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Volunteering

Our council recognises the vital contribution volunteers make to improving quality of life in communities across the District. 

As well as the opportunities we offer to volunteer for us we also:

  • Work with the voluntary and community sector, supporting organisations to develop volunteering opportunities and their volunteering programmes
  • Encourage good practice in volunteer involvement, so that volunteering is open to everyone and is positive and beneficial for all involved
  • Support organisations to help them positively involve volunteers

I want to volunteer

If you are interested in volunteering, please complete the expression of interest form by clicking on the I want to volunteer button below

Volunteering for Blaby District Council

Litter Picking

Click here for more information on becoming a Volunteer Litter Picker

Volunteer Ranger

Click here for more information on becoming a Volunteer Ranger

Volunteer Walks

Within the District we have three walks and we are currently looking for volunteer walk leaders to take on walks in Kirby Muxloe or Blaby.

Click here for more information on becoming a Volunteer Walk Leader 

Volunteering for a Community Organisation

COMMBUS

COMMBUS is your local community transport service, every day, for the elderly and for anyone with a disability or limited mobility.

Serving Blaby, Cosby, Croft, Countesthorpe, Enderby, Glen Parva, Huncote, St. Johns, Littlethorpe, Narborough, Sapcote, Sharnford, Stoney Stanton, Thurlaston and Whetstone.  Volunteers needed as:

  • Community minibus drivers
  • Community minibus escorts
  • Office coordinators

Contact Kim Richardson on 07899 668 034 or kim.richardson@outlook.com

Blaby Community Allotment

Volunteers required to help clear the site ready for planting.

Contact Jen Fielding on 07739 035 296 or jen.fielding@leics.gov.uk

109th Leicester (Countesthorpe) Scouts

Assistant Section Leaders

Would you like the chance to go camping, climbing, potholing, lead community projects while helping to prepare young people with Skills for Life? (Or for a limited time only, run adventures from your living room on zoom!)  As an Assistant Section Leader you will do all of this and more, using your skills and learning new ones.

As part of 109th Leicester (Countesthorpe Scout Group), you will plan and deliver a safe and exciting programme for young people, making sure every young person gets the chance to spend at least one night away each year.

If you are interested please contact Jack Barber on 07811 100 301 or email jack.barber@countesthorpescouts.org.uk

Glenfield Millennium Green Trust

Volunteers required for its gardening group, when lockdown is eased and people can work together again more safely.   More general information can be found on the Glenfield Millennium Green Trust website.

Leicestershire and Rutland Playing Fields Association

The PFA gives Grants, Loans and appropriate advice on sports and play issues to its existing or potential members. It is looking for volunteers to assist with the administration of its affairs, and to support the delivery of project work. More information about the work of the LRPFA can be found on their website. Applications together with a current CV should be sent via email to that address.

It also invites anyone who is interested, to apply to become a Charity Trustee and member of the LRPFA Board. The requirement is to attend four meetings per year which are currently via Zoom. Again, anyone interested or wanting more information should look on our website. Alternatively please contact David Cawthorn by email at cawthdj@outlook.com or call 07850 871359.

Community Action Partnership

Community Action Partnership are looking for enthusiastic individuals who are willing to use their own car to take local people to the doctors, dentist, shopping lunch clubs, etc.  Mileage is paid on a monthly basis

We also need:

Drivers interested in driving one of our accessible vehicles to take people on outings and assist those in wheelchairs who struggle to find transport. Training is provided. Drivers find it a rewarding experience and can gain valuable skills if looking for work.

Passenger Assistants willing to assist our drivers in taking vulnerable out and about to where they need to go. Training will be provided. It’s an excellent opportunity for people wanting to get into care work.

Office Volunteer to carry out general office duties (answering phone, data inputting, talking to to drivers and customers.)  Full training given and mileage covered.

Contact community@communityap.org.uk for more details.

Enderby Lawn Tennis Club

Enderby Lawn Tennis Club needs volunteers to cover areas such as club promotion/social media/website, grant funding for development of the club, developing initiatives such as social prescribing and reducing social isolation through tennis. 

They are also looking for a Club Secretary.

Contact Eamonn Canavan at eamonnmcanavan@hotmail.com or 07771 765709.

