Volunteering Opportunities in Christchurch and East Dorset

Help and Care volunteers

Help and Care have various opportunities for volunteers such as:

• Supporting older people with short term practical support such as shopping, escorting to appointments, dog walking or settling someone in at home after they have been discharged from hospital.

• Volunteers also provide a telephone support scheme by making regular telephone calls to isolated, lonely people. This may be done at Help and Care’s local office or from the volunteer’s own home.

• Help and Care volunteers also undertake small jobs around the home to help with jobs such as mattress turning, changing light bulbs or taking down curtains.

• Dorset POPPs volunteers act as information sharers to encourage older people to voice their views and concerns. Volunteers bring older people together in their community, at events such as coffee mornings. Volunteers must be over 55. They are supported by the Community Outreach and Development workers.

• Other opportunities include membership of steering groups, carrying out research and sitting on older people’s panels.

All volunteers are given training, support and supervision, all out of pocket expenses are reimbursed, and we hold regular meetings. Volunteers only undertake the tasks they are happy to do and are free to offer as little or as much time as they wish.
If you have any interest in becoming a volunteer or would just like some more information about the opportunities available please telephone Help and Care on 0300 111 3303 or email Nisa.Leach@helpandcare.org.uk


Other Local Volunteer Projects

Age Concern – Christchurch

Druitt Hall
High Street
Christchurch, BH23 1AB
Telephone: Stuart Nourse on 01202 488311
Email: aconcernxchurch@aol.com

Age Concern – Lychett Minster & Upton

Silver Birches
Eldons Drove
Poole, BH16 6HH
Telephone: 01202 622744
Email: maureenmunford@onetel.com

Age Concern – Wimborne

The Goat House
Pine Road
Corfe Mullen
BH21 3DW
Tel: 01202 849945
Fax: 0870 383 5737
Email: francis@ageconcernwimborne.org.uk

Brendon Care

Brendon Care runs social groups and pop-ins for older people across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Highcliffe. Volunteers are needed to help with transport and other tasks. For further details contact:
Tony Hanson
Tel: 01202 893703
275 Ashley Road
BH14 9DS
Email: ClubPoole@brendoncare.org.uk

Books on Wheels

People who are completely housebound may be able to arrange for a volunteer to bring books to them from their local library. Books on Wheels uses WRVS volunteers to find out what sort of books clients might like to read. Library staff will then choose a selection of books for the volunteer to deliver to their homes. The books are collected and returned to the library when they are due. If you wish to volunteer contact your local library for details.


British Red Cross

Need volunteers to help with a variety of services across Dorset including:

• Helping with refreshments

• Organising collections

• Collecting and counting payments

• Helping with administration

• Assisting customers

• Participating in training programmes

• Helping within the Emergency Response Team

Telephone the British Red Cross on 01823 273712 or email: susanwhite@redcross.org.uk Monday to Friday from 9.00am to 5.00pm.

Christchurch Volunteer Bureau

C/O Christchurch Library
Druitt Buildings
27 High Street, Christchurch
Telephone: 01202 475 663
Email: cvb@freenet.com

10.00am to 1.00pm Monday to Thursday. Friday (except for the first two Fridays of the month) 10.00am to 1.00pm.

Contact the Elderly

A national charity whose volunteers take small groups of older people from Bournemouth, Christchurch and Ferndown areas on outings one Sunday a month. Volunteer drivers also help with transport or provide the venue for an older people’s tea party twice a year.

Telephone: Carolyn Dennis on 01202 424482
Email: carolyndennis@onetel.net.uk.

National Volunteer Support Officer:
Suzan Hyland on 020 7420 5811


Corfe Mullen Community Aid (COMCA)

Volunteers needed for various services provided for residents of Corfe Mullen.
Telephone: 07000 780593.

Dorset Blind Association

17 Bournemouth Road
Lower Parkstone
BH14 0EF
Tel: 01202 712862
Free Helpline: 08000 19 20 77
Email: members@dorsetblind.org.uk

Dorset Blind Association needs volunteers to help their members by:

• Becoming a home visitor

• Providing transport for members

• Helping at clubs and leisure activities

• Providing admin help at our Poole office

• Becoming a reader for our transcription service

• Helping to fundraise

Dorset Community Action - in East Dorset

Community Learning & Resource Centre
41-44 King Street
BH21 1EB
Tel: 01202 847619

Information about local voluntary groups looking for volunteers. Contact Natasha Senior and Laura Thompson on 01202 847619 or on mobiles: Natasha 07795 442945, Laura 07827 894095.

Head Office:

Dorset Community Action
Community House, The Barracks
Bridport Road, Dorchester Dorset
Tel: 01305 250921
Fax. 01305 216420
Email: denise.paice@dorsetcommunityaction.org.uk
Opening hours: Mon-Thurs 09.00-05.00 / Fri 09.00-4.00


1 Durrant Road
Tel: 01202 558090 (Admin)

Being a good listener is about caring enough to take time out to be there for another person. If you believe you are a good listener the Samaritans would like to hear from you. They are also looking for volunteers to help fundraise and work in their charity shops.


Dorset Country Cars

Car owners needed to provide transport for people unable to use public transport.
Contact: Transport Officer: 01305 221736.

