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" Helping you to help yourself. "

Who Are WCV

WCV is a Weymouth, Dorset based registered charity who support and enable people with multiple and/or complex needs to become active members of their local community. We achieve this through improving access to opportunities in Volunteering, Education and by offering Training that improves Employment prospects.

Our Vision

Our vision is to create a community where disadvantaged people are valued, included and have the opportunity to achieve a good quality of life and well being. To break down barriers and raise awareness of difficulties faced and overcome by people very often furthest removed from the labour market.

Meet the Team

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Sue Follan (Manager)

Kate Stone (Deputy Manager)

Mark (Ace of Spades)

Mandy (Volunteer)

Thomas (I.T. Tutor)

Award (Volunteering)

Aspects of Our Work

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Supported Employment

If you have been out of the workplace or not been able to work before, we understand how hard it can be to even imagine that you can get a job and keep it. There are also ways to work and keep some or all of your benefits. You CAN reach your goal!

Training

We can support you to access any training you feel you may need. We offer computer training on a one to one basis that enables you to progress at your own pace. We also have strong links with the local college to help you take the first step.

Volunteering

We arrange placements that are local and try to match your interests with the opportunities we have available. We also attend many local community events where volunteers are required in a variety of areas. Make friends,have fun, and get the feel good factor!

Opportunities

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Year Round Opportunities at WCV

Gardening

Low cost garden projects for the elderly.

Furniture Restoration and Drivers Mates

Assisting WCV's furniture reuse project.

Drivers (Own Vehicle)

We need drivers for WCV's Community Transport Scheme.

Retail Shop Assistants

Customer service and shop replenishing.

Event Stewards and Marshals

Providing support to community events.

Painters and Decorators

Small projects for the elderly and community halls.

Admin

General computer usage and telephone call handling.

Web Development / Social Media

Building, development and maintaining of WCV's website projects.

Transport

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Weymouth Community Transport Scheme (WCT)

Weymouth Community Transport - Weymouth Community Volunteers Transport Scheme

This service enables people of 55 years of age and over, to access transport to take them to any health related appointments. We can also take you to visit your spouse/partner in hospital or nursing homes. You must live south of The Ridgeway to use our scheme. All our drivers are DBS checked and carry photo identity badges. Vehicle documents are regularly checked.

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How it works:

We charge an annual membership fee of £5.00 per household. At first contact, we will send you a registration form so that we have your accurate details. When you register, we will give you a membership number for you to quote when you ring to book a car.

We ask for a donation for your journey, this is to cover the drivers expenses and help towards paying the costs of running the scheme.

The driver will wait upto 2 hours for hospital appointments and 1 hour for any other health appointments before returning you to your home. Over these times will incur an extra waiting charge.

Please advise us if you know your approximate waiting time.

The scheme runs 7 days per week, dependent on driver availability.

Once your booking is confirmed we will notify you of your drivers name, collection time and suggested donation for the journey.

Our phone line is manned between: 10 am and 2 pm Monday to Thursday plus 10 am and 12.30 pm on Friday.

Ring: 01305 783999

Email: community.transport@wcv.org.uk

Supported By HM Treasury

Furniture Re-Use

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Retail Outlets – Reuse Furniture

As part of our efforts to train service users in both furniture repair/restoration and customer service skills, whilst at the same time raise funds in an attempt to become self financing, we have opened a low cost, short term retail outlet.

5 Gordon Row, Chapelhay, Weymouth. Open Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri 10.00am-2.00pm, Not Open on Sat - Sun or Wed.

17a Cambridge Road , Granby Weymouth, where we also have larger items, Mon - Fri 10.00am-2.00pm, Not Open on Sat - Sun.

For all Shop Enquiries tel: 01305 830255

We accept donations of furniture that are either in a re-saleable condition or that are in need of a little repair.

We accept:

Suites and mattresses (must have fire labels on)

Tables & Chairs

Wardrobes

Beds

Chest of Drawers

White Goods (working only)

Wall Units

Dressers Etc:

We do not accept:

TV’s

Cot Mattresses

Prams

Bicycles

We arrange collection of donated items normally on a Tuesday or Friday afternoon. We may be able to offer collection on an alternative day if our van is available. Please ring to ask.

Deliveries of items purchased are made on a Tuesday and Friday morning for which a small charge is made i.e. £5 if within Weymouth, £10 if in Dorchester area. We will travel further but the delivery charge will be adjusted accordingly.

Recent Funders who Support WCV

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The Bridging Fund

Sir Jules Thorn Trust

The Morrisons Foundation

The Lynn Foundation

The Weymouth & Portland Mayors Christmas Fund

The Valentine Charitable Trust

The Big Lottery Fund

Lloyds Foundation

Royal British Legion

Garfield Weston Foundation

Dorset Community Foundation

Alice Ellen Cooper Dean Foundation