Volunteering Opportunities

All of our volunteers want to be part of something that provides a valuable community service. Below are some examples of the services we provide which require volunteers.

Social Event Volunteers

In our aim to combat loneliness and isolation, we host a number of lunch clubs, singing for fun groups, Men in Sheds, craft groups, gardening and IT help groups. We need volunteers to help with all of them.

There are groups in every town in the North Cotswolds and we’d like to set up more in the villages too. If you can:

  • cook a basic meal
  • wash and dry up
  • sing joyfully
  • use an iPhone or tablet
  • share experience in gardening or DIY
  • drive a car

We’d love you to join us and be a ‘Charity Warrior’ in the Cotswolds

Call us today on 01608 651415 or email info@cotswoldsfriends.org

Community Transport

Drivers to take people to their GP and hospital appointments, to go shopping and visit friends etc.

We are always looking for new volunteer drivers, but at the moment we are particularly looking for drivers in the areas of Chipping Campden, Northleach and Moreton-in-Marsh.

If you are a confident, safe driver and your vehicle is insured, taxed and has an MOT, plus you are happy to take passengers on journeys for medical and social appointments, weekly shopping etc, then we would love to hear from you, so please get in touch with Lesley on 01608 651115 or lesley@cotswoldfriends.org or visit us in the Library, Moreton-in-Marsh.

You will be paid 50p per mile, plus any additional payments for long wait times.

Find out more about our Community Transport Service.

Befriending

Would you like to be a befriender? There are so many people in the area who would benefit from having a friend visit them regularly. We match befrienders to clients to ensure you’re both happy in the relationship. Our volunteers to provide weekly one-hour visits (or provide volunteer holiday cover) to a wide age group, male and female.

Find out more about our Befriending Service.

Carer Respite

Offering to sit with someone who needs care can sound daunting but, it’s not. We don’t offer personal care, just being there to chat, make tea, ensure they are safe and someone responsible is with them to give their carer peace of mind.

We offer befriending to those who are cared for so that those doing the caring can get out for a hours knowing that we are there with their loved one. We offer full-time carers weekly respite for up to four hours. In this way the carer has a break.

It’s a vital role in the community as it helps prevent loneliness and isolation for both parties - cared for and carer - so that they don’t feel trapped or frustrated. Our carer respite volunteers are vital to helping prevent the onset of depression and offering that little extra in the way of befriending.

Find out more about our Carer Respite Service.

Fundraising Volunteers

Every charitable organisation needs administration assistance and fundraisers.

We are often invited to serve tea/coffee and cake to the public at events. The funds raised are put into the budget for services to the public. We are looking for volunteers who’d like to be part of our fundraising team and help at public events.

It would mean meeting up once a month for a catch up and deciding which events to support and planning a fundraising approach for the year with the CEO.

If you’re interested please contact sheryl@cotswoldfriends.org

Office Admin

Could you volunteer to use your IT and office admin skills to help us with mail shots, envelope stuffing and filing?