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Community First New Forest

Contact us on: 01425 482773

Oxfam in Lymington is desperately seeking volunteers for their newly opened shop with a difference.

This is a great opportunity to volunteer in a new Oxfam shop that is aiming to create a slightly different experience for the customer!

You will be joining a small but growing team helping us to make the most from donations; offering fantastic customer service as well as sorting, pricing and preparing for sale a wide range of products.

As we grow our team our opening hours will increase.

Eventually we hope to open 7 days a week - 8 hours per day Monday - Saturday and 6 hours on Sunday, however your gift of time can be arranged to suit you as well as the needs of our business.

Whatever your interest, from customer facing to sorting stock please do get in touch.

Your help will make a real difference.

For more information and to apply click here:

Volunteers Urgently Wanted

Would you like to help a local worthy cause?

Can you spare some time?

Why not consider volunteering in your community and 'paying it back'?


Training Programme

About our courses

Community First New Forest offers training sessions to our members, community groups and organisations, as well as individuals. In most cases, there will be a charge for the training, but if you become a member of Community First New Forest (membership is free) this will be offered at a reduced rate.

After going on training we can signpost on to further training or development opportunities if you wish. We are always interested to hear of new courses or arrange different subjects to be introduced to the programme.

Training may be on an informal basis, for example, a one to one session, or it can be for up to a hundred people at one time. If we cannot provide the training you ask for we can normally direct you to the right place that can provide what you are looking for.

Training Courses:

MiDAS - Minibus Driver Awareness Scheme

MiDAS Training Dates  - TBC

Email for further information

Funding Workshop (online booking)

Are you aware of different sources of funding?
Do you know what makes a good application?

Where can you get help?

Come to this workshop provided by Community First New Forest to learn the answer to these questions and about ways of approaching funders and which funding would be most appropriate for your cause.

2 hour workshop

Cost: £30 pp members

£40pp non-members

Thursday 14 November, 1.30-3.30pm

Beech Room- Lyndhurst Community Centre

Main Car Park, Lyndhurst SO43 7NY

Please contact Debbie Grace for more details, 01425 482773 or


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Lone Working Workshop

This workshop will cover the following topics:

  • Lone working - the law and the responsibilities of both employer and employee
  • Risk assessment - identifying and assessing risk
  • Tracing systems - ensuring staff are traceable and procedures in place
  • Travelling safely - practical tips for relevant modes of transport
  • Home visits - best practice for safety while conducting home visits

Understanding aggression - including recognising the early warning signs

Conflict management - including physical and verbal de-escalation and defusion techniques

Post incident support - reporting and the responsibility of employer and employee

Venue: Greyfriars Community Centre, Ringwood

Date: Wednesday, 21 August, 1.30-3.30pm

Cost: £10pp

To book go to Online Booking Form

Delivered by Debbie Grace, Community First New Forest, Tel. 01425 482773,

Previous Training Courses:

Community First New Forest can offer commissioned training for your organisation, for example:

Trustee training - this can be delivered at your place of work

Find out what information you need as a trustee and what your legal responsibilities are.  This session will provide you with a comprehensive summary including;

  • Trustees’ duties, responsibilities and potential liabilities
  • Governance
  • Financial Management
  • Safeguarding

2-hour session at a venue in the New Forest

Cost: £35 members £50 non-members

Please email any requests to, Tel 01425 482773

What our members say

“Very worthwhile. Thank you.”

“A very good workshop, professionally presented, with excellent handouts and attendee involvement.”

“I feel more confident in my role and would recommend this course to others.”