Here at Cardiff Volunteering, we understand that sometimes our projects won't be perfectly suited to you. Keep checking back for a regularly updated list of external volunteering opportunities with some fabulous local charities and organisations!
Bobath Wales provide individually tailored therapy for children who have cerebral palsy and other allied neurological conditions. They have many volunteer opportunities at the moment, check them out!
Bryn y Deryn PRU is a small school based in Mynachdy, Cardiff for 64 pipils aged 14-16. All pupils have social, emotional and behavioural difficulties. They make fantastic progress and we aim to ensure they get as many qualifications and develop the social skills to gain a job/go to college after the end of year 11.
Capacity issues make it difficult for them to develop the website to a point where it looks as good as the school is! The schools website is www.brynyderynpru.co.uk.
There woiuld be an expected commitment of 2-4 hours a week. This would include looking at the website, coming up with and implementing a new look for the website as well as showing staff how to keep the site up to date. Once the basic grounding of the website is established some of the work can be done remotely.
The events are free and open to all ages and abilities giving everyone the chance to ride a traffic free circuit.
Dates are: Sun 27th May, Sun 24th June, Sun 29th July, Sun 26th August, 30th Sept, 28th Oct & 25th November.
The venue is Llandaff fields, Cardiff, event time is 11-1. Volunteers are needed from 10-2pm.
The Cricket World Cup is coming to Cardiff in 2019! Calling all students to apply to be a World Cup Cricketeer and gain valuable experience in events, media & broadcasting, logistics and rights protection. To apply, please visit https://worldcupcricketeers.rosterfy.eu/signup
Always Aim High Events are currently recruiting volunteers to marshal at the Cardiff Triatholon on 24th June. Clubs and societies can earn a £20 donation per person for helping on the day. Individual volunteers can get a £25 voucher to be used in their shop on the day or toward an entry to one of their events. All marshal will also get a goodie bag on the day.
For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Dyffryn Gardens - National Trust
The beautiful National Trust site Dyffryn Gardens are looking for volunteers in the following roles:
Visitor Experience volunteers to help out on peak days and during school holidays. This is a really varied role that would be fantastic experience for someone looking for a career in tourism/heritage.
Wildflower Survey volunteers. Perfect opportunity for anyone with an interest in nature conservation and looking to get some practical experience between now and the autumn.
The other role is to help with the internal volunteers’ website. They’re just looking for one person for this role and it is a longer term commitment, though it can be really flexible with days/times.
Anyone who is interested in either role should email directly to Rhiannon Bramer
HOGS (Hostel, Outreach and Gypsy Traveller Services) Befriending Service
HOGS are looking for friendly, motivated volunteers ages 18+ to Befriend our people who are finding it difficult to integrate into their local community. The Befriending Service is designed to support and encourage residents to get involved in positive and worthwhile, community activities in order that they have every opportunity to flourish and play the fullest part in their community.
If you are interested and would like to find out more about Befriending or our other Volunteering opportunities. Please contact us at HOGS.Volunteer@cardiff.gov.uk – 02920 873141 We look forward to hearing from you.
MENCAP Run Bute Park
Run Bute Park is a 5km and 10km run taking place on 22nd September 2018. We have 400 runners taking part overall so it’s a great opportunity to get involved and help make it a huge success!
We need you there to give directions to the runners, hand out water, wave flags, cheer and make lots of noise to keep our fantastic participants going! Once they’re finished we’ll need you to help hand out medals and give thanks on behalf of Mencap.
What will I be doing?
Handing out water
Cheering our runners
Making lots of noise with clappers and whistles
Giving out medals
Thanking people for running and raising money for Mencap
Volunteers are needed from 8am to 1pm. Click here for more info: https://tinyurl.com/y9nzqaun #MencapVolunteering
You will get:
- Briefing notes
- A Mencap t-shirt
- The chance to meet new people
- Travel expenses (up to £7.50)
- Our appreciation and thanks!
- Do you want to make a difference to a young person’s life?
- Do you have 1- 4 hours per month to spare?
We urgently require more volunteers, so why not volunteer as a mentor/befriender for NYAS as an Independent Visitor for children and young people in care. As a volunteer you will:
- Have fun, take young people on outings and maybe share a hobby , sport or interest
- Offer support and a listening ear and be a positive influence in a young person’s life and help build self- esteem and confidence
You don’t need any special qualifications
We are looking for reliable and dependable people from all walks of life
We will provide training and on-going support. We will pay expenses to a set limit
Here is what some of our young people and volunteers have to say about this rewarding role:
- I like how my Independent Visitor isn’t anything to do with social services and is here to support me not to judge
- They have boosted my confidence, now I feel like when I go places I can just relax and have fun
- My Young person always looks forward to me coming, they have had such a disjointed life, I am a stable figure in their life and this has to be important for them, as everything else changes around them a lot.
