Volunteer Our supporters play a vital part in our ministry. By volunteering with us you share in that ministry and will learn skills that will be useful in your church and elsewhere. 'Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.' Jesus speaking in Matthew 25v40 Serving, learning and giving: making a difference! PFS values all forms of giving to our work, whether via prayer, finances or the giving of time. Helping at our homes is a rewarding, life-affirming way to put your faith into action and to make a difference. 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. Local Volunteer Groups 'Friends Group' Friends groups are attached to a PFS Home or Housing scheme. "Friends" of the Society traditionally provide vital spiritual support to the residents in our Homes by sitting with residents for fellowship and practical support, assisting with devotions, helping to organise events and activities at the Homes, and promoting the work of the Society among churches in their area. 'Auxiliaries' These groups raise funds and support the work of the Society generally. They help us make the work of the Society known among churches and the local communities. Activities could involve arranging for church representatives in an area to meet to pray and share experiences of working with older people and arranging training seminars. Other activities involve fundraising events ranging from sponsored walks, bicycle rides, fetes, afternoon teas and sales of work work to musical evenings and winter fayres. Ambassador for PFS in your Church 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-designed for stimulating brain function in older people with or without dementia. Or, you could just do a small talk about the Bible and old age to encourage older Christians in your church group (again we could provide you with the materials you need). Intergenerational Ministry We are keen to involve younger people in our work and encourage the involvement of 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.