VASL - Volunteering

Why volunteer?

Volunteering is a great way to learn new skills, make new friends and get out and about, whilst giving something back to the community. All our volunteering opportunities are designed to be fun and rewarding and we’ll give you all the help and support you need to get started and make the most of it.

Volunteering here at VASL

We offer a great range of volunteering opportunities whether you’d like to volunteer with us regularly or every now and then. You could spend an hour or two a week helping to market VASL, helping an older person get more out of their lives with our Community Champions project or  people out and about on social trips.

So what are we looking for?

Community Champions
We’re looking for caring people to volunteer their time and skills, to help isolated or lonely people reconnect with their local community, discover new opportunities and achieve their personal goals, with your support, encouragement and companionship. Visit isolated or lonely older people at home and encourage them to broaden their horizons by trying out local groups, activities etc. You’ll be matched to the person you support for a year, so you’ll have plenty of time to really make a difference to their lives.

Telephone Champions
Call isolated and lonely people on a regular basis, giving them companionship, support and practical help and information.

Digital Champions
Visit isolated and lonely people at home and show them how to use and benefit from the internet, both practically and socially, whether on a tablet or laptop etc. There’s a world of online information and support out there, as well as communities of like-minded people and fun, enriching activities, and you’ll help people discover this and more.

Go to Champions
Join a network of people and organisations we can rely on to know their local area and suggest ideas for our Community Champions

For all Community Champion opportunities call 01858 439262  or email:  champions@vasl.org.uk

Carers Telephone BefriendersSwitchboard-operator

We are looking for volunteers that understand the issues associated with caring to be able to ring a carer once a week, it could be for a light hearted chat or for a carer to have an opportunity to get something off their chest

If you’d like to find out more please call Diane Claridge on 0845 689 9510 (calls charged at local rates).

Social Car Scheme – Drivers

drivers wanted!Drivers needed to help people in areas with no public transport get to hospital appointments etc. Expenses provided.

Download The role of a Volunteer Driver

or Call Sandy Handley on 01858 468499 or email shandley@vasl.org.uk

Young Carers Group – Drivers

Our Young Carers Group helps 12-17 year olds who help care for someone ill or disabled at home. We need volunteer drivers and escorts to help young carers who live in surrounding villages to get to and from our Market Harborough-based sessions. By ‘escorts’ we mean someone to sit in the passenger seat and see the young carers to and from their door. Sessions are on Wednesday evenings and you’d probably be asked to help every 2 to 4 weeks. Fuel costs are fully reimbursed.

Call Hannah Currington on 07845 789782 or email hcurrington@vasl.org.uk

To find out more and for an informal chat about volunteering please call us on 01858 433232 or email admin@vasl.org.uk Alternatively, you could volunteer to become trained to man our Support for Carers telephone helpline. Plus of course, you’re welcome to volunteer here at our offices, helping us with everything from fundraising to using your marketing and publicity skills here at VASL.

Other volunteering opportunities

Want to volunteer for another local group?

To find out about all volunteering opportunities in your area visit www.do-it.org.uk or go to VAL  drop-in sessions  10:00 – 12:00 on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of every month  at Harborough Library ( Council Offices) to have a chat with one of the VAL team. You’ll   find out about how you can get involved with volunteering in Leicester and Leicestershire.You don’t need an appointment and meeting with an advisor is completely free.
The advisors have experience in providing advice on issues such as volunteering with additional needs. Confidential consultation space is available.

You will be able to leaf through a book of volunteering opportunities in the area and have a chat  about what you’re looking for with a volunteering advisor who can give you support and information on the right volunteering opportunity for you. Can’t make it to the drop-in?

If you can’t make it to the drop-in, advice is available via appointment.  Or click this link contact us     VAL Helpline: 0116 257 5050

Volunteering is fun, can provide you with new experiences, new skills and new friends. It’s a great way to find out about your local community and it fits around your life.


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