Access Dorset is a pan-impairment, user-led organisation run by and for disabled people, older people and carers. Our key purpose is to empower and enable people to live independently and improve their life chances by providing information, advice, advocacy, peer support and training.
We are one of 43 Active Partnerships across England. We work collaboratively to create the conditions for an active nation and use the power of sport and physical activity to transform lives.
Against Breast Cancer
Research charity for secondary spread breast cancer. We recycle bras, stamps, toner cartridges, mobile phones to raise funds. We also have supporters who run their own fundraising events.
Age UK Bournemouth
Age UK Bournemouth is an independent local charity. We exist to promote the health and well-being of people in later life by providing services; identifying gaps in provision; and by influencing policy and decision makers.
Age UK Nuffield
A superstore located on the Nuffield Industrial estate where the money raised is for helping people love later life.
Leading organisation in the provision of Dementia services locally.
committed to creating a world without dementia
providing local groups for those living with dementia, family and friends
Alzheimer's Society Dorset
Alzheimer's Society is the leading dementia charity providing expert information, training and support services to people affected by dementia.
Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Trust
National NGO managing nature reserves in the UK for native amphibians and reptiles, lobbying government and providing data and monitoring.
Arts by the Sea - BCP Council
We are on the hunt for creative, fun individuals who would love to get involved with this year's Arts by the Sea Festival 2019 !
We are looking for :
- Events volunteers
- Social media assistants
You can find more information on these opportunities on the following link :http://bit.ly/ABTSOpportunities .
Do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions. We can't wait to hear from you!
Ashley Youth Club
youth club for years 7-13. Runs once a week. Wednesday nights 7-9pm
Newly opened youth club based in Ashley, New Milton. For years 7-13 (ages 12-19).
BCP Council. Poole Park Life
Poole Park Life is a Heritage Lottery Funded project aimed at making improvements to Poole Park over a 4 year period, ending in Aug 2021. As well as a significant capital improvements the project also involves engaging local communities to be aware of the changes taking place, to use the park in different ways, and to get involved - for example in creating new gardens, volunteering at the information kiosk and helping with events.
BCP Dorset Combined Youth Offending Service
Dorset Combined Youth Offending Service works with young people in the local youth justice system. Our purpose is to help those young people make positive changes, to keep them safe, to keep other people safe and to repair the harm caused to victims. This means we can support the national Youth Justice Board Vision that 'Every child should live a safe and crime-free life and make a positive contribution to society.'
BH1 Project (Boscombe Salvation Army)
We are a drop-in center opposite the Salvation Army in Boscombe.
We offer practical help to homeless and community clients (food, showers, washing machine/dryer, clothing, referral to agencies etc,.)
We are open Monday to Friday from 10am until 4pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 10am until 2pm (Bank Holidays 10am until 2pm)
Boscombe Connect provides support to adults with social care needs, offering a variety of meaningful and stimulating activities. The aim is to keep people active, health and connected with their local communities. We welcome interest from people who may like to volunteer with the service, assisting with activities such as arts & crafts, gardening and pottery.
Dorset Council are a partner in a project called Bourne Digital in Bournemouth, part of ‘Power Up’ which is run by Good Things Foundation, with financial support from J.P. Morgan.
‘Power Up’ aims to drive economic and social inclusion through digital skills, powering up people, provision and places. https://www.ansbury.co.uk/Bourne_Digital.html Dorset Council’s role as a partner in the Bourne Digital project is to recruit up to five new volunteer ‘Digital Champions’ in Bournemouth who will actually support and train the adults, helping to improve their digital skills so they can train and also be able to apply for jobs. We are looking for volunteers who are very comfortable with all things ‘digital’ and who also have very good people skills.
Bournemouth and Wessex Talking Newspaper
We produce fortnightly recordings of local news for the blind and partially sighted. These are in the form of cassettes, CDs and memory sticks.
We are a charity who offer support to over 1,500 Voluntary and Community groups. These groups are crucially important because they provide a service to over half the population in Bournemouth.
We help to set the groups up, speak up on their behalf to ensure they have a say in the local community, support them to network and help them become more effective. We also help them to advertise volunteer opportunities and find volunteers.
Bournemouth Little Theatre
We are an Amateur Theatre Company entering it’s centenary year, staging a varied programme of productions in our own theatre in Winton, 2 miles from the centre of Bournemouth.
With our year-round programme of Productions, play readings and workshops we have lots of opportunities to get involved onstage, backstage and elsewhere around the theatre.
Bournemouth Parks Foundation
A charity devoted to enhancing Bournemouth's parks and green spaces through fundraising and project delivery.
We are looking for enthusiastic adults to join our Scout Groups in running activities for young people across Bournemouth. There is no set time commitment, you give what you can give! No previous experience is needed, you just need to be happy working with children and as part of a team with other adults.
Bournemouth Sea Cadets and Royal Marine Cadets
Built on the ethos and standards of the Royal Navy Sea Cadet training focuses on water sports and seamanship (carried out on a local river, the sea, adjacent naval establishments) and soldiering skills for Royal Marine Cadets. Cadets can also take national awards such as the Duke of Edinburgh or even attain accredited qualifications in navigation, communication and management.
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (BSO) is an English orchestra with a remit to serve the South and South West of England. Founded in 1893, the BSO has developed a reputation as one of the UK's major orchestras and has worked with many of the world's leading composers, conductors and performers. Originally based in Bournemouth, the BSO moved its offices to the adjacent town of Poole in 1979.
Every 30 seconds someone, somewhere in the world is killed in a road crash. Brake works to stop road deaths and injuries by campaigning for safer roads; supports people bereaved or injured in road crashes; and raises public awareness for sustainable transport.
British Heart Foundation Shops, Bournemouth
The British Heart Foundation in and around Bournemouth could use your help!
Volunteers are vital in running our shops, which in turn help fund research projects and local community care in Dorset.
Gain confidence, try something different and learn new skills. Flexible days and times available to fit around you.
We provide plenty of tea and biscuits, full training and on-going support; all that’s needed is a positive attitude and being open to trying things!
Apply now or get in touch for more information, and thank you for offering your time – we couldn’t run our shops without volunteers.
