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Many groups and organisations in Peterborough are looking for volunteers! But finding something that appeals to you based on the organisation's name, especially when the list is quite long, could be tricky. So we've put them into groups based on what the organisations do.

Alison talks about why she likes to volunteer:

Many organisations are looking for volunteers. The types of things you could do include:

  • office-based (receptionist, admin, IT, phones etc)
  • helping with activities (including making tea/coffee for participants)
  • helping out with grounds (mowing, gardening, tidying etc)
  • driving – people, or delivering items

Volunteer platform

Peterborough has a new website called Go-ViP (Volunteering in Peterborough), which allows organisations to post volunteering opportunities for people to find, check them out. It is run by Peterborough Council for Voluntary Services (PCVS).

If you have a particular interest, here are some types of volunteering available from groups on H.A.Y. (though what is exactly needed will be variable; contact organisations directly to find out more).

Outdoor work– as part of a formal group or individually when time suits

Gardening for Wellbeing

Wellbeing Garden

Project Abundance – gardening at the Green Backyard

Gardening Club – Family Action

Olive Branch Community Garden

WestRaven Community Garden

Up The Garden Bath – gardening projects often in upcycled containers such as old bathtubs

Railworld Wildlife Haven – outdoor nature/garden work, plus model railways (mostly indoor)!

Peterborough Litter Wombles – go on group litter picks

Nene Park, plus the Nene Park Community Plant Nursery with activities for small groups

Froglife – help on local nature reserves

Great Fen – nature reserves south of Yaxley

Wildlife Trust – nature reserves in Peterborough

PECT – Peterborough Environment City Trust – environmental work around the city

Langdyke Countryside Trust

Sacrewell Farm

Libraries – not just help with books, but activities (e.g. crafting groups, computer help, and more)

Bretton Library

Central Library

Hampton Library

Orton Library

Werrington Library

Peterborough Archives Service

Creative and learning groups

Craft Time for Wellbeing

Craft4Smiles C.I.C.

Fine Cell Work – teach needlework to prisoners (HMP Peterborough)

Peterborough Museum and Art Gallery

Befriending and social groups – make a phone call, or attend a coffee morning or activity

Age UK Volunteer

Good Neighbours – help isolated people in rural areas around Peterborough

Safe Soulmates – brings together adults with additional needs for friendship and dating

Heart and Soul Coffee Club – NHS Chaplain-led for people with physical and mental challenges

Care Network Trusted Friend Volunteering – go with people to activities to help them gain confidence

St John’s Parish Church – have many activities and groups to help with, including serving food/hot drinks

Practical help for people – e.g. help around the house/garden, shopping

Age UK CAP Volunteer

Good Neighbours

NHS Community & Wellbeing Volunteers

Organisations that offer help for specific issues – often volunteers help with activities, admin, tea/coffee etc

Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice

Dementia Carers’ Support Service

Alzheimer’s Society Peterborough

Armed Forces Charity SSAFA

Groups for children and youth (you will need an enhanced DBS check)

Barnardo’s Child and Family Centres

Hampton Tiddlers – for parents with babies and toddlers

Little Miracles – for children with disabilities

National Literacy Trust in Peterborough – working to improve children’s literacy

Refugee Education UK – be a volunteer mentor for homework and English language learning support

Teens2thrivE – young people from black communities

Migrant and refugee groups – including activities or teaching various skills

Chinese Community in Peterborough

COMPAS Charity – Migrant and Roma communities

Gladca – support for recent migrants to settle in the UK

PARCA – Peterborough Asylum and Refugee Community Association

Community Centres

Family Voice (Orton Goldhay)

Paston Farm Community Foundation (Paston)


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