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Volunteers Required

On this page we list the voluntary organisations that have contacted us asking if we could help them appeal for volunteers.

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Many organisations are constantly seeking people to help them and you can be confident that the organisations on this page will welcome you if you contact them.

We will add to it as different organisations approach us and if you know of any, let us know at this email address and we'll include them too.

Carefree Kids is seeking volunteers to provide one-to-one support to vulnerable children through therapeutic play. They also welcome volunteers who are interested in supporting our organization in other ways, such as by offering time for administrative, fundraising, promotional and other tasks. Carefree Kids provides free training and supervision for volunteers. No formal qualifications are required - only patience, openness, commitment, reliability and warmth. The time commitment is usually no more than 6 hours per week (Monday to Friday) for those seeing one child, and less for those in training. Please contact Carefree Kids if you have an interest in training with them to offer therapeutic play sessions to children and young people or if you would like to be involved in, or to support, any aspect of their work. They are London based and currently work in the borough of Waltham Forest and neighbouring boroughs. The contact details are as follows: Office Address: Community Place, 806 High Road, Leyton, E10 6AE Phone: 020 8558 7799 Email:

North Birmingham Cats Protection (NBCP). The NBCP charity requires a fundraising co-ordinator. The role involves working with many passionate and dedicated people including. members of the public and generous people who have supported us with donations and time. We have made lots of connections with supportive businesses, which we hope whoever takes on the role will nurture and develop.

The new recruit will lead a team of dedicated fundraising volunteers, play a key committee role, organise events and, hopefully, forge even closer links with local businesses and the wider community. These days the new recruit would need to be fully au-fait with IT and have e-mail access. Someone from a charity or business background would fit the bill, but anyone who is organised, committed and has the time and energy to dedicate to helping cats and kittens in, please get in touch with Bridget Harper on 0845 2601503

BEN, a national charity,  provides care and support for anyone who works or has worked in any of the automotive industries. This provision also extends to dependants. BEN provides friendship, advice, emotional support and financial assistance to more than 15 000 people living in their own homes throughout the UK and Ireland. They also run four nursing and residential centres across the country, providing a home to more than 350 people of different ages and needs.

BEN is looking for some willing volunteers, to join them in helping raise awareness of this wonderful organisation within the industry and to assist the charity raising much needed funds. It is looking for individuals who are comfortable in what is a "selling" environment, have good inter-personal skills and enjoy working as part of a team. Full training will be given by way of shadowing one of the Regional Development Managers and all travel and out of pocket expenses will be reimbursed. If you are interested please contact Ruth Wright at BEN on 01344 294719 or email . For more information about BEN and other current volunteer opportunities, please click here to visit their website.

Depaul UK, a national Youth Homelessness Charity have been commissioned by several boroughs of London (Lewisham, Enfield, Tower Hamlets) to set up a Supported Lodgings Scheme. The scheme provides safe and stable accommodation to young, vulnerable people in the homes of local people. These amazing members of the community open their doors and allow young people to experience a welcoming family environment whilst learning the skills they need in order to move on to independent living. The charity has found that a supportive domestic environment is more suitable for some young people than more common options such as hostels, bed & breakfasts or foyers. Furthermore, research has shown that young people achieve better outcomes in education, employment and personal development with the presence of a positive role model.

Depaul UK is now trying to recruit members of the public who wish to make a difference to a young person’s life to become hosts. Hosts offer young people in crisis much needed stability and support to help them live independently and fulfil their potential. In return, hosts receive payment for accommodating a young person, comprehensive training with ongoing support and of course the knowledge that they are making a big difference to the life of a vulnerable young person.”  If you're interested in being a host, contact Anja Bohnsack, Supported Lodgings Co-ordinator, on 0207 939 1240 or email her at . You can also find out more at

Cruse Bereavement Care. This charity provides bereavement support to the bereaved in Birmingham. They need extra volunteers and they provide extensive training, supervision and support. Please contact or on 0121 6878011.

Butterfly Trust. The Butterfly Trust provides support in the community for people affected by cystic fibrosis throughout Scotland. Their team of trained volunteers provides face to face support services that include emotional support, help to negotiate official systems in regard to housing, education and employment issues, mentoring for young people with cystic fibrosis, massage therapy for young adults with the condition and transport to hospital appointments for people who are not sick enough to qualify for mobility help and cannot afford a car.

Support Workers need to hold a full driving licence and have access to a car. Social welfare form experience is desired but not essential as training will be given.

