What is volunteering?

Volunteering is about giving your time and energy to a good cause. You don’t get paid, but you do get to use your talents, develop skills, and experience the pleasure that comes from making a real difference to other people’s lives.

Do good, feel good

Thinking about how you want to benefit from volunteering is a good start to finding an opportunity that’s right for you.

  • Gain confidence. Volunteering can help you gain confidence by giving you the chance to try something new and build a real sense of achievement.
  • Make a difference. Volunteering can have a real and valuable positive affect on people, communities and society in general.
  • Meet people.Volunteering can help you meet different kinds of people and make new friends. Be part of a community. Volunteering can help you feel part of something outside your friends and family.
  • Learn new skills. Volunteering can help you learn new skills, gain experience and sometimes even qualifications.
  • Take on a challenge. Through volunteering you can challenge yourself to try something different, achieve personal goals, practice using your skills and discover hidden talents.
  • Have fun! Most volunteers have a great time, regardless of why they do it.
Volunteering Stories

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Current Volunteering Opportunities in Bournemouth

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Bookshop Assistant

  • Location: Southbourne
  • Organisation: St Martin’s Bookshop
  • Times: Various
  • Days: Monday to Saturday
  • Suitable for: 16+
  • Description: After training, your role will include helping customers, taking orders for books, checking donations of books and keeping the shop tidy.
  • Skills Required: An interest in books would be helpful.
  • Reference Code: Ref: 191

Charity Shop Volunteer

  • Location: We have charity shops in 7 locations: Poole, Kinson, Upper Parkstone, West Moors, Ashley Cross, Tuckton and Ringwood.
  • Organisation: Prama
  • Times: Day time
  • Days: Monday to Saturday
  • Suitable for: 16 plus (15 if doing D of E)
  • Description: As a volunteer, you will be part of an enthusiastic and dynamic team that works hard to make our store a great success. Your role will be varied and interesting and could include sorting donated items, preparing clothes for sale, merchandising stock on the shop floor, assisting customers with their purchases and serving at the till.
  • Skills Required: Team work, friendly personality, good communicator
  • Reference Code: Ref: 158

Children’s Activities Assistant Coach

  • Location: Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus
  • Organisation: SportBU
  • Times: 9am to 4pm
  • Days: Saturday
  • Suitable for: 15+
  • Description: As a children’s activities assistant coach, you will be assisting with our Super Saturdays activities which are open to children aged 4 to 14 and include gymnastics, trampolining, ballet, badminton and street dance.
  • Skills Required: This role is ideal for anyone completing their DofE Award. Some experience of working with children is desirable.
  • Reference Code: Ref: 379

Community Fundraising Volunteer

  • Location: Various locations
  • Organisation: Bournemouth Hospital Charity
  • Times: Various
  • Days: Various
  • Suitable for: Under 17’s welcome to volunteer with us if accompanied by an adult
  • Description: Fancy helping us take the charity out into the community? Our Community Events support volunteers are often out and about at family fun days, festivals and open days to raise awareness of our work and much needed funds for our hospitals.
  • Skills Required: No specific skills needed – just a willingness to get stuck in and be involved.
  • Reference Code: Ref: 10

Companion or Activity Volunteer

  • Location: Westbourne
  • Organisation: Abbeyfield Wessex Society Ltd
  • Times: Various
  • Days: Various
  • Suitable for: Age 16+
  • Description: Come in and have a cuppa and chat with some of our residents or if you would like something more energetic why not help with gardening, one of our outings or with setting up some activities that are suitable for the elderly?
  • Skills Required: We are looking for friendly, reliable volunteers who understand the needs of our older residents.
  • Reference Code: Ref:12

Conservation Management

  • Location: Hengistbury Head
  • Organisation: Bournemouth Borough Council
  • Times: Mornings
  • Days: Thursday
  • Suitable for: 16+
  • Description: An opportunity to join a volunteer work force on Thursday mornings working on conservation management activities such as using hand tools, scrub removal, reed bed cutting and burning. The work tasks change throughout the year with the seasons and are completed in all weather conditions.
  • Skills Required: All our volunteers share a passion for this site and a willingness to help share it with and protect it for the public who use it.
  • Reference Code: Ref:387

