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. Since Spring 2020, more than 1,300 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.

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. 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.

Information on 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

  • The British Red Cross is looking for Emergency response Volunteers in the Marlow area.
  • Transitions UK need volunteer mentors across Buckinghamshire to support young people who are leaving care or at risk of criminal exploitation.
  • 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, cleaning co-ordinator and volunteer co-ordinator.
  • Lindengate is a charity that offers specialised gardening activities to help those with mental health needs in their continuing recovery. It is looking for volunteers at its Wendover site to help with their Rest & Reflect and Thyme programmes, as well as volunteers who are 18-24 years old.
  • 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.
  • 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 out at Reception, to help run stalls at monthly table-top sales or to help with general maintenance and gardening.
  • Chiltern Samaritans are looking for a volunteer administrative officer for their Amersham branch.
  • 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 (by phone or in-person) as well as a volunteer gardener to maintain the garden at their Chesham premises.
  • Shopmobility High Wycombe is looking for a volunteer on Friday afternoons to help operate its service loaning out mobility scooters at the Eden Centre.

Do you need volunteers?

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 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.