They currently have opportunities for volunteers in many areas of Scotland. For more details, contact Laura Findlay, Volunteer Co-ordinator, on 07972 541830. You can also go to 

Carers Link. Carers Link provide support for carers and some of the opportunities that are available include providing telephone support to carers, helping at carers' support groups, helping at carers' training events and courses, providing home computer support for carers and project support. You need to have a good sense of humour, be empathic and be a good listener. You will need to commit to 2/3 hours every week or two weeks. If you are interested, and they are particularly looking for people in the East Dunbartonshire area at this time (December 2012), please contact Sharon Moncrieff on 0141 955 2131 or 0800 975 2131. Also, have a look at their website:

London Irish Care is recruiting volunteers to provide a befriending service to Irish people over the age of 65 in Hammersmith and Fulham. The service provides a culturally sensitive telephone befriending service that reaches out to older Irish people in their homes, care homes and hospital. It is an opportunity to be involved in some very rewarding work which can be done from the volunteer's own home. Training will be provided and out-of-pocket expenses reimbursed. Please call Mary Kelley on 020 8741 0466 or email her at .

CSV – RSVP believes that everyone has something significant to offer their community.  They strive to create quality opportunities for people to volunteer.  The Edinburgh Schools Volunteer Project uses the skills of retired people and those aged 50 years plus, by placing volunteers in primary schools in Edinburgh.  Volunteers spend a few hours each week in the same school listening to children read and helping with other activities.

Volunteers are placed in a primary school close to where they live, or further away, if preferred, and go into school for a few hours each week.  They are under the supervision of class teachers and are asked to make a commitment of at least one term to the project.  School volunteers have support from a School Volunteer Organiser and regular social gatherings are held to bring volunteers together to share their experiences.

 Support is given in finding a school placement and liaising with school staff. Volunteers are reimbursed for travel costs on a regular basis.

Requirement:  Approximately 3 hours per week  (Monday to Friday  -  a.m. or p.m.) Minimum age:  50.

To find out more about this opportunity please contact: Volunteer Centre Edinburgh, 45 Queensferry Street Lane, Edinburgh EH2 4PF
Telephone:  0131 225 0630

Home-Start is a national network of charities which support families who have at least one child under five and are experiencing stress or crisis. They recruit and train volunteers who are parents or grandparents to provide two to three hours of practical and emotional support to a family in their own home every week.

To find your nearest Home-Start scheme click on .

Home Link is very similar to Home Start in the work that it does and the help that it gives. It provides befrienders for families with young children, who visit the family for two hours a week. Home Link provides training and the support of professional staff. There are currently vacancies for volunteers in Edinburgh. You can find out more by visiting their website: and you can contact Jane Ellis on 0131 661 0890

The Careers Development Group (CDG) is a dynamic charity that seeks to help those who are unemployed find and sustain employment. Many of the people they support have multiple barriers to employment, including lack of recent work experience, disabilities, health problems and lack of relevant employability skills.At the moment (January 2012) they are looking for volunteers in London, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire, Oxfordshire and the Isle of Wight. If you are interested, contact Susanna Ward at

The Home Library Service. Throughout Hampshire, local libraries offer a Home Library Service to people who through illness, disability or other problems are not able to visit the library themselves and don't have anyone who can go on their behalf. Volunteers pick books, or audio books, for the customer and then deliver them to the customers home. As the people we visit are often vulnerable they have to ask each volunteer to complete a CRB form. The CRB is done free of charge through HCC. If you  would like to take up this volunteer opportunity you can contact  Lois Lang, or Jill Reilly on 01256 814280. (This telephone number is operational from mid April 2012 - before that they are on 01256 478670).

Crimestoppers. Crimestoppers – the independent crime-fighting charity that helped UK Police make 8264 arrests in the last year – is now seeking volunteers to take it into the next stage of its development. They say:

“We believe that volunteers play a vital role in ensuring that Crimestoppers maintains a high profile and remains the number one choice for anyone wishing to give information about crime and criminals anonymously if they feel unable to go to the Police. Many people do not realise that Crimestoppers is a charity – they think it is the TV programme Crimewatch or part of the Police. Volunteers also work hard to explain what we mean by anonymous. Calls/IP addresses cannot be traced, calls are not recorded, and people will not have to give a statement to the Police or go to court”.

For more information please go to
Anyone interested in volunteering for Crimestoppers should e-mail ann.scott@crimestoppers-uk-org

Fostering. The over-50s is a target group for fostering agencies because they have the experience, knowledge and time to provide excellent foster placements for vulnerable children. If you think you would like to foster, or find out more about it, go to where you will find out all you need to know. Strictly speaking, fostering isn't voluntary work because you get paid for it, but we include it here because clearly it is the sort of activity for which you need commitment and belief.

