

DBS check is a police check to see if the individual has committed an offence that would restrict them from working with children and vulnerable adults. How ever, having a  criminal record does not necessarily stop individuals from volunteering with MCDT.

All volunteers undergo an induction and are placed with a paid member of staff for support and supervision.

A personal development plan is completed as part of the induction and a registration sheet , providing emergency contact details to be shared to be put on file.

The volunteer will be expected to keep monthly activity logs of time committed and type of activity carried out to ensure MCDT helps to develop the skills and experience of the volunteer.

Regular support sessions are provided which are documented.

All volunteers are entitled to out of pocket expenses against receipts submitted for travel and meals, if volunteering exceeds 5 hours at any session. Maximum payment of £3.50.

All volunteers are covered by MCDT insurance policy.

Ultimately volunteering at MCDT enables individuals to develop their strengths and skills which in turn supports the community,

“To support the community to develop enterprising solutions that brings about positive economic, social and environmental change”

Photo of Paula Cowley and the Community Garden Group

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