Buckinghamshire Volunteer Matching Service

The Buckinghamshire Volunteer Matching Service, run by Community Impact Bucks in partnership with Buckinghamshire Council, matches registered volunteers to roles where they are most needed in the county.

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 – see examples of current roles below and stories of some of the volunteers matched with organisations across the county.

Register as a volunteer

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

Register here

Registering as a volunteer is easy via the Volunteer Matching Service registration form. A member of the Volunteer Matching Service team will then look out for any potentially suitable roles. You will be called to discuss whether you are interested in the identified role(s), and if so, you will be emailed details of how to proceed.

Examples of volunteer roles currently available

For Volunteer Matching Service roles, the service matches registered volunteers to the most suitable role for you. Below is a list of some of the current roles on offer. This list does not include all roles but is updated regularly.

If you are interested in any of these sorts of roles, please register as a volunteer using the Volunteer Matching Service registration form. A member of the Volunteer Matching Service team 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.

Example Roles:

Befriending:

  • Brinkhurst – Looking for a male Buddy for an elderly resident.
  • Buckinghamshire Disability Service (BuDs) – Team members needed across the county to support disabled people through its telephone BuDDie Service and BuDDie Line as well as home-based admin volunteers.
  • Enrych – Befrienders to take up a regular activity or hobby with a physically disabled adult.
  • Action for Children – Various roles to support the Bucks Activity Project in High Wycombe and Aylesbury. They are looking for Disability Support volunteers to take children aged 0-19 on outings, Session Facilitators to deliver learning opportunities based on crafts or hobbies, and Office Support to assist with admin tasks.
  • Talkback UK – Various roles across the county – Woodwork/ Workshop volunteers to support at the Accessible workshop, Drama/ Theatre volunteers to support local theatre group, a Choir Leader and General Support volunteers.

Involving Young People:

  • Mama Bee Group – Support with the running of the Zone Youth Café, located in High Wycombe. The sessions run on Monday and Wednesday evenings.
  • SchoolReaders – Reading volunteers to visit local schools during the term time.
  • 1st Radnage Scouts Group – Volunteers to lead the Scouts, Cubs and Beavers sections.

Outdoor Activities:

  • Marlow Wheels (Active in the Community) – 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.
  • Grow Together Bucks – Gardeners to support in their community allotments in High Wycombe.
  • Chiltern Rangers – Experienced horticulturists to help at their High Wycombe Depot and Funges Meadow growing and nurturing a wide range of trees and plants as well as a Tools Maintenance volunteer to support the running of the Depot.
  • Chesham Leys (Fremantle Trust) – Gardeners willing to spend 3-4 hours a week on weekdays looking after the gardens at the Chesham Leys Care Home.

Other Community-based Roles:

  • Careers Springboard – Secretaries and Programme Support volunteers to complete various administrative tasks throughout the year. These roles require a long-term commitment and are hybrid models, with time split between home-working and at the office in Gerrards Cross.
  • Marlow Museum – Stewards to help run the museum, which is open Wednesday afternoons and weekends. Volunteers would take on a 2-hour session every other week.
  • BuDS – Volunteers to support in various roles at the Towersey Festival, taking place Thursday 25th – Monday 29th August, to help make the festival accessible for people with disabilities.

Community Impact Bucks also posts volunteer vacancies which are not registered with Volunteer Matching Service on our Vacancies and Opportunities webpage. If you are interested in any of these roles, please contact those organisations directly.

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. 

Volunteer Interpreters

We are able to provide volunteer interpreters to support hosts and community groups on a task-by-task basis.

Please note:

  • Our volunteers are only able to provide support in a community setting for example, interpretation at a coffee morning, interpreting on behalf of a host to help settle a family into the home.
  • Interpreting in professional settings – medical, social care, benefits etc – require the services of a professional interpreter which should be provided on request by the statutory or medical service. We cannot provide support in these circumstances.
  • Our volunteers can only provide verbatim interpretation support. They cannot give advice or provide an opinion.
  • This fantastic support is provided by volunteers, by its very nature we are unable to provide a same day service. Please give as much notice as you can when requesting interpreting support.

How it works:

  1. If you would like to make a request for interpreting support, please fill in our simple form, providing as much detail as possible.
  2. Please read Reset’s good practice when using interpreters, which will help you understand the role of a volunteer interpreter.
  3. One of our friendly team will send an acknowledgement and follow up with a phone call if more information is required.
  4. Once a volunteer interpreter has been matched with the request, you will receive a notification and will be asked to provide a contact name and number in case there are any problems. You will also be sent a copy of the task sheet.
  5. Once confirmed you will need to translate the task sheet into Ukrainian (Google Translate is a good tool) and send to the client.
  6. After the task is complete you will be asked to complete a short debrief document to close the assignment.
  7. You should also provide an opportunity for the client to provide feedback to you. You may find the short debrief form we ask you to complete a useful exemplar. Remember it may need to be translated into Ukrainian.

Would you like to be a Volunteer Interpreter?

Community Impact Bucks is looking for people with good Ukrainian/Russian and English skills (written and verbal). If you would like to volunteer please sign up to the Buckinghamshire Volunteer Matching Service, stating your interest in interpreting on the registration form.

 

How data is processed

The purpose of the data collected through the volunteer request form, volunteer registration form, and subsequent email/phone contact is for the provision of the Volunteer Matching Service in supporting voluntary groups and volunteers. We will store this information for the purpose of placing volunteers in volunteer roles where they are most needed in Buckinghamshire. The contact information will not be used for any other purpose than offering support to voluntary groups and volunteers. The full details are in our privacy statement.