Volunteering

Whatever we do at work or for leisure, most of us will have come into contact with a volunteer, whether for a small grassroots organisation or a larger well-known charity, and we all can appreciate the difference they make to their local community. 

Volunteering can make a huge difference for vulnerable people within our communities. Whatever we do at work or for leisure, most of us will have met a volunteer, whether for a small grassroots organisation or a larger well-known charity, and we all can appreciate the difference they make to their local community. 

More than 500 volunteers support a whole host of services across the council. National Volunteers Week is an annual event that offers the opportunity to recognise the contributions volunteers make to our communities and to say thank you. Lincolnshire County Council are marking the contribution of volunteers who carry out valuable unpaid work in their communities.

Read some of the stories of those who volunteer and share your volunteering stories by adding them to Volunteers’ week 1-7 June 2022 | Let’s Talk Lincolnshire.

To celebrate their efforts, Council leader, Cllr Martin Hill has written an open letter to volunteers to personally thank them.

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  work together to communities have a local point of contact and support if they are in need. If you would like to offer some help find more information at Apply to become a volunteer – Lincolnshire County Council

 

If you want to offer some help but would like to have some training before starting, the Volunteer Centres Lincolnshire have secured access to free online training courses in a range of subject areas. Follow this link for more information – https://lincolnshirevolunteering.org.uk/online-training/  

The Young Peoples Learning Provision (YPLP) is a service within Lincolnshire County Council that supports young people, including those with special education needs and disabilities, who are committed and motivated to achieve their long term goal of paid work.

They do this by offering employment focused education programmes across Lincolnshire to young people aged 16 to 19 and if they have an Education, Health and Care plan (EHC), up to age 24.

They are always looking for support from local employers and if you have a volunteering opportunity to offer a young person they would like to hear from you. Contact them at yplp@lincolnshire.gov.uk

 

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 ServicesVoluntary 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 Lincolnshire Community & Voluntary Serviceruns 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.

 

 

Connect to Support LincolnshireAlternatively 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.

 

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

 

The Royal Voluntary ServiceThe 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 CentreVolunteer 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.