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What to expect as a volunteer

Volunteering is an amazing way to make a difference to other people's lives and improve your own wellbeing. 

You'll be helping people while gaining new skills and experience.

When you start volunteering you’ll join a friendly team who all want to help people. We’ll support you to find the right role and give you any training you might need.  

You can help people in lots of ways

There are lots of ways to volunteer. Each volunteer can bring something new that makes the best of your skills and experience.

Here are some of the things you might do:

  • Work with the people using our services to help them through their journey
  • Mentor people using the service, helping them learn new skills and confidence
  • Make people feel welcome at our services by greeting them at the reception
  • Help with activities like gardening, fishing and sports 
  • Run social groups like art therapy, drama or cooking
  • Help us with vital things like entering data and organising records

Most of our roles have flexible hours so you can volunteer in a way that works for you. 

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We’ll help you get the skills and experience you need

As you're giving up your time to help others, we’ll make sure you have all the support you need.

Someone from our team will give you the training you need for your role. You’ll also be able to do lots of online courses to learn new skills.

You’ll get training and experience that will be useful for lots of health and social care jobs. Last year*, our volunteers earned 192 new qualifications. Over 150 volunteers used their experience to start a new job. 

*April 2018 to March 2019

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"Through volunteering, I see something in my future and know that I can still make something out of my life. I can make a difference in someone else’s life, and that’s the most important thing to me."

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Whatever your background, we'd like to hear from you. 

If you have a history of substance misuse or any criminal convictions, we’d still encourage you to apply. We consider everyone’s application on a case-by-case basis, so it won’t necessarily prevent you from helping other people.

If you would like to volunteer, take a look at the roles we have available. There will be a description of what each role will be like, and information about how to apply.