If you would like to apply, please contact:
Registered charity 1012485
NYAS - Peer Advocacy
What is a peer advocate?
A young person who supports other young people to explore issues they want stopped started or
changed. As a peer advocate you will have a good understanding of the experiences of those in care
as well as the issues that can affect all young people.
With support and training from NYAS you will be able to provide help and to be there for a young
person when they most need it.
What will I achieve as a peer advocate?
Young people would often prefer to turn to someone who is close to them in age, this is where you
will step in. You will be an ear to listen to what is important to other young people and will help them
to have their voice heard.
There will also be an opportunity to have a placement in a setting where you can provide advocacy
You will receive accredited training - OCN Level 2 in Peer Advocacy.
What do I need to do to get involved?
• To be aged between 16-25
• To be in care, have been in care or to have received an advocacy service.
• To apply for a DBS check and to provide references
• Willingness to regularly attend an agreed placement and to regularly attend meetings
• To be committed to having experiences and to learning
To find out more information please contact: Emma Downes Peer Advocacy Development Worker via
Email: email@example.com Mobile: 07435967408
NYAS Peer Mentors
Volunteer Peer Mentors are being recruited to work with young people who are in care or have been in care
Peer Mentors will receive support and training to use their life skills related to employment and/or education to undertake the role. Mentors will explore opportunities for the mentees to:
- Take steps towards gaining employment
- Identify relevant work experience
- Receive support whilst gaining work experience
- Have support and advice with regards to obtaining relevant educational qualifications
Mentees are aged between 15 to 25 and are thinking about their future career and/or educational options. They are willing to meet regularly with their Peer Mentor.
The Peer Mentors are aged between 18-29 and the majority are care experienced or have an understanding of the issues young people in care may face. They can choose to work one to one with a mentee or to deliver workshops related to gaining employability skills to a group of mentees.
Mentors have to be available to complete the compulsory training and will have the choice of gaining accreditation. The qualification is OCN Level 2 and has two elements: Understanding Peer Mentoring and Peer Mentoring Skills. Travel and subsistence costs will be reimbursed.
Repair Café Wales
Can you fix things?
Help us reduce landfill, bring the community together and share skills!
Each month, Repair Café Wales volunteers fix things that would otherwise be thrown away. In doing so, they help save the environment, share skills with people that need things fixed, and meet like-minded people. Our current Repair Cafés are as follows:
- Cathays 1st Saturday of the month, 10.00am-1.00pm
- Splott 2nd Saturday of the month, 10.00am-1.00pm
- Penarth 4th Sunday of the month, 2.00pm-5.00pm
- Caerphilly Last Sunday of the month, 10.00am-1.00pm
- Grangetown Last Sunday of the month, 12.00noon-4.00pm
We are looking for people who can repair / fix the following together with people who can host / manage the reception table:
- Clothing / Textile
- Electrical Appliances
- Furniture / Wooden Objects
- PCs / Laptops
Want to sign up as a volunteer? Send an email to: Joe O'Mahoney or Cerys Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org or call on 07967 320079.
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The Attic Project
During our lifetime we collect items and often we don’t know what to do with them when they are no longer needed.
We are currently looking for volunteers to join our team to befriend and help people to declutter their homes while providing opportunities for reminiscence.
If you have a couple of hours a week free, have an interest in working with older people and want to gain new skills, please contact Catherine at VCS Cymru: http://www.vcscymru.org.uk/whats-on/reminisce-the-attic-project/
Tiger Bay Education Program
We empower young people to become active citizens and achieve their goals. We teach them the values of unity regardless of their background. By empowering the young people, we encourage them to be part of the setup and make individual and group decisions.
By volunteering with us, you can develop the following skills; team work, problem solving, communication skills, and management skills, amongst others. This would be valuable experience for students interested in the following areas; education, politics and customer-facing roles, marketing and business. If you are looking to make a difference and enjoy working with 11 – 16 year olds, then look no further. We work with a diverse group of students from over twenty different backgrounds.
We run two educational programs:
Program 1: We run a GCSE revision program on Monday and Tuesday to help pupils from four different high schools with Mathematics, English and Science. We offer pupils the opportunity to get support in non-core subjects such as Business Studies and I.T.
Program 2: We also work with key stage 3, teaching them knowledge that they may not get in school, such as debating and current affairs. We end each term with presentations, giving children the confidence to deliver their ideas. Previously, volunteers have been encouraged to develop their own projects and adapt sessions according to their ideas, enabling volunteers to build project management skills.
Ahmed Hassan Chairman of Tiger Bay Youth Development
Family Liaison Officer in Fitzalan High School
07930146600 AHN@fitzalan.cardiff.sch.uk www.tigerbayyouth.com