Community First New Forest

Contact us on: 01425 482773

Ringwood Good Neighbours group are urgently in need of some help

The group aren’t able to continue running without the support of volunteer coordinators. If you have a few hours to spare a month, would you be able to help co-ordinating the befriending scheme in the BH24 area?

This is a varied and interesting role which includes:

  • Helping to ensure training needs of volunteers are met
  • Assess clients and match them with a befriender
  • Listening and supporting the volunteers regarding their befriending role
  • Deal with volunteer expenses
  • Compile a list of local activities and support groups for the use of befrienders wishing to recommend additional social contact to clients

Full training is given as well as ongoing support as part of a dedicated team. For more information or to apply please click here:

Volunteer Drop-In Sessions

Confused about all the volunteering options? Don’t know where to start looking?

Perhaps you would just like to spend time talking things through on a one to one basis?

We have just the thing for you

The Volunteer Centre holds monthly drop-in sessions across the New Forest in Hythe, New Milton and Ringwood. The sessions are run by experienced volunteers called Ambassadors.

The Volunteer Ambassadors will spend time with you; answering any queries and helping you select unpaid volunteering roles especially suited to you. They can also advise you how to approach your chosen charity and help you complete any application forms.

Volunteer Ambassador Drop-in dates

No need to make an appointment – just turn up!

Ringwood Meeting House - 10:00am - 12:00noon

  • Wednesday 29 May 2019
  • Wednesday 26 June 2019
  • Wednesday 31 July 2019
  • Wednesday 28 August 2019
  • Wednesday 25 September 2019
  • Wednesday 30 October 2019
  • Wednesday 27 November 2019
  • Wednesday 18 December 2019

New Milton Library - 10:00am - 12:00noon

  • May 2019 CANCELLED due to library refurbishment
  • Tuesday 18 June 2019
  • Tuesday 9 July 2019
  • Tuesday 13 August 2019
  • Tuesday 10 September 2019
  • Tuesday 8 October 2019
  • Tuesday 12 November 2019
  • Tuesday 10 December 2019

*Due to ongoing refurbishment work in the library dates may be subject to change. Please check the website for any updates.

Hythe Library - 10:00 am to 12:30 pm

  • Tuesday 16 July 2019
  • No session: August 2019
  • Tuesday 10 September 2019
  • Tuesday 8 October 2019
  • Tuesday 12 November 2019
  • Tuesday 10 December 2019

Lymington St Barbe Museum Cafe - 10am - 12noon

  • Tuesday 21 May 2019
  • Tuesday 18 June 2019
  • Tuesday 16 July 2019
  • Tuesday 20 August 2019
  • Tuesday 17 September 2019
  • Tuesday 15 October 2019
  • Tuesday 19 November 2019
  • Tuesday 17 December 2019


Meet the Volunteer Ambassadors

Viv at Hythe

Viv (pictured right) has plenty of experience working with volunteers, having managed the Test Valley Volunteer Centre for a good number of years.  Her passion for helping people volunteer shines through as she is a volunteer herself, running the monthly Hythe Drop-In. Viv has a wealth of knowledge about the local area and beyond and is always ready to welcome people and help them find the perfect role.

Geoffrey at New Milton and Ringwood

Geoffrey has had a long and varied involvement in volunteering. Giving up his time to be involved in a large number of community events and projects including driving mini-buses, giving school talks for the RNLI, supporting the Stable Family Home Trust and DJ-ing for Hope FM. He’s even spent time as a Town Councillor.

Geoffrey believes in the power of volunteering both for the individual and for the wider community. For him it’s about meeting people and helping them to connect to the role that’s right for them.

“After all, it’s not about the money” he jokes, “if it was I’d be rich by now, but it is about feeling valued. I like enjoying the sense that I’ve done a good job and that it’s made a difference.”

Geoffrey runs the drop in sessions monthly at Ringwood and New Milton. So why not stop by, say hello and find out more.

So what next?

  • Visit one of our monthly drop-ins at Hythe, New Milton or Ringwood and chat to Geoffrey or Viv our Volunteer Ambassadors
  • Check out over 300 volunteer roles in your area at where you can browse by volunteering interest, activity or keyword. You can also apply for roles directly online.
  • Or contact Lorraine, your friendly Volunteer Coordinator, on 01425 482773 or email