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Once you have decided to become a volunteer you will need to have a look at the vast range of volunteering opportunities that are available to you. The best way to do this is to come in to see us in the office at the New Street Centre, next door to Tesco.
We look forward to having a chat with you about the sorts of things you are interested in and any ideas you may have about what you would like to do, whether you are thinking about finding paid work in the future, whether you would like to learn new skills or use existing skills, whether you just want to meet new people etc. Many people do not have any fixed ideas about what they would like to do, so we will spend time looking at all the types of volunteering available. There is a form that we will complete with you with some information that we need for our volunteering statistics, which we use when we are applying for future funding. We will then give you all the information we have available on the voluntary opportunities you are interested in, and we will help you to find the right one for you.
Most people then take away information we have given them to have a think about it, and they will return when they have decided on two or three possible organisations. We will then make appointments to go with you to visit each organisation in turn, which should help you to make a final decision about where you would like to volunteer.
Most organisations working with people who are Elderly, or with children or vulnerable groups will need to Police check you before you are able to start volunteering. This is standard procedure and is nothing for you to worry about.
Remember, volunteering looks great on your CV, is a good way to meet new people and is one way of putting something back into your local community. Most people volunteer for about 2-3 hours a week, some do more and some do less - it is entirely up to you how much time you give to volunteering, so it will fit in with even the most busy person's lifestyle.