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What is Volunteering?

“Volunteering is the commitment of time and energy for the benefit of society and the community and can take many forms. It is undertaken freely and by choice, without concern for financial gain.”

Community Volunteering

We recruit, train, place and support volunteers within our community for local organisations as well as for The Arches.  Organisations contact us if they need a volunteer and we try and match a volunteer to their needs. There are varied opportunities to suit all ages and abilities – a selection includes

  • Helpers at lunch club 
  • Charity shops 
  • Clubs such as guides, cubs, rainbows, rangers, St Johns ambulance 
  • Arts and culture such as  pantomime, carnival, museum, Tourist information centre; 
  • Athletic events such as Round the Lakes races, annual Reservoir Roundabout walk.

Millenium Volunteering

Millennium Volunteering is for volunteers aged 14 – 25.  It is a nationally recognised scheme and certificates are issued for 50, 100 and 200 hours of volunteering.  This includes all volunteering with different groups and organisations and travel, planning and any training involved all count towards the hours.   Employers recognise volunteering on a CV as a positive outcome and take it into consideration on job applications and at interview.  Young people can use their existing skills, learn news ones and have new experiences as well as trying out different types of work.  It helps young people take responsibility, make new friends and be part of the community.

Volunteering for The Arches

We have many volunteers working for us at
The Arches 

  • Community Car drivers
  • Office help
  • Passenger assistants on minibus 
  • Nursery support
  • Good Neighbours befriender
  • Community Shop – sales and stock sorting
  • Furniture Unit -  furniture collection and  repair,  sales 
  • Trustees and Nursery advisory group 

If you are interested get in touch with Lynda on 01597 810921 or call in at The Arches. Volunteering can change your life!


Good Neighbours

Good Neighbours friendship scheme was set up to help people within the community who may have become isolated or lonely because of ill health, disability, life changes or social disadvantage.  We provide a volunteer to help with some household tasks such as paperwork (benefits, bills etc.), dog walking, and nutrition or with childcare support.  The Good Neighbour volunteer offers support to get out and about in the community and improve self-confidence.  Volunteers are all recruited, interviewed and DBS checked.  The volunteers will have a range of skills and the volunteering co-ordinator will be responsible for assessing and matching the right volunteer for each friendship match.