At the Volunteer Centre Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire, we know volunteering changes lives. Those of the people we help, and those of the volunteers with whom we work. We believe that volunteering is integral to delivering and supporting a diverse range of services and activities that enrich communities. Volunteering builds community capacity and helps to create cohesive, resilient communities that are better able to meet the social and economic challenges they face.
Ability provides a range of services for adults with learning disabilities, autism, behaviours that challenge, mental health conditions and complex health needs.

We also manage an independent living service. Here we offer support to individuals wishing to lead a more independent lifestyle with the appropriate support to engage in the local community and develop independent skills. We have a fantastic hard working staff team that are trained to meet individual needs and requirements.

We are looking to recruit additional Trustees. Board meetings are held every 2 months and expenses can be paid.


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The Chesterfield Youth Group is for Children and Young People aged 8–18 years, who have a visual impairment in Derby City and County. The youth club activities include arts and crafts, cooking, games, bowling, climbing, cycling, trampoline sessions and much, much more.  The group are based at St Thomas Centre, Chatsworth Road, Chesterfield but also meet at various leisure venues across North Derbyshire from 5.45 – 7.45 on a Thursday evening.  During the holidays we run a variety of trips to various venues around the County, such as Alton Towers, Chatsworth farm and parks. Volunteers need to be over 18.
What you will do: When a child or young person has a visual impairment, they can become isolated and often miss out on the opportunity to meet other young people, and enjoy the activities their peers do. The aim of the youth club is to give the Children and Young People we work with the opportunity to make friends, share opportunities, develop social/life skills and gain confidence whilst having fun and trying new activities.

Volunteer Drivers – Bolsover
Our sports, leisure and social group activities enable people with a visual impairment to participate in a variety of activities such as swimming, keep fit, social group meetings and day trips to interesting places.

Our office is based at Bolsover Hospital
What you will do: As a volunteer driver you will use your own car to transport people with a visual impairment to and from sport, leisure and social group venues. Assist group members to get in and out of transport, and guide people into and out of venues. The driving will involve picking people up from a designated pick up point or their home address.

Royal Hospital Eye Clinic
The aim of the service is primarily to give support and information to patients who have been diagnosed with sight loss, to their family and to their carers before they leave the clinic after seeing the Consultant. At this time, we offer an opportunity for people to talk about their problems, fears or difficulties. Although you will be working from the Sight Support Derbyshire office in the Eye Clinic at Chesterfield Royal Hospital, this is a roving role and you will be expected to have contact with people in the waiting areas. A room may be available if it needs to be a private discussion.
What you will do: Offer a friendly welcome to visually impaired people at eye clinics, offering them the opportunity to talk and ask questions about their present and on-going situation. Introduce Sight Support Derbyshire and other sources of help and support. Liaise with hospital staff. Record appropriate information about each patient. Help maintain adequate supplies of current information for patients, carers, callers and colleagues.

Volunteering provides a different and rewarding experience for both the volunteer and the member. We will provide:

  • Training and Support: Relevant training will be given and a member of staff will give you support and will meet with you on a regular basis to discuss your personal progress.
  • Expenses: Out of pocket expenses will be reimbursed in line with the charity’s expenses policy.
  • Before you start: Before starting it will be necessary to provide the names of two people who can provide a reference and an Enhanced DBS check.

For more info contact the Volunteer Centre

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The My Guide scheme matches people who are blind or partially sighted with a trained volunteer. A My Guide helps the person who is visually impaired to get out and about. This could include going to the local shops, the theatre, gym or sporting events. Could you volunteer to help a person with sight loss in Chesterfield to become more independent? Gain a recognised skill, meet different people and make a real difference!

Come and join the Guide Dogs team! We rely on volunteers who give their time for so many things. From the volunteers who care for our dogs, guide people who are blind or partially sighted, drive or raise funds, to those who come out occasionally to hold a bucket or cheer on marathon runners, volunteers are closely involved in almost every area of what we do.

By volunteering for Guide Dogs you’ll be helping to make a huge difference to the lives of people who are blind and partially-sighted. But that’s not all – you’ll be part of a great team, you’ll be learning new skills and we promise you’ll have a lot of fun!


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Chair of the Board of Trustees.
This role is unremunerated but will offer candidates the opportunity for professional development.
Period of Office: 3 years with the option of a further 3 years (6 years maximum). Trustees can serve for 3 terms of 3 years (9 years maximum).

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join Ashgate Hospicecare as Chair of the Board of Trustees. This role will provide leadership to the Trustees, support to the Chief Executive and ensure that the Board works effectively in partnership with the Chief Executive, the Leadership Team and the Hospice workforce. The Chair will be a spokesperson and ambassador for Ashgate Hospicecare, and for the wider hospice movement.

“The coming months will be an exciting period as we start talking more and asking more questions about what Ashgate needs to be in the future. We will have those conversations with patients and their loved ones and with the population that we are here to serve. We will have those conversations between ourselves, with volunteers and staff together. And we will have those conversations with other local hospices and with our partners and our commissioners. We will not only be enquiring about what we do, but how we do it.” Barbara-Anne Walker, Chief Executive

Closing date:             2nd July 2018
Interview date:             17th July 2018
All shortlisted candidates will also be asked to meet some of Ashgate Hospicecare Trustees on the evening of 16th July 2018.


Barrow Hill Community Trust
Treasurer Barrow Hill Community Trust is a recently established Charity which has been set up to create a new community centre in the Barrow Hill Memorial Hall. We are hoping to recruit additional Trustees to help steer the charity through this important period of development. This is an exciting opportunity for some-one to be involved in a new project from the early stages and to have real input into its future growth. We are currently seeking a Treasurer with experience of financial management to be responsible for the financial well-being, strategy and financial administration of the charity and specifically to lead in the Trustees’ duty to ensure that proper accounting records are kept and that financial resources are properly controlled in line with legal and regulatory requirements. Time Commitment: You will need to be able to attend board meetings and, as we are just starting out, to devote some time to setting up the financial systems and records for the charity. You will be given assistance in this but we are looking for a Treasurer who has some experience or knowledge of managing the finances of a charity, who can use their initiative and experience, be proactive and who can take the lead in advisingus

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Will you help protect a generation of primary school children?

