This week is Volunteers week- 1st-7th June 2021. It’s a chance to say thank you as we recognise the wonderful contributions volunteers make to our local community.
Over what has been a difficult year, most of us will have come into contact with a volunteer, whether for a small grassroots organisation or a larger well-known charity, and appreciate the difference they make to their local community. Look for the hashtag – #volunteer week.
If you are looking for something to do then there are lots of organisations looking for supporters-find out more here-Volunteers Week and search the opportunities available at the moment.
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.
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 email@example.com
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.
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 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.