British Red Cross
The British Red Cross helps millions of people in the UK and around the world get the support they need if crisis strikes. From hiring a wheelchair or dealing with loneliness, to adjusting to life in a new country - we’re there when you need us.
Butterfly Conservation supports the recovery of threatened butterflies and moths, and the increase in the numbers of widespread species, through education, the recording and monitoring of butterflies and moths, habitat management of our 30 nature reserves, and by advising land owners on best practice management for specific species and habitats.
We are always looking for more help inside the office and in the field, or with the local Branch and events, so we have something for everyone to get involved in!
Butterfly Conservation Dorset Branch
Butterfly Conservation is a national organisation with 32 branches of which Dorset is one. We work to help butterflies and moths by undertaking conservation work to maintain and improve the habitats on our own reserves and other sites, carrying out; a number of survey and recording scheme, analysing data on butterfly populations and changes in them, putting on educational activities and publicity and fundraising.
The Cairn Youth Network is a branch of the charity dedicated to raising awareness about domestic abuse to students on university campuses across the UK. Our Ambassadors create useful resources, organise events and ultimately aim to open up discussion on the issue of domestic abuse.
Cherry Tree Nursery
Cherry Tree Nursery is part of the Sheltered Work Opportunities Project which is a registered charity with two sites, Cherry Tree Nursery in Northbourne, Bournemouth and Chestnut Nursery in Poole.We are set up to address the great need for meaningful occupation in a supportive non pressured but realistic working environment, for adults with severe and enduring mental illness, who we refer to as volunteers.
International development charity working in 37 countries around the world. Working through local partners to deliver emergency response and long term development programmes
Citizens Advice Bournemouth and Poole
Citizens Advice Bournemouth Christchurch and Poole is an independent charity that provides information, education and advice services to help people resolve problems. Citizens Advice Bournemouth Christchurch and Poole is part of a national network of over 280 individual charities that deliver advice across England and Wales overseen by a national framework provided by Citizens Advice. Part of the Street Support Bournemouth project.
Citizens Advice Witness Service
We provide free and independent support for both prosecution and defence witnesses in every criminal court in England and Wales.
Our trained volunteers provide practical information about the process, as well as emotional support to help witnesses feel more confident when giving evidence.
Every day, 12 children and young people in the UK are diagnosed with cancer. CLIC Sargent is there to support and help families get through this harrowing time.
|Every day, 12 children and young people in the UK are diagnosed with cancer. This devastating news changes the lives of the whole family. We know cancer doesn’t just impact health. It sends shockwaves through the family’s world, touching everything from social lives to education and your finances. That’s where we come in: we don’t do treatment, but we’re here for everything else. Whether the whole family need practical support, a young cancer patient needs help to return to school, or parents need a financial grant so that they can manage the extra costs that cancer brings, we are here to help them thrive – not just survive. When cancer strikes young lives CLIC Sargent, we will fight tirelessly for children and young people with cancer, often when they feel they can’t. Based at principal treatment centres, our specialist social care teams across the UK supported over 6,700 children and young people. We are there from the point of diagnosis, throughout treatment and beyond to help children and young people, and their families, to cope with the financial and practical challenges that a cancer diagnosis brings, including bereaved families living with emotional pain.
Culture Volunteers Poole
Culture Volunteers Poole are a small, dedicated team providing a volunteering programme of cultural opportunities to help make our cultural services excellent.
Culture Volunteers Poole is based at Poole Museum and offers volunteering opportunities across Poole Museums, Poole Libraries, Upton Country Park and some Poole Arts events. Opportunities include hosting author events to reading stories to children, stewarding crowds of people at fabulous arts festivals to gardening and maintenance or supporting the administrative functions of a project. We have over 120 roles.
As one of the country’s largest not-for-profits, Dimensions provides support for around 3,500 people with learning disabilities and autism across the UK.
The people we support and their families are at the heart of everything we do and we are driven by our values to work towards enabling every person we support to have a great life, with excellent outcomes.
We help people to live more independently, to be involved in their local communities, and our volunteers play a vital role in our work.
Diverse Abilities is Dorset’s disability charity supporting children and adults with profound physical and learning disabilities across the county since 1955
Dorset Blind Association
Dorset Blind Association provides practical help and emotional support to people with sight loss in Dorset, helping them to maintain healthy, independent and socially active lives.
Dorset Mind is a pioneering local charity that educates, challenges mental health stigma and inequality and promotes recovery by empowering individuals to develop resilience.
Dorset Mind is a mental health charity that has been supporting local people with mental health difficulties since 1946. We educate, challenge stigma and provide support towards peoples’ wellbeing and recovery towards positive mental health in Dorset. Although an affiliate of national Mind we generate all our funding and do not receive income from Mind or the high street shops.
Dorset Parent Infant Partnership
Dorset Parent Infant Partnership is charity that provides early intervention psychotherapy to families that are struggling to form attachments with their infants aged 0-2.
Please follow the link for more information: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_1aUfLp06Zo
We aim to create a society where children have the best possible start in life and can flourish through attuned parenting, early bonding and the development of healthy attachment as they grow.
The Volunteers Support Team Set help others find a volunteering role within Dorset Police.
Alliance Dogs Team
To find out more go to our website: https://www.dorset.police.uk/recruitment/volunteers/
Dorset Scrapstore is a not-for-profit charity. Our store is a place where you can find all kinds of resources that can be re-purposed in arts, crafts and play.
We collect the majority of our materials from local donor businesses and manufacturers, saving their excess or unwanted items from landfill, and making them affordable and available for everyone.
Dorset Wildlife Trust
Environmental Conservation Charity
Dreams Come True
DCT supports children and young adults from the age of 2 – 21 with life-limiting or terminal illnesses. We grant dreams to children who really deserve them. A dream is important as it is something for them to look forward too and a distraction from the gruelling hospital appointments and illness.
A dream will often include the whole family which helps reward everyone involved in the child's illness.
East African Playgrounds
Experience the culture, landscape and wildlife of the award winning country, Uganda. Take on the challenge of trekking and canoeing through Western Uganda, enjoying the stunning scenery along the way. Walk alongside the last remaining silverback gorillas then transform an empty playing field into a safe and exciting playground for children to enjoy for years to come. Adventure and explore, whilst supporting development.
