There are lots of ways you can help us as a volunteer.
If you like the look of any of these opportunities, please do use our enquiry form to get in touch or just give us a phone call. Alternatively you may have a special skills, interest or area of expertise to offer us. We will contact you to chat through your interest, without obligation.
We know that relaxation therapy can really enhance a carer’s wellbeing and are looking for volunteers to help us offer carers even more of this type of support.
Group setting You will give massage therapy to carers who visit one of our many groups around the county. This could be on a regular basis or as and when depending your availability and location.
You will deliver seated, fully clothed therapies in the same room the group is held. A support worker would be available at all times. Suitable treatments would be manicures, hand massage, foot massage, neck and shoulder massage.
Couch 1:1 You will give full treatments on a couch (provided) working alone with the client in a side room off the main office. In Biggleswade the couch would need setting up, with assistance if required. You may offer massage, reflexology, aromatherapy, Indian head massage, reiki – or other therapies if there is demand.
You would need to give a regular commitment so that we can manage appointments for your 2 or 3 clients each time. All products and towels would be provided. Other staff are in the office. We make a modest charge for this service which goes towards the costs of running it
Read more about Relaxation therapy volunteers
Cognitive Stimulation Therapy
Cognitive stimulation therapy (CST) is a recommended therapy based on stimulating activities and exercises in a group. People find this helps memory and communication. You'll be an important part of a small team, helping the group leader in the weekly group sessions based on the structure of recognised CST.
You'll help group members to join in with activities, offer refreshments and help prepare and deliver creative and other activities. You may run the sessions yourself if you become accredited after 1 days training. You may also give general support to the carers group which meets in tandem to the CST sessions. Read more about CST support
People with dementia or memory loss and those caring for a relative with dementia can find it difficult to pick their way through the myriad of various local services. Can you be their navigator?
We give you training so you can help signpost people who call our memory navigation helpline. You will also stay in touch with those who have registered for this service to give them updates.
Read more about Memory Navigators
Helping at groups
Volunteers are a great help at carers support groups, by welcoming people and offering hospitality - working with staff to create a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. Read more about Helping at groups
Learn or brush up your admin skills in one of our busy offices in Bedford, Biggleswade or Leighton Buzzard. You can help us with photocopying, scanning, data entry, reception and general office duties. Read more about Admin Support
Our Bedford office is currently recruiting for Reception volunteers so if you would like to meet and greet visitors, take phone calls and have 3 - 4 hours spare each week, we would love to hear from you.
Call a Carer
Are you good on the phone? Could you ring new carers to let them know what help we offer in their area and any groups, training or activities coming up? Volunteers also make a catch up call to carers we haven't heard from for a while
Read more about Call A Carer
Sign up as a dementia befriender and give a carer two hours freedom a week by providing companionship to their relative. Read more about Home visits
Helping young carers
Volunteers can play a big part at our clubs for Young Carers, aged between 4 – 16 years. The clubs are fun, give the young carer a break and the chance to get some support.
Read more about helping young carers
121 IT Support for carers and staff - this role is now closed
Technology can help relieve isolation, and enable carers to connect to others but what if you have a laptop, tablet or mobile and don't really know how to use it? You will be helping carers get the most out of their device and also assist staff in the Biggleswade office. Read more about 121 IT Support
Do you like getting out and about? Help us to reach more carers by going to community groups and venues to talk about how we can help. Become an ambassador to tell community groups how they may be able to help us by raising funds and spreading the word. Promote our Carers Discount Card out in the commuity to help carers save money.
Perhaps you could be a GP Link? Check your surgery has our latest leaflets to give out to carers so they know support is there for them.
If you want experience of the fundraising world, you might be interested in helping our fundraising team. At the moment, we are looking for help with coordinating our collecting tins.
Alternatively, you may want to support us in your own way by raising funds
If you have any further questions please contact Carol Solaiman.