Volunteering

Why should I volunteer?  

People choose to volunteer for a variety of reasons!

For some, volunteering offers the chance to give something back to the community or make a difference to the people around them.

For others it provides an opportunity to develop new skills or build on existing experience and knowledge.

Regardless of the motivation, what unites them all is that they find it both challenging and rewarding.

What can I do as a volunteer?

Some opportunities have been affected by the Government's Covid restrictions. For up to date information on current opportunities, please see our pages on Val and Do-it below. 

There are many types of volunteering opportunities for you to choose from. You could decide to use skills you already have or use volunteering to try something new. Many organisations will even offer you training as a volunteer, so volunteer work is an opportunity to learn new things.

Here are a few examples of volunteering opportunities that may be available at MRC Community Action:
  • Administration - Help on Reception or in various departments with a range of office and administration duties.

  • Retail Assistant - Sorting donations of clothes and books, arranging window displays and use of the till.

  • IT - Show other volunteers and staff how to use computers effectively.

  • Furniture Warehouse - There’s crew opportunities to help deliver and collect items of furniture, administration and sales using an EPOS system.

  • Dragons Den Soft Play - Soft play sessions are held three times a week for 0-5 year olds - we have opportunities to prepare food for the cafe in Little Dragon’s Den.

  • Volunteer Driver - Taking people to important health related appointments or help out with administration duties in the Community Transport Department or help out as a chaperone on the elderly shopping trips.

  • Community Lunches - Preparing hot meals or entertaining our elderly guests.

How do I start volunteering?

To get started all you need to do is complete a Volunteer Application Form (pdf) / Volunteer Application Form (word) and return it to us by:

  •   Visiting reception at The Marlene Reid Centre
  •   Give us a call on 01530 510515
  •   Email us at info@mrc.uk.net
  •   See all of our current opportunities below on VAL and Do-it

 

Check out our current opportunities

 

Do I need Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks?
This will depend on the volunteer role that you are doing. If you are working with children or vulnerable adults, you can expect to be asked to complete a DBS check. 

This will involve you filling in a form giving your name, current and previous addresses and giving proof of who you are and where you live.

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