East Dorset Friends of the Earth
An environmental campaigning Group that campaigns on local and global issues.
Emma Davies Volunteering
We are Faithworks Wessex… or FW for short.
We are a local independent Christian charity, passionate about helping people not only get out of crisis or isolation, but “journeying” with them until they thrive.
We love to ?nd practical solutions around Food, Finance, Home or People.
And we work with lots of partners – Councils, other charities, and especially local churches.
We want people to be able to stand up and say “I can do this now!”
Part of Street Support Bournemouth project.
Family Counselling Trust
The Family Counselling Trust (FCT) is a registered mental health charity providing key early intervention counselling support to children and young people (up to age 18) and their families.
FCT was founded in Dorset in 2005 to respond to the growing challenges facing families and young people – emotional, behavioural or other mental health problems – where they were unable to access timely and adequate support. FCT raises funds to enable parents on stretched incomes to access prompt help for their children.
FCT offers children and young people an early opportunity to be supported by a qualified psychological therapist, in what is a holistic service involving the families.
FareShare is the UK's largest food distribution charity, helping to support organisations such as Kid's breakfast clubs, community centres, homeless hostels and refuges. At FareShare we help over 9,653 charities make delicious and nutritious meals by saving food from going to waste. FareShare also redistributed more than 16,992 tonnes of food enough to provide 36.7 million meals for people in need. We now operate 21 Regional Centres around the UK.
We are a safe water and sanitation charity.
G S I Events Ltd
GSi Events Ltd specialise in organising events that provide a fundraising platform for charities.
They go to their first ever sleepover, canoe on rivers, learn about body confidence, lead their own camp, or simply have fun and try new things with girls their age.
Girls take what they do in guiding with them as they grow up. They develop the skills and confidence that they need to reach their potential - as students, colleagues, parents, friends and citizens - and become the young women that they want to be.
Girlguiding Dorset is part of Girlguiding, the leading charity for girls and young women in the UK. Through fun, friendship,challenge and adventure, we empower girls to find their voice. Guiding is a worldwide family for girls from the age of 5 who can remain as an active member throughout their life. They may join any section appropriate to their age, or pass from one section to the next. Each level has it's own programme. Guiding would not exist without the Adult Volunteers who give their time to run these various groups. Leadership training is open to any woman from the age of 18.
We are a registered community interest company based in Poole. Our focus is on plastic pollution, we are cleaning up the harbour with beach cleans on foot and in kayaks, working with local communities and providing education to individuals and businesses on the impact of marine plastics and putting measures in place to reduce their waste.
Green Island Holiday Trust
We provide supported holidays for local people living with a disability or long-term health issue. Six holidays are organised each year, based at Holton Lee located between Poole and Wareham. Each holiday, a group of five holidaymakers will be supported by a team of six residential volunteers. The group stay in two accessible cottages, sharing a week of fun and friendship, centred around a varied programme of activities both on site and in the local area.
GreenGen Environmental Solutions
A not for profit social enterprise executing community planting projects, funded by listing and selling green alternatives to every day products.
With a growing list of eco products and services, we aim to be the go to marketplace for those wishing to reduce their environmental impact whilst supporting community fruit, veg and herb planting.
Our purpose: to provide life-changing services for the independence of people living with sight loss and their friends
Healthwatch Dorset is the county’s independent health and care champion. It exists to ensure that people are at the heart of care. Local health and care, shaped by you.
Healthwatch Dorset is a local independent service which exists to speak up for local people on health and care. Our role is to make sure that the health and care system across Dorset reflects what local people expect and need. We will listen to your opinions and experiences of health and social care services and feedback your views to the people who plan, pay for and deliver health and care services (the commissioners and providers). We can also help you to find the information you need about a local health or care service or point you towards someone who can help you if you need support to raise a concern or make a complaint about a service. We are independent from the NHS, Local Authority and other local health and social care services so people can talk freely about whatever they like.
Healthwatch Dorset is one of a network of local Healthwatch organisations that cover each local authority area with social services responsibility across England.
The Health and Social Care Act 2012 introduced local Healthwatch as well as Healthwatch England which is the national umbrella body. Together we exist to represent the consumers of health and care services.
Healthwatch Dorset exists to fulfil the statutory functions of a local Healthwatch. These functions can be broken down to:
- Engaging with local people about health and care services and promoting their involvement in all areas.
- Providing an information and signposting service for local people so that they can make choices about health and social care services.
- Monitoring the quality of health and care services.
- Using the voice of local people to influence commissioners and providers.
Heatherlands Primary School
Various volunteering opportunities working with 4-11 year olds.
Help and Care
Help and Care is a registered Charity that supports people and communities to live the lives they choose. For over 30 years, we've been promoting dignity and independence for all people, to those living with long-term health condition and carers. What makes us different is our person-centered approach. We understand that each individual has different needs, so we listen and offer a personalised solution, with a 'can do' attitude. Based in Bournemouth, we offer services across South-Central England.
Helpful Hounds Assistance Dogs
We change the lives of Young People, Adults as well as their Carers and Families via our "Helpful Hounds" Assistance and Therapy Dogs.
We support Physical Disablement, Autism, Down's Syndrome, PTSD and other emotional issues.in Dorset, Hampshire, Surrey and Wiltshire. In addition we provide Therapy Dogs for Schools and other Educational Establishments for Special Needs or Stress.
High Mead Farm
High Mead Farm is a therapeutic farm, providing a natural nurturing environment to those that attend. We support people with learning disabilities, mental health issues, physical disabilities and many more. Using the land, animals, pottery studio, and woodwork as means of therapy, increasing self-esteem, confidence and knowledge. We are a Community Interest Company, much like a charity, and rely on fund raising and selling our home grown produce. We are a hub for volunteers, but always need more help with our events!
Highcliffe Castle has been described as arguably the most important surviving house of the Romantic and Picturesque style of architecture, which flourished at the end of the 18th century and the beginning of the 19th century. Its significance is recognised nationally by its Grade 1 status on the Statutory List of Buildings of Special Architectural and Historical Interest.
