Volunteer

Your chance to make a difference to the lives of carers throughout Bedfordshire. We offer many flexible volunteering opportunities across the county.

Volunteering can be good for you

What our volunteers say

“As a volunteer I have really appreciated the support of my staff lead. It’s always good to have a cheery conversation and feel that you are an important part of the team.”

“I think I must be the luckiest volunteer around, because I am able to work from home, doing reviews and triage.  Not only am I helping CiB, but CiB have given me a purpose to get up in the mornings, to make me feel useful.”

“I am fortunate to know that Carers in Bedfordshire has many very kind and thoughtful people, all of which form part of this great organisation. Thank you for allowing me to play a very small part in helping people, whose lives have become difficult.”

Read our Volunteer stories for more volunteer experiences.

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Admin – Learn or brush up your admin skills in one of our busy offices in Bedford. You can help us with photocopying, scanning, data entry, reception and general office duties.
  • Community – Spread the word in your community so that we can reach more carers. Sign up as a GP ambassador, community link or ambassador
  • Dementia – be a telephone befriender, help run our cognitive stimulation therapy sessions or join our memory navigation team to help carers and people with dementia and memory loss
  • Digital – give 1:1 IT support to carers so they can connect digitally, share our social media or come and help our comms team with projects
  • Fundraising – give our fundraising team a helping hand with their projects. Or set up one of your own to raise funds for Carers in Bedfordshire! Link to FR page
  • Hospitality – give a warm welcome and cuppa to carers at our groups and events, help with our activity programmes
  • One-to-one – we provide counselling placements, support a young carer
  • Telephone support – be an early responder, connect with carers on the phone and update their record, be a dementia telephone befriender

 

At this stage, you may be unsure of how best you can get involved as a volunteer. Perhaps you only want to help out now and again. You may have a special skill that you can share with us on an advisory process. All options are possible. We’d love to hear from you.

Interested? Let’s talk!

What happens next?

We’d love to have a chat about what your availability and interest.

If we both decide to go ahead, we’ll meet up so we can get to know each other a bit better.

Then, we invite you to the next volunteer induction session.

After that, your new team will show you the ropes to get you started. Some roles require some on-the-job training.

Yes, there is some paperwork as you would expect. We conduct a DBS on all volunteers and take up references.