The NSPCC’s Speak out. Stay safe. programme visits primary schools to help children understand what abuse is and how to ask for help.

As our volunteer, you’ll visit local schools giving assemblies to children aged 4-11 and classroom workshops to 9-11 year olds. You’ll help them to understand abuse. And give them the confidence and courage to speak out and seek help if they ever need it.

By delivering our programme to at least two schools a month, you’ll be making a massive difference, helping us fight for every childhood in your local school’s community.


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Do you have time to spare?
Can you help in the fight against food poverty?

At FareShare East Midlands we work with the food industry to rescue surplus in date food from landfill and redistribute to 198 frontline charities across the East Midlands whose beneficiaries are in or at risk of living in poverty.

Volunteers are at the heart of what we do.  We are currently recruiting for a number of roles including delivery drivers and drivers’ mates and warehouse assistants to sort the food and maintain the warehouse.

Whether you are looking to build your confidence and increase your skills or give something back you will be helping FareShare in the fight against hunger, food waste and poverty in your local area.   All we ask is for a commitment of at least 1 shift per fortnight.


Dronfield 10k

Marshalls are required for this 10k run in Dronfield. You would be needed from 9.00 till 11.30 on 1st July. If you are interested in this opportunity please email:
Chris Smart 10kmarshals@gmail.com

The Volunteer Centre is urgently looking for new volunteers to join our Safe & Sound project. This is one of the easiest and most effective ways of volunteering. All that’s required is that you agree to accept details of one-off tasks required by people in genuine need (simple DIY, accompanying to an appointment, a lift to a relative etc.). Then, only if you are able to help, let us know and we’ll make all the arrangements. All out-of-pocket expenses (such as petrol) will be reimbursed.



The Volunteer Centre is working in partnership with Macmillan Cancer support.

We are looking for volunteers who can support people who have a diagnosis of cancer: as sometimes, during illness, treatment or recovery, the smallest task can seem overwhelming. Like the Safe & Sound project above Volunteers can help in a number of ways, from befriending people, shopping, dog walking, transport to a doctor’s appointment, ironing, gardening or general DIY tasks. No offer of help is too small- even 1-2 hours can make a big difference, and there will be lots of one off help request too, so you needn’t feel tied down.


Be Cancer Safe – North Derbyshiredva cancer

Be Cancer Safe is a community approach to improving cancer survival. We encourage people to become ‘cancer safe’ through a series of talks, events and activities. We encourage attendance at cancer screening, we raise awareness of signs and symptoms of different cancers and we want people in North Derbyshire to visit their GP if they notice any changes in their body. The project aims to help save lives through the early detection of cancer.

We are looking for volunteers to get involved with our events and activities both indoor and outdoor. These events can be general health and well-being events and specific cancer related events. Volunteers should be willing to engage with local people to develop their knowledge of signs and symptoms of cancer and to encourage attendance at screening and GP visits. Access to a car would be useful


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Wherever you live, whatever your interests and no matter how much time you have to offer us, there are loads of ways to volunteer for Help for Heroes.

We need volunteers to:

  • Give talks to presentations to schools and businesses.
  • Look after and find places for H4H collection tins.
  • Assist with or run your own H4H merchandise stall.
  • Volunteer at exciting events such as crufts and Tough Mudder etc..
  • Take part in a collection weekend at Asda, Debenhams or Moto.
  • Run your own baking, cooking or BBQ event.
  • Spread the H4H message in your local community with promotional items that we can provide.
  • Pick up a cheque from a local fundraiser and pose for a quick photo.
  • Support our mobile retail team as they travel to shows around the country.
  • Support our street collections by smiling and holding a bucket.
  • Become Hero Bear for the day and make hundreds of adults and children smile.

Anyone can become part of our local volunteer team. You don’t need experience – all we ask is for you to be committed, passionate and enthusiastic in support of all the wonderful events and fundraising you choose to get involved with.

After an initial period as a General Volunteer, you will become a Local Volunteer and then you will be able to claim travel and food expenses. You will also be invited to ‘meet the team’ days at a Recovery Centre and regular meetings/conferences. Anyone over the age of 16 is welcome to come and help.


Building Better Opportunities BBO

As a BBO Peer Ambassador you will have (at some point in your life) experienced a mental health condition or be living with a mental/ physical condition. You will use this experience to help support and mentor others who have complex needs who are on the BBO programme and looking for Peer Support. At BBO we believe in the power of shared experience to empower and inspire people.

This is a flexible role that gives you the opportunity to help people in a way that you are passionate about, from offering one-to-one support, running group workshops or helping someone to try something new. The relationship will be based on mutuality and equality, allowing customers of BBO to open up and flourish in different ways.

Peer Ambassadors are an integral part of the BBO team, and will help make a real impact in people’s lives. You will volunteer alongside healthcare professionals and employment specialists. The peer support you offer will be unique and extremely valuable to our customers.


Barrow Hill Community Trust

Barrow Hill Community Trust is a brand new charity which has been created to provide community facilities & activities in Barrow Hill village & the surrounding area. We’re all local volunteers & would welcome you to be involved. We’ll be creating a new community centre in the Memorial Hall building – giving it a new lease of life for the next generation. We’ll also be working with residents, other charities & local councils/groups to start up new activities for social benefit in it – please come & discuss it with us – if you add your views the result will be stronger!


Chesterfield Museum

Chesterfield Museum Service is run by Chesterfield Borough Council.  We tell the story of the town and local area through real objects, and we preserve them for the future. We believe that Chesterfield’s heritage is about and for everyone and we want people from all walks of life to be involved in and benefit from the heritage.
Volunteering is an excellent way of involving people in their heritage and that heritage is enriched by volunteers’ contribution. Volunteering is enjoyable and life-enhancing for the volunteer, who can also develop transferable skills that may lead to employment.

Be a voice for Chesterfield Museum and spreading the word in the community about its work.

