Buckinghamshire Volunteer Matching Service

The Buckinghamshire Volunteer Matching Service, which is run by Community Impact Bucks in partnership with Buckinghamshire Council, matches registered volunteers to roles where they are most needed in the county. Set up in Spring 2020, over 1,500 volunteers have been matched to a range of roles with charities, voluntary groups, local authorities and NHS Services.

While many volunteers have stepped forward to help, a number have had a change in circumstances and are no longer available. We are looking for more volunteers from across Buckinghamshire for ongoing volunteer roles that provide essential support.

Register as a volunteer

It takes just a few minutes to complete the registration form.

Register here

We are particularly looking for volunteers in Amersham & Villages, Chesham & Villages, Wendover, Missendens, and North West Chilterns areas. There are a wide range of roles available, from youth club volunteers, to administrators, receptionists, helping victims of crime, befrienders, plus many more – see examples of current roles below. To find out more and to get involved, register as a volunteer on the form below under ‘Do you want to volunteer?‘.

To find out more about the Volunteer Matching Service, watch our video and read the stories of some of the volunteers matched with a range of organisations in the county.

 

Do you want to volunteer?

If you are 18 or over, we would love to hear from you: new volunteer positions are regularly sent to us by organisations needing your help and there is something for everyone – from short term, ad hoc opportunities as well as longer term roles. 

If you would like to make a real difference and support local communities, you can register as a volunteer easily via the Volunteer Matching Service registration form. Once this has been submitted, somebody from the Volunteer Matching Service will look out for any potentially suitable and available roles, and telephone you to discuss whether you are interested in the identified role(s). If you choose to go forward with the role, the team will email you with details of how to proceed.

Please note that you may not be needed straight away but may be called in the coming weeks and months depending on the suitability of the roles and level of need in your area.

Community Support for Ukrainian refugees in Buckinghamshire: A number of volunteers have mentioned that they would like to do something to help the Ukrainian refugees fleeing the conflict. Even if the available volunteers roles available are not directly to help refugees, your help is still very much needed and appreciated. Register as a volunteer and the team will be in contact with potential roles.

More volunteering information about volunteering can be found on our I want to volunteer webpage and volunteering during COVID-19 can be found on our Volunteering during the pandemic webpage.

 

Examples of volunteer roles currently available

The Volunteer Matching Service receives requests for volunteers in a wide range of roles across the whole of the county. Some recent examples are in the list below.

If you would like to find out more about any of these volunteering opportunities, please register as a volunteer using the Volunteer Matching Service registration form, mentioning the role you have in mind. Somebody from the Volunteer Matching Service will then telephone you to tell you more the role and how to proceed or, if that role is not suitable, let you know about other current opportunities.

