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Work in the Community and Voluntary Sector

Vacancies

Do you want to help in your local community? The community and voluntary sector could be perfect for you.

The community and voluntary sector, or third sector, is huge and incredibly diverse, covering everything from neighbourhood watch groups to social enterprises to national and international charities and everything in between. There are two types of people that you will find within the sector: paid staff and volunteers, and both are vital to the wellbeing of our local communities.

It has never been easier to work within the community and voluntary sector in Guildford and Waverley, and you can view paid and volunteer opportunities below. Our vacancies pages are updated regularly with all the latest vacancies from the local voluntary and community sector, helping local organisations to find the right people for the job.

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Paid Vacancies

Looking for a new job in the charity and voluntary sector? Our vacancies page is updated regularly to help local organisations find the right people for their job.

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Volunteering Roles

Looking for an interesting and rewarding volunteer role? We work with over 300 local organisations that need volunteers and there are hundreds of different roles available.

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JOHN'S STORY

(NAME CHANGED TO PROTECT IDENTITY)

Prior to volunteering I had been homeless and living in isolation in some woods for nearly two years. As you can imagine this had a large impact on my mental well-being, personality, future expectations and self-worth. If this wasn't large enough a hurdle, I also have a number of medical conditions which can prove quite incapacitating at times.

Originally, I joined a volunteer taster session to test the waters. The task was to assist the RHS in planting a well-being garden at the Surrey Fire Station. I got really engrossed in the task even forgetting my woes for a while, made a few and started to feel a level of self-worth. The half day led to the whole day, and I returned for more of the same the following day too. Since this humble beginning I have taken every opportunity, medical condition permitting, to volunteer. Litter picking, gardening, testing out country walks for the National Trust, helping out at an animal sanctuary, to name but a few.

 

At first glance it might seem very noble, but the truth is that I feel I have gained far more from the experience than I have given. It has provided me with focus and a positive distraction from the past. My physical condition has improved and I am coming out of my shell. Most of all I feel that I am a person of value that really does have something worthwhile to offer, to individuals and the community, and more like a 'normal' person than I have for a long time.

 

I have also 'profited' in a tangible way too. I was given the opportunity to attend the Community Allotment Project run by the RHS, which I enjoyed immensely. So much so that I successfully applied for a registered volunteer post at RHS Wisley within their Community Projects Team. My duties include taking care of their sizeable allotment area and greenhouse, and taking part in the workshops we run for various communities both at RHS Wisley and out in the communities too. In addition, we build garden areas for communities.

 

Later this year I shall be taking part in a build project at a community centre in Knaphill and a Mental Welfare Garden build in my old garrison at Colchester. Through volunteering I have now become a member of a Rock Choir, where not only do I get to take part but also am making friends and indeed have romance too.

 

My newfound confidence and feeling of self-worth have enabled me to enrol and attend the Recovery College run by the Help for Heroes Charity. Through this I have been able to complete various therapeutic courses that have helped myself and gives me insight to assist others too.

MORE STORIES

“AS A VOLUNTEER I WAS ABLE TO REBUILD MY CV AND DEMONSTRATE MY ABILITIES TO PROSPECTIVE EMPLOYERS. EVENTUALLY ONE OF THOSE ORGANISATIONS OFFERED ME A PAID ROLE. ONCE THEY GOT TO KNOW ME AS A VOLUNTEER THEY COULD SEE THAT WITH SMALL ACCOMMODATIONS MY MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEMS WOULD NOT BE AN ISSUE IN THE WORKPLACE.”

ANONYMOUS VOLUNTEER

"VOLUNTEERING HAS HELPED ME GET TO WHERE I AM TODAY BY GIVING ME THE CONFIDENCE TO PURSUE MY DREAM OF HELPING PEOPLE."

ANONYMOUS VOLUNTEER

"IT WAS A WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE. CERTAIN SKILLS THAT HAD BEEN FORGOTTEN OR BECOME DORMANT WERE REAWAKENED"

ANONYMOUS VOLUNTEER

"IT WAS A GOOD WAY TO HAVE A MIND BREAK."

ANONYMOUS VOLUNTEER

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