People become volunteers for all kinds of reasons. Some volunteer because they want to give something back to their community or a cause that they care about. Others volunteer in order to gain new skills, add to their CV, and increase their chances of gaining employment or getting on to a course at university. Some volunteer simply because they want to meet new people and make new friends, or a variety of the above. VANEL’s Volunteer Centre have a variety of volunteer opportunities available. Whatever your reason is for wanting to volunteer, don’t miss your chance to find your perfect placement. Contact VANEL’s Volunteer Centre today!
Make an Appointment, Today!
If you want to learn more about volunteering and discover your perfect placement, why not make an appointment with Liz, our friendly Volunteer Centre Adviser?
To book your appointment, email email@example.com or telephone 01472 231 123. Alternatively, you can make arrangements with us via our facebook page @VolunteerGrimsby. Liz will arrange with you a suitable weekday appointment date and time for you to discuss volunteering.
At your appointment you will have the opportunity to discuss the kind of volunteering opportunities that you are interested in and the level of flexibility you need to suit your lifestyle.
Why not take a look through the national volunteering website below to get some ideas for the types of volunteering opportunities that are available in your area.
Top Tip – broaden your search to at least 30-50 miles. Some organisations are based in one area but offer opportunities across a wide area so you won’t miss out on opportunities that could be perfect for you!!
If you have any problems searching for opportunities contact the Volunteer Centre on 01472 231 123 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Rights and Responsibilities of Volunteers
Wherever you decide to volunteer, you have rights and you have responsibilities. As a volunteer, you are a person who has decided, of their own free will, to contribute your time and skills, free of charge, with the aim of benefiting others in the community.
- To be treated fairly and with respect
- To be appreciated
- To do something that interests you and which benefits others
- To know your specific rights and responsibilities within the organisation you volunteer for
- To be kept safe whilst volunteering through placement organisation policies and procedures
- To be covered by adequate insurance cover
- To be offered relevant support and development opportunities
- To have your confidentiality respected
- To receive continued support by the Volunteer Centre team
- To enjoy your volunteering experience
- To be reliable and punctual
- To be honest at all times
- To ask for help if you need it
- To treat everyone fairly and with respect
- To respect confidentiality
- To attend induction, support and training sessions offered to you
- To work within the policies and procedures of your placement organisation
- To behave in an appropriate manner at all times, including no physical or abusive behaviour and no alcohol or drug use.
Insist on SVA
Over a hundred local organisations have demonstrated their commitment to volunteering and to the volunteers they host through our Supporting Volunteers Award (SVA).
If you are going to volunteer with an organisation why not ask if they have SVA? It will give you confidence that they’ll be valuing your support when you are there. Some organisations have even demonstrated greater concentration on volunteering still by gaining SVA level 2!
If they’ve not got SVA, why not ask them why (and tell them to contact VANEL to get started on the process).
Not having SVA doesn’t mean that you won’t get a great volunteering experience, but working together (you, us, the host organisation) means we’re working to keep volunteering the great experience it should be for everyone.
You can also look for volunteering opportunities through the national Do-it volunteering database.visit Do-it.org.uk
We’re good at what we do – and that’s about looking after you as a volunteer and your host organisation.