As a Museum Ambassador you would be involved in

  • Research and contact local community groups and organisations.
  • Prepare short talks about what the museum does.
  • Raise the museum’s profile by visiting local groups to deliver talks.
  • Come up with new ideas to promote the museum within the community.
  • Distribute Chesterfield Museum promotional leaflets and posters in the local area.

Explore opportunities for fund raising to support the work of the museum.

This is a brand new role, so we don’t know what the extent of local demand will be.  We expect that preparation would take place during the working day with visits to groups on weekday evenings. Talks will take 10-15 minutes

Local volunteers are the best advocates that we could have in promoting the museum within the community.  Without the interest and support of its community no museum can flourish.

You will get from us; an opportunity to share your enthusiasm for the museum with others; a chance to learn new skills; the help, support and any training you will need to carry out this role.

This task would be best suited to someone who has their own transport.  Travel expenses will be paid.  Any printed materials (eg advertising leaflets) will be provided.


Hope Househope house

We provide accommodation and support to homeless and vulnerable individuals, with the long term aim of helping them to move on into their own accommodation, having acquired the skills and confidence to support themselves.

We are looking for volunteers who can help with small maintenance jobs at the hostel.  We are looking for volunteers who can help as and when needed, with knowledge and experience of a wide range of DIY jobs. Someone who has empathy with the homeless and would like to make a difference.


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Collection Tin Coordinator
Why we need you?
We know that for young lives, when the doctor says cancer, normal life stops. Cancer affects every part of life – relationships, confidence, money, school, work. CLIC Sargent care teams will fight tirelessly to limit the damage cancer causes.

Coordinating local collection tins is just one way volunteering with CLIC Sargent can make a difference to our work. Every year collection tins raise thousands of pounds to support our fight for young lives against cancer. Volunteers like you are vital to realising this – join our team



Volunteer required on Saturday for meet and greet. There will a bit of paperwork involved. It will involve moving scooters about. Full training will be given.


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URGENT This Breathe Easy group is looking for a couple of volunteers to assist in running a support group in Hardwick North. It meets on the last Tuesday of the month and runs for 2 hours. It is well established but the 2 volunteers have stepped away so it’s in danger of folding.

This is an interesting opportunity for people to become involved with supporting the British Lung Foundation. We are looking for self-motivated individuals who are willing to become ambassadors for Breathe Easy Groups. You will be assisting us in delivering an excellent service by providing support, advice and guidance for people living with a long term lung condition. Through your role you will help us to educate and inspire people to manage their lung condition and to improve quality of life both mentally and physically.


Active Derbyshire, Special Olympicsmedium

Within the SO Derbyshire network there are lots of different volunteering opportunities available, including:
Steering group roles: the group are responsible for administration, membership, communication, marketing, fundraising and more.
Coaches: whether you already coach athletes with Learning Disabilities and want to know more about the Special Olympics pathway or whether you want to get involved for the first time, get in touch.
Event volunteers: various events and competitions take place throughout the year where we need volunteers to help out on the day.
Volunteers at clubs: help with the clubs where our athletes train throughout the year; roles include promotion, administration and being a team manager.


The Derbyshire Veterans Group HQ

A group open to all Veterans, their spouses, partners and children who have an alcohol and/or drug and mental health issue. This groups is looking for committee members. A help with the ‘books’ would be ideal.


Gussie Kitchen

Cook, Chef, Kitchen Assistant, Servers and general helpers.
For the  Award winning Gussies Kitchen – St Augustine’s Church, Chesterfield
Every Tuesday anytime you can give between 1pm and 7pm
Join our family of volunteers on Tuesdays to prepare, cook and serve homemade 3-course dinners for the local community.
You will be able to take part in a variety of roles ranging from cooking to washing up to serving.
All Volunteers will be able to eat for free and will be offered training.

Derbyshire Victim Services (REMEDI)

Derbyshire Victim Services exists to support anyone affected by crime in Derbyshire. We need volunteers to help us do that. We do this both face to face and via the telephone. Our mission is to help victims cope and recovery after a crime irrelevant of where they currently are in the justice system.

Could you:

  • Spare a minimum of 3 hours per week (evenings and weekends will be required)
  • Attend an initial 3 day training course
  • Provide support to victims of crime in Derbyshire (Telephone and/or face to face support)

What we can offer you:

  • Huge degree of satisfaction. You will be helping people
  • Training to enhance your CV
  • All out of pocket expenses
  • The opportunity to work within a passionate and committed team
  • Further training


Sheffield ME & Fibromyalgia Group

Sheffield ME & Fibromyalgia Group are looking for volunteers to help in a variety of ways from helping at Awareness and Information Stands and other main events, to helping out in the office based in Sheffield City Centre.

We are also in need of help with editing our quarterly Newsletter and in joining a Fundraising Committee.

Trustees: – We are looking for committed and proactive adults who have life experience, people skills and common sense to strengthen our current Board of Trustees. We’re seeking people with a variety of backgrounds and although experience of accountancy, management and fund raising is preferable it is by no means essential. Some understanding of the needs of people with chronic health conditions is useful but relevant training and the opportunity to broaden knowledge will be given.

We are seeking enthusiastic people with people skills and a willingness to help. Hours to suit and volunteer expenses paid.


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Creative Interpreter Volunteer

What is a Creative Interpreter Volunteer?
“WOW!”  “What an amazing place!”

Can you share your passion through our stories and inspire people?
Are you lively, positive and enthusiastic? We are looking for volunteers to support our visitors to have a brilliant experience at Hardwick and to create lasting memories.

What’s in it for you?
Becoming part of a friendly and dedicated team

  • Meeting people from all walks of life and making new friends
  • Using your communication and practical skills
  • Enjoying new experiences and learning something new every day
  • Being an advocate for the National Trust.

 What’s involved?

