Volunteering is for everyone. Whatever your background, interests, abilities or amount of time you want to give we can normally find something interesting to suit you.
Through volunteering you can:
That’s entirely up to you to decide. Some people volunteer for just an hour or two each week, others on ‘an as and when needed’ arrangement, while still others prefer to work one or two set days a week. Some work evenings only or at weekends. Whatever time you feel you want to give we can generally find an opportunity to suit you.
You can phone us, email us or simply call in to make an appointment. Sometimes if we are not too busy when you call we can discuss your needs straight away. Our contact details and opening hours are on the back of this leaflet. We offer a free confidential one to one interview to all prospective volunteers, so you can come in at a time to suit you and discuss your interests and time you feel able to give, without any obligation.
It really depends what you want to do. We offer opportunities where no previous experience is necessary; ones where you would be trained if you don’t already have the skills needed; and ones where you can use skills you already have.
We can find you work with children, older people, animals, sports opportunities, shop work, office work, fundraising, being a Trustee – the list is nearly endless!
If your choice of volunteering opportunity is working with children or vulnerable adults then you will need a CRB check. Otherwise no, you would not. The organization we place you with will organize this if necessary.
All you would need to do is fill in a form, which we can help with if necessary, and provide evidence of your identity. It usually takes a few weeks for CRB checks to come back so if you want to volunteer at a particular time, for instance at Christmas or during holidays, you need to allow time for this process so come and see us well in advance.
Most volunteer opportunities we offer will require references. If this presents a difficulty to you, for instance if you are new to this country or are an ex-offender please come and talk to us. We believe volunteering should be for everyone and will do our best to help you.
If you take up an opportunity which you then find is not what you wanted, please let us know as it is easy to arrange another placement. We would rather you did this than struggled on with something you are unhappy with or that you left and didn’t give us the opportunity to find you something else. We are always happy to meet with you again.
Please do let us know, we’d love to hear how you are getting on! Also we need to record the numbers of volunteers we have successfully placed. This information enables us to draw in the funding to run the volunteer centre so it’s very important to us and we would appreciate hearing from you.