Become a Good Neighbours Volunteer

The volunteers of Ampthill and District Good Neighbours are Superheroes

The volunteers of Ampthill and District Good Neighbours are unassuming individuals. To look at them as they go about their every day lives you may not realise that they are superheroes in the mold of Superman, Spiderman or Wonder Woman.

You don't need to be able to fly, see through brick walls or read minds (though that may help). But you do need to be passionate about the work of the scheme as for those in need in our communities benefit immeasurably from the volunteer work of our unassuming superheroes.

Are you interested in becoming a Volunteer for Ampthill & District Good Neighbours?

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Volunteering for the scheme could not be easier, as Ampthill Good Neighbours are interested in utilising your skills and experience to help those residents needing help. Ampthill Good Neighbours are keen use what ever skills you can bring to the scheme to benefit the residents of the town, so don't be shy in coming forward!

It is important to emphasize that as a volunteer you can do as little or as much as you want. This is very much responsive volunteering and you will be one of many volunteers on standby to help your fellow residents in need.

The main thing is that you will gain satisfaction and fulfillment in knowing that you are helping your 'neighbours'.

Please be aware that as the scheme will be dealing with younger, older people and other vulnerable adults, you will be Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checked (at no expense to yourself). In addition you will never be out of pocket as out of pocket expenses are paid. 

We are currently looking for the following volunteers to assist our vital community scheme:

  • Drivers - who are able to provide lifts to and from local hospitals, doctor's surgeries, opticians, dentists and shops. (Your Mileage is repaid at 45p per mile).
  • Mobile Phone Holders - who are able to be part of a rota of volunteers who hold the schemes mobile phone (for a week at a time) and accept phone calls from residents in need and then arrange for a scheme volunteer to meet that need.
  • Steering Committee Members - we are looking for volunteers to join our steering committee and oversee and provide future direction for our vital service for our community.
  • Other Opportunities - in addition we are also looking volunteers that are able to collect prescriptions, undertake small household jobs (such as changing light bulbs, moving furniture, carrying out emergency minor repairs or doing occasional light housework), dog walking or other pet care (for example during holidays/illness), preparing emergency meals and snacks, befriending or gardening.

Don't be put off if you are working full-time or have a limited number of hours available. We would love to find hear from you whatever the amount of time you can give to the scheme. The reward is in the knowledge that you're helping your 'neighbours' in the community!

For more details on becoming a volunteer contact Mark Smith (Chairman of Ampthill & District Good Neighbours) for more details on 402560 (home) or 01234 354366 (work)

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Other Volunteering Opportunities

CVS Volunteering

There are many reasons to volunteer. Here are just a few:

  • Volunteering is very rewarding for those who have found the right opportunities. You will have the satisfaction of being part of a group working together to achieve goals in supporting the community.
  • Volunteering helps to prepare for paid employment. It builds confidence, you will meet new people, learn new skills, get a reference and have experience to add to your CV.
  • Volunteering is an excellent way to support the causes that matter to you.

We link people who want to volunteer in Bedfordshire, with organisations who need volunteers. You don't have to give a lot of time, you tell us when you are free to volunteer and how regularly you wish to do so and we will look for an opportunity that fits.

There are lots of things to choose from: administration, conservation, befriending the elderly or someone with a disability, driving, charity shop work, mentoring ex-offenders & plenty of other opportunities.

Ready to Volunteer?

If you are interested in volunteering locally, we suggest that you do the following:

 

  • Complete a Volunteer registration form and return to volunteering@cvsbeds.org.uk, someone will be in touch with you to follow this through.
  • Visit us at 43 Bromham Road in Bedford and we will talk to you about the experience you are looking for and link you to organisations that need people like you.
  • Our one-to-one recruitment sessions are held on Thursdays weekly. Just drop in at 43 Bromham Road, Bedford, MK40 2AA between 10:00am and 1.00 pm. If Bedford is not convenient for you, keep a look out on our events pages to find other convenient locations where we will be running volunteer recruitment sessions.
  • Follow our website news feeds, and our social media posts to read more about volunteering and stay in touch with the latest opportunities and guidance.
  • Search the database of local volunteering opportunities via our website and find out the sorts of opportunities that are available. If the opportunities have been registered by CVS, we will be able to put you in touch with the right person to follow any of these through.

 

If you are aged 13-19, and you find opportunities through us and we will help you to gain certification for your volunteering. If you are living in Central Bedfordshire, we have a Youth Action project designed to help you with volunteering.

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