  • Produce a creative and dynamic performance that will enthrall and inspire visitors to the estate.
  • Immerse our visitors in Hardwick history by sharing our stories and making the most of the conversations you have every day.
  • Help us provide a warm, friendly service and high standards of presentation and interpretation.
  • Adapting your approach to meet the needs of visitor groups with different needs.
  • Encourage visitors to explore and discover for themselves, growing support for our cause and love for our special places.
  • Inspire people to value, protect and conserve our special places.
  • Learning what’s on offer at Hardwick, so you can help visitors to enjoy a memorable day out on the estate.
  • Being proactive in dealing with visitor queries and being able to think on your feet to help deliver exceptional customer service.
  • Adopting a flexible attitude to your volunteering e.g. open to taking on new challenges within your role and if possible being able to be flexible with the days you volunteer to cover sickness and holidays.
  • Completion of mandatory training.
  • Becoming familiar with and then following the National Trust’s Health and Safety routines and emergency evacuations as required.
  • Giving any other appropriate assistance as may be reasonably requested.

Programming Volunteer

Programming is about making a visitor’s day that extra bit special. You’ll help to run a wide range of inspiring and engaging activities for all ages across all departments at Hardwick.
You could be facilitating a creative craft workshop for families, being part of a pop up talk about seasonal work in the garden, sharing about our conservation work in the hall or just helping visitors to enjoy their day.
You’ll be part of a team who go the extra mile to ensure visitors have a great day. You’ll be able to share about why Hardwick is special to you and why the cause of the National Trust is so important.

By getting involved, you could 

  • Be part of a team who really make a visitor’s day
  • Working with all teams to deliver a wide range of visitor programming
  • Helping visitors to discover something new

 What’s involved?

  • Working with all departments to help them deliver their visitor programme.
  • Facilitate the visitor programme with a wide range of visitors
  • Making visitors feel welcome, answering any questions and encouraging them to get involved
  • Preparing and leading creative workshops such as children’s craft activities
  • Working closely with conservation team to engage visitors in the work we do
  • Proactive in dealing with visitor queries and being able to think on your feet to help deliver exceptional customer service.
  • You are important in making sure things run as smoothly and safely as possible – this includes getting to know health and safety and evacuation procedures

There might occasionally be some other activities that are of interest to you, that we could use your help with.

Room Guide

What is a Room Guide?
Room Guides have a vital role to play in bringing National Trust places to life, for inspiring our visitors and helping them to learn more about their place in an interesting and enjoyable way.  Room Guides also play a valuable part in safeguarding our interiors and collections.

What’s in it for you?

  • Becoming part of a friendly and dedicated team
  • Meeting people from all walks of life and making new friends
  • Improving your communication skills
  • Enjoying new experiences and learning something new every day

 What’s involved?

  • Providing a warm, friendly welcome to all visitors as the public face of the National Trust
  • Helping visitors to discover more by answering questions, giving short talks, helping with children’s quizzes, trails, handling collections and so on
  • Learning about Hardwick Hall as a whole; the Elizabethan experience, the Evelyn experience, Below Stairs and our exhibition rooms which showcase examples from our renowned textile collection.
  • Talk to visitors about the preventive conservation needs of the house and the collection
  • Being responsible for the evacuation of visitors in an emergency
  • Helping to protect interiors and collections from damage during open hours
  • Following security procedures to prevent theft or damage
  • Becoming familiar with and then following the National Trust’s Health and Safety Policy at all times
  • Giving any other appropriate assistance in relation to Room Guiding as may be reasonably requested

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Propagation Gardeners help develop the garden for the future by propagating plants for use in the garden.  You will also provide a warm welcome for visitors, helping them to explore and learn more about the Hardwick Gardens, so that they have an enjoyable and memorable visit.  You will also play a role in helping with the upkeep, development and protection of the garden and being aware of any access issues/hazards.

What’s in it for you?

  • Enjoying the changing seasons in one of the National Trust’s beautiful gardens.
  • Getting your hands dirty and enjoying the great outdoors.
  • Becoming part of a friendly and dedicated team.
  • Meeting people from all walks of life and making new friends.

What’s involved?

  • Providing a warm, friendly welcome to all visitors as the public face of Hardwick and the National Trust.
  • Propagating herbaceous plants for use in the garden and for sale.
  • Sowing, pricking out, potting on and labelling.
  • Helping out with the general upkeep of the garden.
  • Learning about everything that is on offer at Hardwick, so you can answer any questions and assist/encourage visitors to make the best of their day.
  • Moving around the garden, talking to visitors about Hardwick and its stories; asking and answering questions.
  • Knowing the visitor route and being aware of any potential risks; for children and people with disabilities in particular.
  • Becoming familiar with and then following the National Trust’s health and safety policy at all times.
  • There may be other activities where we could use your help.


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Let’s Save Energy!

The Hardwick Estate is seeking a friendly, motivated and enthusiastic person to make a difference and support us in delivering a key conservation target.

A Meter Reader Volunteer will undertake monthly reads of the estate meters for electricity, gas, biomass, oil and water.  They will work alongside our property staff to help us manage our energy data quality and support our energy reduction targets.

By getting involved, you could

  • Be involved in supporting and shaping our improving environmental performance at the Hardwick Estate.
  • Learn more about what the National Trust does and volunteer alongside people from a wide range of disciplines.

What’s involved?

  • Undertaking monthly meter reads of estate meters for electricity, gas, oil, biomass and water.
  • Work alongside our Business Services Team to ensure that accurate readings are entered on the MMS system.
  • Participate in the property’s Green Group and other project teams to help identify where the energy consumption rates could be reduced.
  • Become familiar with and then follow the National Trust’s Health and Safety Policy at all times.
  • There might occasionally be some other activities that are of interest to you, that we could use your help with.


Speedwell Eat Well Community Kitchen
Cook, Chef, Kitchen Assistant, Servers, general helpers and buddies for volunteers with additional needs
For the NEW Speedwell Eat Well Community Kitchen – Staveley
Every Wednesday at the Speedwell Rooms, Inkersall Road, Staveley, Chesterfield, S43 3JL.
Join our family of volunteers on Wednesdays to prepare, cook and serve homemade 3-course dinners for the local community, for only £2.50 for adults, 50pence for children, free for children under the age of 5.
You will be able to take part in a variety of roles ranging from cooking to washing up, starting at 11.30am for food preparation.  Starters will be served at 4pm and we aim to be cleared up by 5.30pm.All Volunteers will be able to eat for free and will be offered training.