HIGHCLIFFE NURSING HOME
We are a nursing home in Highcliffe, Christchurch. At present we have 40 residents and expanding to have up to 56 by this Summer. We are very homely and love creating beautiful and stimulating days for our residents. visit us, children from the nursery school, the navy, army cadets, singers and many other community members. Please do not hesitate to contact us with anything you would like to do for us, no matter how different.
Hope for Children
Hope for Children are an interntiaonl charity that’s passionately believes that every child has the right to a happy, healthy and positive childhood. We do this by improving their access to education and healthcare, empowering families, but most importantly we are giving them hope.
HOPE FOR FOOD
Hope for Food is a registered charity based in Bournemouth, set up and run entirely by volunteers. We run 5 soup kitchens a week and help up to 60 families a week with a food parcel.
PART OF STREET SUPPORT BOURNEMOUTH. LOCAL CHARITY COLLECTING DONATIONS OF FOOD, CLOTHING AND HOUSEHOLD ITEMS TO SUPPORT THE HOMELESS AND THOSE WHO HAVE FALLEN ON HARD TIMES WITH FOOD AND SETTING UP HOME. LOTS OF OPPORTUNITIES TO DEVELOP THE SKILLS EMPLOYERS ARE LOOKING FOR! - TIME-MANAGEMENT - TEAM WORK - FLEXIBILITY - COMMUNICATION - PROBLEM-SOLVING AND MANY MORE! GET EXPERIENCE FROM DOING A RANGE OF ACTIVITIES INCLUDING: - FUNDRAISING - SOCIAL MEDIA POSTS - MARKETING - MAKING VIDEOS - COOKING & SERVING FOOD AND MUCH MORE! TO REGISTER, EMAIL: INFO@HOPEFORFOOD.ORG.UK
James Burns House
James Burns House provides support to adults with physical disabilities in Bournemouth.
JDRF is the worlds only type 1 diabetes charity.
We fund research to cure, treat and prevent type 1 diabetes and provide information for those living with or supporting someone with this life long auto immune condition.
We host a variety of fundraising events around the UK to support our world renowned and ground breaking research.
Julia's House Children's Hospices
Julia’s House, The Wiltshire and Dorset Children’s Hospices, provide practical and emotional support for families caring for a child with a life-limiting condition. We rely on volunteers to support the work that we do, and have opportunities in our charity shops, the office, and at our challenge and events.
KEEN is an award-winning youth-led organisation that believes everyone should be included in society. We run inclusive projects and support inclusion more widely in society and other organisations.
KEEN is an award-winning youth-led organisation that believes everyone should be included in society.
We create and run inclusive projects, support for inclusion in other organisations, and promote inclusion more widely.
We welcome everyone to participate at KEEN, particularly groups that are often excluded like disabled children and adults.
Kinson Business Forum
We're a community group made up of people living and working in Kinson who organise free community events to make the area more vibrant for local residents and visitors.
Lewis-Manning Hospice cares for patients with life-limiting conditions from diagnosis to end of life. We are the only local non-NHS hospice in East Dorset providing a safe and caring place to die and a place for families to face death together. We care for local people whose lives have been turned upside-down by a life-changing diagnosis. We do this through our three core services: End of Life Care (In Patient Unit), Day Hospice and our specialist out-patient clinics.
‘The care that Lewis-Manning provides has turned my life around. ’ - Day Hospice Patient
Lions Club of Bournemouth
We are volunteers who serve our communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace and promote international understanding through Lions clubs.
Lions Clubs International is the world’s largest voluntary service organisation with 1.44 million members in over 200 countries.
Lions Club of Bournemouth work in the local community, holding events and fund raising for local charities and giving help to the community where there is a need
Livability is the disability charity that connects people with their communities.
We tackle social isolation and the barriers that can cause this in the lives of disabled and vulnerable people.
Through a wide range of disability, education, training and community services, we promote inclusion and wellbeing for all. Together, we work to see people take part, contribute and be valued. We put the elements in place that all add up to connected lives and communities.
Lytchett Minster and Upton Beacon Community Association
LUBCA is a community association based in Upton, north-west Poole, about 7 miles from Wallisdown campus. We are charitable organisation dedicated to the well-being of the local community and have four main activities at present: we run and maintain our Community Centre, we support the local Carnival, we mount an annual food festival - Venfest - and we support Community Art events.
Macmillan Cancer Support
We're here for everyone affected by cancer, their family and friends. Find support and advice, meet people who understand, get involved and help us be there.
Marrow - Anthony Nolan
Anthony Nolan matches incredible individuals willing to donate their stem cells to people with blood cancer and blood disorders in desperate need of a lifesaving transplant.
We are looking for an enthusiastic and motivated student to spread the word about our lifesaving work on campus.
Anthony Nolan would like to hold a recruitment event at Bournemouth University to help recruit potentially lifesaving donors to the Anthony Nolan stem cell register.
Medical Detection Dogs
Medical Detection Dogs trains dogs to detect the odour of human disease. It is at the forefront of the research into the fight against cancer and helping people with life-threatening diseases. Our Bio-Detection Dogs are trained to find the odour of diseases , such as cancer, insamples such as urine, breath and swabs. Our Medical Alert Assistance Dogs are trained to detect minute changes in an individual's personal odour triggered by their disease and alert them to an impending medical event.
Mental Health Innovations (MHI)
MHI launched Shout in May 2019. Shout is the UK’s first 24/7 text service, free on all major mobile networks, for anyone in crisis anytime, anywhere. It’s a place to go if you’re struggling to cope and you need immediate help.
Shout is powered by a team of volunteers, who are at the heart of the service. We take people from crisis to calm every single day.
Shout exists in the US as ‘Crisis Text Line’, but this is the first time the tried and tested technology has come to the UK.
The anonymised data we collate gives us unique insights into mental health trends to help improve people’s lives.
Mosaic-Supporting Bereaved Children
Mosaic-Supporting Bereaved Children, offer a bespoke support service to any child and young person across Dorset who has experienced the death of a loved one. We also support those who are facing a death following a terminal diagnosis. The support includes counselling, family days and residential weekends.
