Local organisations that are looking for extra volunteers
Click here to see a list of the local charities and organisations that are looking for extra, short-term volunteers during the current crisis.
Volunteer Scheme for the NHS. Your NHS needs you! Join the team today.
NHS Volunteer Responders has been set up to support the NHS during the COVID-19 outbreak. To do this they need an ‘army’ of volunteers who can support the 1.5m people in England who are at most risk from the virus to stay well. Our doctors, nurses and other professionals will be able to refer people in to NHS Volunteer Responders and be confident that they have been matched with a reliable, named volunteer.
This programme enables volunteers to provide care or to help a vulnerable person, which is permitted under the new rules announced by the Government on 23rd March 2020.
Volunteers may be asked to show the active task they are responding to if asked.
If you’re looking for a volunteer role in the local area, you’ve come to the right place!
If you have any questions please contact us.
Will I have to give up every weekend?
Not necessarily! There are lots of different volunteer roles available, some will require you to commit to a certain time every week or month, others might be a one-off event and others you might be able to do as and when you are able to. Volunteering is often flexible and organisations understand that you might not always be able to give up a whole day every week. Some roles can be done from home in your spare time, others will require you to go into a shop, office or other location. Whatever time you have available, there will be a volunteer role to fit into it!
Do I have to help in a charity shop?
Not if you don’t want to! There’s a massive range of different roles available, from working in an office to looking after animals, from visiting and befriending to helping people take part in sports or other activities. We’re sure that you’ll find something that you will enjoy.
Will I be paid?
No, a volunteer role is an unpaid role, however, most organisations will pay for travel, and sometimes other out-of-pocket expenses. Unfortunately we can’t guarantee that all organisations will so it’s always best to check with the organisation before you start volunteering. We don’t want volunteers to be out of pocket through their volunteering so we always encourage organisations to pay for expenses if they are able to.
I’m under 18, can I still volunteer?
Yes! There are lots of organisations that are happy to have volunteers that are under-18, although sometimes there will be lower and/or upper age limits. Contact the organisations to check.
Can I volunteer if I have a disability?
Definitely. Lots of people with disabilities volunteer, and while there are some (such as physically demanding roles) that might be difficult for you, we’re sure that you will be able to find one that suits you whatever your abilities. Find a role on the do-it website (use the search box above) or contact us for more help.
Will volunteering affect my benefits?
Volunteering shouldn’t affect any benefits that you are claiming, but check with your Job Centre advisor to make sure.
I’ve applied for a role on do-it, what happens next?
We’ll pass your contact details onto the organisation so they can get in touch with you directly to discuss the role. You should hear from them in the next week or so, but sometimes it can take a bit longer as lots of organisations only have part-time staff or may be completely volunteer run. If you haven’t heard anything 3 weeks after your application, let us know and we’ll chase it up for you.
Any other questions?
Contact Volunteer Now! on 01243 840305 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.