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.

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.


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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 lloking for committee members. A help with the ‘books’ would be ideal.


Mental Health TogethermH together
We have some important new opportunities to advertise for those who are interested in volunteering as Experts by Experience.  Please click on the links below for details. 

Ward Rep
Crisis Concordat Meeting Rep
Mental Health Act Meeting Rep

Read the information carefully, and let us know if you feel that any of these are an area of expertise for you.  We will be very happy to discuss any of the  roles with you, explore how well it fits with your skills and experience, and talk about what support you might need.
If you have not yet registered as an Expert by Experience, it’s not too late.  Fill in the form and let us know which opportunity you are interested in.

Expert by Experience Form

Email: enquiries@mentalhealthtogether.org.uk or call: 01773 880786 to register your interest.

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.


Hardwick Hall, The National Trustnational trust

About the National Trust

The National Trust is a registered charity and is completely independent of Government. We rely for income on membership fees, donations and legacies, and money raised from our commercial operations.  We are supported by 3.8 million members and 61,000 volunteers without whom we simply could not manage.  We protect and open to the public over 300 historic houses and gardens and 49 industrial monuments and mills.  But it doesn’t stop there. We also look after forests, woods, fens, beaches, farmland, downs, moorland, islands, archaeological remains, castles, nature reserves, villages – for places, for ever, for everyone.

About Hardwick Hall

Hardwick is one of the greatest of Britain’s Elizabethan houses.  Spectacular home of Bess of Hardwick, Elizabethan England’s second richest woman.  Married 4 times her wealth allowed her to build this thrilling house in the late1590’s.  Famous for its rich tapestries, plaster friezes and alabaster fireplaces.  It has altered little in the intervening years and has a hauntingly atmospheric Long Gallery and impressive High Great Chamber.  It is set in 300 acre grounds and has a Stableyard, Stone centre, and Herb garden and park centre.  Hardwick also hosts weddings and has luxury holiday cottages.

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


Barnardos Leaving Care Derbyshire
Volunteer Befrienders
Care leavers can feel isolated and are often vulnerable young people with a range of support needs such as, being able to confidently access public transport and help with personalising their home.
We are looking for volunteers, who can make a regular commitment of at least 2 hours, weekly or fortnightly, over a minimum of 6 months. There will be a robust training package, regular supervision and ongoing support. Volunteer befrienders will be allocated according to the identified needs and characteristics of the young person whilst taking in to account their availability, both in terms of time they can commit as well as travelling distance.
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 fulfilment 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. 
Trustees needed!  Befriending charity Careline is looking for a Chair of Trustees and a Treasurer to join its Management Committee. Careline offers a free telephone befriending service to older and vulnerable people living in the Derbyshire Dales and East Staffordshire.Chair of Trustees
Careline is seeking a Chair of Trustees (voluntary position) to lead the organisation and Management Committee to enable the charity to fulfill its purpose, in line with its constitution.  The Chair will also ensure effective relationships between the Management Committee, staff, volunteers and external stakeholders and act as a spokesperson and figurehead as appropriate.Treasurer
Careline is seeking a Treasurer (voluntary position) to oversee the financial affairs of the registered charity, ensuring they are legal, constitutional and within accepted accounting practices. The Treasurer will also advise on the financial situation of the organisation.


Can you step forward and make a difference this Christmas?

Volunteers are needed to help deliver surplus food across the county as part of Feeding Derbyshire, a countywide social eating project. As part of the project, Derbyshire County Council funded the setting up of a food hub in Chesterfield that distributes surplus food to community projects such as community kitchens and food banks.

The hub is run by FareShare East Midlands, a charity that works to reduce food waste and food inequality.

FareShare now needs volunteer drivers to help meet the growing demand for the hub’s services during Christmas and New Year. At least six drivers are needed to work at the depot and recruits will need to be able to work flexible hours, delivering food to outlets located in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire out of the FareShare’s hub in Chesterfield.

Simone Connolly, who leads the team at FareShare East Midlands’ Chesterfield depot said: “We’re now in the build-up phase for Christmas and New Year, which is our busiest time of the year.

“We are looking at a significant growth in demand for support, which we can only accommodate if we increase the number of drivers on our team.

“So, we’re asking anyone who has a desire to help some very worthwhile and important causes to get in touch. Their willingness to volunteer will literally mean the difference between us being able to offer help, or having to refuse requests.”

FareShare East Midlands’ runs a fleet of long wheel based delivery vans across the region. Most of the drivers are volunteers – and some have been involved with FareShare since the charity was formed in July 2008.

Councilor Carol Hart, Cabinet Member for Health and Communities said: “Volunteers do an amazing job and without them many social eating projects would struggle to run.