EXAMPLES OF VOLUNTEER ROLES

  • Community Impact Bucks is conducting a countywide research project, Rural Voices, during 2022. They need volunteers to be part of their Community Connectors team to carry out one-to-one interviews with residents across rural Buckinghamshire.
  • Transitions UK need volunteer mentors across Buckinghamshire to support young people who are leaving care or at risk of criminal exploitation.
  • Connection Support are looking for volunteers in various roles: the Rough Sleepers Outreach Programme to help people living on the streets of Buckinghamshire to find more settled accommodation; The Prevention Matters Service to help clients regain confidence, maintain independence and help them get out and about; Volunteer Boost Family Mentors to provide support, motivation, encouragement and advice to vulnerable parents.
  • Enrych need befrienders to take up a regular activity or hobby with a physically disabled adult.
  • High Wycombe Sanctuary is looking for volunteers to welcome, support, care and help young people arriving at the Sanctuary, which provides a place of comfort, warmth and quiet during Friday and Saturday nights.
  • The Buckinghamshire Disability Service (BuDS) is looking for volunteer team members across the county, to support disabled people through its telephone BuDDie Service and BuDDie Line as well as home-based admin volunteers.
  • Road Farms Countryways CIC (near Great Missenden) need volunteers in various roles: livestock champion, outdoor learning co-ordinator and farm helper.
  • Buckingham and Winslow Young Carers is looking for volunteers to run a Youth Club for young carers on Friday evenings, as well as volunteer drivers to transport to young people to and from the club. They are also looking for Team Leaders and Family Liaison volunteers.
  • Ivers Parish Council are looking for volunteers to help serve tea, coffee, and refreshments to the members of the seniors’ coffee morning group on the 3rd Thursday of every month
  • Stokenchurch Dog Rescue needs volunteers  to help run stalls at monthly table-top sales or to help with general maintenance and gardening.
  • Buckingham Canal Society needs volunteers to help with practical tasks and conservation of the surrounding environment at their 2 Buckingham sites, one of which is a nature reserve.
  • Sport in Mind run sports activities for those experiencing mental health problems. They are looking for volunteers in High Wycombe to help run badminton sessions on Fridays.
  • The Hospital Car Service, operating in the Buckingham area, needs volunteer drivers to take patients to and from hospital appointments.
  • Neighbourhood Watch is looking for volunteer scheme co-ordinators in areas where there no current NHW scheme in place.
  • High Wycombe Talking Newspapers needs volunteer content compilers to produce scripts for recording on Fridays 6-12 times a year.
  • The Fremantle Trust needs volunteer gardeners willing to spend 3-4 hours a week on weekdays looking after the gardens at their Chesham Leys Care Home.
  • Pitstone Community Transport needs volunteer drivers to take patients in the Pitstone and Ivinghoe areas to doctor’s surgeries, hospitals etc.
  • Marlow Museum is looking for volunteer stewards to help run the museum, which is open on Wednesday afternoons and weekends. Volunteers would take on a 2-hour session every other week.
  • Bucks Mind needs volunteer befrienders. This can be either face to face or by telephone.
  • Shopmobility High Wycombe are looking for volunteers across various shifts during the week to help operate its service loaning out mobility scooters at the Eden Centre.
  • Grow Together Bucks need volunteer gardeners to support in their community allotments in High Wycombe.
  • South Bucks Hospice are looking for volunteers to help sort and sell donated items in their Hazlemere and Bourne End shops. They are also looking for drivers to pick up clients from their homes around South Bucks and transport them to their appointments at the Hospice.
  • 7Roadlight are looking for volunteers to be based at Stoke Mandeville Hospital, mainly during evenings and weekends, to act as ‘Hospital Navigators’, helping victims of violence find out about and access sources of support.
  • Careers Springboard need volunteer secretaries to take minutes and perform administrative tasks throughout the year. This role requires a long term commitment and is a hybrid model, with time split between work from home and the office in Gerrards Cross.
  • Wycombe Food Hub are looking for drivers to transport surplus food collected from supermarkets to their hub location in the centre of Wycombe.
  • Mama Bee need volunteers to support the running of the Zone Youth Café, located in High Wycombe. The sessions run on Monday and Wednesday evenings.
  • Barbara Bus Fund are looking for volunteers to provide sessions at Stoke Mandeville Hospital demonstrating how to secure a wheelchair in their specially adapted vehicle on an ad-hoc basis.
  • Mediation Bucks are looking for volunteer mediators who will be able to facilitate meetings and provide a framework that gives all those involved in disputes an equal chance to voice their concern.
  • Age UK Bucks need admin volunteers to support them with their Information and Advice service.
  • Action for Children need volunteers in various roles to support the Bucks Activity Project in High and Aylesbury. They are looking for Disability Support volunteer to to take disabled children aged 0-19 on outings, Session Facilitators to deliver learning opportunities based on crafts or hobbies, and Office support volunteers to assist with admin tasks.
  • Active in the Community are working with Marlow Wheels for All which is an inclusive cycling project that provides a range of adapted bikes suitable for people with difficulties, disabilities, poor mental health, impairments, limited mobility and older age health conditions. They are looking for Volunteer Cycling Activators who would be willing to get involved in a range of activities.
  • Chesham in Bloom are looking for volunteers to join their team to help improve the way that Chesham looks and how people feel about their town by undertaking various gardening and clean up projects.
  • Wheelpower need volunteer marshals to cheer on riders during the annual Tour de Vale Bike Ride event taking place in Aylesbury on June 12th.

Frequently asked questions

Q: What is the Buckinghamshire Volunteer Matching Service (VMS)?

A: The Buckinghamshire Volunteer Matching Service (VMS) helps people who want to volunteer in Buckinghamshire find the right role for them and helps organisations find the volunteers that they need.

Q: How does the VMS work?

A: Volunteers register with the service on the Community Impact Bucks website, providing some basic information about their location, availability and volunteering preferences.

One of the VMS team (who are all volunteers themselves) then telephones each volunteer to talk through current volunteering opportunities, which organisations have asked the VMS to help them fill. If the team member can’t reach the volunteer by phone, they will try to contact the volunteer by email.

If one of those opportunities is suitable, the VMS emails the volunteer with the contact details of the organisation that they are matched with. The volunteer then contacts the organisation direct to find out what the next steps are to volunteering in the role.

If there is no current volunteering opportunity that is suitable for the volunteer, the VMS will keep the volunteer’s details on record and bear them in mind as new requests for volunteers come in.

Q: What kinds of volunteer roles are available?