Volunteer drivers
We are offering a volunteer driving opportunity to support our growing services supporting adults and young people with physical and learning disabilities. The opportunity will be to drive one of our 8-16 seater section 19 minibuses for collection and drop off of individuals within the community whom wish to attend our services at 1 of 2 sites. We have 2 locations where we provide day services with support for young people and adults to promote independence and increase skills, integrate into the community, tackle isolation and loneliness, offer advocacy, interaction and activities.


Morton Grange
As a volunteer you can play games, read books/newspapers, do some gardening, assist on trips or take residents for a walk.  The list is endless, but we are also open to any new ideas that you may bring with you to your volunteering role.  You will have full support from our staff at all times and no personal care will be required for our residents.
If you enjoy helping others and making a difference to other people’s lives, meeting new people from all different backgrounds and walks of life and would like personal fulfillment then this could be the ideal role for you.
You need to be 18 or over.  You will need to complete a DBS to which there will be no cost incurred by yourself.  No qualifications are required, basic training will be provided in-house. 

The Appropriate Adult Service

Are you an assertive, enthusiastic person who is looking to volunteer in a role that is challenging, rewarding and worthwhile?
If the answer is yes, then this is the opportunity for you!
Volunteers can be aged 18 years and upwards and would also suit retired people!
The role is to assist people with learning disabilities and mental health issues when they are detained at a police station.

Volunteers are required to serve on a duty rota, according to when they are free and available to volunteer. The Service will be paged if the person who is in custody requires an appropriate adult to assist them. They will then go and have an active role in the situation and aid communication between the police and the person being interviewed. As you are independent from the police and the solicitor you can provide the person with emotional support, stop the interview if the person becomes too distressed and explain what is happening.


Hope Springs Recovery Centre

A day centre open 10am – 4pm and provides support to those in and seeking recovery from alcohol and drug addiction. The centre has a timetable of activities which is regularly updated to meet the requirements of our clients.

We are looking for people with life skills who have a caring approach and are able to communicate well with people. Someone who has some experience in the area of recovery with skills in art & crafts and coordinating groups.

You must be over 18 years old with the ability to communicate with clients who may be experiencing a lack of confidence and motivation and need encouragement to take part and who has a flare for art and crafts and would like to share those skills. Anyone with counselling skills or able to help run group sessions.


Volunteer Activities Co-ordinator – Reach Out Café & Friendship Club

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We are looking for an enthusiastic volunteer to join our team of amazing volunteers. The voluntary role is sourcing and planning weekly activities for two Friendship Clubs which take place every Thursday in central Chesterfield and Brimington.

The clubs are primarily for older adults who are lonely and socially isolated and provide an opportunity for social interaction with like-minded people.   Refreshments are provided and a structure of creative crafts, quizzes, guest speakers and a monthly travelling lunch club are all part of the current framework.DSCN0168 (3)

If you enjoy meeting people, have good planning and organisational skills and a zest for creativity, with imaginative ideas, and would welcome an opportunity to be part of our established friendship clubs then please get in touch, we would love to hear from you.


Sir Arkwrights Cromford Mill

At Cromford Mill Sir Richard Arkwright constructed the world’s first successful water powered cotton spinning mill in 1771. These mills were the first phase in the development of the factory system and led to the Derwent Valley being described as “the cradle of the Industrial Revolution”. In 2001 its historical importance was acknowledged when this part of the Derwent Valley became a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Cromford Mills is not a museum. It is a multi-purpose site with visitor attractions and business tenants all contributing to the working nature of the site.
The site is undergoing a long-term programme of restoration. There is a variety of restaurants, shops, exhibitions and a regular events and schools programme.cromford

Volunteers are required in a number of roles:

Visitor Centre Hosts welcome all of our visitors to the Derwent Valley World Heritage Site and perform a range of tasks to ensure they get the most out of their visit, including sharing your knowledge of the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site.

Retail Support Volunteers; Based in the Mill Shop our Retail Support Volunteers help with the smooth running of the front of house operations of Cromford Mills. You will be helping to answer the phones, directing enquiries and occasionally operating the till while providing a friendly and helpful service for all visitors.

Cromford Mills_0Promotions Assistant; You will proactively promote Cromford Mills, all of our activities and volunteer opportunities on site and at local events, shows and festivals. You will engage with people about the Arkwright Society, explaining what there is to see and do at Cromford Mills and the role of the charity, whilst encouraging people to join the society through our membership scheme.

As a Learning Volunteer you will work across the Education and Events departments to help to facilitate a wide and varied programme of activities for all ages.  Your role will involve helping with the preparation of activities, both for schools and the public, and the assistance with the delivery of these workshops, so that everyone taking part has a positive experience. Your ideas for new activities will also be warmly received

Events volunteers are key to welcoming visitors and delivering a successful event here at Cromford Mills. From family fun weekends to evening talks, if you enjoy interacting with the public, then this role is for you. Georgian-Reenactors

Costumed School Activity Volunteer; You will play a key role in the delivery of school workshops, acting in character and helping to bring the 18th century world to life as you tell stories of the history of the mills.  You will help to guide the children through their workshops and activities and work with the groups own leaders to ensure that they have all of the information required and that the sessions run smoothly for all involved.

Costumed Interpreter; Our small team of role play volunteers work with the general public to help our visitors understand about the lives of the people involved in the story of Cromford Mills. They wear period costume and play carefully researched and prepared roles such as mill workers, overseer and possibly Richard Arkwright himself, as more characters are developed in the future.


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Group Supporter
Groups take place on a monthly basis in Chesterfield, Dronfield, Clay Cross and Staveley

Hours per month: Groups are for 2 hours, can do one group or more
Expenses: reasonable travel expenses reimbursed

Are you a sociable person who enjoys socialising with others?
As a member of your local community, would you like to help to make someone’s morning a happy place to be?
Are you willing to give 2 hours of your time per month to do this?