“Volunteering for Fareshare offers a rewarding experience and the chance to make a difference to people over the festive season.”

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

We are looking to recruit 2 volunteers. People who have life experience and likes music /arts & crafts/Art. Someone who has some experience in the area of recovery and has some musical experience (can play a guitar) art/crafts. We have 4 new guitars we would like to put to good use.

We are open 10 am – 4 pm daily groups at time and days to suit volunteer. 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.


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.


YHA (Youth Hostel Association)

Are you an organised person who enjoys office work? Our Fundraising Team is looking for volunteers to help with the administration of Breaks for Kids. This is YHA’s charitable fund to help children from financially disadvantaged backgrounds to take part in a school and community trips.

At YHA we believe that every young person should have the opportunity to travel to a new place, learn vital new life skills and discover new environments and we would love your help to make this happen.
There is the opportunity to be involved in many areas of the teams work including fundraising events, appeals and bursaries.

This role involves:
•general administration
•dealing with enquiries by phone, email and post
•assisting with the organisation of events

This role will give you the opportunity to share your admin experience for a worthy cause and you’ll get to volunteer alongside some great people all focused on providing life-enhancing experiences for ALL young people.

Are you looking for experience working in a busy Digital Team, for a nationally recognised brand? YHA have a unique volunteering opportunity to work in the Digital team at the National Office (based in Matlock, Derbyshire).

We have a large digital image library with thousands of photographs. We would love a volunteer to help us to sort through, file, tag and organise the photos.

There may also be opportunities to get involved in photo re-touching, enhancing and re-sizing using Photoshop CC, plus other areas such as web admin, CMS etc. This is a short term placement of up to 3 months and could potentially suit a student requiring a work based placement.

We’re have availability for this role on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The placement length is fairly flexible, but due to the training required at the start we’d be looking for a minimum commitment of 1 month, ideally 3 months where possible.


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.


Making Spacenew logo

Group Supporter
Location: Office is based at Unit 4, Ashover Business Centre, Matlock Road, Kelstedge, Ashover, Derbyshire, S45 0DX. 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

About Making Space:  Making Space is a national charity and leading provider of adult health and social care services.
Across Derbyshire, Making Space runs peer support and activity sessions for people living with dementia and for carers. These groups reduce social isolation and helps with a person’s wellbeing. It also allows people to meet others in a similar situation to share ideas and to talk to people who understand what they are going through.

Why we need you:
We are looking for volunteers to support with running the groups, planning/organising activities and to provide a listening ear. You will be supporting people that are living with dementia and carers with meeting others, keeping active and having fun.

What will I be doing?

  • To volunteer at one (or more of the groups) in Derbyshire on a regular basis.
  • To provide one to one support at the groups and encourage/support people to get involved.
  • To support staff and volunteers with the organising/planning and running of the groups.
  • To signpost and provide information to people at the groups and to report concerns when appropriate.
  • To respect organisational and team confidentiality.
  • To follow organisation Health & Safety policy.
  • We are looking for volunteers that want to help others, are caring patient, have good communication skills and empathetic. 

Who are we looking for?
No qualifications are needed. Some knowledge/experience of supporting someone living with dementia is useful but not essential as training will be provided.

Admin Supporter
Location: Unit 2, Ashover Business Centre, Ashover, Derbyshire, S45 0DX
Hours per month: 4-8 (this is flexible but volunteering would need to be office hours Monday to Friday when the office is open)
Expenses: reasonable travel expenses reimbursed

What will I be doing?

  • To assist team members with the day-to-day administration including photocopying, answering the phone and word processing.
  • To make up files and to organise old files following organisation’s Data Protection policy.
  • To support staff with developing and obtaining materials for group sessions.
  • To signpost and provide information to clients or other support services and to report concerns when appropriate.
  • To respect organisational and team confidentiality’

Who are we looking for?
No qualifications are needed. We are looking for volunteers with good IT, communication and organisational skills. That are reliable, have a positive attitude and have a good attention to detail.
Some admin experience and knowledge of dementia is useful but not essential as guidance and training will be provided.

How do I apply or get more information?
Contact Honor Simpson at Honor.Simpson@makingspace.co.uk or call 01246 592 010.
As part of the application process, a DBS (Disclosure Barring Check) may be done depending on the role. Support will be given with his and there is no charge for the DBS.

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

Hardwick Hall
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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.

This role will suit people who…

Enjoy meeting new people, are confident and outgoing, have a basic knowledge of propagation techniques, dedication to the task, enjoy spending time outdoors and like helping other.

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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.