Countesthorpe Cricket Club

Countesthorpe Cricket Club are looking for volunteers for the following roles:

  • Commercial Secretary
  • Club Development Plan Coordinator
  • Club Mark Coordinator
  • Risk and Compliance Coordinator
  • Volunteer Coordinator
  • PR Support Worker
  • Club Photographer(s)
  • Grants Officer
  • Ground Support Workers 
  • Two Non - Executive Directors
  • Advertising and Sponsorship Coordinator
  • Events Coordinator
84 Leicester (Littlethorpe Scouts)

We are looking for people of any age who would like to help us at scouts on a regular/occasional basis.  Would suit people who are working towards their D of E Award.  No experience necessary.

This is an interesting, enjoyable and rewarding hobby,  helping the young people of the local district learn new skills, enjoy themselves and have fun.

For further information contact Steve Broome on 07443954569 or stevebroome@hotmail.co.uk

Alzheimer's Society

Dementia – what’s the real impact?

Just four minutes to watch this amazing clip of Pete – he’s absolutely brilliant!! Pete is one of the Alzheimer's Society advocates and talks candidly about living with dementia. Volunteers help to run their online forum, they support people like Pete, they help to fundraise and bring more awareness to society by becoming Dementia Friends.

Fundraising Representative Volunteer - This role will provide support to the Community Fundraiser in your area, attending cheque presentations, giving talks about the work of Alzheimer’s Society and attending events as a representative of Alzheimer’s Society.

Collection Co-ordinator - You will support our Fundraising team in this role, helping them to identify opportunities to engage with the local community and to network with supporters. You’ll help us to raise funds by coordinating suitable locations for collection tins and buckets and managing the funds collected.

Fundraising Events Volunteer - The role will be based at fundraising events - the times, dates and locations of which will vary. Example of fundraising events include: collections, Memory Walks, community events, corporate events and special events.

Volunteer Companion Calls

If you are interested in any of the roles listed above please contact Heidi Wilkinson on 07483925953 or heidi.wilkinson@alzheimers.org.uk 

Age Uk Leicester Shire & Rutland

Age UK Leicester Shire & Rutland have opportunities for shop assistant volunteers at their Blaby charity shops based at Johns Court and Forge Corner.


For more information on these roles, please contact Nimisha Patel at nimisha.patel@ageukleics.org.uk or contact the shops directly on 0116 278 4961 (clothes shop) 0116 278 1208 (furniture shop.)

Whetstone Memorial Hall

Whetstone Memorial Hall are looking for more volunteers to join their management committee.  There are no regular tasks but they would appreciate volunteers attending meetings, putting forward ideas and helping with the diverse tasks connected with running the hall.

For more information contact Rosemary Hall at rosemarychall@gmail.com

Friends of Narborough Station (FONS)

Friends of Narborough Station have three projects planned for the future. 

Access for All where they have been awarded £80k to improve pedestrian access to the Station, particularly for disabled people. 

To make the Station dementia friendly 

To bring back into use the former Station Master's House and Garden. 

We have an 8 person Committee at present all of whom are volunteers but we will need more in the future as our projects gain momentum.  Even if people do not wish to join our Committee, there will be space for volunteers to join us as members.  Without volunteers, FONS wouldn't exist and not be the dynamic function it is today.  We are determined to fulfil all of our forthcoming exiting projects, volunteers will provide us with the enhanced help we need in order to make this happen. 

If you would like more information please contact John Harrison at john@harrisonhome.force9.co.uk

Narborough & Littlethorpe Community Library

Narborough & Littlethorpe Community Library are looking for volunteer librarians to join their team help and help the library return to normal opening hours.

If you enjoy interacting with people, have a love of information and books, please get in touch at nandlclibrary@gmail.com or 0116 305 3706

Testimony: -

As a volunteer librarian and committee member I have been fascinated by the way the Community Managed Libraries have been set up. The co operation between LCC, BDC, & Parish has been so instructive! Also the huge amount of goodwill from so many businesses and members of the public.

More importantly it has helped me to feel much more a part of the community and to make many real friendships. During the pandemic the support of contacts made through the library has been so important.

What we need now are more volunteers! We all need to be sure we can carry on the excellent work we have started, for many years to come. Keep on reading!

 

Croft Good Neighbour Scheme

The Croft Good Neighbour scheme provides short term assistance for the residents of Croft through the help of local volunteers, all of whom have been checked by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). 

They would love to hear from anyone who would be willing to be a volunteer driver to help those in Croft who need to get to a medical appointment.