We are looking for members of the community who can give 2 hours of their time per month to make our memory activity sessions fun and interactive for our members who have dementia, and also their carers.
You would be supporting our Dementia Advisor to create a warm and welcoming environment, greeting our members with a smile and refreshments, listening to, talking with, and supporting them with activities, encouraging interaction and stimulation while genuinely enjoying your time with us too!!


Groups take place on a monthly basis in Chesterfield, Dronfield, Clay Cross and Staveley
Hours per month: Groups are for 2 hours, can do one group or more
Expenses: reasonable travel expenses reimbursed

Do you drive, have your own car and have some free time a few hours per month?
Would you like to play a part in helping make someone’s morning or afternoon more sociable?
Are you willing to give your time to do this?

Some of our members find it difficult to get to and from our monthly group sessions due to public or community transport availability for the times of our group sessions.
We are looking for people who have their own car, and would be interested in picking up local people with dementia and their carers to take them from their homes to a local venue in Chesterfield and then by return journey.  This would enable the person/s to take part in a two-hour musical or activity session with a group of others in similar circumstances, where they can enjoy sociable activities and interaction.
We pay petrol expenses @ 0.45 pence per mile, parking tickets (not fines!) We provide an induction and relevant training


Action Housingaction housing
We are looking for a volunteer to deliver a weekly cookery lesson to the young people living at Highfield Road.  Giving them the basic skills to ensure they’re able to put together cheap, healthy nutritious meals. Short term commitment – 10 weeks course. Basic food hygiene certificate needed Property isn’t wheelchair accessible Previous teaching role or experience in the food industry would be a bonus Funding for  ingredients is provided
Hillstown Miners Welfare Trust
We are a registered charity run by volunteers and we operate a Village Hall, Bowling Green and Sports Ground for community use. We are looking for additional committee members for our Board of Trustees who will help take the organisation forward. Meetings are every two months and are usually held in the either Hillstown or Scarcliffe.

Regulatory Body for Sign Language  Interpreters and Translators (RBSLI)RBSLI

We are looking for a CEO. We really are a brand new organisation; we envisage the CEO dealing with incoming registration applications (on line) processing payments, banking, checking qualifications, updating registration details on line, dealing with queries, dealing with complaints if received, reporting to the Board on a monthly basis outlining registration activity, attending board meetings as required, dealing with payments, cash flow, producing budgets and forecasting expenditure.  Keeping information flowing via Twitter and Facebook.

An ideal volunteer would be someone that has acquired knowledge of administering a business, computer literate and who is able to work on their own initiative.  We are looking for someone we can rely on who has their own set of unique skills, who is enthusiastic and keen to help us set up this new organisation and make it a great success.

We on the Board of RBSLI are all working interpreters or translators who cannot run on a day to day basis RBSLI.  Without the CEO the register will not succeed.  This regulatory body  is vital to ensure the deaf community and service providers have access to fully qualified and regulated interpreting and translation professionals.

We feel this role would be a great challenge for someone who has a good range of skills and expertise who would like to move into a new area and be intellectually stimulated.   This could be a fantastic opportunity for someone who would like to develop and get running an organisation in a way they know will succeed, rather than joining an established organisation with fixed ideas.


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Retail Partnership Champion
We’re looking for a friendly, positive and outgoing individual to help support one of our corporate partners with their employee fundraising. 

You’ll be: 

  • Developing a good working relationship with the Charity Champion for your area
  • Visiting retail sites of our corporate partners to support their in-store fundraising activity
  • Attending cheque presentations and local events on behalf of Make-A-Wish
  • Keeping up to date with key messages, fundraising initiatives and latest news
  • Sharing ideas and best practice with other volunteers to enable other stores to replicate successes

 This is a great opportunity for someone who would like to gain experience of corporate fundraising or account management.

How much time do I need to commit?
The opportunity is flexible so you can fit volunteering around work or other commitments. The time you will need to commit will depend on the number of activities the retail stores host.

What support will I be given? 

  • Online induction training
  • Role specific training
  • A dedicated volunteer manager in our Corporate team
  • We’ll reimburse agreed expenses incurred as a result of your volunteer role
  • You’ll have access to our online volunteer community – Wishnet

Where will I be based?
This opportunity will involve being out and about representing the charity in your local community. You may need to carry out some tasks in your home.


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Hands UP: Global Education Volunteer

We are looking for volunteers with experience in teaching or an interest in education to help us deliver and promote our schools project locally.  We ask for a minimum commitment of three workshops per term, with opportunities to get more hands on with strategy development. We will provide training, resources and materials to support you through your volunteering. We are looking for passionate, positive and enthusiastic people to help us inspire the next generation of global citizens!

Our aim is to inspire the next generation to take action on local and global issues, for a fairer more sustainable world. We are recruiting ‘Global Education Volunteers’ to help expand our schools projects.

Village Aid is the Peak District’s international development charity. Based in Bakewell for the past 25 years, we work with people in Africa to define their own route out of poverty. In the UK, our schools project ‘Hands UP’ supports global learning in Peak District schools.

This is an opportunity to join part of an innovative, fully-funded project which offers FREE global education workshops to children in Peak District schools. Working with an enthusiastic and motivated team of like minded volunteers, you will help inspire the next generation of active citizens to create a fairer, more sustainable world.


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Our Moving Forward Volunteers help us deliver our vital Moving Forward courses that help women approach life after breast cancer treatment with confidence.

There are a number of different things that volunteers can help with at Moving Forward Services. The list below is not exhaustive but outlines the majority of the tasks. You would not necessarily be expected to carry out all of the tasks at every Moving Forward service.

  • Assisting in setting up and clearing away at the beginning and end of the event
  • Meeting and greeting participants on arrival and making them feel welcome
  • Helping with provision of refreshments
  • Talking briefly about your role as a Breast Cancer Care volunteer/or Breast Cancer Care services
  • Talking briefly about your personal experience of breast cancer
  • Talking to participants during breaks
  • Offering support to participants if they become upset or need to leave the room.
  • Signposting participants to Breast Cancer Care’s other services where appropriate (or other local services if relevant)

What we look for in a volunteer?

