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updated 28/1/21

Thank you to everyone who has got in touch offering to help older people during the current difficulties.  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
  • Please send copies of any relevant documents to us by email
  • We are currently arranging online interviews so that can "meet you", on Facetime, Zoom, Skype or whichever works best for you

Fill in our online application form

Volunteer application form to download and open with Microsoft Word (74 KB)

Volunteer application form as a PDF to download and print out (221 KB)

Please email the 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.

Thank you for helping your local community

Find a role that suits you

  • Telephone Befriender

    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?  

  • Walking befriender

    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.

  • Caretaker

    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.

  • Welton Day Centre

    Can you help at our small day centre in Welton Village Hall near Daventry?  We need caring, patient people to help us provide an enjoyable, fun day for our clients at the day centre.

    If you can help serve light refreshments, encourage and enable people to join in gentle activities so that they get the best out of their day with us, we'd love to hear from you.  No personal care is involved.


  • General admin

    We a need a friendly, reliable person to assist with general administration at the William and Patricia Venton Centre in Northampton.  Duties will vary depending on what is needed and times may vary too, but are generally on weekdays.

    No experience necessary, in fact, this is a great way to get experience of office work for your CV.  Please get in touch if you can be available during the week.

  • Fundraisers

    Are you an outgoing person who would enjoy motivating students at the University of Northampton to take part in fundraising activities and raise funds for us?  We need a keen fundraising volunteer to come up with innovative and engaging ways to raise money and promote the charity.  Meet new people and gain valuable experience for your CV.

  • Retail

    Do you love charity shops?  Would you enjoy sorting donations into saleable items and recycling?  Come and join the friendly team at our lovely charity shop in Kingsthorpe in Northampton.  If you can spare a morning or an afternoon a week, Wednesdays or Fridays, please get in touch.  Our shops raise vital funds for the charity and are a great place to gain work experience or put your spare time to good use. 

Thank you to all our wonderful volunteers. 

You are especially appreciated during these difficult times and we hope to see you again soon.

#VolunteersWeek 2020