Volunteering makes a real difference to the volunteer, the beneficiary and society as a whole; but taking the first step or finding the right fit for you isn’t always that easy.
Everyone can play a role in their community; perhaps you’ve got skills you’re not using or a passion for something that others would enjoy or benefit from.
Volunteering can also help your employment prospects, providing you with experience that a future employer will value. You may even find the inspiration for a career change!
Now, more than ever, volunteering can make a huge difference for vulnerable people within our communities. Local Lincolnshire councils, community groups and volunteers are all working together to ensure everyone in the community has a local point of contact and support if they are in need.
Volunteer for local charity or COVID- 19 support group
LCVS Area Officers are working with organisations recruiting volunteers in your area and feeding information to the Lincolnshire Resilience Forum. They can signpost you to reputable volunteer involving organisations in your local area. For more information go to their website.
Support the NHS
You can sign up to NHS Volunteer Responders who are supporting the NHS during the covid-19 outbreak. This is to support the 1.5m people in England at most risk from the virus to stay well. Once you’ve registered and checks are complete – you’ll be provided with a log-in to the GoodSAM Responder app. Switch the app to ‘on duty’ and you’ll see live and local volunteer tasks to pick from nearby. If you have no transport there may also be options available to provide telephone support. For further details visit their website.
Give support through the Red Cross
By becoming a Red Cross community reserve volunteer, you can help your community get back on track. Anyone can become a community reserve volunteer; no specialist skills are required and quick training is provided at the scene. You must be 18 or above, understand you can be called upon in a crisis and understand you will only be asked to help in your local community. For further information and to apply visit their website.
Volunteering in Lincolnshire
There are a variety of volunteering opportunities available around the county, from small, local organisations to large, national charities. Contact your local volunteer service to find out how you can help.
Voluntary Centre Services supports volunteers and community organisations across Lincoln, North Kesteven and West Lindsey. They can offer support to setting up a group, give funding advice and know what other community groups are already operating. For more information, go to Voluntary Centre Services website.
Lincolnshire Community & Voluntary Service runs accredited Volunteer Centres in Boston, Spalding, Grantham and Louth, as part of Volunteer Centres Lincolnshire. They can put you in touch with community groups and charities that are looking for people to support them in a variety of roles. Check out Lincolnshire Community & Voluntary Service website or call 01205 510888 for more information.
Alternatively contact Connect to Support Lincolnshire on 0300 303 8789 or check out their website to search for organisations that would welcome your support. From Age UK to Dog rescue centres you’ll find something local to you where you can lend a helping hand.
The Royal Voluntary Service will help you find the voluntary role that’s right for you. They are a national charity built on local volunteering, giving support to the people that need it in hospitals and communities.
Volunteer Centre helps maintain a national database of opportunities, so even if you are looking for something further afield they will be able to point you in the right direction.