We help individuals and businesses in the Harrogate District to find volunteering opportunities. We also provide advice and support to groups which involve volunteers.
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Only 2 Weeks Left to get Your Nominations in for the Volunteering Oscars 2015
Do you know someone who does a lot for the local community? It could be a friend, family member, a volunteer you work with or even a local business. Why not show your appreciation by nominating them for a Volunteering Oscar.
There are 16 nomination categories (see the online nomination for for details) and all shortlisted nominees will be invited to our annual Volunteering Oscars Awards Ceremony at the Old Swan Hotel on 30th October 2015.
New for October 2015
We're often asked 'who really needs volunteers at the moment?' So we've compiled a listing of brand new volunteer roles added in the last month. Please get in contact with us if you are interested in finding out more about any of these roles. Or book an appointment for free advice. We currently hold details of over 400 volunteer roles all from the local Harrogate & Ripon area so there are plenty to choose from and we can help you filter down to a few you might be interested in pursuing.
Saint Michael's provide a valuable and caring service for people affected by terminal illness. The Hospice are looking for a volunteer who can give 4 hours a week to prepare cash and cheques ready for banking. Volunteers are ideally needed on either a Monday or a Tuesday.
The Independent Domestic Abuse Service provide support, accomodation and advice to victims of domestic abuse. Mentors are needed to help clients to move on to the next step in their life. Mentors will be paired up with a client for around 6-9 months. Full training is provided for this role.
Ripon Cathedral's annual festival takes place on Thursday 28th April and culminates in a beer festival on Monday 2nd May. A variety of 3 hour long volunteer roles are available including setting up, welcoming visitors or serving behind the bar. Volunteers could do the whole festival or just one or two slots. No experience in needed but the Cathedral are looking for volunteers who enjoy meeting and talking to people of all ages. All volunteers will receive an induction before the event.
NYAS are looking for male and female volunteers in the Ripon area to offer one to one support to 2 young people by visiting each month and sharing a fun activity. This could be anything from football, fishing or getting your nails done. Volunteers are matched to young people who share similar interests. Full training is provided.
Harrogate & Nidderdale District Scouts
The Scouts are currently looking for volunteers to fill 5 different roles. Volunteers are needed to lead groups, run the D of E programme, manage the equipment store or help out with a local group. Scout volunteers get to try lots of different activities whilst working with young people in a rewarding role. Volunteers work as part of a team of leaders. Are you prepared? Then get in touch.
Advocacy help vulnerable people to speak up and have a voice in the decisions that matter to them. Advocates are needed to visit clients in their home or in hospital to provide confidential support to empower them to have their voice heard. Volunteers do not give advice instead they listen, provide information and support. Volunteers may need to attend professional meetings with their mentee. Training is provided; this is a great role for anyone who wants a career in the voluntary sector.
Ripon in Wonderland
2015 marks the 150th Anniversary of the publication of Alice in Wonderland. In honour of Ripon's connection with Lewis Carroll we have put together Ripon in Wonderland a guide to Alice themed events and activities in the Ripon community. Download the guide or pick up a free copy from venues round Ripon including the library, Museums and Community House.
If you would like further advice about volunteering in Ripon please contact us on 01423 509004 to arrange an appointment in Ripon.
Thinking about your UCAS form?
Gain valuable experience as a Student Volunteer
Volunteering is a great way to gain valuable work place experience, find out more about different careers and give something back to the local community.
Different organisations have different volunteer policies and some may not be able to accept volunteers who are under the age of 16 or 18. This may be due to issues such as insurance or safeguarding of vulnerable individuals. So to help you get started we have compiled a listing of local volunteering opportunities for students and under 16s.