A Volunteer’s User Guide to Do-It  

**Whilst you don’t need to create an account to browse, you will need to do so and be logged in to register for any roles you might find of interest**

How to create an individual account

You will need to sign up as an individual before registering your interest in a role.

Here are the steps:

  1. Go to Do-It https://do-it.org/ and click on Sign Up.
  2. Fill in name, email, password and agree to the terms and conditions.
  3. You will receive an email to verify your account.
  4. Click through the link on the email to verify your account.

Once verified as an individual, you can register for any of the roles you are interested in.

To look for roles

Here are the steps to search for a role:

  1. Click on the start volunteering tab at the top of the page.
  2. Enter your postcode or town into the relevant box and select a distance you are willing to travel from the next dropdown box.
  3. Lastly press submit for a list of opportunities local to you. This will give you everything within the specified distance.
  4. If you know what you’re looking for, enter your postcode or town into the relevant box, select a distance, then click advanced search. This will give you several options. Either search by opportunity/key word (ie photographer), scroll down and submit, or you can choose from the options in the pull down menu.
  5. Once submitted, you will have access to a list relevant to your search.
  6. Once you have found a role you would like to know more about, click on the appropriate red ‘view’ button next to the title of the role.
  7. Have a read through the role and if it is something you would be interested in, click on the red ‘register my interest’ button at the bottom of the role description (you will need to have registered and logged in to apply for a role).

If you have not previously registered on Do-It at this point, you will be asked to create an account.

Once your have registered your interest the charity who are advertising the role will be notified and will respond to you as soon as possible, they may ask for more information about you and why you would like to volunteer.

Download this guide: Volunteers Guide to Using Do-It (word document)

For further information regarding guides on how to use www.do-it.org.uk, please follow this link:

How to search via specific criteria

You’ve gone to Do-it.org to look at the fantastic volunteering opportunities near you. However, you want to search via your age group or other specifics. How do you do this?

  1. Firstly, add your postcode or town and the distance you’re happy to travel, then click Advanced Search. Please click on search boxes to enlarge:

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  2. You will come to the drop down menus to search by interests, activities and skills:do-it2
  3. Click on the last option which will provide a pull down menu to search via volunteering preferences. The options include volunteering for:
    • older people
    • people seeking work
    • 16-17 year olds
    • Family
    • over 18s
    • school students
    • people with restricted mobility
    • under 16s
    • 18-26 year olds
    • employee volunteers
    • people with a visual or hearing impairment
    • university students
    • with friends.

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and submit!

Why should young people volunteer?

volunteerimage3_NaphillGazette_June16Many young people struggle with planning their future with the pressures of society and even close friends and family. With so many jobs requiring skills and experiences that you can’t get without having the job first. Looking into volunteering is a great way to develop your skills and get you the much needed experiences required. Not only is it a great thing to put on your cv but it is also a great way to develop yourself as a person, a safe environment to meet new people grow your confidence and get support to help you grab that next step to your future.

 

One of the best things about volunteering is that it can be flexible work experience to get you ready for the next step. It could be summer work experience, but a lot of these charities would benefit greatly from help from younger volunteers to develop the charity itself, widening its market, developing the creative sides of the charities which they so often lack, and also looking at utilising new technology such as social media.

We really are Growing People too!

Charity: Growing People

Benefits of volunteering:

  • CV development (good to have real work experience on a CV).
  • Developing new skills
  • Meet new people
  • Increases confidence
  • Feel part of something
  • Gain a sense of accomplishment
  • Improves wellbeing and increases happiness
  • Good to get out and make a difference
  • Friendly team to support you to develop
  • Try out the kind of roles you want to do as a future career
  • Your skills will be valued – things like photography, computer skills and social media

Get started:

Specialist Local Charities Helping Young People Volunteer:

OriginalAylesbury Youth Action:

AYA provides opportunities for young people (aged 14 to 24) to volunteer in the community.  The activities are fun and challenging, ranging from projects with children, the elderly and people with disabilities to sports and creative arts and lots in-between.  If we haven’t got a project that interests you, then why not start one! Read more about AYA

Wycombe Youth Action:

Wycombe Youth Action offers support for young people who are not in Education, Employment or Training to gain work experience and skills. We also offer volunteering opportunities on projects or in the form of Work Experience with the WYA team if you are aged 13-19. Read more about WYA

National Initiatives:

Search for volunteer roles on Vinspired:

vInspired is an independent British charity dedicated to helping young people volunteer in their local communities. Search now.