A: The range of opportunities available through the VMS changes all the time.

Here are some examples recent volunteering opportunities:

  • Volunteer Drivers
  • Shop Volunteers
  • Volunteer befrienders
  • Volunteer mentors
  • Gardening volunteers
  • Administration volunteers
  • Youth Club volunteer helpers
  • Volunteer museum stewards
  • Hospital volunteers

You can see many of the current opportunities listed on the Examples of volunteer roles currently available.

 Q: Does the VMS have any age restrictions?

A: The VMS is primarily for volunteers who are over 18, as most volunteering opportunities that we process are only open to over-18s. The Service does accept registrations from 13-17 year old volunteers but it may take longer to find those younger volunteers a suitable role.

Q: How much time does volunteering take up?

A: The time commitment depends on the volunteering role. VMS team members always try to establish how much time each volunteer can offer and on which days and would only suggest volunteering opportunities that fit with those hours.

Q: Can I be matched to more than one volunteering role?

A: Yes. If you have the time available and like the sound of more than one role suggested by the VMS team, you can be matched to each of them.

If you have come to the end of a volunteering role and would like another, the VMS help find another match – just email us on volunteermatching@communityimpactbucks.org.uk.

Q: What happens once I am matched?

A: You will receive an email from the VMS giving you details of who to contact in the organisation which has requested volunteers for that role. The next step is for you to make contact with the charity direct to say that you are interested in the volunteer role.

Because of data protection rules, the VMS does not provide that organisation with any of your details aside from your name and, in with your permission, what you have told us about any DBS check you may have had i.e. the level of DBS check and who would verify the check.

Q: Can I leave if the role I am matched to isn’t for me?

A: Yes, of course. There’s no obligation to stay in a role if it isn’t right for you. Speak with your volunteer supervisor in the organisation and let them know how you feel.

If you would like the VMS to find you a new role, just email us on volunteermatching@communityimpactbucks.org.uk .

Q: Can the VMS help me find a paid job with a charity or voluntary organisation?

A: No, the VMS only helps people find voluntary, unpaid roles.

Q: Can I volunteer if I have a disability?

A: Yes, many organisations can provide a variety of access and support needs. The VMS can help with initial questions you may have about any particular role, as we are already in contact with the organisation.

Q: Do I need a DBS check?

A: Whether you need a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check or not will depend on the volunteer role. The VMS will tell you whether or not a DBS is required when discussing volunteering opportunities with you, and some organisations will carry out their own DBS checks when you are matched with them. You can find further information on DBS and volunteering on Disclosure & Barring website.

Q: Can I volunteer if I have a criminal conviction?

A: Many people with a criminal conviction do volunteer, however, it may limit the roles you can do depending on the nature of the conviction. The VMS can help you find a suitable volunteering role. 

Do you need volunteers?

**IMPORTANT NOTICES**

Due to a very high volume of volunteer requests and reduced numbers of available volunteers, it may take longer than usual to find volunteers for your volunteer request. We will match volunteers to your role(s) where and when it is possible.

Community Support for Ukrainian refugees in Buckinghamshire: If your organisation needs volunteers to help deliver a service that supports Ukrainian refugees in Buckinghamshire, complete the volunteer request form and the team will be in contact when suitable volunteers are found.

 

If your organisation needs volunteers, please read this information sheet – About the Volunteer Matching Service – and follow the link to the volunteer request form where you can provide details of your volunteer requirements.

If you are a charity, voluntary or community group or social enterprise, and need help with your volunteering activities, or know of one who does, Community Impact Bucks can provide tailored advice, guidance and bespoke support. Please complete our support request form and one of our team will contact you to discuss the bespoke help we can provide.

If you would like to the opportunity to network with other organisations in Bucks, Community Impact Bucks is hosting a series of online forums for Bucks-based charities, voluntary and community groups, and social enterprises to share information and collaborate on the local issues that matter most. These free forums – Local Voluntary Sector Networks – provide an informal space where not-for-profit organisations can discuss local needs and explore opportunities for change in their communities. Find out more on our Local Voluntary Sector Network webpage. 

If you would like to receive our regular bulletins, Bucks Charity News, with latest guidance, funding opportunities and useful advice, join Community Impact Bucks’ free membership scheme by registering on our Membership page. 

How data is processed

The purpose of the data collected through the volunteer request form and volunteer registration form is to collect your information to provide support to voluntary groups and volunteers. We will store this information specifically for the COVID-19 (coronavirus) emergency: the coronavirus pandemic, the recovery period and any local outbreaks that may arise. The contact information will not be used for any other purpose than offering support to voluntary groups and volunteers during this emergency. The full details are in our privacy statement.