Volunteer

Volunteering with us can be a very rewarding experience and is a great way to meet new people whilst giving something back to your local community.

Our volunteers are the bedrock of the care we provide. They give invaluable support in every area of our work by sharing their interests, skills and talents to really make a difference in their local community.

Whatever your age, background, motivation or experience, there is likely to be a volunteer role at Mayfair suited to you.

  • Receptionist
  • Co-Co Volunteer
  • Listener
  • Kitchen Assistant
  • Administrator
  • Gardener
  • Handy Person/Decorator
  • Host
  • Crèche Assistant
  • Ring & Ride Driver or Passenger Assistant
  • Walk Leader
  • Mayfair Meal Deliverer
  • Co-Co Befriender
  • Helper with Form Filling
  • Fundraiser Volunteer
  • Trustee
  • Youth Worker
  • Art & Craft Assistant
  • Beacon and 44B’s Assistant

There are many different areas you could get involved in at Mayfair. If you would like to have a chat about volunteering, then please give Kate Slater (Volunteer Co-ordinator) a call on 01694 722077.

Student Placements

We offer students the chance to volunteer as part of their Duke of Edinburgh Award or work experience or just because they think it’s important to be a valued part of their community.

Spotlight on a volunteer

Gwyneth Jones

Mayfair/MAYSI Volunteer

Having moved into the local area about 10 months ago, I was looking for opportunities that would help me settle into the community, use some of my NHS skills and experience, but most importantly, help me meet new people and have some fun.

Volunteering at Mayfair has so far ticked all of these boxes.

One afternoon a week I work on the reception in Mayfair Community Centre. Each week I see some of the now familiar faces of the many visitors who come to use the centre. I also meet a few new faces who invariably hear the ‘northern’ accent and another chat ensues.

In addition to the above I volunteer at MAYSI. In the new year I was fortunate enough to be introduced to a gentleman who I now visit weekly in his own home, he has a keen interest in politics and history and we enjoy talking through the weeks events and generally putting the world to rights. I feel supported in both the roles. I have been provided with training and on-going support. If I have any queries or difficulties help is readily at hand from the core staff. Mayfair is an organisation that is interested in developing and growing, and so it is keen to hear new ideas and suggestions, and has encouraged me to put some of these into action. To sum up, Mayfair has met all of my expectations. I enjoy both roles, but the best thing is, I feel like I’m getting to know the community, and some of its people, and the time I spend at Mayfair is definitely fun.

Why Volunteer?

With busy lives, it can be hard to find time to volunteer. However, the benefits of volunteering can be enormous. Volunteering at the Strettons Mayfair Trust offers vital help to people in need in our community, but the benefits can be even greater for you, the volunteer. The right match can help you to find friends, connect with the community and learn new skills.

Giving to others can also help protect your mental and physical health. It can reduce stress, combat depression, keep you mentally stimulated and provide a sense of purpose. While it’s true that the more you volunteer, the more benefits you’ll experience, volunteering doesn’t have to involve a long-term commitment or take a huge amount of time out of your busy day. Giving, even in simple ways, can help those in need and improve your health and happiness.

One of the more well-known benefits of volunteering is the impact on the community. Volunteering allows you to connect to your community and make it a better place. Even helping out with the smallest tasks can make a real difference to the lives of people  in need. And volunteering is a two-way street: It can benefit you and your family as much as the cause you choose to help. Dedicating your time as a volunteer helps you make new friends, expand your network and boost your social skills.

One of the best ways to make new friends and strengthen existing relationships is to commit to a shared activity together. Volunteering is a great way to meet new people, especially if you are new to Church Stretton. It strengthens your ties to the community and broadens your support network, exposing you to people with common interests, neighbourhood resources, and fun and fulfilling activities.

While some people are naturally outgoing, others are shy and have a hard time meeting new people. Volunteering gives you the opportunity to practice and develop your social skills, since you are meeting regularly with a group of people with common interests. Once you have momentum, it’s easier to branch out and make more friends and contacts.

Why not volunteer as a family?

Children watch everything you do. By giving back to the community, you’ll show them first-hand how volunteering makes a difference and how good it feels to help other people and enact change. It’s also a valuable way for you to get to know other organisations in the community and find resources and activities for your children and family.

Volunteering provides many benefits to both mental and physical health.

Volunteering provides many benefits to both mental and physical health.

Volunteering makes you happy. By measuring hormones and brain activity, researchers have discovered that being helpful to others delivers immense pleasure. Human beings are hard-wired to give to others. The more we give, the happier we feel.

Volunteering provides a sense of purpose. Older adults, especially those who have retired or lost a spouse, can find new meaning and direction in their lives by helping others. Whatever your age or life situation, volunteering can help take your mind off your own worries, keep you mentally stimulated, and add more zest to your life.

Volunteering can help with making friends.

Volunteering helps counteract the effects of stress, anger, and anxiety. The social contact aspect of helping and working with others can have a profound effect on your overall psychological well-being. Nothing relieves stress better than a meaningful connection to another person. 

Volunteering can combat depression. Volunteering keeps you in regular contact with others and helps you develop a solid support system, which in turn protects you against depression.

Volunteering increases self-confidence. You are doing good for others and the community, which provides a natural sense of accomplishment. Your role as a volunteer can also give you a sense of pride and identity. And the better you feel about yourself, the more likely you are to have a positive view of your life and future goals.

Volunteering helps you stay physically healthy. Studies have found that those who volunteer have a lower mortality rate than those who do not. Older volunteers tend to walk more, find it easier to cope with everyday tasks, are less likely to develop high blood pressure, and have better thinking skills. Volunteering can also lessen symptoms of chronic pain and reduce the risk of heart disease.

When it comes to volunteering, time and willingness are the only requirements

While learning new skills can be beneficial to many, it’s not a requirement for a fulfilling volunteer experience. Bear in mind that the most valuable assets you can bring to any volunteer effort are compassion, an open mind, a willingness to pitch in wherever needed and a positive attitude.

Volunteering is a fun and easy way to explore your interests and passions. Doing volunteer work you find meaningful and interesting can be a relaxing, energising escape from your day-to-day routine of work, school, or family commitments. Volunteering also provides you with renewed creativity, motivation, and vision that can carry over into your personal and professional life.