Good Neighbours – Verwood Area

Tel: Mr E Sams on 07593 373580 between 10am and 12 noon on weekdays.
Emergency Only tel no: 01202 826764 or 01202 821416

The Good Neighbours Scheme in Verwood need volunteers who are able to assist with safe transport for older people in the Verwood area. Operating within a 5 mile radius of Verwood town centre volunteers are needed to take people to GP surgeries, social activities, essential shopping trips, hospital appointments etc. Drivers are not able to accept money for the journey, but client’s are asked to contribute a minimum of £4 towards the running costs of the scheme by placing this money (plus any extra donation) into a sealed envelope addressed to ‘The Treasurer’. All drivers are CRB checked.
Volunteers are also needed to act as facilitators to ensure that the mobile phone number that client’s contact to arrange journeys is answered between the hours of 10am – 12 noon on weekdays. The scheme is run in conjunction with Neighbourhood Watch and Dorset POPPs.


NeighbourCar is an independent group of local residents who have come together to offer help to people in our community who would appreciate a little assistance. Our aim is to set up a car scheme offering door to door transport, to enable residents to:

• Attend doctor’s appointments

• Attend hospital appointments

• Go to Church

• Go shopping

• Visit friends

How you can help

• Do you have a car, and are you able to spare some time as a volunteer driver?

• Can you spare a few hours a week to work from home answering the phone and co-ordinating the requests for transport and volunteer drivers?

The client will phone the co-ordinator to be matched to an available volunteer who will be able to help with their journey. The client will be told who to expect and when they are able to collect them. All volunteers are CRB checked and will wear a badge to say they are from NeighbourCar. Drivers will be able to claim monthly expenses for travel and car parking, and a subsistence allowance where appropriate. Co-ordinators will receive full office expenses. For further details please contact:

For Holt area

Mrs Ann Korta
72 Lodge Road
BH21 7DW
Tel: 01202 885559

For West Moors

Mr John Mullins
1 Milford Close
West Moors
BH22 0HA
Tel: 01202 876131


Stroke Association

Volunteers required for Communication Support – Bournemouth and Poole supporting people with aphasia (speech and communication difficulties) following stroke.

We are looking for all types of volunteers including 1:1 home support volunteers, assistants at our talking workshops, group support volunteers, service promotion volunteers, volunteer supervisors. All out of pocket expenses paid as well as mileage allowance. All voluntary vacancies are flexible with regards to days and times.

For further information contact:
Faye Wright – Communication and Support Co-ordinator
Tel: 01202 826604
Mobile: 07717 275 832
Email: Faye.wright@stroke.org.uk

Streetwise Safety Centre

Every year thousands of children are injured in accidents that could have been prevented if someone had warned them of the dangers and given them the knowledge and confidence to cope. As a Streetwise Volunteer Safety Guide you could be passing on information which might save a child’s life one day. For further details contact:

Streetwise Safety Centre

Unit 1 Roundways
Elliott Road
BH11 8JJ
Tel: 01202 591330 Fax: 01202 381569

Email: volunteering@streetwise.org.uk www.streetwise.org.uk


National volunteering organisations

Blue Cross Pet Bereavement Support Line

This service offers support to people who have lost their pet. If you are interested in becoming a Telephone Befriender call the number below.

Tel: 0800 096 6606

Experience Corps

Volunteers over 50 are invited to offer their skills, talent and experience to local organisations that could benefit from them.

Head Office:
4 Goodwins Court
London WC2N 4LL
Tel: 0207 836 6001

Independent Age

Offers financial assistance to people over 65, or over 40 and unable to work because permanent ill health or disability. If you know of someone whom we can help or would like to join our team of volunteer visitors, please get in touch.

Care Officer
Independent Age
6 Avonmore Road
London, W14 8RL
Telephone: 020 7605 4200
Fax: 020 7605 4201

Regional Development Manager: Gemma Holding

National Council for Voluntary Organisations

The NCVO Helpdesk advises voluntary organisations of good practice and provides information and advice about the day-to-day running of voluntary organisations in England.

Regents Wharf
8 All Saints Street
London, N1 9RL
Telephone: 0800 2798 798
www.askncvo.org.uk www.ncvo-vol.org.uk


Pets as Therapy (Pat)

If you have a friendly dog you could become a PAT volunteer. All PAT dogs have to pass a temperament test. Once you and your dog are registered, you would visit residential and nursing homes and day centres to provide comfort and therapy to residents.

Dorset, Wareham, Elizabeth Spicer-Short, Phone: Email: rupert.liz@gmail.com

Pets as Therapy – Head Office

3 Grange Farm Cottages
Wycombe Road
Buckinghamshire, HP27 9NS
Telephone: 01844 345 445

REACH Volunteering

REACH finds part time opportunities for experienced managers and professional people of all ages and backgrounds to help voluntary organisations with charitable aims. Volunteers’ expenses are met. The free placement service is available throughout the UK.

The Experience Corps
4 Goodwins Court
Tel: 0207 836 6001
Email: info@experience-corps.co.uk

RNIB volunteering

Volunteering Operations Team
Royal National Institute of Blind People
105 Judd Street

Helplines: 0303 123 9999
Email: helpline@rnib.org.uk

Volunteering doesn’t have to take up too much time – an hour a week, half a day a month or a one-off event makes a difference. We need people like you to be our local ambassadors in your community collecting cash from our Sooty collecting boxes, taking part in store collections or helping at events, or organising an event of your own.





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