  • To become a Moving Forward Volunteer you need to have had a personal diagnosis of primary breast cancer (and be at least one year post diagnosis)
  • You will need to be a confident and skilled communicator.
  • We are looking for volunteers who are good listeners and are both non-judgemental and non-directive.
  • We also need people who understand the importance of confidentiality.
  • You may have knowledge of local breast cancer support networks which could be of added benefit to the participants at the events.

Practical considerations

  • You will need to attend a Welcome Workshop induction day and role specific training which will be at our regional offices in Sheffield.
  • A commitment to working within Breast Cancer Care’s policies and guidelines, including respect for client confidentiality and equal opportunities
  • The Services Development team will be responsible for managing and supporting you on a day to day basis which will include guidance and instruction particular to this role. The regional Volunteer Manager will also offer additional support if required.
  • Breast Cancer Care will refund all expenses incurred in travelling for this role
  • You must be over 18 years of age


Ashgate Hospicecareashgate-logo

Ashgate Hospicecare is an independent registered charity (number 700636) that provides specialist care to adults with life-limiting illnesses, both in the Hospice and community settings, in North Derbyshire.  The Hospice has 24-hour medical availability, the medical team being led by two Consultants in Palliative Medicine and with its full range of services provided by a multi-disciplinary team, is at the forefront of specialist palliative care provision (care to relieve pain where a cure is no longer possible). The team includes Doctors, Nurses, Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Home Care specialists, Lymphoedema nurses, Family Support Team and a Chaplain.

Our volunteers are pivotal to the organisation, without them the Hospice would not be able to provide the level and range of support our patients and families need.  Ashgate Hospicecare volunteers provide support across the whole organisation including:

  • In patient unit – helping at meal times and spending time with patients.
  • Day Hospice – carrying out arts and crafts projects with patients and chatting to patients
  • Supportive Care – counselling patients and their families.
  • Retail – providing retail and customer service support to our 16 stores and Coffee Shops
  • Fundraising and Events – supporting fundraising activities and helping out at local events
  • Administration Support – providing administrative support across the organisation
  • Marketing & Communications – helping our Marketing and Communications team
  • eBay – helping our e-Bay teams photograph donations and uploading them to eBay
  • Drivers – providing transport for patients
  • Reception – our volunteers provide a welcoming face and help answer calls
  • Garden – helping to maintain Hospice Gardens

To view and apply any of our volunteer opportunities please visit https://www.ashgatehospicecare.org.uk/volunteer/  or email volunteering@ashgatehospice.nhs.uk, telephone volunteering on 01246 568801

Time Bank Chesterfield

New Members – Individuals and groups/organisations/charities

As a member (after reference checks and attending an induction for which you receive 1 hour time credit to your TimeBank account, you will get access to a network, receive monthly newsflashes, be able to request for other members to do the jobs and tasks you cant or don’t like to do and choose on an ad hoc basis what volunteer jobs you want to do for other TimeBankers (and receive time credits).

Committee / Board Members / Active members

If you feel able to contribute to the strategic long term planning eg ideas/solutions to financial sustainability etc, please make it known. This is a key area where the committee are actively looking to recruit to strengthen the current skill sets.


Derbyshire Recovery Partnership

Volunteer Group Work Assistant – Derbyshire CountyWe are looking for a team of volunteers to support the staff team and service users of our Programme. This includes assisting in groups; providing support to service users; helping maintain structure (challenging negative behaviours; identifying and encouraging positive behaviours)  and front of house support. Good communication skills are essential. All training for each part of the service, as well as full support from the staff team, is provided.

Please visit http://www.phoenix-futures.org.uk/jobs-and-volunteering for our Volunteer Group Worker Agreement.

 Volunteer Health Champion – Derbyshire County

This is an exciting opportunity to work alongside the Derbyshire County Substance Misuse Team. Providing advice, information and awareness raising sessions on BBV Prevention, Promoting testing and vaccinations. To assist in the delivery of needle exchange and safe injecting advice.  To assist service users with all aspects of health and well being, through liaising with GP’s, Sexual Health, Smoking cessation and dental practices. 

Volunteer Mentor – Derbyshire County

We are seeking enthusiastic individuals throughout Derbyshire who can offer a supportive approach to recovery for people with long-term addiction problems. Applicants will be able to demonstrate good engagement skills, be able to communicate well and can work as part of a team. Applicants must be able to understand confidentiality protocols and be able to work to service boundaries.

Please visit http://www.phoenix-futures.org.uk/jobs-and-volunteering for our Volunteer Mentor Agreement.

Girlguiding Derbyshire – Unit Helper

Would you like to work with girls and young women to make a difference in your community while developing your skills and making new friends?

 If Yes Volunteering with Girlguiding could be for you .

Whatever your skills and interests, and no matter how much time you have to spare,one of our volunteering roles is bound to suit you.
We currently have volunteering opportunities for the following 2 units:-

  • 2nd Hasland Rainbows (5-7 Year Old) who meet on a Thursday Night (5.30-6.45pm)
  • 2nd Hasland Brownies (7-10 Year Old) who meet on a Tuesday Night (6.15-7.30pm)

We also have various other opportunities across Derbyshire so please do still enquire as we can discuss these with you.


Witness Service volunteer role profile:
outreach volunteer

Purpose of the role
● To meet Vulnerable and Intimidated witnesses (VIW) away from the court
environment, either at their home or other agreed safe place, to assess their needs
and provide support.
● Together with the VIW, and where appropriate their carer/ support worker/ parent/
guardian, develop a tailored plan of preparation and support.
● Using this plan, offer sensitive and supportive preparation to VIWs prior to them
giving evidence as witnesses in criminal trials. The purpose of this preparation and
support is to help reduce their anxiety and trauma and enable them to give their
best evidence.
Witness Service volunteer role profile:
court volunteer
Purpose of the role:
To support witnesses (and their friends and families) through the experience
of attending court and giving evidence.
Main duties and responsibilities include:
● Giving witnesses and their supporters confidential support, guidance
and information to make their experience of a criminal court more
● Help witnesses cope with the emotional effects of giving evidence.
● Explaining court procedures, legal terminology and decisions.
● Showing witnesses and others around the courtroom before a trial so
they are familiar and at ease in the environment.
● Listening to the concerns witnesses have, empathising with them, and
and advocating where appropriate.
● Helping witnesses prepare themselves for a range of possible trial
outcomes. Going into the courtroom with a witness when it’s allowed.
● Ensuring that witnesses continue to get our assistance after court if they
need it.
● Working as part of a team with other Witness Service volunteers and
staff as well as liaising with court personnel.
● Working effectively with a diverse range of people.
● Attend training, regular informal Talent Talks with your manager as well
as continued discussions with your mentoring court volunteer on
developing your skills and knowledge in the role.


