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The Borough of Elmbridge has well over a thousand volunteers, already active in some capacity, who give their time to make Elmbridge a better place to live. Helping children to read, delivering meals to house bound older people and improving the countryside are just a few of the roles available in this diverse Borough. You may be aware of the recent programmes produced by the |Hairy Bikers and filmed in Elmbridge, who have been working with us on our Meals on Wheels service.
More volunteers are always required!!
If you are thinking of volunteering but haven't got the time, think again. You can volunteer for as little as two hours of your time a month. There are opportunities to work inside or out, evenings, weekdays or weekends and you can use your experience and/or gain new skills.
Volunteers can help the whole community, including the vulnerable, socially excluded or disabled people, children, young people and families, 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 learning new skills.
Community Support Volunteers
There are seven |Centres for the Community in Elmbridge and volunteers play a huge part in ensuring the centres remain comfortable and welcoming places. We support and help local older and disabled people by offering a range of support services to enable them to remain independent and to stay at home. If you would like to volunteer at one of the Centres, or with the Meals on Wheels service, please contact the |Volunteer Co-ordinator on 01372 474552 or complete the |on-line enquiry form.
We are currently looking for volunteers to help provide support in the following areas
- Meals on wheels (drivers and escorts)
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 30 minutes to 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. Our research has shown that our clients highly value this service.
- Tea Bar
- Information desk
- IT support
- Arts and Crafts
- Special events helper
- Special outings helper
- Admin support
- Specialist skill such as musical, wii, cards
We offer flexible arrangements, if you have a few spare hours a week or every now and again - you can make a real difference.
Relief Carers Scheme
This scheme supports people suffering from Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia. We are looking for special volunteers who may consider helping in a group working with trained staff. If you are interested in supporting this Service, please contact |the Volunteer Co-ordinator.
Other Volunteering Opportunities
For information on volunteering opportunities throughout Elmbridge, contact |Voluntary Action Elmbridge.
Are you a voluntary organisation?
The Voluntary Sector Support Officer would like to hear from you if you run a voluntary organisation in Elmbridge. This also includes voluntary organisations who may be based outside Elmbridge but support people in the borough. The |Voluntary Sector Support Officer and |Voluntary Sector Support web pages can give you information on training opportunities and funding opportunities. The VSSO has also compiled a |directory of all the voluntary organisations operating in Elmbridge so please make sure your organisation is included.