You can see and hear how they got on, and see what options are available to you, below.
Discover volunteering for yourself at www.volunteeringbucks.org.uk!
Our presenters visited some local organisations and found out what it is like to volunteer. Find out where they went and what they got up to:
Darren and Katy volunteer with Chiltern Rangers
Our Breakfast presenters went to do a bit of volunteering with Chiltern Rangers. Listen below to hear what they got up to:
Wes volunteers at Youth Concern
Wes got a taste of what it's like to volunteer with Youth Concern. Listen below to hear what he did:
Their mission statement is ‘Enhancing Chiltern’s habitats through conservation, education and community engagement’. We are based in High Wycombe and can be found working throughout south Buckinghamshire and the Chilterns area.
Nicolle Broderick (Marketing & Fundraising Associate, & Volunteer Recruiter) says volunteering for Chiltern Rangers CIC enables her to “Gain knowledge into the field of work I want to go to after university, and feel a great sense of happiness in being able to help the local community…meet some amazing people and broaden my skill sets.”
- Practical help always required. Other roles:
- Project support – young people’s project coming up summer 2016, friends of Micklefield Woods group looking for new members,
- Looking for experience to access teaching/social care careers? Good opportunities including helping at Forest Ranger Schools sessions.
- Expert volunteers always welcome - what are you good at? What do you want to do let’s have a chat see what we can work out. Areas could include HR, IT, Marketing, or senior level business experience.
Benefits: Fun, free, fitness, friendships, skills, experiences, training, CV, confidence feel good factor, give back, help wildlife, help others, get outdoors health & wellbeing.
Available 365, 24/7 to aid Thames Valley Police look for, and recover, missing persons. A lowland search group governed by ALSAR.
Sue Hill-Venning (Search Manager) says volunteering for Bucks Search and Rescue makes her feel 'Proud, part of a team, extremely responsible, amazing!!'
- Search technician: trained in specialist search techniques & navigation & communications. They have to be fit and willing to search at any time of day and night sometimes for many hours.
- Team leader: a search technician who trains further.
- Search manager: communicates with the polsar-police search manager.
- Admin: fundraising and helping with police duties, including car parking, crowd monitoring, event management and first aid event cover.
Benefits: Finding somebody’s missing relative can be one of the greatest moments of your life! We look for anybody and everybody!
For more info: Sue Hill-Venning, email@example.com
An award-winning not-for-profit organisation providing a music therapy service to people of all ages. Expertise in the fields of learning disabilities, mental health, brain injury, dementia and Alzheimer's, palliative care, neonatal and paediatrics. Our aim to provide an inclusive service that is accessible to all. We provide services in Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire, Hampshire, Surrey, Oxfordshire and London.
Paul Wicks (Sessional Volunteer) says: “It makes me feel good to know I’m helping others; it’s raised my self-esteem. My musical skill has got a lot better and I’m more confident in my abilities.”
- Sessional Volunteers; are you musical, do you sing or play an instrument? We frequently have positions available alongside our Music Therapists in community music and music therapy sessions! Ideal if you’re looking to explore Music Therapy as a career, want to gain valuable experience or want to put your musical talents to good use. Please note that sessional volunteers must be able to commit to their allocated session for a minimum of 12 weeks and will be required to have a DBS check.
- Event Volunteers; fancy coming along to festivals, gigs and exhibitions with us? Business and Administration Volunteers; can you help with particular skills such as press, marketing, project management? We have a number of these positions throughout the year so do let us know if you can offer anything to our team.
Benefits: Include gaining rare and valuable experience from working alongside our team of Music Therapists to help promote and deliver our music therapy services.
For more info: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01442 780541
Covering Buckinghamshire they support adults with physical and sensory disabilities to take part in a leisure or learning activity.
Linda Grantham says of her volunteering for Enrych: “ Come out of your shell and your own world and make someone’s life a little brighter.”
- They ask for an hour a fortnight to do a shared activity such as walking, cooking and gardening. The emphasis is on doing it together. E.g. explore the Ipad with George in Bourne End, listen to classical music at St Mary’s Church, or enjoy short walks with Frank in Aylesbury.
Benefits: Enjoying a hobby or interest with someone like minded, making new friends, feeling you are doing something worthwhile
For more info: Jenny Dorney-Savage, mobile: 07511 142268, Jenny.email@example.com
They support disadvantaged young people in Aylesbury Vale, aged 13-25yrs old through a range of support services: Drop-in Centre, Counselling department, Emergency Accommodation provision, Music studio, mentoring scheme and substance misuse project.
Philip Harris (Treasurer & Board Member) says: “It’s exposure to a different world!!”
Phil Huntley (Drop in Centre Volunteer) says: "I get a lot of satisfaction, some days are challenging, but it’s good to see that young person leave feeling positive, and the feeling of helping someone when they are not in a good place, and when they come back and thank you it’s priceless."
- Drop-in volunteer/listener/support worker
- Cooking volunteer-help young people cook
- Specialist volunteer: e.g. I.T/fundraising/marketing/admin/music production/mentoring
Benefits: satisfaction from helping others, being part of a small friendly supportive team, developing skills, boosting CV.
For more info: Fran Borg-Wheeler, CEO, mobile: 07730 666608, firstname.lastname@example.org