I Want to Volunteer

Coronavirus

There has been a fantastic response from the community to the current situation with many people coming forward wanting to help people affected by the virus. Voluntary Action South West Surrey is working with our local Borough Councils and the University of Surrey Students Union to ensure that vulnerable people who have to self-isolate get the help they need.

Volunteering

If you would like to volunteer to help out during the current crisis you can sign up as an NHS volunteer by going to https://www.england.nhs.uk/2020/03/your-nhs-needs-you-nhs-call-for-volunteer-army/

Or you can contact us by emailing volunteercentresws@vasws.org.uk if you would like to be put in touch with one of the local help groups.

Find out how you can help safely from Gov.UK

You can contact us on 01483 565456 or email volunteercentresws@vasws.org.uk

If you need support

If you need help with shopping, collecting a prescription or are self-isolating and would like to have a chat with a friendly volunteer then you can call us on 01483 565456 and we will put you in touch with someone who can help

If you have a medical condition that means you are extremely vulnerable then you can register at https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus-extremely-vulnerable to get help

Groups offering support

If you are a voluntary, community group or faith group, a group of neighbours getting together or a local business that is offering a response to Covid-19 then please let us know what you are doing so we can direct people to you as necessary.

If you are a volunteering group below are some links to some helpful information:

Volunteering

If you are looking for an interesting and rewarding volunteer role then you have come to the right place. We work with over 300 local organisations that need volunteers and there are hundreds of different roles available.

You can view all our opportunities online.

Or you can come into the volunteer centre and talk to an adviser who will help you find something that suits you. Location and Opening Times

The things you can do as a volunteer are endless, a few examples are: befriending, gardening, all types of office work, giving advice, website design, finance, fundraising, shop work, driving, conservation, helping at sports events, arts and crafts, teaching, mentoring, listening, counselling and more.

Training is usually provided and many organisations will pay your travel expenses so you aren’t out of pocket from volunteering. While many roles will require you to make a regular commitment there are also roles that are one off or occasional meaning you can give as much or as little time as you want.

As well as helping others volunteering can also help you, these are some of the things you can gain from volunteering:

  • Work experience: if you are looking for paid work and want to enhance your CV showing you have been volunteering can help.
  • New friends, many volunteering roles are very sociable, volunteering is a good way of meeting people and making friends
  • Learning new skills and challenging yourself. Many roles have training provided. If you are looking to change jobs you might be able to learn the skills you need through volunteering
  • Sharing your existing skills; if you have a particular skill or passion you could share it with others e.g. playing a sport, speaking a foreign language or playing an instrument
  • Keeping active: sitting at a desk all day, why not try a volunteering role that gets you moving out of office hours or maybe you are newly retired and looking for something to keep you active, lots of voluntary organisations could do with your experience.
  • Gaining confidence: if you’ve been out of work for a while maybe through ill-health, caring for someone or looking after a family and you aren’t sure whether you are ready for work, volunteering is a good way of building up your confidence and refreshing your skills. If you would like some extra support to help you volunteer have a look at our Welcome to Volunteering! project.

Young Volunteers and Duke of Edinburgh students:

We have volunteer opportunities for 12—18 year olds, you can go to our main volunteer pages and select roles for under 18s. Or contact the Volunteer Centre and our Volunteer Advisers can advise on which roles might be suitable.