Elders Voice. Elders Voice are trying to recruit volunteers who are recently retired and they have a number of volunteering opportunities. They have volunteers who do office work and befriend older housebound people. They also need drivers, gardeners, club organisers and people to help in their day centres. They would really like to find recently retired people who would like to remain active in their own community. Elders Voice is based in Kensal Green, but have activities all around Brent. They have also had volunteers from neighbouring boroughs such as Camden and Harrow. Contact Lisa Ehlers, Community Development Manager, on 0208 206 7513 or email her at

Macmillan Cancer Support. They need people to support the community fundraising activities of Macmillan and to be ambassadors for the work of the charity in supporting people affected by cancer. In particular, they need people in various parts of London but there are also roles in other parts of the country. Contact them through the Macmillan website. If you live in London, you can contact Tamara Justice, Fundraising Manager NW London, on 0208 222 9017.

Leukaemia Research. This organisation raises funds for research into leukaemia and needs people to help raise those funds through a whole variety of events. If you want to give local support, contact the Community Fundraising Team on 020 7269 9008 or at . If you'd like to help with sporting events, ring 020 7269 9001 or at For helping to organise special events, contact Georgina Fitt on 020 7269 9003 or at

Approach. This is a Staffordshire-based charity( They require people with their own vehicles to take one or two elderly people to their day care centre once a week and then return them home at the end of the day.

The Samaritans. Each branch of the samaritans is self-funding and there are always vacancies for listening, support or fund-raising volunteers. The Barnsley branch has a particular need at the moment (February 2008) and there is a dedicated phone number - 01226 785769. To volunteer in any area, contact 08705 62 72 82.
To find out more about the Samaritans, go to the web site:

The Genesis Appeal. This charity is a breast cancer prevention charity that is based in the Nightingale Centre and Genesis Prevention Centre at Wythenshawe hospital in Manchester. The centre has gardens all the way round its perimeter and several court yards. They need volunteers for two or three hours a week to help maintain them. Contact Lynda Ellis on 0161 291 4405 or

Young Enterprise. Young Enterprise has a vision “that all young people will have the opportunity to gain personal experience of how business works, understand the role it plays in providing employment and creating prosperity, and be inspired to improve their own prospects, and the competitiveness of the UK.” In order to achieve this vision, more volunteers are needed each year.

Young Enterprise operates a number of programmes for young people on a learning-by-doing principle and volunteers work alongside experienced teachers and lecturers showing the young people how to undertake a range of business tasks, including running a real company. Find out more at if you are based in London. If you want to volunteer in London, you can also email

ChildLine in Scotland require volunteers across the UK to fill various roles. In particular, they are looking for volunteer counsellors. You would answer calls on the telephone helpline and then counsel the children and young people who call. They also want people to go into schools and young people's groups to talk about the services offered by Childline.
The number to ring if you would like to help is 0870 336 2993.

Thriveis a small national charity that helps disabled people make use of gardening to change their lives. They need a Volunteer Treasurer to join the Board of Trustees. Amongst the duties will be to attend full Board meetings five times a year at the National Office at Beech Hill, just outside Reading, Berkshire. If you are interested, please ring Michelle Hill on 0118 988 5688 or email her

The Royal British Legion are looking for help in three ways. They need poppy collectors; volunteer caseworkers who answer phone calls and visit people in their homes to identify and assess the need for assistance; and hospital and housebound visitors who provide a link to the outside world. Go to their website for more details.

Home Link provide support for families with young children who are under stress and experiencing difficulties in south Edinburgh and Midlothian. If you would like to volunteer with Home Link, go to

Let us know of any organisations that you know about or with whom you're involved and that want volunteers. Laterlife will do its part in helping those organisations get helpers.

Voluntary work can be incredibly rewarding and if you're someone who wants to give something back to the community, then it is definitely something that will give you immense satisfaction. But you need to think carefully about it before you take the plunge so that you make the right choice for you and therefore for the organisation involved.

So make sure you read the rest of this Guide to get a proper overview of voluntary work in order to help you make the right choice. Just click the links in the box.

This Guide is written by Retirement Specialist Dave Sinclair supported by members of the LaterLife team. As well as writing on retirement matters Dave is Training Director at LaterLife and responsible for the content and continuous improvement of LaterLife's Retirement Courses.
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