Volunteering

We have over 400 active volunteers who give their time to make Elmbridge a better place to live. Why don't you come and join and make a big difference to your local community.

What can you do

If you have ever thought about volunteering but haven’t got the time, think again.

You can volunteer for as little as two hours per month. There are opportunities to work week days or weekends. Volunteers can help the whole community, including socially isolated or disabled people, all of whom need support. Volunteering makes a difference to people’s lives and as a volunteer, you gain by making new friends and possibly even learn new skills. Community Support Services help the local community, and feedback from our current volunteers tell us that this the main reason they volunteer.

Where you can volunteer

We have seven centres for the community located around the borough (Walton, Weybridge, Hersham, Claygate, Cobham, Molesey and Thames Ditton). We have a Relief Care Scheme, run a transport service and we deliver over 50,000 meals on wheels a year. You can choose to volunteer for one role or, to make your volunteering experience more varied, you could volunteer for several roles or at more than one centre for the community.

Some of the volunteering roles are:

Please see the current list of vacancies.

Meals on wheels volunteering

The meals on wheels service delivers about 1,200 meals a week to older vulnerable and disabled people in the community. The meals are delivered by dedicated volunteers who really make a difference to the lives of others.

A mileage rate is paid to cover petrol costs. Each round takes approximately 1 to 2 hours at weekends and approximately 1½ hours on weekdays. Meals on wheels is more than delivering a hot meal, it can provide the only contact with the outside world the recipient has during the day. 

What you can expect from us

You will be offered an informal interview, this will take place in the location where you have indicated that you would like to volunteer. Our staff will support you with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) application if this is relevant to the role you will be taking up. Following the interview and after receipt of satisfactory references and the information from the DBS check, you will be offered an induction at the relevant place of volunteering. Ongoing support is given to all our volunteers.

If you are interested in any of the volunteering opportunities listed above, please contact the Volunteer Co-ordinator or phone 01372 474552.

Elmbridge Volunteering Awards 2018

Following the successful Elmbridge Long Service Awards first held in 2016, the Council and Voluntary Action Elmbridge have come together again to organise the Elmbridge Long Service Awards 2018.

The Awards are designed to recognise, and say thank you, to volunteers who have given 5 years or more to a voluntary or community group. There are thousands of volunteers in the Borough actively supporting the local community and we invite you to make up to two nominations for these awards. You can download the nomination form, which also includes some guidance notes. The deadline for nominations is 14 September 2018.

Last year there were 41 nominations and it would be great to exceed that number this year. 

Meals on Wheels Volunteer

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