Volunteer with us Volunteer with us Our supporters play a vital part in our ministry. By volunteering with us you share in that ministry, "sowing and reaping" at the same time, as you support older Christians. Would you consider joining in this with us? "Each one of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God's grace in its various forms". 1 Peter 4:10 Serving, learning and giving We really value and are greatly appreciate all the different ways our supporters support our work, whether in prayer, through giving financially, or in the giving of time. Helping at our homes and schemes is a rewarding, life-affirming way to put your faith into action and to make a positive difference to peoples lives. We know your time is precious and we will do our best to make sure that every moment you spend volunteering with us will be rewarding both for our residents and for you. That’s why we offer opportunities tailored around the time you can offer, in the areas where your time will have the most impact. Your experience could be anything from a one-off, to a regular commitment. Our volunteers come to us from all sorts of backgrounds and at different stages of life. Each has a personal story to tell, and we are sure that after volunteering with us you will have your own unique experiences to share. Volunteer groups Friends groups Friends groups are attached to a Pilgrims Friend Society home or housing scheme. Friends of the Society traditionally provide vital spiritual support to the residents in our homes by visiting residents, and also provide fellowship and practical support, helping to organise activities at the homes, and promoting the work of the Society among churches in their area. Auxilary groups Auxilary groups raise funds and support the work of the Society. Activities can range from sponsored walks, fetes and sales of work, to musical evenings and winter fayres. These volunteers also help us make the work of the Society more widely known among churches in their area in a variety of ways, which could involve arranging prayer evenings and speaking at churches about the Society. Become a Pilgrims' Friend Society ambassador You can be a Pilgrims' Friend Society ambassador, being a point of contact in your church who receives literature about our work, prayer updates, and who we keep updated about the training and support available from PFS to your church. Church leaders can also partner with us and receive similar support. If your church has an active older people's group or organises regular activities with older people, you can be a representative for PFS at these groups, using some of the range of resources we provide. For example, you could arrange for us to train you to use our Brain & Soul Boosting materials which are designed for stimulating brain function in older people with or without dementia. Intergenerational ministry We are keen to involve younger people in our work and encourage the involvement of church youth groups, school children and college/university students who may wish to organise or assist with events and activities in our homes. For example, local schools could organise Christmas carol singing in our homes, or young musicians from local churches could contribute to services in the homes. Or ...are you an artist of some kind? Could you help stimulate older people through arts? We are also keen to promote care of the elderly not just as a career choice of the future, but a ministry which young people might wish to get involved in and a model which they can take back to their churches. We welcome enquiries from students wishing to do work experience or summer placements. To find out more contact us here.