Volunteering Newsletter October 2022

Welcome to the latest edition of the Volunteering Newsletter to keep you up to date with volunteering news and opportunities across Norfolk. In this issue:

  • Volunteer Passport - A Career Changing Opportunity
  • What is your experience of volunteering?
  • The Conservation Volunteers' October Programme
  • Patient Led Assessments of the Care Environment (PLACE)
  • FoodCycle Volunteers
  • Caister Wonderland
  • Roles on the Voluntary Norfolk Volunteering Portal

Norfolk’s Volunteer Passport: A Career Changing Opportunity

Steve Harris decided that he wanted to do something different with his life and so earlier this year, he enrolled on the Norfolk Volunteer Passport. This passport scheme, run by Voluntary Norfolk, gives people a general understanding of what volunteering entails and links individuals with organisations that have the most pressing need for volunteers.

Steve explained: “It’s that perfect stepping-stone between not working and working.” Taking part in the programme gave Steve a renewed confidence and desire to find a role that really helped people.
He continued: “The volunteer application form and person specification allowed me to work out where I would be best placed and allowed me to go straight into volunteering rather than filling out so many different application forms and attend various interviews.”

After completing the scheme, he started volunteering with St Edmunds Society (a Norwich-based charity, offering vocational training and employability skills training to young people aged 16-18 who find mainstream education challenging) and at MensCraft (A Norfolk charity focusing exclusively on the health and wellbeing of men).

A few months ago, Steve successfully applied for a paid role with Better Together (Voluntary Norfolk’s service that seeks to tackle loneliness and social isolation) and is now a Life Connector supporting people in Norwich. The Volunteer Passport proved to be that stepping-stone that changed Steve’s career path. It is ideal for people who have volunteered before as well as those new to volunteering.

The next Norfolk Volunteer Passport programme will start on Wednesday November 2nd. The course runs every week for 6 weeks from 10am–12.30pm on Teams. 
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Do you have a volunteer story?

If you would like to share your experiences of volunteering in Volunteering News, please do get in touch with us:

What is your experience of volunteering?

Do you volunteer regularly? Or do you prefer doing occasional tasks? Or maybe you've stopped volunteering completely for one reason or another? We want to know how volunteering in Norfolk is changing - what works for you, what doesn't and what could improve.

Tell us about your experiences in our short survey.
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The Conversation Volunteers' October Programme

Many more chances to help look after some of our most beautiful green spaces are now available. The Conservation Volunteers have an absolutely packed programme this October, with activities taking place at least four times a week. This will give many more people an opportunity to join!
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Patient Led Assessments of the Care Environment (PLACE)
Hertfordshire Community Trust and Hertfordshire Partnership Foundation Trust are looking for volunteers to be part of assessment teams going into HCT and HPFT hospital sites in Little Plumstead to assess how the environment supports clinic care.

The assessments will take place over a day and will involve assessing such things as privacy and dignity, food, cleanliness and general building maintenance and, more recently, the extent to which the environment is able to support the care of those with dementia or with a disability.
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FoodCycle Volunteers

FoodCycle are looking for 4-6 volunteers to give their kitchen in Norwich a good clean. No experience necessary and dates are dependent on volunteer availability. If you are a group that would like to help, please contact

Caister Wonderland

Volunteers are needed for an event taking place on Saturday 3rd December in Caster-on-Sea.

Caister Wonderland is a free to attend, family friendly Christmas Spectacular. Join us for a fun filled day of festive stalls, activities, workshops, entertainment and rides!
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Roles on the Voluntary Norfolk Volunteering Portal

Below is a selection of new roles on the Volunteering Portal this month. If you would like to search all of the current roles on the Portal, please click here.

If you would like any help with searching for the right role for you, please contact us at

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Mechanics Volunteer

Do you enjoy working in mechanics? St Edmunds Society train young people in motor mechanics, bikes and cars, and are looking for someone who would like to help.
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Volunteer for STEAM House Café

Volunteers actively listen to folk wishing to talk about how they're feeling today, or engage with those participating in social groups, eg art and craft.
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The Matthew Project are looking for people with a positive outlook to support young people who have had a substance misuse issue or affected by someone else's misuse.

See more opportunities from The Matthew Project on our portal.
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Woodwork therapy group helper

Are you a dab hand at carpentry or joinery - or do you know someone who is? We're looking for volunteers to help at our woodworking therapy group.
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Volunteering News is written by members of the Voluntary Norfolk Volunteering Team and is edited by Voluntary Norfolk volunteer, Melissa Joy.
Empowering Communities is a partnership project between Voluntary Norfolk, Community Action Norfolk & Norfolk Community Foundation.

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