Volunteering in Fareham

Fareham Volunteer Centre

 

  Community Action Fareham Main Page

The Queen's Award for

Voluntary Service

Do you know of a volunteer group that devotes its time to helping others and deserves recognition? The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to volunteer groups - the equivalent to an MBE.

Click HERE  to submit your nomination by

30th September 2014 to make sure they are considered for an award next year.

You dont have to be part of the group and entry is free. Click HERE for guidance notes. The winners are announced on 2nd June every year and they will receive a domed glass crystal and a certificate signed by the Queen.  Good luck!

 

Does your Fareham-based Voluntary Organisation need a

Helping Handyperson?

A qualified and insured carpenter and handyperson based in Fareham is offering to undertake occasional small DIY and repair jobs for local groups on a voluntary basis.

Groups must provide all materials.

References/testimonials available on request.

Click here for a list of jobs considered

Contact via Fareham Volunteer Centre

Email us here

 

 

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Fareham Lions Club

 

Fareham Lions is one of three Lions Clubs Serving the Borough of Fareham.

Its main objective is to support and assist local charities and good causes through donations and other support.

They also support National and International Lions projects.

For a membership of just 5 per month you can be part of this hugely-respected international network of clubs and make a difference.

Here's what you could do:

Activities Helper Volunteer

Get hands-on as an Activities Helper with anything from putting up gazebos at fundraising events to practical DIY tasks for people in need

Public Relations Volunteer

Help spread the word about the fantastic work of Fareham Lions and get more people involved.

Service Project Helper

Service Project Helpers assist with activities at events Eg Bingo, serving refreshments,  collections, raffles, Christmas Sleigh etc.

 

Contact the Volunteer Centre for more information

 

Event Volunteering

Want to volunteer, but cannot commit to a regular time?  Event volunteering means helping out at occasional or one-off activities such as street collections, fetes, sporting events and carnivals etc:

Download a copy of our bulletin HERE

Remember to tell them you heard about it from Fareham Volunteer Centre

 

Rainbow Centre Children's Abseil

Fareham Fire Station

On Saturday 20th September 2014

140 children will be abseiling 55ft down the

Fareham Fire Station Drill Tower

to raise money for The Rainbow Centre.

To book a place for your child

click HERE to visit their website

Or contact the fundraising team

on 01329 289 500 or click to email

 

Open Sight

Hampshire Sight Loss Charity

Dining in the Dark

26th November: Lauro's, High St. Fareham

Experience fine dining in pitch darkness to get in touch with your other senses and understand the daily experience of people who are blind.

Booking essential.

Tickets are 30 per head for this specially designed 3-course meal.

Click to email for more details

 

What is Fareham Volunteer Centre?

Fareham Volunteer Centre is here to help people find out

about local volunteering opportunities and help local groups find new volunteers.

 

Voluntary groups, charities and some public services advertise their volunteering vacancies through the Volunteer Centre

  • Volunteering helps support and improve the community of Fareham for all

  • It is also a great way for volunteers to use their skills or learn new ones

Take a look at the vacancies listed in the Volunteering in Fareham Booklet CLICK HERE for a copy.  You can ask the Volunteer Centre for more information about any vacancy, including how to apply

 

 

 

How Do I Apply to Volunteer?

 

On line

  • Complete our Enquiry Form below

  • Visit the national volunteering website www.do-it.org.uk to search for local opportunities by area of interest.  You can register and apply for any vacancy

At the Volunteer Centre

  • Contact us on 01329 223 140 or email enquiries@farehamvolunteers.org.uk to make an appointment to come in for a chat about volunteering.  You may wish to bring someone with you for support.

  • You will be invited to complete an application form to register with us and will be offered information about potential volunteering placement, help making appointments and guidance on what to expect as a volunteer

Please note: The Volunteer Centre will not put you in touch with any organisation unless instructed by you either in person or via Do-it.

 

What Happens Next?

Once you are in touch with a voluntary group, most will ask you to:

  • Meet them for a chat about the role you have applied for

  • Fill out an application form

  • Provide references (usually two)

  • Some voluntary posts will require more checks such as a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) application or police check

Once you are Placed

The organisation you are volunteering with will arrange:

  • An Induction - an introduction to the organisation you volunteer for.

  • Training - Many voluntary posts involve training, either before becoming a volunteer or as 'on-the-job' training.

  • Support - The volunteer co-ordinator/manager/team leader at the organisation will give you the support you need to carry out the tasks you have been asked to do.

