We understand that 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 new skills or build on existing experience and knowledge. No matter what your motivation is, we aim to help you explore suitable roles you will find challenging and rewarding.

Below are a few things that volunteering with GL11 Community Hub can help you achieve:

  • Give something back
  • Feel valued and part of a team
  • Gain confidence and self-esteem
  • Gain new skills, knowledge and experience
  • Enhance a CV
  • Meet new people and make new friends
  • Share a hobby with others
  • Get to know the local community

Drop in and start your journey with GL11 by meeting Adam, our Volunteer Coordinator, for a discussion about volunteer opportunities, including gardening and DIY, catering or baking, customer service, administration, childcare. If we don’t have anything that suits you here, we will help you look elsewhere.

Don’t forget, anyone can volunteer. It doesn’t matter what your skills, experience or background are, or how much time you have to give.

Give us a call on 01453 548530 or send us an email: adam@gl11.org.uk

GL11 Community Buddies

We’re looking to create genuine, long-lasting friendships to help prevent loneliness and isolation. One-to-one friendships between volunteers and local residents can take the form of a weekly phone call, a chat over a cup of tea or a walk in the park

What is buddying?

Buddying is a one-to-one friendship between a volunteer and a person who might be lonely or isolated, this could take the form of a phone call once a week, a cup of tea or perhaps a walk in the park.

We carefully match individual volunteers to individual residents who are often housebound or otherwise isolated, so that you can offer a little companionship and company to someone who needs a friend. Buddies generally catch up together once a week, to enjoy company and conversation. We match people based on proximity and try our hardest to bring people together based on mutual interests to create genuine, long-lasting friendships.

The people who we engage through Community Buddies may be a little less confident and possibly more vulnerable than most. We therefore need a DBS check before we can pair you with a resident, and we can normally confirm a DBS check within two weeks.

This is not a carer role, and you won’t be asked to carry out tasks that are essential to a person’s basic survival such as personal care, medical care, regular domestic work, and regular shopping.

What makes a good volunteer buddy?

  • Someone who is interested in other people
  • Someone who is a good listener and empathic
  • Someone who is respectful and non-judgemental
  • Someone who is reliable and dependable

What skills or experience do I need?

A friendly, empathetic attitude, your own transport and potentially the ability to make a good cup of tea!

A volunteer handbook as well as training on active listening and safeguarding will be provided by GL11, and until a match settles – which usually takes four to six weeks – Adam, our Volunteer Coordinator, will be in touch after each visit to find out how it went and whether any further support is required.

Where will I meet my Buddy?

Typically, Buddies will meet at the home of the person using the service but as you get to know each other, trips out are encouraged (this could be anything from accompanying them to a Doctor’s appointment to attending an activity at GL11).

Due to COVID-19, volunteers may start buddying over the phone or through socially distanced meet ups outside if home visits are not appropriate.

How often will we meet?

This is flexible to suit both you and the person using the service, but usually around 1-2 hours a week or fortnight and in order to build a strong friendship we’re hoping for a three month commitment from you.

What will the first meet up look like?

When we pair Buddies together we take into account each person’s interests, background and proximity to each other. For the first meeting our Volunteer Coordinator will also be there to make sure you both get a good introduction and are comfortable with the arrangements, to answer any questions and to explore what each side hopes to achieve with the friendship.

After the first meeting the coordinator will call you both separately to find out how you found the initial meeting and to answer any other questions.

How do I apply / what happens next?

Get in touch with Adam our Volunteer Coordinator who will invite you in for an informal chat about the scheme and to find out a bit more about you, your interests and experience. From there you will receive full training and a volunteer handbook before being paired with a resident from the community.

adam@gl11.org.uk / 01453 548530

Get in touch

If this sounds like a good fit and want to know more, please contact Adam, our Volunteer Coordinator: 01453 548530 / adam@gl11.org.uk