Thank you for your interest in volunteering for us. We have updated our processes in order to keep you and the older people we help safe during the coronavirus pandemic.
- Fill in our application form and return it to the Volunteers Co-ordinator - choose the option below that is easiest for you
- All new volunteers (except in our shops) will need to be DBS checked, which we will do for you
- You must be 18 or over
- Please send copies of any relevant documents to us by email
- We are able to arrange online interviews so that can "meet you", on Facetime, Zoom, Skype or whichever works best for you
Please email our Volunteers Co-ordinator with any queries
- Keep safe, follow the local government guidelines.
- If you do not already have a DBS certificate we will need to apply for one, which will inevitably take time.
- Please be transparent in what you do, make sure someone else knows what you are doing.
Find a role that suits you
Day Centre volunteers
We need caring, patient people to help us provide an enjoyable, fun day for clients at two of our day centres, 10am to 3pm.
Come and serve light refreshments, encourage and enable people to join in gentle activities and enjoy helping them get the best out of their day with us
No personal care is involved.
- Foxfields in Upton - Monday, Wednesday and Thursday
- Greens Norton near Towcester - Tuesday
We need caring, reliable people to accompany clients as they travel to and from their home to our day centres in Northampton and Upton. Could you spare a couple of hours in the morning or a couple in the afternoon, on a regular basis? You will support the driver by chatting to clients and helping them stay safe.
Our escorts make a huge difference to vulnerable older people by enabling them to meet up with friends and enjoy group activities. No experience necessary but you will need to be comfortable travelling on a minibus for up to two hours at a time. Please get in touch to discuss arrangements and times.
Admin office support
Are you computer literate and could provide general admin support to several of our services based at the William and Patricia Venton Centre in Northampton? Get in touch if you would enjoy photocopying, data input and other general tasks in an office environment. We are looking for a reliable person with a good level of literacy. This is an opportunity to meet new people and gain valuable experience for your CV.
Help in our charity shops
Do you love charity shops? Would you enjoy sorting donations into saleable items and recycling? Come and join the friendly teams in Kingsthorpe in Northampton and St Giles Street, Northampton. We need volunteers Monday to Saturday in most of our shops. You can help raise vital funds for the charity and gain work experience or put your spare time to good use at the same time.
We need telephone befrienders
Could you ring someone on a weekly basis to have a friendly chat and provide a listening ear?
As a telephone befriender you can make a huge, positive difference to someone who is feeling isolated.
Please call Alicia Cubitt on 01604 611200 or email email@example.com
Find a role that suits you
Are you a friendly, caring person who would like to make a difference to a lonely older person living in Northamptonshire? As a telephone befriender you can make a huge, positive difference to someone who is feeling isolated. Could you ring someone on a weekly basis to have a friendly chat and provide a listening ear?
Do you speak a second language? We are sometimes asked to provide befrienders who are able to chat to an older person in a language other than English.
We need caring people, in Northampton only, to accompany an older person on a short walk near their home. If you believe in the benefits of fresh air and gentle exercise, this is the role for you. Sometimes people lose their confidence because of a fall or some other event in their life. We will pair you with an older person so that you can provide gentle encouragement and the support that is needed for them to enjoy going for a short walk every week.
We are looking for a volunteer caretaker who will also do small maintenance jobs at the William and Patricia Venton Centre in York Road, Northampton. If you can bring your own tools and have experience in maintenance work, please get in touch. Duties will vary depending on need and days can be flexible.
PAT tester and electrical
We are looking for someone who has experience of working with basic electronics, such as changing light bulbs, who can also PAT test electronic appliances. You will need to have access to a vehicle and be able to travel throughout the county, visiting our eight shops and the William and Patricia Venton Centre in Northampton. You will need to provide your own equipment.
Volunteering is a great way to meet new people, learn new skills, and support the work we do in the community. Being a volunteer gives you a regular activity to look forward to each week and you will meet new people and gain useful experience that looks good on your CV. Being a volunteer can help you get a bit of confidence and life-experience by doing something new. And you get the satisfaction of knowing that you are doing something useful.
Who can volunteer?
Almost anyone can be a volunteer. We have a wide range of roles which suit different people and different skills. You will need to be 18 or over.
How much time do I need to give?
It depends on the volunteer role you are interested in. Some people give a morning a week, other people do more.