Community First New Forest

Contact us on: 01425 482773

Volunteer Centre – Individuals

Why volunteer?

Volunteering is simple.  It’s about giving your time to do something useful that can benefit both you and your community.  Many voluntary organisations would not survive without the time freely given by volunteers.

Benefits of volunteering
Volunteering can be a great way to:

  •   Meet new people
  •   Get some direction and a positive frame of mind
  •   Develop an interest in new things
  •   Learn new skills and increase your knowledge
  •   Have some fun!
  •   Gain useful experience, training and qualifications
  •   Give something back to the community
  •   Develop your CV

What can I do?
There are lots of different things you can do.  Everyone can volunteer, no matter what your age, background and life experiences.  There is an opportunity to suit everyone!

Many people use volunteering as an aid to their recovery and as a stepping stone to finding the right paid job, particularly if they have been unable to work for a while. It can give you career ideas you would never have thought of, if you are unsure of what you want to do work wise.

You might not be looking to work but enjoying your volunteering role is important and it should be an enjoyable and worthwhile way to spend some of your time. Volunteering can also be a way for you to build your confidence and fight the stigma that can still be attached to having some sort of mental health problem.

It is as important to think about what you don’t want to do as what you do want to do. You will enjoy it much more and get more out of it if you have found the right role in the right organisation. You may also find that, having gained experience in one sector, you might be able to find work in it, if that is what your end goal is.

If you would like to ‘dip your toe’ in volunteering then why not have a go at helping at an event?  Click here to find out more

Volunteer Driver initiatives

New Year driving you round the bend already?

Maybe it’s time to drive someone else there instead?

Our community transport team are really keen to recruit volunteer minibus drivers. We’re just waiting for you to join us!

Why not become a part of our Call & Go team of drivers who provide regular shopping trips for passengers who are unable to use public transport.

Like the idea but don’t have the time….? Why not sign up to drive occasionally for one of the groups hiring our buses.

It’s completely up to you and can fit in with how much time you have to offer.

For more information, why not check out this video for our driver/minibus recruitment campaign:

To find out about local volunteer driver opportunities, click here…

Ever thought about an Internship?

Tools for Self RelianceTools For Reliance is a UK based charity working to help relieve poverty in Africa.

We work with local African organisations to deliver a programme of tools and training to bring about effective and sustainable change to trades people and their communities, primarily in Ghana, Malawi, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.

We are working through an ambitious five year strategy which will see us expand the scope of our operations in Africa as well as the UK, as well as launching a new programme of sponsored events.

This is an exciting and challenging time for our fundraising team, and, to help us meet this challenge we are now offering a part time voluntary internship.

This is a fantastic opportunity to gain valuable hands on experience by supporting our team on a variety of projects.

The role would suit someone of any age looking to develop a career in the voluntary sector and will involve helping to carry out a variety of diverse activities.

There will also be the opportunity to work on particular areas of interest.

For more details on this exciting opportunity you can follow this link

Or contact the volunteer centre on 01425 482773 .

Frequenty Asked Questions

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The next step
Contact New Forest Volunteer Centre Co-ordinator on Tel: 01425 482773 or email

Download and fill in our  Volunteer Registration Form Then, send it to the address on the top, (right hand side) of the form and we will be in contact.

All 1-2-1 interviews will be carried out confidentially.

In the meantime, you may wish to look at the Do It! Website which has a selection of current vacancies: or check out the Do-it - How to Guide