We enable breaks for young carers aged 5 - 24 at our outdoor centre in the Isle of Purbeck. Our main objectives are focusing on their wellbeing, life skills and education. So that they can help the young carers of our future.
Naomi House and Jacksplace are hospices for life-limited and life-threatened children and young adults.
The charity offers a unique and vital service allowing families to take advantage of much needed respite, community, emergency, end of life and post-bereavement care.
The charity employs highly skilled doctors, nurses, carers and play specialists, as well as an experienced family support team who offer practical, emotional and spiritual support for the whole family, throughout their child’s life and after death.
National Trust - Montacute House
The National Trust is a conservation charity and volunteering is at the centre of the organisation. A National Trust property, Montacute House is a masterpiece of Elizabethan Renaissance architecture and design, with towering walls of glass and local, ham stone. The Long Gallery, which is the longest of its kind in England, houses over 60 Tudor and Elizabethan portraits on loan from the National Portrait Gallery. The team of staff and volunteers look after the house and its surrounding gardens, telling the story of this place and helping visitors understand our part in its conservation
National Trust Corfe Castle
One of Britain's most iconic and evocative survivors of the English Civil War, partially demolished in 1646 by the Parliamentarians.
Thousand-year-old royal castle shaped by warfare
One of Britain's most iconic and evocative survivors of the English Civil War, partially demolished in 1646 by the Parliamentarians. A favourite haunt for adults and children alike, all ages are captivated by these romantic castle ruins with breathtaking views across Purbeck. Discover 1,000 years of our history as a royal palace and fortress. With fallen walls and secret places, there are tales of treachery and treason around every corner. Spot the 'murder holes' and count the arrow loops. Feel history come to life and see the wildlife that has set up home here.
We’re looking for volunteers to help care for Corfe Castle and the surrounding area around Purbeck and make visitors to the castle welcome and make the most of their visit. You can learn new skills, meet new people, share your love of the area and just have fun.
Volunteer roles include learning guides, events and visitor welcome volunteers, artisan volunteers and fundraisers.
New Forest National Park Authority
The New Forest National Park Authority always needs dedicated, passionate volunteers to help deliver a wide range of projects across the New Forest. Opportunities include woodland, heathland and grassland restoration, carrying out archaeological surveys and excavations and walking historic rights of way. We also seek enthusiastic volunteers to help with public events and activities aimed at connecting people to the National Park.
No experience needed, as training is provided, and our opportunities offer a chance to meet like minded people and see parts of the forest you may never have seen.
New Forest Sailability
We are locally known as New Forest Sailability (NFS) and are based at Spinnaker Sailing Club, Ringwood.
Our aim is to enable people with disabilities to enjoy the exciting sport of sailing. Here is where you can learn to sail a dinghy, sit back and relax whilst someone else takes you for a trip, take part in races. All this within the safe confines of our beautiful lake in the heart of the New Forest. Sailing is great fun, you would be most welcome as a volunteer or sailor, and you will soon make new friends in our relaxed, fun environment.
New Forest Volunteer Centre
The New Forest Volunteer Centre promotes and supports volunteering in the New Forest. We recruit potential volunteers from all sections of the community and work with people and groups to place them with voluntary organisations who are actively looking for volunteers to assist them with their work. Volunteering is simple. It’s about giving your time to do something useful that can benefit both you and your community. Many voluntary organisations would not survive without the time freely given by volunteers.
NHS Volunteer Responders
NHS Volunteer Responders has been set up to support the NHS during the COVID-19 outbreak. To do this we need an 'army' of volunteers who can support the 1.5m people in England who are at most risk.
You can help by signing up for one or more of the tasks on the NHS website such as Community Response volunteer, Patient Transport volunteer, NHS Transport volunteer and Check-in and Chat volunteer. Once you have registered and checks are complete you will be provided a log-in to the GoodSAM Responder app. Switch the app to 'on duty', and you'll see live and local volunteer tasks to pick from nearby.
Over The Wall Children's Charity
OTW provides FOC residential activity camps for children and teenagers living with serious health challenges. We have a variety of exciting volunteering roles available. These include: Activity Leader, Team Mate, Camp Recorder (Photographer), Safeguarding Officer & Clinical Volunteer. Our camps take place from April to October and are held at high quality locations in Scotland, the Midlands and the South of England. OTW have been certified as being an ‘Approved Residential Activity Provider’ for the Duke of Edinburgh Award. For more information please visit www.otw.org.uk.
Charity shop selling donated clothes, accessories, books, toys, homeware items. Majority of stock is sold on shop floor, but we also run an online shop. Some stock of higher value is photographed and listed online. All the donated sorted, cleaned (clothes are steamed), priced, then displayed in attractive order on the shop floor. Items already on sale get checked regularly and those passed its selling cycle date will be withdrawn and replaced with fresh stock. All these jobs and more present exiting opportunities for a potential volunteer to expand their skills and learn something new.
Every hour two people are diagnosed with Parkinson's - a progressive neurological condition for which there is currently no cure. There are currently around 145,000 people living with Parkinson's across the UK.
We're the Parkinson's charity that drives better care, treatments and quality of life. Because we're here, no one has to face Parkinson's alone.
PDSA is the UK’s leading veterinary charity. Operating through a UK-wide network of 48 Pet Hospitals, PDSA provides low cost and free veterinary care to the sick and injured pets of people in need and promotes responsible pet ownership. At PDSA, saving, protecting and healing pets is what we’re all about. We are dedicated to improving pet wellbeing in three special ways – by educating owners, preventing disease and carrying out life-saving operations.
People First Forum
A speaking up charity run for and by people with learning disabilities in Bournemouth and Poole.
Poole Communities Trust
We are a charity that supports Poole communities through different centres, At the moment we have a centre in Branksome up and running, we are raising money in the Bourne estate to rebuild their community centre; we are carrying out community development work in Turlin Moor. We are looking for support at out Branksome Community Centre.
Poole Enviroteers is a volunteer initiative aspiring to get all residents of Poole taking action in their local open spaces. Poole Enviroteers promotes the work of local community groups, opportunities at ‘new to you’ alongside supporting individuals in taking action through our own volunteer activity days!
