People choose to volunteer for a variety of reasons. For some it offers the chance to give something back to their local community or make a difference to the people around them. For others it provides an opportunity to develop new skills or build on existing experience and knowledge. Regardless of the motivation, what unites them all is that they find it both challenging and rewarding.

These are some of the reasons why people choose to volunteer. For some it provides an opportunity to:

  • give something back to their local community
  • make a difference to the lives of others
  • help the environment
  • feel valued and part of a team
  • spend quality time away from work or a busy lifestyle
  • gain confidence and self-esteem.

For some, volunteering can be a route to employment, or a chance to try something new which may lead to a career change. From this perspective, volunteering can be a way of:

  • gaining new skills, knowledge, and experience
  • developing existing skills and knowledge
  • enhancing a CV
  • improving one’s employment prospects
  • using your professional skills and knowledge to benefit others

For others, volunteering appeals because of its social benefits such as;

  • meeting new people and making new friends
  • a chance to socialise
  • getting to know the local community better

There is lots of evidence that volunteering can have a positive impact on your mental and physical health.

As a Parish Volunteer you will have the opportunity to get involved in a number of important areas of work. These may include:

  • Practical conservation tasks to help with our re-wilding project
  • Assist with maintenance work within our formal parks
  • Support South Swindon In-Bloom
  • Carry out site surveys, recording and monitoring work
  • Litter picking
  • Assist with Parish events and activities
  • Help with our youth work team
  • Assist at the Old Town Library and Broadgreen Community Centre

The only thing we need is your enthusiasm

Volunteering opportunities are available for individuals, local schools, community groups and organisations as well as local businesses – you do not need to be living or based in the Parish to get involved as a volunteer. There are opportunities for you to volunteer at various sites and locations across the Parish.

Although we try to offer a wide range of tasks, you may have special skills from a previous job or a hobby that you would be willing to share. In this case, please let us know and we will see how your skills can best be used.

We are committed to promoting diversity and to offering volunteer opportunities to people of all ages, interests, and abilities. We will seek to remove any barriers which may prevent people from volunteering, to ensure that as many people as possible who wish to volunteer are able to do so.