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Volunteering

Blaby District 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 Blaby District Council 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

Volunteering for Blaby District Council

Befriending

The aim of telephone befriending is to reduce feelings of social isolation and loneliness for residents who may not have anyone to turn to for support. Having someone to talk to and someone to listen could really make a difference. It could be that you are the only person they speak to that day or even that week.

Volunteers are required to call a person who has agreed to use the service. As a volunteer, you will call the person on an agreed regular basis to check on them and build a befriending relationship.  For more information please use the contact us form below.

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

Volunteering for a Voluntary Sector Organisation

COMMBUS

COMMBUS 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: -

  1. Community minibus drivers
  2. Community minibus escorts
  3. Office coordinators

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

Blaby Community Allotment

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 http://www.glenfieldmillenniumgreen.weebly.com

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 our website www.lrpfa.org.uk. 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.

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. 

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 

2 Non - Executive Directors

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.  2 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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Last updated 18 February 2021
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