Opportunities for community volunteering
Early in January 2021, the Vice-Chancellor outlined the University's priorities to see us through this lockdown. One of the five priorities is:
Ensure that as a university and as individual citizens, we volunteer to support those in need in our local communities where we can.
We want to help you use your time and skills to help others, and so have brought together a list of some of the organisations and roles in Coventry and Warwickshire that you might be able to support. There are countless other opportunities out there, so do let us know if you come across any that we might be able to share here.
The Government has said (as of 6 January) you are permitted to leave your home to provide voluntary or charitable services, if you cannot reasonably do so from home. You should stay local unless it is necessary to go further. You can read the Government guidance on the GOV.UK website. NCVO have also put together some helpful guidance, which you can read on their website.
“At times such as this, it is more important than ever for us to work together with our regional neighbours and partners as a single community. All of our staff are working differently now and for some of us, this may present the opportunity to volunteer amongst our community.
On this page, you can find links to formal voluntary positions – please take a look through the opportunities available to you and follow the instructions regarding applications. Thank you for supporting our community by considering becoming a volunteer.
We’d love to hear what voluntary activities you’re involved with – find out how you can help us to share good news at this difficult time.”
–Vice-Chancellor Stuart Croft
Available volunteer opportunities
Become a school governor in the Tile Hill area
Leigh Church of England Academy is looking for a community governor to join their friendly governing body.
This is an exciting volunteer position that offers:
- The opportunity to work as part of a team working together in a school setting to support young people
- The chance to develop your personal and professional skills
- A sense of achievement in helping to enrich the lives of young people enabling them to reach their potential and preparing them for their future as positive members of their communities
Their governors come from a range of different backgrounds, skills and experience but all share a common interest of wanting the best possible education for the children in our academy.
If you would like to find out more about becoming a governor please contact: Head Teacher Mrs Lynn Lee (Lynn.Lee@Leigh.covmat.org) or Chair of Governors Mrs Sue Patterson (Sue.Patterson@Leigh.covmat.org).
Join the board of trustees for a local Citizens Advice Bureau
Bedworth, Rugby and Nuneaton Citizens Advice Bureau (BRANCAB) currently has two vacancies on its Board of Trustees. As a trustee you will be responsible for and plan the overall strategic direction for the bureau, act as employer for paid staff, manage the bureau’s finances, ensure the bureau complies with the law, be responsible for premises, insurance and equipment.
Visit their vacancies webpage for more information about the role and how to apply.
Application deadline: 31 May 2021
You could be a Health Champion in your community
WCAVA are looking for volunteers to be positive role models and provide advice and signposting to people living in their own communities. Health Champions will enable people to make positive choices regarding their own health and wellbeing. Volunteers will work as part of a team to support people from a wide range of backgrounds.
To apply, please register your interest by contacting Tina Wragg on 07966 380415 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Support Covid-19 community testing (volunteers urgently needed in north Warwickshire)
Volunteers from across Warwickshire are needed to help support Warwickshire County Council's response to the COVID-19 pandemic as part of a national testing programme. They particularly need people to help in the north of the County in Nuneaton, Bedworth and Water Orton.
Volunteers will help register people on arrival, provide reassurance and a friendly face, give out information and answer any questions, plus help to manage the flow of people and guide them around sites.
Volunteers will not be asked to get involved with the testing procedure itself; this will be undertaken by the staff on site.
If you would like to play your part please fill out the Application Form.
Donate your old laptop to help school pupils
Do you have an old laptop at home that you no longer use? There are still a lot of children in the local area who are unable to access their online learning due to a shortage of devices. Older laptops can be converted into Chrome Books that will enable pupils to learn from home.
Volunteers with various skills sought for Positive Images Festival
Coventry is hosting its very own positive images festival which aims to celebrate the best of Coventry’s heritage. You can help to put on a calendar of events that Coventry can be proud of and to nurture talent within our communities.
Volunteering options include stewarding at the festival to marketing, planning and working behind-the-scenes.
For more information, visit the Positive Images Festival website.
Volunteer outdoors in a beautiful community garden
Cov Harvest Hub is a new community garden helping to grow more food for foodbanks and deliver fresh local veg; trying to fill the gap for fresh fruit and vegetables in their food provision.
They need some help to get up and running, via their flexible roles, including:
- Odd jobs and light construction - can you help with DIY? (Ad hoc, starting ASAP)
- Horticultural assistants - learn to grow/ weeding/ watering (weekly)
- Garden maintenance - hedge trimming and lawn mowing (monthly)
- Collections and deliveries - in your car, on your bike, however you like (ad hoc / weekly)
For more details and to get involved, visit the Team Springboard website.
Join Time Union in Coventry
(This opportunity was shared with us by a colleague in Warwick Mathematics Institute. If you know of volunteering opportunities that address local needs, please email us some details on email@example.com.)
Time Union is a time bank which aims to help people use their time to build their sense of self through relating to others, connect to Coventry as a community, and enable socially positive changes to come from individual acts of sharing.
A time bank is a system of mutual exchange. Members share their time, assets, and skills on an hour to hour basis – share an hour with one member, and get an hour back from another. Current members exchange language lessons, fitness, DIY, career and life coaching, filmmaking lessons, crafts, Reiki, cinema trips, and more.
Visit the Time Union website to sign up.
Help combat loneliness and isolation
Chat Central is a project that aims to help people to find others with similar interests, to have fun, to join in with a hobby, to get involved with their community and to find new friends, tackling loneliness and isolation in all its forms in Coventry. The project is open to anyone aged 18+ experiencing loneliness, social withdrawal, low self-esteem and low self-confidence for any reason and from all across the city.
They are currently running events to try and get people socialising and engaging with the community. They have weekly art and craft sessions, chair yoga, dance, a drop in where people can find out about what is happening in Coventry and a culture club (like a book club but on wider topics).
They also run a telephone befriending service, for which they are looking for volunteers. There are some one-off events that would benefit from some volunteers too. Another important role available is volunteering at events to help keep the conversation flowing.
If you would like to get involved, visit the Chat Central webpage and email firstname.lastname@example.org
Help share up to date public health messages in your community
The Community Resilience Team are currently working closely with members of the local community who may be a ‘Community Leader’ or well networked within Coventry to be part of the Community Messengers Network, helping to spread Public Health COVID19 messages. The role of Community Messengers is to work closely with the team to help spread the most up to date Covid-19 health protection messages, updates within the city on testing, cases and vaccinations and highlight to us incorrect advice. Community Messengers act as a support to their communities by giving up to date guidance and reassurance as and when needed.
If you are someone that lives, works or volunteers in Coventry and well networked within your community and feel that you can help get these messages out to a wider audience they would be pleased for your support. People can commit as little or as much time as they are able to and full support is given.
If you are interested in becoming a Community Messenger or would like to find out more about what’s involved, please get in touch with Ben Hayday on email@example.com and ask for some more information. He can then put you in touch with the team at Coventry City Council.
If you have any questions, please get in touch with the Community Engagement team on firstname.lastname@example.org
Have a look at Warwick Volunteers' list of organisations that need your help.
We are providing this information to you in good faith and make every effort to keep it accurate and up to date but we cannot guarantee this.
Some of the information provided is by third parties and may contain links to external sites. We are not responsible for this content.
It is your responsibility to check the accuracy of the information before use and to satisfy yourself that the information is correct.
The University of Warwick will not be responsible for any volunteering opportunity or role you choose to undertake and it is your responsibility to ensure it is appropriate and safe.