Conservation Volunteer

  • Location: Various Locations
  • Organisation: Dorset Wildlife Trust
  • Times:
  • Days: Thursdays
  • Suitable for: Under 16’s must be accompanied by an adult, 16 & 17 year olds need a signed parental consent form
  • Description: Do something positive for your local “wild patch” and meet people, being in the fresh air and exercising in beautiful natural spaces helps. Practical volunteering (wildlife recording and monitoring) takes place on the second Thursday of the month.
  • Skills Required: You must be quite fit and don’t mind getting your hands dirty.
  • Reference Code: Ref: 88

Customer Service Assistant

  • Location: Boscombe, Westbourne and Southbourne
  • Organisation: Tenovus Cancer Care
  • Times: Various
  • Days: Monday to Saturday
  • Suitable for: 14+
  • Description: Volunteers are so important to our shops in Southbourne, Westbourne, Boscombe & Highcliffe. Could you help be a friendly face to our customers & create an inviting shop for them to visit? if so come and join our friendly and supportive team.
  • Skills Required: We are looking for volunteers who can provide excellent customer service.
  • Reference Code: Ref: 202

Event helper/ Create your own art project / Support Artists

  • Location: Boscombe
  • Organisation: Bournemouth Emerging Arts Fringe (BEAF)
  • Times: Various
  • Days: 4th – 12th May 2019
  • Suitable for: 16 plus
  • Description: Get involved with the largest independent art festival in Bournemouth in 2019. Amazing opportunities to learn skills in event planning, work with local artists and develop your own creative project!
  • Skills Required: Friendly, good team player. Interested in Arts.
  • Reference Code: Ref: 367

Girlguiding Volunteer

  • Location: Various
  • Organisation: Girlguiding
  • Times: Various
  • Days: Various
  • Suitable for: Age 16+
  • Description: Girlguiding is the leading charity for girls and young women in the UK. By volunteering with us, you can help us create amazing opportunities for thousands of girls around the UK. Whether you’re working as a Leader, providing marketing or administrative support, or teaching girls a skill, such as singing or Pilates, through volunteering you can put your talents to good use, brush up on skills you’ve not used for a while, or develop new ones. As well as helping girls have fun and learn, you’ll boost your own abilities and confidence. Hours to fit in around your studies.
  • Skills Required: Able to build a good rapport with children, work well as part of a team, reliable and able to give a regular commitment.
  • Reference Code: Ref: 102

My Guide

  • Location: Bournemouth and Christchurch
  • Organisation: Guide Dogs
  • Times: Various
  • Days: Various
  • Suitable for: Age 16+
  • Description: Would you like to help support someone with a sight condition on their mobility journey? For a set period of time you will provide sighted guiding to help support their safety, build confidence and develop links to the local community
  • Skills Required: Patience and a sense of humour.
  • Reference Code: Ref:104

Real Time Patient Survey Volunteers

  • Location: Bournemouth
  • Organisation: Royal Bournemouth & Christchurch Hospitals, NHS Foundation Trust
  • Times: Various
  • Days: Various
  • Suitable for: Age 17+
  • Description: Would you like to go around wards and areas in the hospital to talk to patients to asking them to complete a questionnaire about their visit to hospital. This is a perfect role for anyone looking to work in medicine or wanting hospital experience.
  • Skills Required: Good communication skills are necessary.
  • Reference Code: Ref:164

Retail Assistant

  • Location: Boscombe
  • Organisation: PDSA
  • Times: Various
  • Days: Monday to Saturday
  • Suitable for: 14+
  • Description: Would you like to raise money to help sick and injured animals? Volunteer with PDSA today and gain excellent retail experience with a well known charity!
  • Skills Required: Friendly and engaging personality.
  • Reference Code: Ref: 155

Retail Volunteer

  • Location: Boscombe, Southbourne and Pokesdowne
  • Organisation: Dorset Children’s Foundation
  • Times: Various
  • Days: Monday to Saturday
  • Suitable for: 14+
  • Description: Can you spare a few hours per week? Each of our charity shops urgently need volunteers with retail experience. Are shops offer a friendly and fun place to volunter and we are more than happy to offer flexible hours that fit in with your other commitments or the school run. You will be helping in both the stock room and on the shop floor.
  • Skills Required: Previous retail experience would be an advantage.
  • Reference Code: Ref: 213