For more information contact Kath Muir on 07590 246 386 or muirkath@hotmail.com

Support for Carers

Support for Carers are looking for Telephone Befriending Volunteers

Our Telephone Befriending Service is valued by carers across Leicestershire who feel isolated in their caring position. Maybe they have no other family to talk to about their caring role, maybe they find it easier to talk to someone ‘neutral’, maybe they would just like a new friend.

During lockdown the phone calls would be made from your home. Full training and ongoing support are given, and telephone expenses reimbursed.

For more details please email Liz at lmcmillan@vasl.org.uk or phone her on 01858 468543.

Company at Christmas

Company at Christmas organises a social Christmas Day event for isolated elderly and other vulnerable people in Blaby District.  They are looking for volunteers for the committee (secretary and fund-raiser)  and also people who like organising things!

They also need people to put up Xmas decorations in the hall (The Oak Centre in Braunstone) before the event and take them down afterwards. 

And of course people who would like to help out on Christmas Day itself, serving and helping our guests have the best day they can.

For more information contact Ann Malthouse (Chair) at ann_malthouse@hotmail.com 

Enderby Community Library

Enderby Community Library need volunteers to (wo)man the rota to keep the library open but also need people who have fund-raising ideas, like to bake cake (every event needs home-baked cake!), enjoy simple crafting, would just like to help out on coffee mornings or at one-off events. Most of our volunteers have been doing this since the library opened 5 years ago so you can see the jobs are enjoyable. We could do more if we had extra willing helpers.

For more information contact clerk@enderbyparish.org

Girlguiding Leicestershire

Girlguiding Leicestershire have lots of volunteering opportunities available.  If you would like to register your interest, this is done via the main Girlguiding website 

Blaby Baptist Church

Blaby Baptist Church are looking for volunteers for the mums and toddlers group that meets on a Wednesday 10-11.30am.  Please contact Pauline Wills on 07973871405 or pauline.wills@hotmail.com

Stoney Stanton Community Library

If you are interested in volunteering for Stoney Stanton Community Library please email enquiries@ss-cl.org.uk

Stoney Stanton Good Neighbour Scheme

Is anyone interested in joining the committee to ensure the Stoney Stanton Good Neighbour scheme can continue? All the hard work has been done when setting it up and since we launched the scheme in July 2018 we have carried out 100’s of jobs to help our residents. It is not time consuming, it’s easy to do and the benefit to our community, especially the older generation, is invaluable. If you have any questions, would like to know more or can help:
Please telephone us on 07592 736476 or message us through our facebook page.

Croft C of E Primary School

Croft C of E Primary School have opportunities for volunteers to help out in class or listen to the children read.  Please contact Carrie Faulkner on 01455 282 643 or CFaulkner@croft.embracemat.org for more information.

St Peter's C of E Primary School, Whetstone

St Peter's C of E Primary School are looking for volunteers to read with the pupils.  Please contact Lesley Stewart on 0116 277 5750 or Lstewart@stpeters.embracemat.org

Whetstone Good Neighbours Scheme

Whetstone Good Neighbour Scheme aims to provide neighbourly assistance in times of need to those residents of Whetstone who are vulnerable or needy.  Contact Lou Hathaway on 07746036581 or email lou.180@hotmail.co.uk

Blaby Mind Matters

Blaby Mind Matters are looking for committee/volunteers for our Thursday afternoon group (1.30pm-3.30pm) We meet at Blaby Social Club and help support anyone with a mental health diagnosis. No expertise in mental health required. We hold various activities (fir example, play favourite music, bingo, pub lunches) A chance for people to get together, make friends and chat with a coffee/tea and biscuits.
Please contact Karen Szczurek on 07530542155 or karen@szczurek for more information.

Blaby District Spartans

Our football club, which is for adults with special needs is desperately in need of a club secretary to attend committee meetings, liaise with the league and more. 

We are based in Cosby/Blaby. 

For more information contact Beth Russell bethrussell1972@gmail.com

Stoney Stanton Carnival

We are always grateful for new volunteers!! We are holding our carnival AGM on Monday 1st of November at 8.15pm.  We will be meeting at the playing fields pavilion on Carey Hill Road and having refreshments.  

Anyone would be most welcome to come and join us and see if they would like to help out.  We are always looking for committee members,  people to help on carnival day itself and at other fundraisers we do throughout the year.

Volunteers will get more of an idea of actual jobs that become available, at the AGM,  as that’s when we allocate tasks to different people for the following year,  if they want an actual task.  However, as above,  we always need help on the day itself.

They can contact us directly our email address is stoneystantoncarnival@gmail.com or via Facebook at Stoney Stanton Carnival.

