There are hundreds of different ways to volunteer all over Southampton. No matter who you are, how much time you have to give or what your reasons for volunteering are, we can help.
With over 30 years of experience helping people find voluntary work, Southampton Voluntary Services are the experts of volunteering. We can offer advice and guidance and help you find an opportunity which best matches your interests, availability and skills.
|I want to Do-it myself…|
As an NCVO accredited Volunteer Centre, Southampton Voluntary Services maintain information on opportunities in Southampton through the national volunteering website www.do-it.org.uk.
|You can use this website to search through up-to-date opportunities and apply online directly. Your application is passed to the person recruiting volunteers who will make contact with you to discuss volunteering in that particular role.|
|I want to find out more about volunteering…|
|Come to a Volunteering Information Session|
At Southampton Voluntary Services, we run weekly Volunteering Information Sessions. This is a group session which gives you information about volunteering, what it involves and the process of becoming a volunteer. These sessions are open to the general public and are a great chance to get an overview about volunteering and answer any questions you may have.
|Times and dates of the upcoming Volunteering Information Sessions are below:|
|PLEASE NOTE: There is not a Volunteering Information Session on Bank Holiday Monday 6th May.|
|Thursday 16th May 2013 – 10:30 – 12:30|
|Please note: They are not drop-in sessions, we advise you arrive 5 minutes before the start time as if sessions are busy and you are late you may be turned away.|
|Unable to make it during the day?|
On the first Thursday of each month between 5pm – 7pm we have an out of hours drop-in service at Southampton Voluntary Services. This is an opportunity to find out more about volunteering and talk through any questions you may have.
|Please arrive any time from 4:45pm – 6:30pm to ensure a one-to-one with a member of our team.|
|Not convenient, but still have some questions?|
If you have any questions about volunteering, but are unable to make it to either a Volunteering Information Session or our out of hours drop in service, you can contact us confidentially via phone or e-mail on: (02380) 216002 or firstname.lastname@example.org
|I might need some extra support…|
We recognise that some individuals require some extra support, either in their volunteering opportunity or in finding an opportunity which their needs.
|We can book you in for a one-to-one appointment with out team to look at volunteering opportunities which fit your needs. It can be an opportunity to look at; accessibility of volunteering spaces, any reasonable adjustments which may need to be in place, more flexible options to volunteering. We also offer support and guidance to overcome barriers such as; problems with drugs or alcohol or a criminal history.|
|We encourage people and work on a one to one basis to negotiate a suitable volunteer placement. Volunteering will enhance skills to find employment and references, build networks and create a routine as a model for employment.|
|Learning needs, childcare, health and low morale can all be assisted by volunteering and there is often a chance to gain training.|
|To book an appointment, please call our mainline number on (02380) 228291.|
|Supporting someone into volunteering?|
If you are supporting someone and think that volunteering would be beneficial to them then we can help you look at the options. However before embarking on a volunteering journey there are a few things that need to be considered.
|You can use our Volunteer Charter as a talking point to help start considering some practical elements when it comes to volunteering. Click here to view our Supporting Someone resource.|