Shop Assistant

  • Location: Winton
  • Organisation: Sue Ryder Charity Shop
  • Times: Various
  • Days: Monday to Saturday
  • Suitable for: 17+
  • Description: Do you enjoy fashion? Are you a bookworm? Do you have a flair for displaying bric-a-brac? Would you like to meet new friends, gain experience in the retail industry and raise funds for vital healthcare services in the UK and overseas? Our charity shop in Winton has many opportunities for friendly, responsible and committed volunteers.
  • Skills Required: Previous experience would be beneficial but full training will be provided.
  • Reference Code: Ref: 196

Shop Volunteers

  • Location: Winton and Southbourne
  • Organisation: DEBRA
  • Times: Various
  • Days: Monday to Saturday
  • Suitable for: 16+
  • Description: Volunteering at one of our shops is a great opportunity to learn new skills, such as stock processing and customer care whilst making new friends and helping to raise funds for a national charity.
  • Skills Required: You do not require any particular skills and full training will be provided. However, you will be particularly well suited to this role if you are friendly, flexible and a good team player
  • Reference Code: Winton – Ref: 55 Southbourne – Ref: 56

Store Assistant

  • Location: Alder Hills, Poole
  • Organisation: Dorset Scrapstore
  • Times: 11am to 5pm
  • Days: Tuesday to Saturdays
  • Suitable for: 16 plus
  • Description: Store assistants required to help in the Scrapstore, greeting members, helping with queries and craft projects, sorting stock, stocking shelfs and explaining how the Scrapstore operates. With optional manual tasks and till work. Alder Hills
  • Skills Required: Interest in creative skills and environmental issues (recycling)
  • Reference Code: Ref: 86

Volunteer at the Shelley Theatre

  • Location: Boscombe
  • Organisation: The Shelley Theatre Trust
  • Times: Various
  • Days: Various
  • Suitable for: 18 plus with some exceptions for specific skill sets. e.g. At College with technical skills
  • Description: We are inviting applications for Front of House roles, Cafe and Bar assistants, Technical skills for sound and lighting shows and events. Film projection, Box Office duties, programme distribution, and of course a most valuable role of Housekeeping. We have lots of varied interests with the opportunity to build a rewarding and varied role within a dynamic group from 18 to 80+ years young.
  • Skills Required: No experience is required as training will be provided for specific roles.
  • Reference Code: Ref:330

Volunteer Helper/Grower/Faciliator:

  • Location: Boscombe and New Forest (lifts can be arranged)
  • Organisation: Grounded Enterprises
  • Times: Day time
  • Days: Monday, Wednesday and Friday
  • Suitable for: Under 18’s need to be accompanied by an adult or arranged drop off and pick up.
  • Description: A community food growing project, aiming to help grow a sustainable community through training people how to grow food and feel confident to do so.
  • Skills Required: No real skills required just a willingness to have a go and get your hands dirty. Food growing experience would be useful but not essential.
  • Reference Code: Ref:329

Volunteer Supporter

  • Location: Various locations throughout Poole and Bournemouth
  • Organisation: Brendoncare Clubs
  • Times: Daytime (am/pm)
  • Days: Monday to Friday
  • Suitable for: 16 plus
  • Description: We are looking for happy, enthusiastic individuals to help us deliver a fantastic service to the members of our clubs. We ask for help in ensuring the venue is safe and welcoming for our members; this will include setting the room up appropriately, helping any members with limited mobility, engaging with our members and helping with the activities and refreshments. You may also have a specific skill or interest you would like to share with our members; we’re always on the lookout for new activities – if so we’d be very interested to hear from you!
  • Skills Required: We ask for a commitment of up to 4 hours of volunteering per week and require two satisfactory references and an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. Ideally, you will be a team player, happy to get involved in any aspect of the meetings whether that’s meeting and greeting, providing refreshments to the members or encouraging engagement of the activity.
  • Reference Code: Ref:294