Reasons to volunteer
Barking and Dagenham provides a variety of exciting volunteering opportunties in the Council and local community. We offer different types of volunteering to suit your interests, skills, time and motivations.
There are many reasons to volunteer, including:
- Helping others in your local community
- Learning new skills
- Furthering a personal interest or passion
- Meeting new people and be part of a team
- Gaining great work experience for your CV
Volunteers are always needed to support services, people and projects in the borough. If you are self-motivated and caring, and enjoy working with people, you might consider applying become a volunteer.
Latest news and opportunities
Find out about all of the latest opportunities and news about volunteering in Barking and Dagenham below.
Hear to Meet Service
This programme has some exciting volunteer befriending roles supporting residents with hearing loss. Social and support groups are set up across the borough and need volunteers to serve refreshments, meet and greet, and support attendees.
If you can spare a few hours every fortnight or month (weekday), please get in touch today.
Service User Representatives
If you are looking for administrative experience that can really make a difference to your local community, the Integration and Commissioning Team needs volunteers to conduct telephone surveys and log data. Surveys will be conducted with service-users receiving adult social care services. This is a flexible volunteer opportunity which will be great for your CV.
Chadwell Heath Community Centre
The community centre, now run by a charity, is looking for a team of volunteers to take on a variety of roles, including:
- Library duties
- Gardening and maintenance
If you live locally and want to support your community while learning new skills, we look forward to hearing from you.
Contact – Volunteering Team
Barking Town Hall, Town Square, Barking IG11 7LU
020 8227 3192
In 2015 the Volunteering Team will introduce a new online system for police checks that will speed up the recruitment process for new volunteers.
For more news and to find out what volunteers in Adults and Community Services have been up to, download our latest newsletter below.
The volunteering team would like to wish our volunteers a very merry Christmas and happy New Year. Thank you to everyone who has volunteered in 2014 — you have really made a difference to the residents and visitors of Barking and Dagenham.
Types of volunteering
Most programmes offer regular volunteering but there are also one-off projects and placements available.
Each volunteer programme run by the Council specialises in a particular area:
- Helping older people and vulnerable adults
- Promoting safety, health and wellbeing in the community
- Supporting young people
- Volunteering with our partners
If you wish to volunteer but are unsure about what to do, you can read about each programme or see our volunteering leaflet. Alternatively, complete our volunteering enquiry form and we will be in touch to discuss your interests.
Enquire about volunteering opportunities
Helping older people and vulnerable adults
Working with older people or vulnerable adults is extremely rewarding. There’s a great need for this type of volunteering in the borough.
The volunteer roles may focus on one main responsibility or a combination of the following:
- Befriending and serving refreshments
- Driving and companion work
- Guiding those with physical disabilities
- Running clubs and activities
If you can give up regular time and you enjoy helping others or have skills that could help, please see the programmes below:
- Active Age Centres and George Crouch Day Centre (older people)
- Hear to Meet Service
- Heathlands Day Centre (adults with disabilities) and Maples Day Centre (adults with learning disabilities)
- Millicent Preston House (extra care building) and Kallar Lodge Care Home
- Spartans Club (adults with disabilities) and Vipers Club (visual impairment)
- Volunteer Drivers and Companions
Promoting safety, health and wellbeing
There are a number of Council-run services that need volunteers to promote safety, health and wellbeing in the community. Roles include:
- Assistance with clubs and education
- Event stewarding, promotions and officiating
- Mystery shopping
- Tour guiding and leading healthy walks
If you have skills and an interest in safety, health and wellbeing and you’d like to get involved, the programmes below offer various volunteering opportunities:
- Broadway Theatre and Libraries
- Community Volunteer Team and Community Health Champions
- Conservation volunteering and Walking for Health Programme
- Eastbury Manor House and Valence House
- Service User Representatives
- Offender Management Service
Supporting young people
Volunteering with children, younger people and families is a very popular and exciting. There are many opportunities to help educate, guide and support young people while furthering your skills at the same time.
Programmes that specialise in volunteering with young people include:
Volunteering with our partners
The Council works closely with partners in Barking and Dagenham that offer more valuable volunteering opportunities, placements and projects. Volunteers may choose to split their time between a number of programmes or organisations.
The following organisations are always looking for new volunteers and can support you in finding a volunteer opportunity that’s right for you:
- Barking and Dagenham Volunteer Bureau
- Barking and Dagenham Council for Voluntary Services (CVS)
- Carers of Barking and Dagenham
- Community Resources
- DABD (UK)
- Healthwatch Barking and Dagenham
Barking and Dagenham Volunteer Bureau – 020 8532 7343
Community Resources – 020 8597 2900, ext. 234