All of our volunteers want to be part of something that provides a valuable community service. Below are some examples of the services we provide which require volunteers.
If one of these volunteering roles could be for you, we would love to hear from you. Please contact our Volunteer Manager on Tel: 01608 697007, email volunteering or pop into our offices at the Moreton Area Centre, High Street, Moreton-in-Marsh.
Community Activity Volunteers
In our aim to combat loneliness and isolation, we host a number of Lunch Clubs, Community Singing, Men in Sheds, Craft and Chat and Town & Country Walking groups. We need volunteers to help with all of these.
There are groups running across the North Cotswolds and we’d like to set up more in other villages too. If you:
- could help to run a friendly local Lunch Club
- enjoy craft activities
- love to sing or play an instrument
- could share your DIY or gardening skills
- could lead a walking group
then we’d love you to join us and be part of our friendly team.
Community Transport Volunteers
Our drivers help older and vulnerable people or those without access to transport, to get to medical and social appointments.
We are always looking for new volunteer drivers throughout the North Cotswolds. This is one of our fastest growing services and a priority area for us.
If you are a confident, safe driver and your vehicle is insured, taxed and has an MOT, plus you are happy to take passengers on journeys for medical and social appointments, weekly shopping etc, then we would love to hear from you. You will be paid a mileage allowance, plus any additional payments for long wait times.
We are also looking for Passenger Assistants to accompany some of our more vulnerable clients on their journeys. You would be given full training for this role which provides invaluable support to those passengers in need. Finally, our busy Transport Bookings Desk always needs volunteers to chat to our clients and organise the journeys they require. If you are interested in this role, have a confident telephone manner and ideally some IT skills to help you use our bookings systems, please do get in touch.
Are you a good listener who enjoys a chat and a cup of tea? Would you like to be a befriender? As we get older, we may struggle to get out and about due to health issues or general frailty. A regular visitor can really brighten someone’s week and can make a significant impact to health and wellbeing. We match befrienders to clients with shared interests and experiences to ensure you’re both happy in the relationship. Our befriending volunteers provide regular visits, making people feel cared for and connected to the community.
We also work with young people (16 to 18 years old) to provide an Intergenerational Befriending Service. Our young volunteers visit Care Homes on a regular basis to provide friendship and support to the residents and to help out with the group activities.
Carer Respite Volunteers
Could you become a Carer Respite befriender? Our Carer Respite service provides a regular break for carers. It is often difficult for carers to take a much-needed break from their caring responsibilties but regular breaks are vital to allow carers to stay well themselves. Our Carer Respite volunteers support the carer by befriending the cared-for allowing the carer some much needed respite. If you think this role could be for you, we would love to hear from you.
Office Administration Volunteers
Could you volunteer to use your IT and office administration skills? We are always looking for support within the office.
Local Charity Representative
Could you help to promote the services Cotswold Friends can offer to residents in your area? Our representatives help to ensure that people in their Community are aware of the support we can offer by distributing leaflets and newsletters, updating and changing posters and representing the charity at local events. This role is completely flexible so if you could offer the equivalent of one day across the course of each month to help, this role could be for you.