National Citizen Service:

Are you 15-17 years old? NCS organised Summer volunteering projects.  More than 200,000 young people have already taken part in NCS across the UK. Read more about NCS

This article was written by our young volunteer Charlotte, who has just completed her college course, here is what she says about her experience of volunteering:

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Celebrating Small Charity Week

We celebrated #ILoveSmallCharities day during Small Charity Week with cream tea party to thank the small charities in Buckinghamshire and celebrate all of their hard work in the community. See all of the photos on Flickr.

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Below are some short interviews with the charities who attended:

ChilternsMScentre-logo-RGB-largeChilterns MS Centre

Which areas do you cover: Herts, Bucks, Beds

What kind of cause: Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre

Describe what your charity does: We offer a wide range of treatments and therapies that help people with MS maintain mobility, cope with disability and achieve an improved quality of life. www.chilternsmscentre.org

Are you looking for volunteers currently: Yes we are looking for volunteers to help with fundraising events, on reception and also in the café


EYAIEnhancing Young Adults’ Independence

Which areas do you cover: Thame and Aylesbury Vale

What kind of cause: Supporting young adults’

Describe what your charity does: Supports young adults become productive members of their local communities by combining practical work experience and confidence building through mentoring and employment over a 12 week period. www.eyai.co.uk

Are you looking for volunteers currently: Looking for volunteers to build a bigger team. areas urgently needed Marketing, social media. admin to include writing policies and reports. mentors within the Aylesbury Vale area. trustees for charitable status with a passion for supporting young adults in their local area.


logoEnrych Bucks

Which areas do you cover: Buckinghamshire

What kind of cause: Enabling disabled adults

Describe what your charity does: Enrych is a small local charity that supports disabled people to enjoy active and independent lives. Everyone has the right to enjoy life and make choices about what they do. However, many people with disabilities face barriers every day which can limit independence and choice and may lead to isolation or depression.

Enrych pub lunchEnrych works with people to recognise their potential and supports them to take up the leisure or learning activities of their choice.

Our service is funded by local authorities and charities, to enable us to make no charge to our members. http://buckinghamshire.enrych.org.uk

Are you looking for volunteers currently: We are always looking for volunteers to support adults with physical and sensory disabilities across Buckinghamshire. If you can commit to an hour every fortnight, please look at our volunteering opportunities on our website or contact one of our coordinators.

North Bucks – Beth at beth.waters@enrych.org.uk or phone 07710 619458

South Bucks – Sharon at sharon.lander@enrych.org.uk or phone 07511142268


bucks mindBuckinghamshire Mind

Which areas do you cover: Buckinghamshire

What kind of cause: Mental Health

Describe what your charity does: Buckinghamshire Mind is an independent charity providing high quality services to support and represent people with mental health needs in the local community. We work to provide a voice for people with mental health needs, to fight stigma and campaign to influence policy and decision making locally. We are committed to making sure our services are inclusive and meet the diverse needs of people in Buckinghamshire. Buckinghamshire Mind is run by local people for local people and is responsible for its own funding and the services it provides. We are affiliated to National Mind, which means that Bucks Mind meets Mind’s quality standards of governance and service delivery. www.bucksmind.org.uk/

Are you looking for volunteers currently:

We are looking for:

  • Befrienders
  • Community Fundraisers
  • Administration Support
  • Group Activity Volunteers
  • Employment Support Volunteers

RACB Sprinter LogoRisborough Area Community Bus

Which areas do you cover: HP27

Sprinter 11What kind of cause: 
Providing transport for local community

Describe what your charity does: 
Risborough Area Community Bus (RACB) is dedicated to providing low floor, easily accessible transport in and around Princes Risborough and surrounding villages for all residents, of all ages, inadequately served by public transport. www.racb.co.uk


VanaLogoVana Trust

Which areas do you cover: Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire

What kind of cause: Enriching lives of vulnerable people

Describe what your charity does: An organic farm that provides opportunities for people with learning disabilities, autism and mental health problems to work on the farm.

We help develop new skills, increase confidence and reduce feelings of anxiety, tension and isolation. www.vanatrust.org.uk

AFarm Photos Vana Trustre you looking for volunteers currently:

  • Volunteer Farm Support Workers – to support individuals with special needs with farm and gardening activities. Tuesdays and/or Thursdays
  • Volunteer Gardeners – To be able to undertake a range of gardening tasks unsupervised
  • Farm Committee Members – to join our small group and be involved in developing the farm and fundraising events, we meet up once a month on a Monday evening

customLogoSocial Link Charity

Which areas do you cover: South Bucks and Aylesbury

What kind of cause: Adults with Learning Difficulties

Describe what your charity does: Provides Day Opportunities and Social evening clubs across Bucks. Supporting Adults with Learning Difficulties with socialising and accessing their local communities. www.social-link.co.uk

Are you looking for volunteers currently: Yes particularly for our Monday evening Social Club in Beaconsfield which runs every week from 7pm – 10pm. Supporting young adults with learning difficulties to socialise as a group. (Pubs, restaurants, bowling, dance, art, cooking etc..)


