Volunteering opportunities

Thank you for your interest in volunteering for the Spinal Injuries Association.  We appreciate your support and will do our very best to make your volunteering experience with us enjoyable and rewarding. We are delighted to offer the following opportunities to get involved, either at our offices in Milton Keynes or out in the community.

Help in First Contact Services

Peer Support (volunteers for this service must be spinal cord injured)
Using your own experiences of living with SCI, assist our Peer Support Officers in supporting newly injured SCI people and their family and friends. Your involvement will help us reach out to more people, help reduce social isolation and increase confidence, and make a difference in rebuilding lives. Email [email protected] for more information about this opportunity.

We are currently recruiting in Yorkshire, if you’re interested we would love to hear from you!

Publications

Volunteer Forward Contributor
Do you enjoy writing? Are you happy to share your knowledge and experiences of living with spinal cord injury? Could you spare a bit of time on an ad hoc basis assisting our busy publications department? We are looking to recruit a bank of volunteers who have specialist knowledge in particular areas of spinal cord injury, and who can help contribute to the quality and quantity of information we provide people through our magazine, Forward. Our magazine is a platform for people to share their knowledge, experience and personal stories of living with spinal cord injury. The magazine features a variety of key topics, including being a walker, continuing healthcare funding, campaigning, parenting, returning to work, and bladder and bowel management. Your contribution will ensure the magazine remains relevant and representative of our readership, and upholds our values as a user-led charity. We encourage families and friends to apply for this role as well as spinal cord injured people, experiences from family members are equally as important to our wider membership.  Email [email protected] to register your interest.

Advice & Advocacy

Advice Line Volunteer 
We are looking for a volunteer to assist our Advice and Advocacy team someone with drive and ambition, who is keen and committed to learning and who can provide phone cover. Our Advice Line is here to help people understand more about spinal cord injury and provide the support and practical information that they need for daily living. The advice line for many is a first point of contact and so we need to ensure we are able to meet the demands of callers as well as provide up to date and useful information tailored by each caller’s needs. This is an important area of the charity; volunteers are encouraged to apply for this role if they feel they can make a difference. Click here for more information.

Administrative Volunteer Advocacy Department

NHS Continuing Healthcare can help individuals live independently at home, or in a residential care setting, by supporting the ongoing treatment and control of their spinal cord injury. It is funded by the NHS, who can organise care or individuals can choose to receive the funding direct (via a Personal Health Budget) and organise it themselves. Our Advocacy team can help individuals understand their entitlement to NHS Continuing Healthcare by providing information and advice. We can also help SIA members prepare for the assessment or a review of current NHS Continuing Healthcare funding and help, where appropriate, challenge any decisions that they are not happy with as well as attending appeals in a supportive capacity when necessary. We are looking for volunteers who can offer admin assistance in this busy area. Providing quality administrative support to the team that will enable us to continue to run services smoothly and provide high level assistance. Click here for more information.

Please note both of these roles are based at SIA House, Milton Keynes.

Help in Fundraising

Social Events
Offer your time and support SIA at our black tie events and race-days. Volunteers play a big part in helping us raise vital funds that go towards directly supporting those with a SCI. Email [email protected] for more information about this opportunity.

Cornflower Ball 2019! 

Plans are well under way for our annual Cornflower Ball! The ball will be held on Thursday 28th March 2019 at the Principal Hotel in Manchester. If you would like to volunteer on the evening meeting and greeting guests, selling raffle tickets, helping with the live auction and keeping guests happy we would love to hear from you! Volunteers make a tremendous difference towards the evening activities and enable us to do so much more. We will provide a meal and cover travel expenses within a reasonable distance to the venue. Contact Jen Sims HR and Volunteer Coordinator for more information [email protected] 01908 604191.

Challenge & Community Fundraising Events
Cheer as loud as you can to motivate our fantastic SIA event participants at a variety of events up and down the country. Email [email protected]co.uk for more information about this opportunity.

London Marathon April 28th 2019! 

We are always looking for volunteers to come along to our fundraising events and cheer SIA fundraisers on. If you have a few hours to spare, want to help make a difference, have some fun and show our fantastic fundraisers that they are loved and appreciated then we want to hear from you!

Recruitment is underway for our SIA volunteer team at the 2019 Virgin Money London Marathon! As always, we will need plenty of cheerers, photographers and qualified massage therapists to support our runners on the day. We need lots of enthusiastic volunteers to help make the biggest impact, cheering, singing, clapping – we need our runners to know that we are there with them every step of the way.
Come and join the fun at the most famous marathon in the world. Get in touch today!

Lights Camera …Action!
Volunteer your photography skills at the London Marathon for SIA!
You can play a vital part in helping us to document this incredible day by sharing your creative photography or videography skills with us. Get in touch if you have the skills & attributes we are looking for. Come and support our communications and marketing team, have some fun and document some truly awe inspiring moments as SIA runners run the route and cross over the finish line!

Massage Therapists
If you are a qualified massage therapist or working towards a qualification how would you like to help at the post- race reception. Our massage therapist volunteers will provide post-race massage to participants to help aid their recovery from the race.
This a great opportunity to share your skills, meet new people and other professionals in the same field as you and be part of an exciting atmosphere as runners relax in your company after the event.
Please note if you are a student therapist you will need to be under the supervision of a qualified therapist. For more information please contact Jen Sims HR and Volunteer Coordinator 01908 604191 or [email protected]

Community Fundraising Admin Support
Our Community Fundraising team organise a whole host of events throughout the year. This is a busy and exciting area to work in and we are always looking for extra pair of hands! This role is based at SIA HQ in Milton Keynes.  Click here for more information.

Supporter Care and Data

Supporter Care and Data Volunteer
We are looking for volunteers who can offer assistance in this busy area. Providing quality administrative support to the team that will enable us to continue to run services smoothly and provide high- level assistance.
This role is based at SIA HQ and we will pay travel expenses within a reasonable distance. Click here for more information.

Help in Administration/Finance

Reception/Administration Support
As a national charity supporting those with a spinal cord injuries and their families and friends, first impressions count. Working front of house providing clerical support and cover for our Reception area is an ideal way to build on customer-facing skills.  Click here for more information.

Work Placement/Work Experience Opportunities

We offer work placement and work experience opportunities to local young people and mature students. This includes work experience whilst at school, college, university, as part of the Duke of Edinburgh scheme, and during a gap year. We aim to offer students an insight into how a charity operates and provide a meaningful and valuable experience.  We encourage students to get involved in all aspects of the charity that will in the longer term help boost career aspirations, help open doors, and make applications and CVs stand out in an increasingly competitive workplace.  To find out more about opportunities for student placement and/or work experience please contact [email protected]