Volunteering can be a great way to meet new people and learn new skills, as well as get involved in a cause that means a lot to you. There are a number of great volunteering opportunities across Hall Green constituency including a number of roles with one of our Hall Green Community Hubs the Muath Foundation. We spoke to Mumtaz Shah who is the Connect Sparkbrook Ageing Better coordinator about some of the volunteer role the Trust currently have available.
“The Muath Trust was established in 1990 and over time has built a strong reputation and trust with stakeholders, communities and people. The Muath Trust delivers a range of services and activities, some of the activities include: Day opportunities for over 50’s, A Day Nursery, Supplementary Arabic Schools, Adult Education and Vocational Training Centre, Youth activities and Domiciliary Care Services.
The Muath Trust, in partnership with Hall Green Neighbourhood Network Scheme, is offering support for people over 50, in particular vulnerable Over 50’swho are in isolation or need to remain indoors, living in Sparkhill, Balsall Heath and Sparkbrook.
Whether you need help getting shopping or prescriptions, a hot meal, if you require a food parcel, financial advice or just someone to talk to, the service is there for you. Help is available in a number of languages, including Arabic, Urdu, Punjabi and Bengali. Support is available 7 days a week Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm and Saturdays and Sundays 10am to 1pm.
Volunteers are required to help support this initiative, If you are able to help deliver items to residents, befriend people who are lonely and isolated over the phone or help promote the service to others we’d love to hear from you. Volunteers who are able to speak Arabic, Urdu, Punjabi, Bengali, Somali or other community languages are particularly welcome.
In particular we are looking for volunteers who have a full valid driving licence and have access to a vehicle and available on Wednesday afternoons 12.00pm to 2.00pm to deliver hot meals to local residents of Sparkhill, Balsall Heath and Sparkbrook.”
Some of the Muath Trust’s current volunteers took the time to tell us why they enjoy volunteering fro the trust:
“I am volunteering as I wish to give back to the community and help individuals and families who are vulnerable, in need and who are suffering from financial hardship. Am act of kindness and good deeds can make the world feel like a better place.”– A volunteer for the Muath Trust was encouraged to volunteer due to a desire to give back to their community.
“Originally I agreed to help and volunteer in order to pass some spare time. However whilst actually doing the food deliveries and seeing the smile and appreciation on peoples faces I fell in love with helping people! I do this not just to help others but to also get a personal satisfaction that I honestly would recommend to everyone out there. It is addictive!”– For one volunteer a desire to pass time has become a passion for helping others.
If you would like to volunteer with the Muath please get in touch with the Trust on 07547 249 659 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.