Volunteering Opportunities in North Dorset

Local volunteer projects

Age Concern – Blandford Forum

4 Nightingale Court
East Street
Blandford Forum
DT11 7ED
Telephone: 01258 458250
Email: ageconcernblandford@talk21.com

Volunteers needed for Advice & Information, Befriending, Mini-bus Driving and Escorts, Pop-Ins.

Age Concern – Gillingham & Shaftsbury

47 High Street
Telephone: 01747 853966
Email: acshaftesbury@tiscali.co.uk

Age Concern - North Dorset

2 Market House
Market Place
Sturminster Newton
DT10 1AR
Telephone: 01258 473570
Email: ageconcernsturnew@tiscali.co.uk

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.


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

Community House
The Barracks
Bridport Road
Tel: 01305 250921 Fax: 01305 216420
Email: denise.paice@dorsetcommunityaction.org.uk

Information about local voluntary groups who need volunteers.

Dorset Country Cars

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


Friends of Blandford Community Hospital

Milldown Road
Blandford Forum
DT11 7DD
Tel/Fax: 01258 450095
Email: friends.blandford@dorset-pct.nhs.uk

Friends of Blandford Hospital offer practical support to patients and carers in the form of help with shopping, transport, dog walking, gardening and befriending and are always grateful for volunteers. They also run local fundraising shops and need volunteers to staff these.

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.

Telephone: 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.

The Experience Corps,
Room 217, Waterloo Business Centre
117 Waterloo Road
London, SE1 8UL

Telephone 0207 803 6001 to be put in touch with your local representative, or register online at www.experiencecorps.co.uk


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

Volunteer 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
Telehone: 0800 2798 798

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
Email: rupert.liz@gmail.com

Pets as Therapy – Head Office

3 Grange Farm Cottages
Wycombe Road
Buckinghamshire, HP27 9NS
Telephone: 01844 345 445
Email: Reception@petsastherapy.org

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.

89 Albert Embankment
London, SE1 7TP
Telephone: 020 7582 6543
Fax: 020 7582 2423
Email: mail@reach-online.org.uk


RNIB volunteering

Volunteering Operations Team
Tel: 0303 123 9999
Email: volunteering@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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