Volunteering Opportunities in West Dorset, Weymouth and Portland

Local volunteer projects

Age Concern Bridport

Chancery Lane
Telephone: 01308 459847 – office
01308 424357 – welfare
Email: bridport424@btinternet.com

Volunteers needed for a variety of tasks.

Age Concern – Dorchester

Rowan Cottage
4 Prince of Wales Road
Telephone: 01305 269444
Fax: 01305 269444
Email: info@acdorchester.org

Volunteers need for a variety of tasks.

Age Concern – Weymouth

Pilgrim house
1 Hope Street
Telephone: 01305 761828
Email: ageconweymouth@btinternet.net
Volunteers needed for a variety of tasks.

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.

Community Angels

Team Office
4 Church Road
Tel: 05601 792 905
Email: standrewsangels@hotmail.co.uk
Emergency Only: 01305 837147

Delivering a service to people in the Littlemoor, Osmington, Overcombe, Preston, Poxwell, and Sutton Poyntz Community Angels volunteers are needed to offer help and support in many ways:

• Befriending

• Shopping and running small errands

• Transport

• Accompanied Walks

• Help with correspondence

• Gardening

• Companionship

• Provide information on other agencies

• Dog walking

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.

Dorchester LETS (Local Exchange Trading Scheme)

Everyone has skills to offer and share with others in their neighbourhood/community. In Dorchester LETSystem we do this by trading in our local currency ‘Marts’. DIY, Gardening, child and pet care, home made and home grown produce, computer training, language tuition, entertainment, needlecraft, art and craft etc. New members welcome, for further information contact:
Katy – 01305 262253 email: katy@dorchester-lets.co.uk
Jenny – 01305 889782 email: jenny@dorchester-lets.co.uk

Dorchester Volunteer Bureau

The Volunteer Centre
1 Colliton Walk
Tel: 01305 269214
Email: Dorchester.vb@btopenworld.com
www.volunteerbureau.org / dorchester.vb@btopenworld.com

Island Volunteers For You (IVY)

19 Easton Street
Portland, DT5 1BS
Telephone: 01305 823789
Email: island.volunteers@virgin.net

Serves the Isle of Portland. IVY recruits volunteers for charitable projects such as gardening, befriending, and shopping schemes as well as matching volunteers to other volunteering opportunities.

Sherborne Good Neighbours

A voluntary organisation supported by Sherborne Churches, Social Services, and Sherborne Town Council. Volunteers help with shopping, writing letters and form filling, reading to the older or housebound people, visiting those who would welcome some company. Volunteers also help with essential transport (25p per mile), practical assistance at home and sitting services.
Telephone: 01935 812238, 01935 816687, 01935 814274, 01935 813344.

Sherborne Voluntary Ambulance

7 Horsecastles Lane
Tel: 01935 814079
Email: mike@nurton.eclipse.co.uk
The Sherborne Voluntary Ambulance serves the Sherborne and surrounding area offering trips out to the elderly and disabled. If you wish to become a volunteer driver for further information contact Mr Mike Nurton on 01935 814079.

Weymouth Community Volunteers

17a Cambridge Road
Tel: 01305 830255
Fax: 01305 774879
Email: Kate.stone@wcv.org.uk

The volunteer bureau at Weymouth Community Academy have many opportunities for people who want to volunteer such as marshalling at events, gardening, administration, driving, furniture restoration, and much more. Contact office for further details.


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
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
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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