News and Volunteering Opportunities

Rushcliffe Volunteer Centre Drop-in Sessions

 West Bridgford Library
On the first Tuesday afternoon of each month, Rushcliffe Volunteer Centre holds a drop in session from 1 - 4pm.  Come along and have an informal chat and find out about local volunteering opportunities.  


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NCVO is the National Council for Voluntary Organisations and you can follow the latest volunteering news in their volunteering blog: http://blogs.ncvo.org.uk/tag/volunteering/

Penguins swimming club

THE PENGUINS HAVE MIGRATED!

Bingham Penguins has moved to the Arena in West Bridgford. It is a swimming club for children, young people and adults with differing disabilities, a fun place to volunteer.

The Penguins meet on Sunday evenings 5.15pm - 6.15pm during term time and we need people to join swimmers in the water, working 1-1 helping them to gain confidence and skills. There are coaches on poolside giving ideas and support.

This is a great opportunity for young people who are doing their Duke of Edinburgh award or wanting volunteer experience on CV’s!

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Volunteer Web Administrator required

An exciting opportunity has arisen to help promote our services to voluntary and community groups and to those people who need our help and support.    The role will suit someone who is looking to use their skills by helping to develop, update and maintain our website and online presence.  We are looking for a skilled volunteer to update our website with new information and images.  You will be a key member of the RCVS team and will contribute to updates, refreshes and the general design of our website.

Read more: Volunteer Web Administrator required

Employer Supported Volunteering

Rushcliffe Community and Voluntary Service (CVS) aims to improve the quality of life, addressing local needs and issues, through developing and enabling a vigorous and diverse voluntary sector. Through our Employer Supported Volunteering (ESV) programme, our mission is to help businesses work in the community through a range of volunteering related activities. We will be the facilitator with specialised expertise to help employers match their staff with the right volunteering opportunities which will benefit the business, staff and the voluntary sector.

What is it? Employee volunteering is when a company’s employees are released from work to offer their time and expertise to benefit local voluntary and community groups during work time, with the backing of their employer. Volunteering is promoted, encouraged and recognised by the company.

The options for volunteering can take a number of different forms to meet the needs and availability of businesses from team volunteering events to bite-size or skills-based volunteering, short term or longer term.

Through ESV investment abusiness can demonstrate its commitment to playing an active part in the local community and to building a more prosperous, healthy and safe community for all who live and work there. Staff can broaden and develop their skills and experience and bring back new enthusiasm. ESV will help raise the profile and reputation of local businesses and presents the opportunity to inject much needed skills and expertise into the voluntary sector when it has never been more needed, making a real difference to voluntary organisations and the communities they serve.

Why use a ‘facilitator’: We are great connectors, already working with local charities and voluntary organisations so that local businesses can get involved in the community. We know the market and can match staff with suitable volunteering opportunities: matching the needs of the business to voluntary sector groups.

Whether one-off/ad hoc events or a full volunteering service to meet your Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) objectives, we will be able to help you.

To find out more, please get in touch!

Telephone 0115 969 9060

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Volunteer for Treetops Hospice Care in Nottingham Magistrates Court Charity Coffee Bar

Treetops Hospice Care is looking for volunteers to help serve customers at its coffee bar in Nottingham  treetops logo Magistrates’ Court.

You will be taking customer orders, making light refreshments, and helping to keep the bar running smoothly. Volunteering offers the chance to make life-long friends whilst doing something rewarding and worthwhile for a local charity.

Read more: Volunteer for Treetops Hospice Care in Nottingham Magistrates Court Charity Coffee Bar

Rushcliffe Volunteer Co-ordinator Network

The next volunteer coordinator meeting is to be announced at Rushcliffe CVS, Level 3A, Bridgford House, Pavilion Road, West Bridgford NG2 5GJ.

Membership of this group is free and open to anyone who looks after volunteers in Rushcliffe (paid or unpaid). This is an opportunity for volunteer managers to come together in a friendly and supportive environment to share information, good practice and network. 

Please contact Helen Stanbridge, Volunteer Centre Development Officer on 0115 969 9060 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further information.

Temporary Drivers’ Mate for Air Ambulance Service needed urgently

Can you lend a hand regularly one or two days a week, to help
lift and move donated Lincs and Notts ambfurniture?
The Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance service are in need of a volunteer to travel with their Charity Technician to pick up and drop off items at homes and at their shops across Nottinghamshire. If you can spare a regular day, it would help a great deal. 

All training will given upon joining.Tuesdays are their regular 'heavy lifting' days, but this can alternate. If you cannot assist on a regular Tuesday, but can offer a full day in a week, an arrangement can probably be made.

Read more: Temporary Drivers’ Mate for Air Ambulance Service needed urgently

Volunteers Needed for Whatton Prison Visitor Centre

Rushcliffe CVS manages and runs the Visitors Centre at HMP Whatton on behalf of the Prison Service. The centre is designed to provide a welcoming place for friends and families of prisoners to spend time and relax before and after their visit.   The centre provides a safe, pleasant environment where all visitors are treated with dignity and respect, provided with the facilities they need and offered information, support and the opportunity to discuss in confidence any difficulties they may face.

