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A Spurgeons childrens charity volunteer playing with blocks with a young child.

"Volunteering means I’m giving something back to the community and it gives me experience with children which will help me gain knowledge and confidence"

Volunteering can be a great way of meeting new people and learning new skills

Whatever your experience we'll try and match you to a role.

There are lots of ways to support your local Spurgeons services by volunteering. Our volunteers are an incredibly important part of our work with children and young people and you can get involved in a number of ways. From supporting activity sessions to running fundraisers, mentoring a young carer or young female offender, or speaking about our work in schools, there are lots of different ways to support Spurgeons through volunteering.

Maggie is the supervisor of the Peterborough food bank held every week at the Honeyhill children’s centre, which is organised by the Trussell Trust and supported by Spurgeons. Every week Maggie and her team of volunteers support the community with their hard work and dedication.

Grace had wanted give something back whilst she was studying law. Through volunteering during group sessions at Wolverhampton young carers she had the opportunity to support young people and realised how passionate she was about it. She is now training to be a youth support worker. She said:

The food bank is a wonderful way of meeting a real need in this community and throughout Peterborough as a whole. I enjoy seeing people’s immediate need being meet and them leaving with their bags of food and a smile on their faces. It is very rewarding helping others and three hours of your time working with the food bank can help to give each person at least three days of food! You also get a real sense of being a part of all the hard work that goes on in the children’s centre.

For more stories about our volunteers please read our latest edition of Footprints.

Spurgeons' works with hundreds of volunteers every year and we can provide a full support service for anybody who volunteers with us.


Next steps

So if you have a little spare time here’s how to get started!

  • Step 1
    We will ask you to complete a volunteer application form via a link to the Spurgeons website where you will be asked for the contact details for two people who can provide a reference and you will complete a self declaration form and an Equal opportunities form.

    We will also give you information on what documents we require for the DBS process which you will bring with you to the interview.

    You'll be invited for an interview within 2 weeks.

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  • Step 2
    After your interview, if you are suitable for the role, we will write for your two references.

    After we receive both references and your DBS has been returned we will then begin your induction.
  • Step 3
    We will support you through an induction period to settle you into the role and learn about what we do and why.

    We will meet regularly with you to make sure things are going well and that your experience is positive and rewarding.

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