There are so many different things that you could do to help at My Time.
Without drivers, very few of our children and young people would get to club, so if you are fully insured and a driver over 21, please consider helping us. For the clubs in Dorking and Ewell that start at 5.30 and finish at 7.00, you will be needed to pick up a couple of children at about 5.00 and get them back home at the end of the session. Sometimes drivers stay to help at sessions, but not all.
If you live in Mole Valley and could get young carers to the Fetcham club, please do contact us. Mole Valley is a huge area and providing transport for members as far afield as Capel and Stoke d’Abernon for instance, is quite a challenge! Sessions run from 7.00 until 8.30 p.m.
We also need help with transport for off-site activities during the school holidays.
Expenses can be reimbursed at 45p per mile for all the above.
Club helpers provide support for the Session Leaders. You don’t need loads of experience, just a friendly personality, non-judgemental attitude and a sense of fun. Our volunteers bring with them all kinds of talents and experience; so if you love sport, arts and crafts, music or drama or simply want to ‘be there’ for our members, do get in touch.
If you are a student participating in the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme, why not ask about helping at the clubs in Dorking and Ewell. Supporting young carers and volunteering with My Time brings with it so many positives, not least the opportunity to get experience of community work. Future employers and universities appreciate the fact that students or staff members have shown initiative and have given their free time to help other people.
We have ten Board Members at the moment, but we would welcome new Trustees who are committed to the ethos of My Time, who have experience in health, community work, management, law or education. We are especially interested in hearing from anyone with specialist skills in IT and HR. As a Board, we are open to new ideas and enthusiasm. We have approximately six meetings a year and although it’s not essential, we do encourage club visits and some participation in activities to help underpin informed decision-making.
The charity has grown significantly in four years and we have achieved a great deal. Although we are justifiably proud of our success, with 14,000 known young carers in Surrey alone, there is still so much more that we could do. Do please get in touch if you would like to be part of My Time’s future.
Fundraising and events
Every donation, big or small helps us to give young carers some fun and time to be carefree. We appreciate every penny that is given to us for our work. If you belong to a Church, Club or group that would like to hear more about our charity, we would welcome the invitation to come along for a chat or send you some leaflets.
Maybe you could help out at fêtes and fairs, or with other PR initiatives. Raising awareness of the needs of young carers as well as raising the profile of My Time is really important to us. If this is for you, do please contact us at email@example.com
School Young Carer Champions
It’s hard for young carers at school and because of this, My Time is just about to launch a scheme to recruit students who would like to support them. We will have more information about this soon, but if you are interested, we would like to hear from you.