Volunteering is one of the most rewarding things you can do. People choose to volunteer for a variety of reasons. For some, it offers the chance to give something back to the community or make a difference to the people around them. For others it provides an opportunity to develop confidence, new skills or build on existing experience and knowledge. Regardless of your motivation, volunteering is both challenging and rewarding.
Volunteering in your community
Perhaps you already know what type of volunteering you would like to undertake, maybe you plan on volunteering to help you gain employment or perhaps you need a little more guidance. Whatever your circumstances, we can provide you advice that will help. Here are just a few suggestions.
Improve your surroundings
Do you want to improve a street, alley way or green space?
We have a team who may be able to support you with your activities and provide the tools needed to enhance your neighbourhood or open space.
Whether you want to focus on litter picking or horticulture we are here to help.
If this is something you would like to arrange then please contact us by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Improve your local area
Do you have concerns about your local area and want to do something about it?
Do you want your volunteering activities to directly impact your friends and neighbours?
There are a number of resident groups active in various areas across Chorley who are looking for more members. We can also support you to establish your own residents' group if needed.
For more info on setting up this kind of group, please see our community groups page.
Local community groups and charities
There are a number of community groups and charities operating in Chorley who need your help to support their aims.
Whether your interests lie in the environment, health and fitness, arts and crafts or supporting the elderly there are ongoing opportunities available to volunteer.
Perhaps you would like to develop your own community group? Our dedicated team are available to provide advice and guidance or alternatively, there is a wealth of information on how to set up a community group on our community groups page.
Volunteering to earn time credits
Tempo Time Credits are a charity who provide recognition to volunteers for their valuable contribution to society. Tempo Time Credits build local and national networks of organisations bringing people together in their local communities to carry out valued and important voluntary work. Volunteers receive Tempo Time Credits for their time volunteering in their community with a network of charity and voluntary organisations or locally commissioned programs.
Tempo Time Credits can be used with a network of recognition partners for days out at local and national attractions, classes at local facilities or even for vouchers for shopping and entertainment. Tempo Time Credits new online platform also allows people to use Tempo Time Credits for a range of exclusive online offers.
How does it work?
Give: You Volunteer your time by helping with all kinds of activities.
Earn: When you give your time and help, you can earn Tempo Time Credits. It's a way of saying 'thank you'.
USE: You can use your Tempo Time Credits on a wide range of activities. You can even take a friend with you!
Tempo now has a new digital platform making it easier to keep track of your Tempo Time Credits, to give them out remotely, recruit new volunteers and give your current volunteers the opportunity to use their Tempo Time Credits, both online and in person. More information is available on the Tempo Time Credits website.
Volunteers can also exchange their outstanding paper Time Credits for digital ones by signing up for Online Tempo Time Credits
Recruiting volunteers for your group or organisation
If you are a group or organisation looking to find volunteers, then we can help.
We regularly receive enquiries from individuals looking to volunteer and we support a large group of individuals through our employment service who are looking for opportunities. We can introduce you to potential new recruits.
Please email us at email@example.com or telephone us on 01257 515151 for more information.
If you would like to speak to us directly about volunteering then you can contact us on 01257 515151 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Lancashire Volunteering Partnership website also provide more information on volunteering and current vacancies in the Chorley area.