Keeping in Touch

Fareham Volunteer Centre will contact you from time to time to ask about your volunteering.  Your feedback helps us to improve our service for volunteers.  You can contact us at any time with questions, concerns or help finding new placements.

Fareham Volunteering Awards

9th June 2014

The Mayor of Fareham hosted an Evening Celebration of Fareham's Volunteers on 9th June.

He presented certificates to 50 volunteers representing a wide range of voluntary and community groups which serve the Fareham Community.

 

The Mayor of Fareham

Councillor David Norris thanks

 volunteers from Fareport Talking News

Fareport Talking News produces a weekly talking newspaper on a memory stick for blind and partially-sighted residents in Fareham and Gosport

 

Organisations can register their volunteering vacancies with Fareham Volunteer Centre

The Volunteer Centre acts as a brokerage service signposting potential volunteers to local groups and organisations.  Individual groups are responsible for undertaking recruitment processes with new volunteers including reference taking and DBS checking where appropriate.

We can upload your vacancy to the on-line volunteering database do-it.org.uk to extend your search.

Registering your Vacancy

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Other support for groups

The Volunteer Centre can help with good practice advice on:

  • Recruiting  and Managing volunteers

  • Signposting your organisation to training and other support from Community Action Fareham

  • Helping you achieve the Got It Right Award

  • Coming to talk to your group members about our support and services

 

All Change at Do-it

 Do-it is the UK website for volunteering that is used by Fareham Volunteer Centre to promote local volunteering opportunities to the widest possible audience of potential volunteers to help support Volunteer Involving Organisations in and around Fareham.

 The website is undergoing re-development for a re-launch in November this year.

 Changes to the site will include options to upload organisational logos and inspirational photographs to help make every on-line entry unique and attractive to potential volunteers.

 In the coming weeks, Fareham Volunteer Centre will be contacting all organisations currently registered with us to work with them to prepare their Do-it presence to make the best use of the new promotional platform.

 Not yet registered your volunteering vacancies with Fareham? Just email us CLICK HERE or call Jennie on 01329 223 140

The Volunteer Centre also co-ordinates

Fareham Voluntary Car Scheme - volunteer run door-to-door driving to healthcare appointments for older and disabled people who are unable to use public transport.  Volunteer drivers are always needed.  Click to see if you could be a volunteer car driver.

 

Fareham Gardening Service - A service for older and disabled people who are unable to do their own gardening.  Charges apply.

Click to find out about gardening with us.

 

Fareham Walking for Health - Sociable walks of various levels led by trained Walk Leaders.

See the Walking for Health website for details

Fareham Gardening Service

 

Currently recruiting community gardeners

Click for details

Volunteer Driving

 

Do you enjoy driving?

Do you have some free time?

Would you like to be involved

in your local community?

Contact us for more information about volunteer driving in all parts of Hampshire

Would you like us to get in touch?

Please provide a few details.  We will contact you to help you find a volunteering placement.

Your Name:

Address: Postcode:

Daytime Telephone:   Evening Telephone:

email address:                                                                                            

Your Age:     Estimate of time available: hours

What sort of volunteering would you like to do ? (Take a look at Volunteering in Fareham for ideas)

Have you done voluntary work before ?

If yes what voluntary work have you done before ?

If you have a driving licence would you like to do some voluntary driving ?

How about minibus driving?   Training is required

Would you be prepared to use your own car ?   (assuming insurance and expenses are in order)

Some volunteering work involves contact with children or vulnerable people; therefore recruitment to such posts would be exempt from the requirements of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1979.  In such cases organisations will enquire about previous convictions, even if spent, and will request Disclosure (police checks) and references prior to involvement with the organisation.  A previous conviction will not necessarily prevent anyone from being recruited but due consideration will be given in the appointment process; more detail is given in the "Recruitment of Ex-offenders Policy".

DBS checks are conducted by asking you to complete and sign a disclosure application form - but this is at a later stage anyway.  

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For links about volunteering beyond Fareham

In Hampshire

   www.hampshirevolunteers.org.uk

   Phone: 0844 499 40 88

  

Various Volunteering Projects

   <Click here>

Nationally

    www.do-it.org.uk

 

 

Contacting us

If you would rather call in or phone

Tel 01329 223140 - Volunteer Centre is staffed in mornings only

 163 West Street, Fareham, PO16 0EF

Volunteering in Fareham