Looking to volunteer

Looking to volunteer

We promote a huge range of volunteering opportunities on behalf of those looking for volunteers. There are about 200 opportunities at any one time.

To search for opportunities go to:

If you need help searching for opportunities, we offer confidential telephone support for anyone who:

  • Would like some guidance on how to search for volunteering opportunities online
  • Has any questions or anxieties about volunteering that they would like to discuss
  • Has a difficulty in deciding what to do
  • Would like to discuss any other volunteering-related issues

If you would like help, get in touch with us on volunteercentre@bhcommunityworks.org.uk or 01273 234826.

We are open for enquiries by phone or email from Monday-Thursday.

We aim to respond to all enquiries within seven working days.

 

Employer-Supported Volunteering, Team Challenges and Pro-Bono Support

As well as the enormous contribution businesses make by encouraging their staff to volunteer, businesses also gain themselves by engaging their staff in volunteering. Volunteering develops and hones peoples skills and raises their morale.

To get your business involved:

  • Get in touch with us for further information on employer-supported volunteering programmes and team challenges
  • Join our network of companies which have committed to supporting the local community by providing their professional skills free of charge to local charities and community groups
  • If volunteering isn’t right for your business, think about what resources or assets you could share with the local community instead

For more ideas or for help, get in touch with us on volunteercentre@bhcommunityworks.org.uk or 01273 234826.

 

Volunteering on specific tasks, at particular events or times and in specialist areas

Some volunteering opportunities are co-ordinated by organisations who are specialists in their areas:

Volunteers are an essential resource in supporting people and communities through times of difficulty and emergency e.g. many volunteers are supporting activities to support migrants in Calais and many volunteers wish to help out at Christmas time. These efforts are much appreciated. But for volunteering support to be most effective, groups that work with volunteers in these areas tell us that they need volunteers who:

- have an understanding and experience of the issues faced by individuals being supported

- have an interest and commitment to support the activity of the group on an ongoing basis; ensuring the work continues outside of the ‘crisis’ period

- are willing to take on vital back-0ffice tasks to support the group as a whole e.g. fundraising and administration

 

Micro-volunteering

Micro-volunteering are actions that benefit a worthy cause, where the main bulk of the task can be completed on demand in one or more sessions of up to 30 minutes, either from a person’s home or on the go. These types of actions involve little to no commitment and are easy to participate in.

Some examples include:

  • Cross-stitch squares for quilts for very ill British children
  • Donate free water to the poor by playing a computer game
  • Knit dog coats to sell, which funds dog rescue centres
  • Write a letter to a very sick child and make them smile
  • Feed the hungry for free by playing an online quiz

There are lots of micro-volunteering opportunities out there, so have a look and find one that suits you.

 

Can't find what you want?

If you’ve searched for a volunteering opportunity but can’t find what you want, you could:

  • Go to organisations direct. Many organisations don’t advertise through us, but might advertise on their own website
  • Be bold. Contact an organisation and offer your skills. They may not know that they need you yet!
  • Look in libraries, community and learning centres. Often groups will advertise opportunities here

Or get in touch with us  on volunteercentre@bhcommunityworks.org.uk or 01273 234826.

 

Volunteering as a way into paid work

Many people volunteer in order to improve their options in the world of work. For some it’s a route into work, for others it’s exploring what other job areas might suit them.

Volunteering can help you gain and demonstrate the top things that employers want from their staff:

  • team working
  • communication
  • motivation
  • enthusiasm
  • adaptability

Volunteering can provide you with references as well as real life examples to talk about in an interview.

If you would like more information on how volunteering can improve your employability, contact us on 01273 234826.

For help finding paid work or voluntary options visit BrightonandHove Jobs.com the leading online jobs board advertising both paid and volunteer roles in Brighton & Hove and the Sussex area.