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Which areas do you cover: Aylesbury and surrounding areas

What kind of cause: Activities for Adults with Disabilities

Describe what your charity does: We provide drama workshops for adults with learning disabilities on Saturday afternoons. No auditions necessary.  Activities are provided to suit the participants’ capabilities.
Craft and afternoon tea for adults that have learning disabilities or special needs on the 3rd Monday of every month. www.ihaveavoicetoo.org

Are you looking for volunteers currently: Volunteers for Saturday afternoons.  Media promotions and assistance with fundraising.


Please join us at Community Impact Bucks in thanking these charities for all of their dedication and tireless work.

Volunteer Voices – new interviews

We think that Volunteering is great, but don’t just take our word for it….

Read about what makes volunteering so rewarding for some of the people who give their time and talent to Bucks’ organisations. We have new interviews in our volunteer voices page.

KimAylesbury Citizens Advice   

Name: Kim Edwards

Your volunteer role: Gateway Assessor/Level 2 Adviser

What I do: Volunteering with Aylesbury CAB gives me scope to help others directly with their life challenges. The training I received and continue to receive is of high quality and there is always support on hand from colleagues.

Cab5Why I chose this role: The scope, depth and breadth of the information which the CAB provides to people from all backgrounds is amazing.  As an “information junkie” and serial people helper it was a great fit!      

Would you recommend volunteering to others? Yes I would recommend it.  If you’ve some time to spare and want a stimulating environment where you learn something new every single time you are working then CAB is the place to try.  “Use it or lose it” on the brain power front.

Although many of the clients who call into CAB are in quite challenging situations, there is always something which you can offer them to inform or suggest a new thing to try.

 


1 - Catherine GoldsChilterns MS Centre

Name: Catherine Golds

Your volunteer role: PR Manager

How did you discover volunteering? I attend the Centre for treatment

Would you recommend volunteering to others? Yes. Volunteering means I can use skills that I already had and develop them further. I now feel part of a strong and enthusiastic team, it gives me a great sense of satisfaction that I know I am making a contribution to the local community and to a charity that I feel passionate about.

How has volunteering helped you: After working in a high profile role and a building up a career that spanned 20 years I felt very ‘lost’ when I was medically retired. My volunteering role has helped me restore my self-confidence and I know that my contribution to the Chilterns MS Centre really does make a difference. I used to work to make money, now I work to change lives.

Read more volunteer interviews on our dedicated volunteer voices page.

Celebratory events to be hosted by local charities in Buckinghamshire for Volunteers Week 2016

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Volunteers’ Week 1-12 June 2016
Celebratory events to be hosted by local charities in Bucks

As part of the Volunteers’ Week “Big Celebrations” 1-12 June 2016, Buckinghamshire based charities are hosting a number of events to celebrate the support and services provided by their’ volunteers.  If you are considering volunteering, please contact the organiser or come along to find out about the range of amazing work that our volunteers are involved in.

 

The Florence Nightingale Hospice Volunteer Thankyou Party 2015, held at Ellesborough Golf Club

The Florence Nightingale Hospice Volunteer Thank you Party 2015, held at Ellesborough Golf Club

FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE HOSPICE CHARITY
Volunteer “Thank You” Party , 1st June 2016 3.30 – 5.30
Venue:              Ellesborough Golf Club, Wendover Road, Butlers Cross, HP17 0TZ
Organiser:        Tracey O’Hara
Email:               traceyohara@fnhospice.org.uk
tel:                     01296 332600

Honouring the work of our volunteers during National Volunteers’ Week.  An afternoon to say thank you to our wonderful volunteers, held at Ellesborough Golf Club – we will serve afternoon tea, hold a raffle and present long service awards.  It is also a great opportunity too for our volunteers to share some time socially and get to meet like minded people.  New and interested volunteers also welcome.

 

FUNDRAISER FOR AIR AMBULANCE BERKS/OXON/BUCKS and  MEDICAL DETECTION DOGS
Volunteer’s Charity Tabletop Sale, 2nd – 4th June, 11am – 4pm

Venue:              Buckinghamshire County Museum Trust, Church St, Aylesbury HP20 2QP
volunteers-week-2016-logoOrganiser:        Sarah Jones
Email:               sarahjones@buckscountymuseum.org
tel:                     (01296) 624519
Volunteers will be selling books, homemade cakes and plants in a tabletop sale to raise money for two local charities that our volunteers have nominated to support: Air Ambulance Berks/Oxon/Bucks & Medical Detection Dogs. Simply pop into the Museum foyer during opening hours to browse the stall, buy or donate for great causes!  A great opportunity to learn about volunteering and fundraising too.