All our volunteer opportunities:
Offer taster sessions
Have no-commitment attached
Are welcoming to all and you are welcome to bring friends!
We love to facilitate ideas from anyone, so bring us your volunteer ideas and we can help support in making these a reality.
Poole Town Youth Football Club
A local chartered standard grassroots football club playing within Bournemouth and Dorset Youth League. We are affiliated to Dorset FA.
Ages from under 7 to under 18. We also have girls team too.
All our coaches have level one qualifications.
A Christian UK Charity raising awareness, tackling issues and promoting initiatives to help those who need it most by providing home care, local community groups and fundraising through our charity shops and other activities.
Prama Care is a registered charity (No. 801967) providing domiciliary care services in Dorset, a range of clubs and activities in local communities, and pre-loved goods through our charity shops.
PramaLife is part of a non profit charity providing services and care. As a Christian Charity we enable those who live with vulnerability or isolation enjoy their independence, lead fulfilling lives.
PramaLIFE is our community outreach programme across the Poole, Bournemouth and East Dorset areas. We offer a wide range of activities and services which look to directly tackle social isolation and lead to increased personal independence, self-sufficiency and dignity. Activities include:-
dementia and age friendly clubs,
chaplaincy and befriending,
carers’ support groups,
local community activities and,
Some of our clubs focus on specific hobbies like gardening, sporting memories or keep fit, some support those living with dementia, others simply a space where you can natter over coffee! We also provide social trips out with others on our minibus.
For More information why not go directly to our PramaLife website at www.pramalife.org
Dementia Friendly Church
Prama also have recently picked up Dementia Friendly Churches project from Faithworks Wessex. This programme is looking to help churches across the UK become Dementia Friendly, whether from a building accessability perspective to how it runs its services and activities. More information can be found on the Prama Foundation Website
or at www.dementiafriendlychurch.org.uk
The Royal Air Forces Association (or RAF Association), is a member-led, registered welfare charity that provides welfare support to Serving and Ex-Serving RAF personnel and their families.
A significant proportion of our work is undertaken by those who volunteer for the charity. Volunteers provide visits to members of the RAF family to help combat loneliness, provide information or to help them make financial applications in times of hardship. Volunteers help us fundraise and they support us in many tasks throughout our branch network across the world.
Rainbow Trust supports families who have a child with a serious or life-threatening illness. We offer the whole family support, regardless of diagnosis and are there for as long as a family needs us.
We provide, on call, a 24-hour lifeboat search and rescue service around the UK and Ireland, and a seasonal lifeguard service. We’re taking action to prevent coastal drownings in the UK through our RespectTheWater campaign to tackle the global drowning epidemic
As a charity, we rely on voluntary donations to fund our work, and have saved over 140,000 lives in our 190 year history.
This is a unique opportunity for a summer job that makes a difference.
Robinson volunteering is set up to help child carers with respite through fun holidays and events along the Dorset Coast. With a national network, we aim to provide for 2,000 child carers throughout the year. We rely on volunteers to help set up and run the events and holidays. Full training will be given, and we will obtain a DBS check on your behalf as necessary. Please help us spread a little joy.
Royal Air Force Association
the Royal Air Forces Association (or RAF Association), is a membership organisation and registered charity that provides welfare support to the RAF Family.
The RAF Family includes all serving and ex-serving personnel and their dependants.
The Association exists in the recognition that RAF personnel and their immediate families dedicate their lives to their country, and to ensure that such a sacrifice does not result in suffering, poverty or loneliness.
Royal Lifesaving Society UK
The Drowning Prevention Charity
We work to support the delivery of A Future Without Drowning, and need your help to provide education to the local community.
The RSPB is the Country’s largest conservation charity aiming to inspire everyone to help nature. Together with our partners we protect threatened birds and wildlife so our towns and coast and countryside can teem with wildlife once again. We work to secure a healthy environment for nature and people, by speaking out for wildlife and tackling problems that threaten the natural world. We believe education and inspiring children, families and individuals is vital to protecting nature in the future and encourage them to speak out for nature too.
We deliver interactive and practical ‘skills for life’ education in realistic full size streetscapes at Bournemouth, Weymouth and Swindon (from 2020). Our philosophy is one of ‘discuss, decide and do’ where visitors are actively engaged in an immersive environment rather than simply listening to advice.
We cover road safety, fire safety, water safety and home safety alongside crime prevention, what to do in an emergency, healthy living, mental wellbeing, citizenship, environmental sustainability, householder responsibilities, financial skills and much more.
Bournemouth Samaritans provides emotional support, to anyone via phone, Email, SMS and a walk in service. We are there for anyone who would like to use our service. We also work in our community with many organisations.
Sexual Trauma and Recovery Service STARS
STARS is a pan-Dorset charity that offers one to one support, free of charge, for anyone of any age or gender, who lives works or studies in Dorset and has experienced any form of sexual violence.
Sexual Trauma and Recovery Service is based in Poole and offers free, confidential specialist emotional and practical support and information to male, female and transgender survivors who have suffered sexual violence of any kind at any time. Our services include a helpline, 1 to 1 counselling and an ISVA (Independent Sexual Violence Advisor) Service are available to children and young people, as well as, adults. All our services are free.
Shelter believes that everybody needs a home in a place they can thrive. Our work won’t stop until there’s a home for everyone. (Part of Street Support Bournemouth project)
Slades Farm Community Garden
A 2 acre organic wildlife garden in an urban green space, Slades garden is a community project run by volunteers. There are lots of opportunities for conservation work from September to Easter every year. This includes activities like bramble-bashing, tree removal, tree planting, pond clearing and habitat creation. There are two working sessions each month for the public, and additional sessions can usually be arranged if enough students are interested.
Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association (SSAFA)
We exist to relieve need, suffering and distress amongst the Armed Forces, veterans and their families in order to support their independence and dignity.
SSAFA is a UK charity, established 1885, that provides lifelong support to serving men and women and veterans from the British Armed Forces and their families or dependents.
We provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. We campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding. We won’t give up until everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets support and respect.
