Volunteers are vital in making Nottinghamshire a great place to live.
Make new friends. Do new things. Learn new skills. Make a difference for your local community. Volunteering has a lot going for it.
If you have some spare time, volunteering to help other people can be very rewarding. It can give you a new outlook on life and help you develop new skills to boost your confidence.
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.
The County Council is always looking for volunteers to help provide a range of services including:
- helping people to select books and support events in local libraries
- becoming a school governor, with full training provided, to help you work with the governing body to set policies and budgets
- supporting families with children under five years old at Sure Start Centres
- getting involved in sport from organising a kick about to driving a minibus, coaching and acting as a referee
- driving older people and people with a disability to the shops and hospital appointments
- helping out at the county’s three country parks at Sherwood, Rufford and Bestwood, providing support at events and grounds maintenance
- working with young people as a volunteer youth leader
- checking grit bins and supporting neighbourhood speed watch schemes to keep the roads safe
- becoming a member of an Adoption Panel to help give children and prospective adopters a new start together.
There are many more opportunities to support local voluntary organisations across the county from Cubs and Brownies, dance and drama to table tennis and yoga. We can help you find the opportunity that's right for you.
Volunteers help people to:
- select books
- support events
- work on the archives
- learn basic IT skills.
Find out more on the library volunteering page.
Volunteers are required to enter information into Excel databases which can then be transferred onto Nottinghamshire Archives' online catalogue (NAWCAT). Training on entering data will be given.
Find out more on the volunteering at the Archives page.
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
- monitor water levels and report any unusual levels to the EA
- alert local residents of any flood warnings in place
- provide on the ground updates to Local Authorities and the EA during a flood
- set up road closure signs (where communities are signed up to the NCC 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:
tel: 0115 977 3471 email: email@example.com
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 aims and policies as well as carrying out a number of other important duties including:
- How the school's budget is spent
- The appointing and dismissing of staff
- Hearing appeals and grievances
- Forming policy on the school's curriculum and collective worship
- Pupils behaviour and discipline.
This can include 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.
Contact Community Liaison Officer, Sue McDonald:
Sure Start Centres
These bring together childcare, early education, health and family support services for families with children under 5 years old. To get involved please contact your local children's centre.
Find out about volunteering in sport on the Sport Nottinghamshire website.
There are opportunities for volunteer Youth Leaders.
To find out more contact Lyndsey Woolmore on tel: 0115 977 4535
Our Highways team welcomes volunteers to speed watch and to check on grit bins in their local areas.
To find out more contact Chris Charnley on tel: 0115 977 2065
We welcome enquiries from anyone who feels they have relevant experience and can make a contribution to the work of an adoption panel. Adoption panels have three main functions:
- they make adoption plans for children
- they consider the suitability of prospective adopters
- they match children with prospective adopters
Local voluntary organisations
Our Community Directory lists hundreds of local organisations that exist through the efforts of volunteers.
We fund a wide range of organisations in Nottinghamshire to support voluntary and community groups and help people volunteer.
Ashfield Voluntary Action
The Council Offices
Sutton in Ashfield
Tel: 01623 555 551
Fax: 01623 555 513
The Priorswell Centre
Tel: 01909 476118
Community Accounting Plus
1st Floor, Ormiston House
32-36 Pelham Street
Tel: 0115 947 0839
Fax: 0115 958 8779
Gedling Community and Voluntary Services
22a Main Road,
Tel: 0115 926 6750
36 Wood Street
Tel: 01623 651 177
NAVO - Networking Action with Voluntary Organisations
Ransom Wood Business Park
Southwell Road West
Tel: 01623 651 170
Newark & Sherwood CVS
Tel: 01636 679 539
Tel: 0115 969 9060
Voluntary Action Broxtowe
8 Chilwell Road
Tel: 0115 917 8080