Why do we need volunteers?
The demands for our service continue to increase and the service we provide is hugely popular. The more volunteers we have, the more we can do within the community.
FiSH plays an essential role in providing care within the community. It is able to identify needs at grass root level, enabling small preventative measures to be put in place so that more significant social and health issues can be avoided. This in turn often lessens the burden on the statutory services.
FiSH helps to bring members of the community together but, long-term, the volunteers of today may become the clients of tomorrow.
What sort of volunteers does FiSH need?
Friendly, practical people. We need befrienders, escorts, drivers, shoppers, gardeners, listeners, handypeople, chatters, bakers, musicians... But we'd also love to hear from you if you have clerical skills or specialist skills in IT, marketing, PR, finance or fundraising.
How much time would I need to give?
As much or as little as you can spare. Some volunteers help on a weekly basis, some more occasionally. Some help for an hour, others give a day. Our various activities have varying time commitments, so we can always find an activity to suit you.
How do I become a volunteer?
Complete the application form which is downloadable from the button below. We will then arrange to meet with you. All volunteers need to be DBS cleared before becoming actively involved.
What training does FiSH provide?
FiSH will provide training for volunteers and we encourage all new volunteers to attend a basic induction course within their first six months of service. Other courses are offered in moving and handling people, basic first aid and befriending skills. For those interested in driving our minibuses, a MIDAS course will be arranged via Richmond and Kingston Accessible Transport (RaKAT).
Want to know more about FiSH and how you can support us?
A special pack has been produced which introduces FiSH and explains how you can financially support us. It can be downloaded here.
"Retail therapy really does exist!" (FiSH Volunteer)