Volunteering

Why volunteer?

Volunteers are vital in making Nottinghamshire a great place to live. Volunteering has a lot going for it including:

  • a chance to gain new skills and knowledge
  • an opportunity to get a new outlook on life
  • making a difference to your local community
  • add work experience to your CV.

If you have some spare time, volunteering to help other people can be very rewarding.

Opportunities available

Whatever your age and how much time you are able to give, there is bound to be a volunteering opportunity that's right for you.

Libraries

Volunteers at our libraries help people to:

  • select books
  • support events
  • work on the archives
  • learn basic IT skills.

If you are interested in volunteering at one of our libraries email volunteers@inspireculture.org.uk.

Archives

Archives volunteers enter information into Excel databases which can then be transferred onto Nottinghamshire Archives' online catalogue (NAWCAT). Training on entering data will be given.

If you are interested in volunteering at Nottinghamshire Archives, email archives@inspireculture.org.uk.

School Governors

Becoming a school governor is one of the most important ways in which you can help your local school. Together with the head teacher, who is responsible for day-to-day management, school governors set the school's vision, ethos and strategic direction as well as carrying out a number of other important duties including:

  • ensuring the school's budget is well managed
  • setting the staffing structure and appointing staff
  • approving school policies
  • monitoring school standards and performance

How to apply

Conservation

As a conservation volunteer you may be helping with maintaining woodland, laying new footpaths, cutting back foliage, litter picking and more at a variety of green spaces, nature reserves, country parks and woodlands across the county.

Apply online to become a countryside volunteer or contact Sue McDonald:

Sure Start Centres

Sure Start Centres bring together childcare, early education, health and family support services for families with children under five-years-old. To get involved please contact your local children's centre.

Sports

Find out about volunteering in sport on the Sport Nottinghamshire website.

Working with young people and our youth service

There are opportunities for volunteer youth leaders and you can contact Lyndsey Woolmore on 0115 977 4535 for more information.

Flood volunteer schemes 

The Environment Agency (EA) are seeking volunteers within flood risk communities to act as Flood Wardens. The role of a Flood Warden includes: 

  • helping to prepare those within the local community at risk from flooding
  • monitoring water levels and reporting any unusual levels to the EA
  • alerting local residents of any flood warnings in place
  • providing on the ground updates to councils and the EA during a flood
  • setting up road closure signs (where communities are signed up to our Community Flood Signage Scheme).

Communities that are signed up to the Flood Warden scheme can also volunteer for the Council's Community Flood Signage Scheme. The aim is for trained volunteers to close flooded roads quickly to help stop vehicles from driving through and creating bow waves which can cause property flooding.

If you are interested in becoming a Flood Warden and joining the signage scheme contact:

Nottinghamshire Youth Justice Service

Community Panel Volunteers

Nottinghamshire Youth Justice Service is a statutory organisation working with young people in the criminal justice system. It is our responsibility to work to repair the harm caused by offending and reduce the risk of reoffending.

We have opportunities for volunteers to get involved with community panels as Community Panel Members working with young people in the criminal justice system.

Community Panel Members sit on community panels where they help the young person makes a real difference to their community whilst addressing their personal problems which may have led to their offending.

This process also gives victims the chance to have a say in what happens to the young person who offended against them.

Opportunities to volunteer are available across the county.

Contact John Wright for more information:

Helping during an emergency

A Community Reserve Volunteer is a person who has registered with the British Red Cross to help in the event of a local emergency.

Community Reserve Volunteers can assist regular Red Cross volunteers with practical tasks such as preparing equipment, sorting supplies and making refreshments.

Anyone aged 18 or over can become a Community Reserve Volunteer.

This role is ideal for people who would like to help during an emergency but don't have the time to commit to volunteering all year round.

For more information, and to sign-up, please visit the Red Cross community reserve volunteers webpage.

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