Would you like to make a difference in your community?
Volunteering can make a difference, help others and connect you with your local community. Why not expand your horizons and become a volunteer with UPG? This is a great opportunity to develop new skills, meet new people and make new friends.
We have a range of volunteering opportunities such as befriending a lonely, housebound, older person, escorting people to appointments, volunteering at one of our Children’s Centres, or fronting one of our centres reception desks.
If you are looking for work, volunteering is a wonderful method of strengthening your CV, benefitting both yourself and the local community!
BEFRIENDING AN OLDER PERSON
Visit an older, isolated person in their home and provide support in the home and getting out and about, and most importantly companionship!
EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES
Volunteer at some of our activities and events, such as the Tuesday Afternoon Tea Club for older people, or the Masbro Summer Children’s Party.
If you are currently studying for a childcare qualification we have placements available for trainee Early Years Workers in our Children's Centres
YOUTH CLUB VOLUNTEER
By volunteering with our Youth Club you will gain excellent experience if you are interested in pursuing a career in youth and community work
Volunteer on our Adult Learning programme – helping ESOL students to learn English, or supporting students in IT, Maths or Art classes.
RECEPTION & ADMINISTRATION
Help out with administration tasks and or on the reception at one our Centres – Masbro, Brook Green, Edward Woods or Flora Gardens
- Specialist training in areas relevant to their interests or chosen career path. Safeguarding Children and Young People, Mental Health First Aid and Safety at Home are amongst the many training opportunities we offer
- Valuable work experience
- Support by a UPG team member
- Social opportunities to meet fellow volunteers and share experiences
- All our volunteers will undertake a free DBS check.
Mathew – volunteer gardener
"working in the garden at the Masbro Centre gives me a feeling of belonging"
EDWARD WOODS AND ADDISON COMMUNITY CHAMPIONS
Read what our volunteers have to say about their experiences
“I have recently retired but I am still active and wanted to keep myself busy and be useful. I have started to visit an older lady who has multiple health problems. I realise how lucky I am, but also how just giving up an hour a week can really make a difference in someone’s life.”
Volunteer Befriender – Elders Project
“Now my children are at school I needed to find something to do with my spare time. I am volunteering in the adult education class at Masbro Centre. I am helping a woman who never went to school and she is slowly learning to read. Its amazing to see how pleased she is.”
Volunteer – Adult Learning
“Being out of work I lost my confidence and found it difficult to be positive.
Now that I am volunteering on the reception desk I have come out of my shell, and I am now applying for paid work.”
Volunteer – Reception duties