In March 2020, as the Coronavirus Pandemic struck Britain, North Lincolnshire Council created the opportunity for local residents to apply to become volunteers to support vulnerable people and communities. As a result of this appeal, almost 300 people applied to become volunteers.
North Lincolnshire Council worked with these locally registered volunteers over this period of time and allocated them to support existing voluntary and community sector organisations, formalised Covid 19, Mutual Aid and local community groups and, as North Lincolnshire Council volunteers, undertook practical tasks for the most vulnerable residents.
All of this was coordinated by North Lincolnshire Council until the North Lincolnshire Voluntary Community and Social Enterprise Alliance* negotiated to take on this role under contract to North Lincolnshire Council:
• Create a Volunteer Hub which will continue to recruit potential volunteers, undertake the necessary checks and support them to the point where they become ‘good to go’, ready for placement. In order to provide opportunities, the Hub will also work with existing voluntary, community and public sector organisations to register with the Hub and encourage them to ‘advertise’ volunteer opportunities in order for volunteers to be ‘matched’ and placed.
• Support the Covid 19, Mutual Aid and informal community groups to identify their support needs and assist them to put in place those things which will assist them to continue, if they wish to. This includes, ensuring that they have the systems in place to support volunteers
• Build upon the initial discussion with voluntary, community and public sector volunteer managers to develop a resourced Volunteer Managers Network including a training programme and document ‘repository’.
We believe that the role of volunteers is vital in our rural communities and in supporting the work of HWRCC.
There are a number of ways in which volunteers can get involved:
- Volunteer car driving
- Office support - helping with administration and reception tasks
- Getting involved in a community group in your rural area
- Sharing your experience of taking forward a community project
- And many more opportunities....
Training is available where applicable.
If you are interested in volunteering in one or more of these areas, or you believe there are other ways in which you could get involved, please contact us. We'd love to hear from you!
T: 01652 637700
Volunteering opportunities for young people
Young people can increase their life skills by engaging in volunteering opportunities. For some, volunteering can be a route to employment, or a chance to try something new.
The Volunteen programme is a project from East Riding Voluntary Action Services (ERVAS). It aims to help all of our young people to increase life skills by engaging them in enjoyable and helpful social activities. Volunteen will work with Secondary Schools, as well as a wide mixture of groups from the voluntary, statutory and private sector. The aim is to ensure that all young people in the East Riding of Yorkshire have the chance to benefit from volunteering. Please visit the ERVAS website for further information.
The VYPER scheme is a reward recognition scheme for young people in school years 7 to 11, who are involved in any type of volunteering within schools, clubs, groups or other organisations within their community. Get recognised for your volunteering without affecting your studies or anything else you currently do and show future employers, colleges or universities YOUR volunteering achievements! Please visit the ERVAS website for further information.
vInspired is the nation's leading youth volunteering charity. They have created more than one million volunteering opportunities and, so far, over 150,000 young people have used vInspired.com to volunteer with more than 3,600 charities. Please visit their website for further information.