Volunteers wanted to support the Credit Union in the delivery of our very successful savings scheme into local schools. We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers,  with a car, to drive to local schools within Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire, to deliver and collect small items, you can do either journey or both. Full training and ongoing support will be given all out of pocket expenses paid.



We are a women’s dance team who perform clog and garland dances from (mainly) the north west of England. We dance at well-dressings, carnivals, festivals, fetes, outside pubs, at residential homes and at stately homes.

We need someone to help us with our social media presence so that we can attract more members and be able to dance out at more venues.

You will help us by using our Facebook and Twitter accounts to promote our activities and to build followers to encourage interest from others and invite them to come along and practice with us.

You will also advise us on any other suitable social media we might like to consider to help us increase our membership.


Transition Town Chesterfield

Seed Swap volunteer to assist current volunteer to organise Transition Chesterfield’s / Inspire Community Garden’s Seed Swap project. Repairer at Repair Cafes to fix or mend, where possible, household items brought in for repair to avoid dumping in landfill.  Repair Cafes currently held on second Saturday of alternate months (Feb, Apr, Jun, Aug, Oct, Dec). Campaigner to support current volunteer on various campaigns including anti-fracking, renewable energy, divestment from fossil fuels, 20’s Plenty walking/cycling.


The Elm Foundation

We need reflexologists/Reiki/Yoga/Indian head massage – students or qualified volunteer. To work at the advice centre and in some of the refuges. A morning or afternoon a week.


RSPCA Charity Shop rspca

As part of a friendly team, volunteers in the Charity Shop carry out a range of duties including interacting with customers, money handling, steaming clothes and assisting the shop managers with sorting stock. Those interested in becoming a volunteer within the shop ideally need to have experience within customer service, have a flexible and motivated approach to working and are able to work as part of a team. We ask volunteers to work on a rota system so we kindly ask if you can cover an afternoon or morning or all day shift.


This project run from the Volunteer Centre, is looking for volunteers to visit and befriend socially isolated individuals in Chesterfield and NE Derbyshire areas. Help is given on a good neighbour basis. We have individuals currently awaiting befrienders now. Full training and travel expenses paid.



Site maintenance for open days

We are looking for volunteers who would be able to help at Barrow Hill Roundhouse on open days to ensure that public openings run smoothly. You can undertake a range of jobs, which may include site maintenance helping to set the site for events, car park msteam-locomotives-display-Roundhouse-Museum-Barrow-Hill-Derbyshireanagement and assisting with visitors. This role will give volunteers the opportunity to be part of an exciting venue and gain experience in a working railway Roundhouse whilst working with a wide range of experienced and interesting people.

Learning delivery

We are looking for committed volunteers who would be interested in joining our learning team. The role will involve support and assistance during school workshops on site, as well as holiday activity support where possible. Working alongside a team of learning volunteers, the opportunity will involve full training in delivering engaging learning sessions to groups of children and young adults. Learning volunteers will have the chance to pass on their knowledge about our fascinating heritage site through fun activities and tours for groups. This is an ongoing role and will take place throughout the year, dependant on bookings.

Costumed interpretation

We are looking for committed volunteers who would be interested in being part of our interpretation team at Barrow Hill Roundhouse. This role will involve greeting the public on open days and telling visitors about the fascinating history of the site, whilst in character. Volunteers should be willing to carry out their role in costume, which will be provided.


Volunteers required over the age of 18 years to become pen-pals to write to British nationals held in foreign prisons.  Help and advice will be given to prospective pen-pals.


English Heritage offers a range of volunteering and work placement opportunities – there’s something for everyone. As an English Heritage volunteer you can; meet new people; be part of a friendly team; learn new skills; receive training and support; indulge in your passion; engage with your local heritage. For more information on volunteering at Bolsover Castle:


Volunteers needed to provide emotional support to a mum or dad during the perinatal period (the perinatal period is during pregnancy and a year following the birth). The support may be through telephone calls, home visits, group work or support to access other local services. For more info:


Volunteers needed to support adults with a learning disability within an employment project.  This project provides ground maintenance and land management opportunities at Markham Vale. There is also some conservation work.  Volunteers should ideally have care/support experience and a willingness to work outdoors all year round.

The hours are approximately Monday to Friday 9am – 3pm.


RNLI Lifeboats (Chesterfield & NE Derbyshire Branch)littlehampton_rnli_urges_safety_first_after_rescuing_48_people_in_2016
The RNLI would like help with ‘on street’ and ‘in store’ collections across the area. It would usually be about 2 hours but can be as long or as short as you can spare. Remember we may be a landlocked county but we, I am sure, will all visit the seaside at some point.


helens trust

Helen’s Trust is a small charity supporting people with terminal illness in the last six months of life, whose wish it is, to die at home.  Helen’s Trust needs to raise £230.000 per year to provide it’s night sitting and respite support services and with only a very small team need additional volunteers to support us with our fundraising.  If you would like to be part of a community fundraising team then we would love to hear from you.  For more info:


ROYAL BRITISH LEGION (Chesterfield & NE Derbyshire)
Case-workers are needed to gather information about beneficiary circumstances and needs, and manage more straightforward cases. Acting on behalf of the Legion in different locations including working in the Advice and Information centres, outreach locations and visiting beneficiaries in their homes.



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