For more information: DofE@lionhearttrust.org.uk

Volunteering

Please visit the Duke of Edinburgh website for a comprehensive list of activities - www.dofe.org/do/activities/

 

Parkrun Volunteers

The Parkrun programme requires volunteers and help is needed every Saturday from 8.30am-10.30am (approx.) although shorter periods are also possible. The 5k your way: move against cancer group join the main group on the last Saturday of the month and add some 50-60 runners so they would be particularly happy for help on these Saturdays. For further information go to http://www.parkrun.org.uk/leicestervictoria/

 

British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) - Garden Birdwatch programme

Please see full details here: (https://www.bto.org/volunteer-surveys/gbw/join-gbw)
The programme costs £17 to join but the beauty is that it can be carried out from home so no costly travel expenses or safeguarding issues.
One hour per week is spent logging the birds seen in the garden then results are uploaded to the BTO website.
The results submitted by volunteers across the country help scientists to gauge changes in species numbers across the country (indicative of climate change / habitat loss) and so this is an ideal opportunity for young people interested in science and the environment employing a number of vital skills including observation and recording. BTO Garden Birdwatch currently one of the largest Citizen Science projects in the Country.
BTO say: “We have a number of young people who already do that and we'd love to see more young people getting involved. They just need to email through to gbw@bto.org to let us know their intention so we can keep on track”.
BTO will also provide an assessor report.

 

Bamboozle Theater Company

Bamboozle is a Leicester based charity with over twenty years’ experience in creating and delivering immersive, multi sensory experiences for children with profound and complex needs and children who are on the autistic spectrum.
A lot goes on in the background to ensure that Bamboozle can carry on its inspirational work with children, young people, and their families, which makes a huge difference in the community.
For more information: Bamboozle Theatre Company

 

Local Charities Information

Please also visit Voluntary Action Leicester - https://valonline.org.uk/

Organisation

City

County

Website

Minimum Age

Extra Information

Action Homeless

YES

NO

actionhomeless.org.uk/support-us/volunteer-with-us/

16

(Hostel support you must be over 18) Most 16 and 17 year olds are on college/school placements

Barnardos

YES

YES

barnardos.org.uk/get-involved/volunteer

14

Roles include: retail and fundraising.     Training, insurance and supervision all included.

Blue Cross

YES

YES

bluecross.org.uk/volunteer

16

National Citizen Service Social Action partner, DoE, campaigning and retail

Boys Brigade

YES

YES

boys-brigade.org.uk/

14

Young Leader roles, supporting in running the groups

British Red Cross

YES

YES

redcross.org.uk/get-involved/opportunities-for-young-people

15

Roles include: retail and fundraising.     Supporter of Vinspired and DoE

British Youth Council

NO

NO

https://www.byc.org.uk/

 

A variety of roles and opportunities available. Get in touch for more info

Brocks Hill Country Park, Fludes Lane and Pochins Bridge (Green Spaces)

NO

YES

oadby-wigston.gov.uk/pages/
volunteering_at_brocks_hill_country_park

 

Conservation volunteer members. Survey work. Help in the centres for events, fundraising and activities.

Citizens Advice

YES

YES

citizensadvice.org.uk/about-us/support-us/volunteering/

16

Roles include: telephone assessors, advisers, fundraisers, receptionists, trustees, information/digital assistants

Curve

YES

NO

curveonline.co.uk/about-us/work-experience-and-volunteering/

16

Roles include: customer service, theatre experience and fundraising

Giving Nation

YES

YES

g-nation.org.uk/

 

Community and social action ran by young people. Normally supported by their school.  There are two opportunities, one for mainstream schools, another for SEN and other special settings.

GVI

NO

NO

gvi.co.uk/under-18-volunteering/

15

International opportunities. Supports ASDAN (helps university applications)

Holocaust Memorial Day Trust

YES

YES

hmd.org.uk/take-part-in-holocaust-memorial-day/hmd-youth-programmes/youth-champions-14-18/

14

Youth Champion Programme (14-18), set young people to lead in marking HMD in schools, colleges, youth groups and workplaces.

Leicester City Council

YES

NO

leicester.gov.uk/your-council/our-jobs-and-careers/volunteering-opportunities

16

Roles include: festivals, museums, libraries, parks and open spaces and adult social care.      Requires adult supervision

Leicester Police

YES

YES

leics.police.uk/join-us/police-support-volunteers 

16

Role: Police Support Volunteer (PSV)       Recruitment takes around 3 months.    Expenses, training and insurance included.