An advocate is someone who can both listen to you and speak for you in times of need.
Advocacy in all its forms seeks to ensure that people are able to speak out, to express their views and defend their rights. In its simplest form, advocacy can mean just listening respectfully to someone.
SportsAid is a national charity supporting young British sportsmen and women aspiring to be the next generation of Olympic, Paralympic, Commonwealth and world champions. We provide financial awards and recognition, workshops & and mentoring. Athletes are typically aged 12-18, 20% disabled, 50/50 gender split.
St John Ambulance
St John Ambulance is the nation’s leading first aid charity.
Every year, more than 400,000 people learn how to save a life through our training programmes, including hundreds of thousands of young people.
Our volunteers provide first aid in their communities, keeping people safe at events, and working alongside the NHS in response to 999 calls. We’re also always campaigning to raise awareness of first aid and directly educate the public.
Street Support Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole
We are a collective of organisations and charities in the local area, working together to combat homelessness.
There are many ways in which you can help; from supplying practical items to working with national and local organisations who help rough sleepers and people moving on into accommodation.
You could also run a fundraising event or use our expertise and contacts within the homelessness sector, to help with your uni projects.
There are also opportunities to get involved with the running of the website, if you're looking to work from home!
We are the UK’s leading stroke charity, fighting for a world where there are fewer strokes and all those affected by stroke get the support that they need. We deliver stroke services across the UK, campaign for better stroke care, invest in research and raise awarness of how to reduce your risk of stroke and bring down your blood pressure.
Student Action for Refugees
We, Student Action for Refugees (STAR), are partnered with the International Care Network (ICN) in Bournemouth, who have set up a peer mentoring programme, where volunteers are paired with young-adult (male) refugees in the area. The aim is to integrate and develop relationships with these young people, through mentoring and friendship over a number of weeks and months. Get in touch for more information if you’re interested, we’d love to have you on board!
Students Organising for Sustainability
Students Organising for Sustainability (SOS-UK) is a new educational charity that seeks to get more students leading on and learning for sustainability.
Building on fifty years of leading-edge campaigns and programmes, developed by the National Union of Students (NUS UK), SOS-UK aims to harness the desire of students and young people to respond to the climate emergency and lead society to a better future.
SUBU 5 Minute Volunteering
SUBU Community Volunteering help to organise short, sweet volunteering projects, with busier students in mind, so that it will only take a few minutes of your time. Pop up 5 Minute Volunteering happens all over campus, so if you see us, drop by and and say hi, and join in the activity.
SUBU Alzheimer's Project
**One of our fabulous Student-Led Projects!**
Come and join other students volunteering in Singing for the Brain and Memory Cafe's for people with Alzheimer's Disease.
SUBU Beach Champions
Come and join your fellow students and help clean up Dorset's iconic beaches!
SUBU Conservation Rangers
**One of our fabulous student-led projects!**
Come and join your fellow students in volunteering outdoors, doing conservation work in our Dorset countryside!
SUBU Hope for Food Project
**One of our fabulous Student-Led projects!**
Join in with our student helpers at the Soup Kitchen!
SUBU Slade's Farm Project
Come and help us create and maintain a beautiful community garden- just a short walk from campus!
Volunteering opportunities arranged by SUBU in partnership with local charities and not-for-profit organisations.
SUBU Volunteering part of the Students Union at Bournemouth University a registered charity. The SUBU Community Team help students to find volunteering opportunities in the local Bournemouth and Dorset community. We help to connect students to local charities and not for profit organisations to encourage them to contribute to the local community whilst they are at university, and to gain valuable skills that will help with there personal and career development.
We provide incredible end of life and neurological care for people facing a life-changing diagnosis. We do whatever we can to be a safety net for our patients and their loved ones at the most difficult times of their lives. We treat the person not the condition.
Swanage Railway Trust
The Swanage Railway Trust, a registered charity, exists to preserve the heritage of the railways of the Isle of Purbeck in Dorset and re-establishing a rail link between the town of Swanage and the national rail network at Wareham. The Trust focuses on furthering the development of the Swanage Railway by recruiting the members and volunteers on which progress depends as well as the appeals and fundraising needed to support the Trust's activities
Team Dorset Athletics Network
Athletics clubs in Dorset, organising athletic events and training sessions in Poole and Bournemouth
Tenovus Cancer Care
If you have cancer or you’re close to someone who has, it can be frightening and stressful. We can help. We bring treatment, emotional support and practical advice to where it matters most; the heart of your community.
Tenovus Cancer Care is here to help you cope, and through our vital research, we offer hope.
Testwood Lakes Sailability (TLS)
Testwood Lakes Sailability provide dinghy sailing for people with any disability. TLS have a wheelchair accessible pontoon fitted with hoists to enable access to the dinghies if required. TLS use Hansa Access 303 dinghies which are purpose built for use by people with disabilities. They are two person dinghies so are normally skippered by a TLS volunteer who is a competent dinghy sailor. We also have an operational support boat that is always skippered by a RYA qualified powerboat skipper along with additional crew.
The Big Issue Foundation
We work with Big Issue vendors, in areas such as employment, training, education, housing and healthcare, helping vendors connect with vital social and financial support to rebuild their own lives.
The Bournemouth Foodbank
PART OF STREET SUPPORT BOURNEMOUTH. No-one in our community should face hunger. We provide 3 days’ nutritionally balanced emergency food, and offer support to local people in crisis who are referred to us by support agencies.
The Charitable Emporium
The Charitable Emporium - Empowering People through Music
Is a music charity with its charity shop based on Bargates in Christchurch. We are supporting local events such as Teddy Rocks Festival, Potatoe Pants Festival, Wonky Donk, Henfest, Winchelsea School and other with our infrastructure and help them raise funds for a variety of worthy causes
The Cinnamon Trust
Our aim is to relieve the owners of any worry concerning the welfare of their pets both during and after their own lifetime making us unique among charities. All volunteers help in the ways that are most appropriate to them. Volunteers take it in turn to visit housebound owners to take their dogs for walks, they help with cat care, volunteers foster pets as one of their family when owners face a spell in hospital, they take pets to the vet, even clean the budgie's cage out.
