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Volunteer With Us

Share your life experience and skills

Why Volunteer?

The Bureau aims to harness the power of the community to provide support to vulnerable and isolated people. Volunteering is a great way to enrich your community and sense of personal wellbeing by applying your own life experiences and skills.

Volunteering is a great way to share your life experience and skills, whilst making a contribution in your local community. It’s also a brilliant way to meet new friends and even discover talents you never knew you had! If you have some time to spare and would like to make a difference to the lives of people in your community, The Bureau would love to hear from you.

Volunteering is a great way to share your life experience and skills, whilst making a contribution in your local community. It’s also a brilliant way to meet new friends and even discover talents you never knew you had! If you have some time to spare and would like to make a difference to the lives of people in your community, The Bureau would love to hear from you.

People choose to volunteer for a variety of reasons. For some it offers the chance to give something back to the community or make a difference to the people around them. For others it provides an opportunity to develop new skills or built on existing experience and knowledge. Regardless of the motivation, what unites them all is that they find it both challenging and rewarding.

Check out NCVO’s ‘Where Volunteering Begins’ campaign video, telling five inspirational stories from ordinary people doing extraordinary things.

For some, volunteering provides an opportunity to:

  • give something back to an organisation that has impacted on a person’s life, either directly or indirectly
  • make a difference to the lives of others
  • help the environment
  • help others less fortunate or without a voice
  • feel valued and part of a team
  • spend quality time away from work or a busy lifestyle
  • gain confidence and self-esteem.

For others, volunteering can be a route to employment, or a chance to try something new which may lead to a career change. From this perspective, volunteering can be a way of:

  • gaining new skills, knowledge and experience
  • developing existing skills and knowledge
  • enhancing a CV
  • improving one’s employment prospects
  • gaining an accreditation
  • using one’s professional skills and knowledge to benefit others (usually described as pro bono).

But for many, volunteering appeals because of the social benefits. These include:

  • meeting new people and making new friends
  • a chance to socialise
  • getting to know the local community

Who Volunteers?

Anyone! Everyone benefits from volunteering, and you will get at least as much back as you put in, if not more. Few things feel as good as helping people!

Our volunteers come from a variety of backgrounds and ages and volunteer for different reasons. We have volunteering opportunities to fit around your work, family or holiday commitments. It could be a flexible hour every now and again, or a more regular commitment.

Don’t just take our word for it, have a look at what the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) found in their study of the impact of volunteering on volunteers! 

What Could I do?

For general information about volunteering, you can download our Volunteering Prospectus here.

Below are just some of the many roles you might be interested in, click for further information:

…..and many, many, more opportunities!!

Five Ways to Wellbeing

Research carried out by the New Economics Foundation found that there are five ways to wellbeing, and there are many ways in which volunteering can help you tick each box!

  1. Connect with others through our befriending project
  2. Be active by getting out of the house and joining in with one of our social activities
  3. Take notice by trying out a new activity and seeing how that makes you feel
  4. Keep learning by doing a crossword with one of our clients
  5. Give your time, knowledge and companionship to others

Next Steps ....

If you would like to get in touch to discuss volunteering, please do! We are always happy to discuss each person’s particular circumstances and can support you to engage with volunteering in the best way to suit you.

You can pop into our office anytime we are open, give us a call on 01457 865722 or email Lucy using the link below. 

Volunteer Coordinator