We are currently looking for a new chairman,  and committee members to take on specific roles such as advertising our fundraising events,  building and maintaining a website,  help sort the raffle out and many more.  But we are always so grateful for people who would just like to help out on Carnival day itself, with litter picking,  helping set up the field,  helping out on the field during the day, traffic marshals and many more.

Toys on the Table

Toys on the Table is a local Charity working in the Leicester and Leicestershire area, which provides NEW toys and gifts at the festive season for those children, regardless of faith, who might otherwise not receive anything. 

They are looking for volunteers to help wrap toys.

For more information contact Malc on 07785 233 033 or toysonthetable@aol.com

The Activity Centre

We would always welcome help at our Friday night Youth Club - we run from 6-8pm.   

We also hold a Young @ Heart Day on the 2nd Monday of each month; We invite anyone over 65 (but we wont ask for ID!) to come along for tea, coffee, cake and chit chat!  All free! Volunteers are needed to help pour tea and coffee.  Contact Alaina on 07483152779 or alaina@theactivitycentre.org

4th Leicester Scout Group (Braunstone Town)

The 4th Leicester Scout Group are looking for volunteers for various roles.  Please contact Simon Falkner on 07712 660 595 for more information.

Lubbesthorpe Alive

Lubbesthorpe Alive is all about helping building a healthy community in New Lubbesthorpe.

For more information on volunteering opportunities, please contact Sue at lubbesthorpealive@gmail.com

1st Stoney Stanton Scout Group

1st Stoney Stanton Scout Group have volunteering opportunities, please contact Stuart Wilson at gslstoneystanton@hotmail.com

For further volunteering opportunities please go to Voluntary Action Leicestershire's website where you can search for opportunities near to you.

We need volunteers

Are you a community group, charity or non-profit?

Advertising your roles is a service we offer free of charge but we do have minimum quality standards that we expect from organisations. This is to ensure that both the volunteer and the organisation will be safe, supported and benefit from volunteering. 

If you would like us to advertise your volunteering opportunity, please get in touch using the contact us form below.

Volunteer Management

For good practice resources see our Volunteer Management Strategy in the downloads section below.   Please complete the checklist to ensure you meet the standards required.

Community Volunteer Week

Community Volunteer Week is held once a year to coincide with National Volunteers Week.  It provides an opportunity for Blaby District Council staff to volunteer some of their time and make a positive difference to the local community.  

We look for a variety of opportunities - big or small, indoor or outdoor - for volunteers to take part in. Whether you need one volunteer for a few hours or a team of 20 volunteers over two days.                 

In 2019, 110 staff members from Blaby District Council completed approximately 327 hours of volunteering.  Two businesses, Leicester Marriott and Everyone Active also got involved contributing a further 70 hours completed by 13 volunteers.

Here are some examples of who we've worked with and what we've done in previous years:

  • St Crispins Lunch Club/Croft Happy Circle - Served food at local lunch and social clubs
  • Narborough & Littlethorpe Community Library - Sorted books for a local community-managed library
  • Commbus - Valeted community transport minibuses
  • Oakfield Short Stay School/Thistly Meadow Primary School - Helped build features within a Forest School
  • St Mary's Church, Elmesthorpe - St Michael and All Angel's Cosby - Tidied up church gardens
  • Kingsway Primary School/Redhill Primary School - Repainted and spruced up outdoor areas at primary schools
  • Whetstone GNS/Croft GNS - Delivered promotional flyers for local Good Neighbour Schemes
  • Support for Carers - Packed bags at a supermarket to raise money for a charity
  • Countesthorpe Leysland Community College - Delivered mock interviews to pupils at a local secondary school

Community Volunteer Week usually takes place in June.  We hope we will be able to start this again in 2021.

Blaby District Council's Employer Supported Volunteering Scheme

Blaby District Council runs an employer supported volunteering scheme, which allows staff time off, during working hours, to provide volunteering support to local community groups and organisations.  For further information see the Employer Supported Volunteering Policy and Procedure below.

Business Volunteering Support

Business Volunteering is when a company’s employees offer their time and expertise for the benefit of local voluntary and community groups during work time, all with the support of their employer.

Employee volunteering is good for the community, good for those who volunteer and good for your business.

We can offer team challenges or individual volunteering opportunities.

If you are a local business that wants to give back to the local community, recognises the important role of voluntary and community organisations and wants to contribute to their sustainability please get in touch using the contact us form below.

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