Redditch Foodbank don’t think anyone in their community should have to face going hungry which is why they provide three days’ nutritionally balanced emergency food and support to local people who are referred to them in crisis. They are part of a nationwide network of foodbanks, supported by The Trussell Trust, working to combat poverty and hunger across the UK.
They want to make sure that no one in the local community has to go hungry, but need help to make this happen. A gift of financial support, time, business partnership and food can make a real difference.
There are lots of ways to get involved as a volunteer and whatever role you choose, you will make a real difference to the life of someone in crisis. Roles include warehouse volunteer, voucher coordinator, foodbank centre helper and web editor.
Further details of these roles and how you could get involved are on the website.
Highlands Gardens is a public garden in Barnet, North London, UK. The main entrance is at the junction of Abbotts Road and Leicester Road, New Barnet, near postcode EN5 5EB.
It is open from dawn to dusk every day, the gates are locked at night. It closes at 4.30pm between November and February.
The gardens are maintained by the local council, the London Borough of Barnet.
The Friends are a group of local people who take an interest in the gardens, do a bit of work (weeding, planting bulbs, picking up litter etc) and advise the council on running the gardens. We can also apply for grants which the council is not eligible for.
New members are always welcome please see website for contact details.
Banana Enterprise Network work to remove barriers to self-employment (or starting a business) for disadvantaged people by providing skills training and one to one business advice and support.
Supporting clients in the Manchester and Salford area, they work with trusted organisations to help clients to raise finance for their business start up and provide ongoing business support once they begin trading.They also provide a business planning service for social enterprises.
The Society was founded in 1994 to encourage and develop interest in the heritage of the area. The society holds an archive of photographs and related material from Boroughbridge and surrounding villages and many members are actively involved in researching the history of the local area.
They run a regular programme of events including speakers, visits and exhibitions. Visit the website for details of meetings and events.
OK so the toy volunteers were persuaded to have their picture taken for this article but just look how happy they are!
This week is Volunteers' Week which is a chance to say thank you for the fantastic contribution millions of volunteers make across the UK.
It takes place 1-7 June every year and is an opportunity to celebrate volunteering in all its diversity.
The benefits of volunteering are many and include lowering stress, making friends and finding a purpose in life. For further information on this event and how you can get involved you can visit the Volunteers Week website.
Birmingham Voluntary Service Council (BVSC) provides support to volunteers, voluntary groups and civil society in the City of Birmingham.
BVSC supports Volunteers’ Week. This is an annual celebration of the fantastic contribution millions of volunteers make across the UK. It takes place from 1 - 7 June every year.
Beaudesert Outdoor Activity Centre is located on the edge of Cannock Chase, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and offers a truly unique experience for schools and youth groups.
120 acres of mixed woodland and parkland offer fantastic opportunities to learn and experience the outdoors.
As well as the magical setting, they have fantastic facilities and activities maintained and delivered by an amazing team of staff and volunteers who genuinely love their jobs.
As a charitable trust they rely on the hard work of a large volunteer team who provide support for paid staff and help to complete projects that would not normally be able to be completed. Volunteers assist with a wide range of tasks on site and are instrumental to the success of the centre. Their approach to volunteering is flexible and they are content with any time that you are able to offer. In return they offer training, a DBS, and uniform to regular volunteers.
They are specifically looking for volunteers to fill a variety of fundraising, shop, outdoors and activity roles, but any offers of support would be greatly appreciated.
Further details of activities, volunteer roles and how to book for events are available on the website.
New Heights are a small charity based in the heart of Warren Farm, Kingstanding. Their project has two community sites, St. John’s Centre and the Community Cafe which are both are located on Warren Farm Road.
They aim to support all individuals within the Warren Farm, Kingstanding area by providing a range of activities aimed at reducing isolation and overcome barriers that face the local community. A key skill in doing this is their ability to listen to people and provide services aimed at bringing the community together.
The beautiful St Johns centre is available for hire and hosts many community activities for local children, adults and families.
Volunteers are at the heart of their project, playing an important role in supporting the services they provide:
- Community Café
- BREATHE Welfare Advice and Advocacy Service
- Befriending Service ( letter writing, home visits, coffee and chat )
- Silver Surfers ( IT support for over 50’s )
- Gardening (St. John’s Centre and Café )
- Reminiscence Group ( Sharing memories of yester years and loved ones )
- Knit and Chat
For further information about services offered or how you might help please see the website.
Cycling Projects want to make sure that cycling is accessible to all.
Cycling Projects is a national charity which promotes cycling through a range of successful community engagement programmes that give people the opportunity to cycle on a regular basis; through help, support and guidance. Most noticeably this is all achieved through its two nationally acclaimed initiatives Wheels for All and Pedal Away
With a searchable network of 80 cycling centres across the UK there's bound to be something near you.
If you are looking to get involved, why not volunteer? What could be more rewarding than enabling people to cycle who wouldn’t otherwise be able to without your support? A Wheels For All leader can be the difference between someone having a great day and being physically active on adapted cycles, or being unable to engage in any cycling activity at all.
Volunteers receive fully accredited Wheels For All Leaders Training package and get involved helping out across the Wheels For All network. Other volunteer roles include cycle mechanics and fundraisers so why not take a look at their website?