The Crumbs Project
The C.R.U.M.B.S Project founded in 1997 in response to local needs, as a registered charity. We deliver workplace tuition at our purpose-built Food Services Hub supporting adult with disabilities to overcome the significant barriers they face, individuals come to us with very low self-esteem, limited skills, no or little experience of work and problems with engaging and communicating with others.
Individuals are supported by an experienced staff team and learn to prepare/bake/cook and serve food: buffets hot and cold, celebration cakes and catering for special events and community lunches.
The Etches Collection, Museum of Jurassic Marine Life
The Etches Collection Museum of Jurassic Marine Life in the village of Kimmeridge in Dorset, houses the finest single collection of Kimmeridgian fossils all found by just one man, Dr Steve Etches MBE – be mesmerized by sea monsters, prehistoric predators and the marine flora and fauna of 150-157 million years ago. Learn about their ‘Stories from Deep Time’ interpreted with state of the art CGI imagery swimming above the fossils in the gallery. Get involved as Steve Etches works on his latest finds in the museum lab and workshop, with our unique Centre of Excellence for learning and discovery.
The Friends of Coy Pond
We are a volunteer group who work closely with Bournemouth, Christchurch, Poole (BCP) Council in the maintenance and improvement of Coy Pond. The area consists of a large pond and a nearby 550 foot rockery, which is the longest on the south coast. We have a project in mind for which we require specialist volunteers, in particular, artists.
Alongside the pond there is a plain concrete block wall on which we would like to have a mural painted, representing various aspects of the area.
The block wall is approximately one metre high by 14 metres in length.
We can assist with costs.
The MARS Trust
Workshop style training: developing key relationship skills for young people.
Impacting young lives …
In every area of life …
For the whole of life …
The Mines Advisory Group
We find and destroy landmines, cluster munitions and unexploded bombs in places affected by conflict. Since 1989, we have helped over 18 million people in 68 countries rebuild their lives and livelihoods after war.
The Wave Project
Changing Lives Through Surfing! We support children who have experienced trauma or social isolation and are at risk of developing ongoing mental health problems. We run a surfing project that aims improve their confidence and self-esteem, helps them make new friends and develops core life skills, such as communication and team work. The project is divided into two sections - 6 week surfing courses and a surf club. We also organise some specific one-off surf events and competitions where they can show off their skills and expand their social networks.
Transition Bournemouth is a local charity (registered charity 1183648) that runs a number green projects in the BH area. These projects include:
Bournemouth Repair Cafe - Every 3rd Saturday of the month we hold an event where the public bring along items in need of repair (appliances, clothing, etc) to be repaired by our team of volunteer fixers.
Slades Farm Community Garden - A communal growing space for people to try out sustainable forms of food production.
Count On Me - Counting up all the CO2 emissions being saved by the activites and habits that many people do every day.
Upton Country Park, Poole
Upton Country Park is a large site on the edge of Poole. We have large horticultural areas, natural habitats and amenity areas which the on site team are responsible for.
Upton Country Park has over 140 acres of award winning gardens, woodland, wetland, parkland and shoreline, as well as the Grade II* Listed Upton House. The Country Park attracts over 680,000 visitors a year and is within the top 10 most visited attractions in Poole. The Operations Team, including volunteers, are responsible for horticultural works, nature conservation, estate management and are heavily involved in the various events held in the Country Park
VICTA is a national charity that provides support to children and young adults from 0 to 29 who are blind or partially sighted and their families. VICTA believes that everyone has the right to an independent and fulfilling life. VICTA’s support, advice, grants and activities enable young people and their families to build skills, develop confidence and help each other toward a more positive future.
We are a charity funded by dorset police and crime commissioner to provide free and confidential, practical and emotional support to victims and witness's of crime. We support victims from the age of four and support all crime types with the exception of rape and sexual assault. Our volunteer opportunities involve providing support either face to face in the community or via telephone. Volunteers will be fully trained and will have the opportunity to progress onto supporting service users with complex needs and crimes which pose higher risk e.g domestic abuse and hate crime
Victoria Community Boccia Club
Victoria Community Boccia Club was founded in July 2016. The club was actually launched on National Boccia Day, September 17th. The club is open to anyone with a disability who wishes to learn the basics, or participate in competitive Boccia. Whilst school age participants are welcomed, the club is intended to cater for those who have left formal education.
Victoria’s Promise has been established for 5 years, filling the critical gaps in emotional, practical, physical and social support for young women who have been diagnosed with cancer. The aim of the charity is to support and empower young women, and their families, through cancer treatment.
Some of the services we offer the women are counselling for them and their immediate family, cleaning and childcare services, wig funding and specialised beauty treatments including oncology massage. Alongside the support services, Victoria’s Promise runs Affinity workshops.
With Virtual Volunteering you can volunteer from anywhere, and give as much or as little time as you want!
Walk the Walk
Walk the Walk is the UK’s largest grant-making breast cancer charity that is dedicated to not only raising money and awareness for vital breast cancer causes, but to also encourage women and men to become more aware of their own potential for fitness and wellbeing.
We organise the famous MoonWalk overnight power walking challenges and are immensely proud to have raised over £133m, which has been granted to research into breast cancer and to improve the lives of people living with cancer now.
Water Lily Project
The Water Lily Project primarily supports and empowers vulnerable women in Christchurch and surrounding areas by providing FREE 1:1 support, befriending service and training. We also support the local community through various project such as Chatty Tables for the lonely and isolated, elderly lunch clubs and helping to feed the homeless through our 'Pay it Forward' scheme.
Wessex Cancer Trust Bournemouth
To help local people living with cancer by offering emotional, physical and practical support.
To provide practical and emotional support to cancer patients and their families close to home
To provide information to help everyone understand about cancer, prevention, causes and treatments
To have services guided by the people we support in order to achieve the best outcomes for them
To work in partnership with other charities and health care professionals to ensure we use funds wisely and deliver maximum impact
At YMCA Bournemouth our heart is to help and support people of all ages, origins and faiths, especially those who are young and who are needy or vulnerable in some way. We do this through providing opportunities in housing, children work, youth work and leisure activities. Part of Street Support Bournemouth project.