Read more: Volunteers Needed for Whatton Prison Visitor Centre

Young Carers Transitions Project Volunteer Opportunities

About the opportunity

Young Carers can find themselves ill-equipped for the transition to adulthood.
They may lack knowledge and carers fed logosocial skills to address the challenges of adult life. The Transitions Project offers young carers aged 15-18 life-skills programmes to equip them with the skills and confidence they need to take this important step toward their future. Young Carers Transition Mentors will build a supportive and empowering relationship with a young carer approaching transition to adulthood.

Read more: Young Carers Transitions Project Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer for Barnardo’s with Children’s Activity Support

Opportunities are available across South Nottinghamshire for group
helpers
and one-to-one play Barnardos logovolunteers.

The volunteers will support staff in the provision of activities and learning opportunities for children and young people. The Butterfly Project is a service designed to support the needs of a child or young person with a life limiting condition. It also helps support the wider family members, in particular by providing emotional support to parents and siblings.

Read more: Volunteer for Barnardo’s with Children’s Activity Support

Independent School Appeal Panel Members

Nottingham City Council is inviting applications for new panel members to join independent school appeals panels in Nottingham. If you have an interest in education and feel able to offer some time on an occasional basis, the council  would be most grateful to hear from you. By becoming a Panel Member you can get involved in deciding appeals regarding:

  • A local authority's decision to refuse parent/s request for a particular school placement/s
  • A school's decision to exclude a pupil from their school

Panels meet twice a month. If you would like to know more, please contact Cate Arculeo on 0115 8763769 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Read more: Independent School Appeal Panel Members

Volunteering Opportunity in Nottingham Primary Schools

Could you be a Literacy Volunteer?  We are looking for Literacy Volunteers to help in primary schools in theMice and words Logo for web small Clifton area and other Nottingham City Schools. Literacy Volunteers work with children in schools and early years settings to develop an interest and love for reading. We help to break down barriers and open doors for life-long achievement. Volunteers can make all the difference in a child’s life. Volunteers chat with the children, read fun books together and play word games to help build their vocabulary and confidence with words and spelling.

Read more: Volunteering Opportunity in Nottingham Primary Schools

Volunteer Events Co-ordinator for Rushcliffe 50+ Forum

We are looking to recruit an additional management committee member to support the Secretary in planning our four Open Forum meetings each year.

The format of the Open Forums is well established and the management committee discuss and agree the afternoon’s programme. The events co-ordinator then invites speakers and information stall-holders by email, telephone or in person, indicating date, time, duration and equipment requirements etc.

Location of the Open Forums is St Luke's Church Hall on Leahurst Road, off Alford Road, West Bridgford.

Read more: Volunteer Events Co-ordinator for Rushcliffe 50+ Forum

Volunteering Opportunities in care homes, hospital and the community

Do you have good listening skills?
Are you approachable, friendly and able to talk to people? Age UK volunteering

Age UK Notts have a variety of different volunteering opportunities in Nottingham City, Rushcliffe, Gedling & Broxtowe. Roles could include:

Care Homes

  •  Talking to residents about any worries
  •  Befriending
  •  Being involved in activities with residents

Read more: Volunteering Opportunities in care homes, hospital and the community

Guide Dogs for The Blind Association

Guide Dogs are recruiting volunteers in the Nottinghamshire area! Do you want to make a difference in your community? My Guide is a service which involves matching a volunteer with a blind or visually impaired person and forming a partnership.My Guide Partnership co-ordinator will support the delivery of the My Guide service. They will facilitate the beginning and ending of partnerships, conduct regular reviews with service user and their matched volunteer and suggest other organisations to refer service users when appropriate. Act as an ambassador for Guide Dogs by promoting its services and demonstrating the Guide Dogs family values.

 This role is flexible dependent on volunteer availability and local needs, approximately 1 day per week​.

Rushcliffe Befriends: Volunteer to help end loneliness in Rushcliffe

Rushcliffe Befriends is a new and exciting project
managed by Rushcliffe CVS tohi big e blue for online help people aged over
50 who are lonely and find it difficult to get out and about.
People can become isolated for a variety of reasons including retirement, poor health, family and friends too far away to make regular contact, disability, mobility difficulties and lack of transport.

Rushcliffe CVS is looking for Volunteer Befrienders to encourage and support people to get more involved in their local community. They do this by accompanying a person to groups and activities until they feel confident enough to continue independently. This could be a walking group, a craft or exercise class, bowls group or reading group. 

Read more: Rushcliffe Befriends: Volunteer to help end loneliness in Rushcliffe

HMP Whatton Visitor Centre Volunteers

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Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance Service has lots of volunteering opportunities

Your energy, expertise and time can keep our life-saving Helicopter Emergency Service flying. The service needs the following volunteers:

Event driver, collection box volunteer, ambassadors/speakers, shop volunteers, ebay administrators, stock controllers, upcyclers and warehouse manager.

If you would like to know about any of these roles, please visit their website at www.ambucopter.org.uk/volunteers or contact Helen Stanbridge, RCVS volunteer co-ordinator on 0115 9699060 ext 122 (usually Mondays and Wednesdays) or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

You can also pick up a form from a shop volunteer.

Volunteer at Nottingham University Hospitals Trust

The Trust is looking for lots of volunteers for both campuses i.e the QMC campus on Derby Road and the City Hospital on Hucknall Road, Nottingham. Opportunities include

  • Meet & Greet Volunteers
  • Library Volunteers
  • Generic hospital ward role/mealtime assistant

Read more: Volunteer at Nottingham University Hospitals Trust