Custom Volunteer Roles
If you are looking for an opportunity to utilise your ability, demonstrate employable skills and help others; then we may be able to create a custom volunteer role for you.
Craft Your Own Role
Being disabled or having a long-term health condition can make it difficult to get good opportunities. Since 2004 we have crafted roles in collaboration with new volunteers. Where appropriate we will seek an experienced mentor to work alongside you. This is a chance to design a role with the flexibility you need and your interests at the centre.
Examples include leading a project to set up BuDS MS-Teams Tenant with support from an IT manager, delivering an upgraded accounting system with mentoring from a qualified accountant, networking to improve our corporate partnership, supporting events and writing informative advice.
Aaron was diagnosed with High Functioning Autism and ADHD at a young age. He started volunteering at BuDS in September 2021. While looking for work experience, a jobseeker agency directed him to Reach4Work. Aaron has shown a keen eye for detail, working on informative web pages with other volunteers. Working at BuDS has helped Aaron find skills that he was previously unaware he had and to have confidence in himself.
Andy, who is profoundly deaf, joined us after being made redundant from a successful career in financial compliance in the City. Despite his strong experience and advanced skills, agencies and employers refused to recruit him because of his deafness. Andy did fantastic work for BUDS researching potential grant funders, and we were very pleased to help him identify a more inclusive financial services firm, which quickly employed him.
Paul joined BuDS in 2015, one of several volunteers introduced to us by the NHS brain injury rehabilitation service. He lives successfully with his brain injury and works part-time in web design. His skills are exceptionally useful to us and he led in 2017 on the rehosting and updating of the former BucksWorkability website. This gave him useful exposure to future contacts and we were able to help him in turn by giving references.
Who Will Benefit The Most?
People who have a clear idea about the type of work they are interested in and a good understanding of their own abilities. You’ll need to work well independently. Perhaps you are a professional looking to demonstrate your ability in a new way, or a young person who can’t seem to get that lucky break to prove their skills.
Custom roles also need to lead to good outcomes which support BuDS achieve our charitable objectives. Following a conversation with atleast one trustee you will need to figure out what the benefits will be of your work.