This role will suit you if you are …

  • Friendly and motivated, happy to work as part of a team as well as using your own initiative.
  • Enthusiastic to make a difference and support us in delivering a key conservation target.
  • Willing to make a regular time commitment.
  • Interested in the Hardwick Estate and keen to promote work going on there.
  • Some of the meters have to be accessed by ladder or down steps in cellars so the reader should be physically able to access these meters. Please also note that some of the meters are housed in semi-confined spaces.
  • We’ll help you get to know us, how you can help and how you will work with the rest of the team – with induction and training
  • We’ll also cover agreed costs of your travel between home and Hardwick.
  • Variable hours – once a week or more. Volunteers may be asked to come in for specific projects or ad hoc opportunities
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.


Make-A-Wish Foundation UK (wk4jul17)make a swih

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


Chesterfield Relate
Volunteer receptionist required on these evenings:
Wednesday 5.00pm – 8.00pm
At present the cover would be for staff on annual leave and sickness so would not be every single week and obviously the volunteer would only be asked to do one of the above days.

Sight Support Derbyshire

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.

For more info contact the Volunteer Centre

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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 Administrator – Derbyshire County

We are looking for a Volunteer Administrator to perform a variety of tasks to help with the smooth running of the service. This will involve supporting reception and first point of contact duties, including answering telephones and giving out service information. It  will also include assisting in the use of software packages to create documents and correspondence, arranging meetings and also creating and maintaining filing systems. Applicants should be highly organised and able to work on their own initiative. They will also be able to communicate effectively with people inside and outside of the service and be aware of confidentiality issues. This is an opportunity for the successful applicant to gain some valuable skills and experience within an office setting.

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

Volunteer Group Work Assistant – Derbyshire County

We 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.



  • Attend all board meetings
  • Understand financial accounting and the Financial Conduct Authority’s Rules Governing Credit Unions
  • Manage, with the bookkeeper, the monthly management accounts and the board’s review of and action related to the board’s financial responsibilities
  • Maintain knowledge of the organisation and personal commitment to its goals and objectives
  • Work with the Manager and Chairman to ensure that appropriate financial reports are made available to the board on a timely basis
  • Present the annual budget and Three year Business Plan to the board for approval
  • Review the annual audit and answer board members’ questions about the audit

It is anticipated that in addition to attending monthly board meetings approximately three/four hours weekly will be needed.


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We are looking to start an art group where clients can be actively involved in Art. Several of our new clients are interested in pursuing art in a group setting. Good communication skills and lots of patience necessary.  ALSO Someone who has some practical experience with bicycles and would enjoy some outdoor time taking clients out for bike rides locally.



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.


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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.


The cafe will be open on Saturday mornings only from early September until early May. Volunteers are sought to work in the cafe from 8am until 1pm on Saturday mornings about once every two weeks. Friends of Stand Road Park will provide induction training, pay for volunteers to get their Level 2 Food Safety qualification if they want it (it is not mandatory). We provide uniform consisting of apron and cap and full liability insurance cover. The cafe is located in the park pavilion.



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.


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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!


Our Speak out. Stay safe. programme is protecting a generation of children against abuse one primary school at a time. And we want you to join us (Derbyshire / Derby).

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.


Could you mentor a young person in care and make a difference to their lives? We need a volunteer to offer 1-1 support to young person by visiting every month to share fun activity, from going to the cinema, playing computers games or talking 18033171_712997018903425_5910700674460232990_nover fantasy card games and everything in between! You don’t need any special qualifications, but patience and a good sense of humour are an advantage. You will need to spare a few hours each month for at least 18 months. We will provide you with training, on-going support and travel expenses. For more information:


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.


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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 trustHELEN’S TRUST
Helen’s Trust is a small charity supporting people with terminal illness in the last six months of life, whose wish is 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:


Energy Club is a volunteer led activity club, engineering around healthy lifestyles, for children ages 4-11 years. Volunteers will attend Sports Leaders UK training (Gaining a nationally recognised award) to become Energy Club Leaders, giving them the confidence to deliver activities to children. With an improved confidence and an array or resources, the team of volunteers will run the activity club for 1 hour on a weekly basis. Guidance and support will always be available from Sports but the volunteers will take ownership of the Energy Club, delivering fun and productive activity sessions for children. We are looking to create 2 Energy clubs, one in Bolsover and one in Pinxton.


Breathe Easy is the support network of the British Lung Foundation, with groups providing information and support to anyone affected by any lung condition. Breathe Easy Hardwick East currently meets on the 2nd Wednesday of the month, 1.30pm – 3.30pm. Volunteering opportunities with the group are varied ranging from hosting/chairing meetings to meeting & greeting/ welcoming new members, helping to book speakers for monthly meetings and administrative roles such as recording new member information.


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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