Leicester Police

YES

YES

leics.police.uk/join-us/volunteer-police-cadets

13

Volunteer Police Cadets (VPC) for 13 - 17 year old. Next intake is MARCH 2019.   DoE Award. Community work, events, fundraising

Leicestershire Libraries

YES

YES

leicester.gov.uk/your-community/libraries-
and-community-centres/libraries/volunteer-in-libraries/

16

Home Library Service, Summer Reading Support, Digital Club, English Conversation groups, Toddler Time, Homework Help and Listening to Children.

Leicestershire Libraries (Coalville and Ashby)

NO

YES

leicestershire.gov.uk/sites/default/files/field/
pdf/faq/2018/7/6/SRH-Hinckley-library.pdf

14

Working with young people, to encourage them to perform the Summer Reading Challenge.

Leicestershire Libraries (Hinckley)

NO

YES

leicestershire.gov.uk/sites/default/files/field/
pdf/faq/2018/7/6/SRH-Hinckley-library.pdf

14

Working with young people, to encourage them to perform the Summer Reading Challenge.

Leicestershire Libraries (Wigston)

NO

YES

leicestershire.gov.uk/sites/default/files/field/
pdf/faq/2018/7/6/SRH-Wigston-library.pdf

12

Working with young people, to encourage them to perform the Summer Reading Challenge.

Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust (LPT)

YES

YES

leicspart.nhs.uk/Involvingyou-Volunteering.aspx

16

2-5 hours a week, more than 6 months. Roles include, user engagement, access and resource support, safe well happy, customer service, admin and reception, catering and hospitality, learning and development, arts and music, fundraising and ward assistants roles

Loros

YES

YES

loros.co.uk/about/jobs-volunteering/volunteer/

 

Roles include: retail, catering, stock photography, day therapy support, ward companions, community work, clerical, telephone and face-to-face befriending

Melton Carnegie Museum

NO

YES

leicestershire.gov.uk/sites/default/files/field/
pdf/2017/4/20/Melton_yp_poster.pdf

13

Thursday Nights, 4:30 - 6:30pm 7 week project (starting 11th May). Young Volunteer Museum Group

Original Volunteers

NO

NO

originalvolunteers.co.uk/volunteering-abroad-under-18

16

Variety of international opportunities.    UNDER 16s REQUIRE ACCOMPANIMENT

Oxfam

YES

YES

oxfam.org.uk/

14

Roles include: retail, fundraising, local campaigning. DoE Award

PDSA

NO

YES

pdsa.org.uk/get-involved/volunteer/young-volunteers

14

Roles include: retail, admin, office, work experience and DoE

Royal Voluntary Service (RVS)

YES

YES

royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk/volunteer

14

Mostly retail, but some community roles as well.      Excellent induction, training, supervision, expenses and insurance.

RSPCA

NO

YES

rspcaleicester.org.uk/support-us-2/volunteer-with-us/

16

Kennel Assistant, Feline and Rabbit Care, Fundraising, Charity Shop, Reception and Admin

Scope

YES

YES

scope.org.uk/get-involved/volunteering

14

Retail and Admin. Work with schools and colleges to provide roles. Able to gain NVQs

Scouts

YES

YES

members.scouts.org.uk/supportresources/search?cat=9,98

14

Young Leader roles, supporting in running the groups

St John's Ambulance

YES

YES

sja.org.uk/sja/volunteer.aspx

10

Allows young people to volunteer at community things and learn first aid.

Sue Ryder

YES

YES

sueryder.org/

16

Roles include: retail

UK Youth Parliament

YES

YES

ukyouthparliament.org.uk/elections/northern-ireland/stand

11

Anyone aged 11-18 can stand as an MYP.

Vinspired

YES

YES

vinspired.com/

14

Roles include: Journalism, retail, fundraising and customer service

Vista

YES

YES

vistablind.org.uk/join-our-team/volunteering-vacancies/

CONTACT FOR DETAILS

Retail, Admin, Social Groups and Fundraising

Leicester Outdoor Pursuits Centre

YES

NO

lopc.co.uk/about/get-involved/volunteering-lopc/

14

Summer 2019. Must commit to at least 1 full week. 9 weeks available.  Supporting leaders of activities, admin, housekeeping and safety on site.

Age UK

YES

YES

ageuk.org.uk/

16

Retail, befriending, admin, campaigning and fundraising

The Real Junk Food Project (Leicester)

YES

NO

realjunkfoodleicester.org/how-can-you-help/

16

(Under 18s need parental consent) Café support (catering and hospitality), food collection, social media, event, promotion and marketing, art and design, admin and fundraising