Many local organisations are keen to attract volunteers, and will offer training as well as a wealth of projects and experiences to support. Community Links Bromley is ideal if you do not know what type of volunteering you wish to do as it lists all volunteering opportunities in the borough. It hosts the Volunteer Centre Bromley, which offers volunteering opportunities and allows organisations to register their volunteering requirements. Volunteer opportunities registered with Community Links Bromley can be viewed at Do-it, a national database of volunteering opportunities in the UK.
Volunteering with non health related charities.
- Age UK Bromley & Greenwich has a Community Volunteers Time Bank, where volunteers can provide support for services such as shopping, working in Active Age Centres, Age Concern’s Day Centre, or charity shops, the Hospital Aftercare Service, peer health mentoring as part of Fit For Life, DIY support, office administration, and fundraising. Volunteers can also ‘swap skills’, by getting involved in arts activities or one-to-one skills, including computer help, gardening and companionship.
- Citizens’ Advice Bureau volunteers take on a range of essential roles, from giving advice to fundraising, IT, administration, publicity and campaigning.
- Bromley Libraries are looking for volunteers to deliver books to people who are unable to leave their homes and don’t have anyone to visit the library for them. To find out more ask library staff for a leaflet or contact the Home Library Service on: 020 8461 7254 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Volunteering with specific health related charities
- Advocacy for All need volunteers to advocate for people with a learning disability and/or autism, and to support people to run their own groups, as well as fundraising.
- ALD Life is a patients’ support group for patients and families affected by Adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD) or Adrenomyeloneuropathy (AMN) – two rare genetic conditions caused by the ALD gene. We are always looking for volunteers to help us out in the office, our shops and with various events and projects. If you have a particular skill you would like to demonstrate, or are very creative, we would welcome the opportunity to hear from you. If you are interested in volunteering, please get in touch.
- Alzheimer’s Society offers a range of volunteering opportunities, including administrative support, befriending services and campaigning activities.
- Burgess Autistic Trust offers opportunities for volunteering through fundraising (taking parts in events or sponsored activities), befriending a person with ASD, administration, preparing newsletters, photography, helping with Youth Club outings and driving service users to appointments.
- Bromley Mencap offers opportunities for volunteering, including fundraising, administration and marketing, as well as supporting events. Bromley Mencap is launching a new befriending service. Through this new opportunity they are looking for volunteers wishing to gain experience working with disabled people. Volunteers will be offered a comprehensive induction and training programme and will be supported by an experienced scheme co-ordinator. For further information, contact Kim Neighbour on 020 8466 0790, email@example.com.
- Bromley and Lewisham Mind has a variety of volunteering roles, including administrative support, cooking and catering, funding activities or coordination, IT support and tuition and minibus drivers.
- Deaf Access has opportunities for volunteering as receptionists, advocates, fundraisers, administrative assistants and IT support, as well as to demonstrate types of equipment available for deaf and hard of hearing people.
- Kent Association for the Blind provides opportunities for office support, help with clubs and groups, befriending, driving and escorting people, equipment delivery, helping with IT and access technology, providing refreshments, public trusteeship speaking, and helping with Digital Kent Talking News, audio and transcription services, as well as work as Braillists.
- The Stroke Association offers volunteer opportunities in events and fundraising, Life After Stroke services, awareness raising, administrative support, campaigns and group volunteering.
ALDLIFE Community Links Bromley Do-it Age UK Bromley & Greenwich Citizens Advice Bureau Bromley Libraries Advocacy for All Alzheimer's Society Burgess Autistic Trust Bromley Mencap Bromley and Lewisham Mind Deaf Access Kent Association for the Blind The Stroke Association Volunteering in Bromley