 

WedClubWaddesdon_1WADDESDON WEDNESDAY CLUB
Queen’s Birthday Celebration & Volunteer Presentations 8th June 2pm

Venue:              Waddesdon Village Hall, Baker St (off High St), Waddesdon, Aylesbury, HP18 0LQ
Organiser:        Paula Kinsella
Email:               ptckinsella@gmail.com
tel:                     07732 185329

The Waddesdon Wednesday Club host afternoon tea and activities for members.  They are celebrating the Queens Birthday with a special afternoon tea and this will also be an opportunity to formally thank volunteers for their’ efforts.  The club is 35 years old in October 2016, and some volunteers have provided support since the club’s inception.  Two performing groups will visit on Wednesday 8th June and prospective new members are invited to join us for this special celebratory event.

AYLESBURY YOUTH ACTION ANNIVERSARY

12494795_1525844561057417_1686597688986424272_n1st June is Aylesbury Youth Action’s (AYA) official birthday – it marks the first meeting of the young people in 1971 to plan their volunteering projects around Aylesbury.  45 years on, AYA continues to strive to be youth-led in its approach to volunteering – supporting young people to take action in their community to address local needs.

On 1st June AYA are having a fun stall in Aylesbury Market Square, where local people can have a go at ‘hook-a-duck’ or our tombola.  We shall also be doing some face painting, and you’ll have the chance to enter our ice cream competition to design a bespoke ice cream flavour that represents Aylesbury Youth Action!

We continue with our birthday celebrations for a full 40 days throughout June and early July!

ChiIX4UW4AAFoeeOn the 4th June we have a volunteer reunion at The Works for anyone who used to volunteer at AYA (tickets need to be booked in advance via our ‘Aylesbury Youth Action Fellowship’ Facebook group), and 6th June kick-starts 30 days of fundraising support from Harris and Hoole Coffee Shop, which will also see our face painting team and some children’s crafts and games in the coffee shop on 18th June.  You’re sure to see AYA out and about over the next few weeks in our purple for our #40daysofpurple fun, so please do stop and say Hi!

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For more information about a broad range of volunteering opportunities please visit our webpage:

http://volunteeringbucks.org.uk/i-want-to-volunteer/

 

Fairs in Buckinghamshire during Volunteers Week 2016

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Volunteers’ Week 1-12 June 2016
Celebrating and promoting volunteering in Bucks
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This year, Volunteers Week has been extended to run from 112 June. Community Impact Bucks (CIB) will be holding a

Volunteer Fair on 9th June from 10am – 2pm at St. Michael & All Angels Church, Amersham. 

This is an opportunity to meet volunteers and charities working in the local community, learn about services that are available, and maybe even find out about a volunteering opportunity that would suit you!

 

EnrychA specific Befriending Fair will be held on 7th June from 10am – 12pm in Market Square, Buckingham, as there is a real need for befrienders in Buckinghamshire, and a service that is desperately required by many people experiencing isolation.

Helen Cavill, Volunteer Hub Co-ordinator, said: “Volunteering is a highly rewarding activity with far reaching benefits for the volunteer. For an isolated person, receiving a volunteer befriender can be their salvation. This vital service provides a link to the outside world and often acts as a gateway for other services and valuable support.”

Volunteer Shortage

The Cabinet Office’s 2014-15 Community Life Survey indicated that overall volunteering rates have significantly decreased compared to 2013-14, and Nick Phillips, Group Chief Executive at Community Impact Bucks, said:

“Volunteering is alive and well in the county. But many organisations still urgently need more volunteer support! There are in excess of 300 volunteer vacancies at charities in Buckinghamshire.”

CIB is more determined than ever to promote the value of volunteering to Buckinghamshire residents, and to celebrate the fantastic role played by all the volunteers who dedicate their time, skills, energy and enthusiasm to the 2,500 registered charities, and more unregistered “groups” in the county.

Discovering A New Experience
Volunteering can present life changing opportunities –  taking individuals way outside their comfort zones, or enabling them to utilise existing skills in a new area.  All contributions are valued, and roles are very flexible.  CIB’s online recruitment portal www.volunteeringbucks.org.uk is a gateway to a wide variety of volunteering opportunities in Buckinghamshire, ranging from using business expertise, to befriending, to practical countryside skills.