Volunteer with CKH and make a difference!
At CKH we believe in the power of volunteering. Becoming a volunteer and helping out in your community can be an amazing and life changing experience, and volunteering with CKH means you’ll be completely supported throughout your volunteer journey.
If you want to find out more about volunteering and if it could be for you, join our online Introduction to Volunteering course on CKH Learning.
The course is also available in person on 24 January 2022, 9.30am - 2.30pm at our Westwood Community Hub, Hampton Court, Westwood, Peterborough PE3 7JB. Sign up here.
The reasons people volunteer are many. For some it’s a social experience and for others it’s a stepping stone into paid work. Here are some reasons to get involved. Maybe you identify with some of them?
- make a difference to the lives of others
- help the environment
- help to build community spirit
- feel valued and part of a team
- spend quality time away from work or a busy lifestyle
- gain confidence and self-esteem.
If you’re looking for work, volunteering can be a great first step. You’ll
- gaining new skills, knowledge and experience
- developing existing skills and knowledge
- learn teamwork
- be able to demonstrate to an employer your commitment
- gain a reference
Or you might just want to use volunteering as a way to meet new people and make new friends. Through volunteering with CKH you’ll become part of a supportive team.
Whatever you want to get out of becoming a volunteer, we can help you to make it happen!
Current volunteering roles available:
Litter Pick Lead Volunteer: You'll lead our fantastic bunch of litter picking volunteers at our Westwood Community Hub, every week. You'll deliver the health and safety briefing to the volunteers, be responsible for the equipment and for arranging the disposal of the rubbish at the end. You'll receive full training and support. This role requires a regular, weekly commitment.
Volunteer Team Leader - Community Gardeners: You'll be supervising our dedicated band of gardening volunteers as they help residents to tidy up gardens that have got out of control. You'll collect volunteers from the community hub and drive them to the property (so you'll need an MOTd and appropriately insured car); ensure best practice is complied with and maintain a safe working environment. You'll also liaise with the resident and carry out gardening activities.
Volunteer Gardeners: We’re looking for volunteer gardeners to help some of our residents across Peterborough whose gardens have got a bit too much for them. You’ll help them out with a bit of mowing, pruning and weeding to get their gardens into a manageable condition. We’ll provide all the tools and safety gear, you just need to wear appropriate clothing.
Volunteer delivery drivers: You will be a link between CKH, foodbanks and our residents, getting deliveries of food, provisions and medicines to the people who need it. You’ll need a standard UK driving licence, and your own MOT’d and insured vehicle, and we’ll cover your mileage costs. You’ll need to be friendly, patient and positive, as well as able to perform physical tasks including lifting and loading shopping.
Volunteer Gardener at our South Bretton Family and Community Centre: If you're a keen gardener with a spare hour a week then we need you! We are looking for a volunteer gardener to help keep the brilliant garden at our South Bretton Family Community Centre looking amazing for the families, young people and community group who use the Centre.
Volunteer drivers: We’re looking for people to help drive others to important appointments and meetings. This is a really valuable role that will be a huge help for people have trouble travelling alone. You will need a full, clean UK driving licence and your own insured car. We’ll pay your mileage and reasonable expenses.
Community Eyes: We’re looking for people who have a keen eye for spotting things that need attention our community spaces. Repairs, fly-tipping, broken amenities - we need you to report them so we can put them right.
Digital Support Volunteers: We are looking for digitally competent people to support others to get online. You’ll need good people skills and lots of patience to help them to develop their online skills, access support and advice on the web and stay safe in the cyber world. If this sounds like something you could help us with, then get in touch.
Literacy Support Volunteers: We are looking for people with previous experience of helping those who struggle with reading and writing to help change lives. You’ll need good people skills and lots of patience, to support others with their literacy skills and form filling.
Numeracy Support Volunteers: We are looking for people with previous experience of helping others to overcome their fear of numbers to help change their lives. In addition to good numeracy skills, you’ll need good people skills and lots of patience. If this sounds like something you could help us with, then get in touch.
Childcare Support Volunteers: We are looking for volunteers to support us with the setting up of a before after school club in South Bretton. If you love being around children and would like to give something back to the community, come and help us to run a before and after school club for local school children. There are two time slots to chose from: 7.30am to 9am or 3pm to 5.30pm. In the morning you will help to provide a healthy breakfast and ensure the children arrive at school on time. In the afternoon you will be helping children with homework and supervising games. You’ll receive full training and loads of support.
Befriending Support Volunteers: We’re working to help beat social isolation, and you can help us by volunteering for our befriending support. Just an few hours a week spent chatting with someone who is unable to leave their home can make a huge difference to their life. You’ll be a friendly and encouraging face, and can even help them out the home for a walk or just enjoy a cuppa and a game of cards with them. So if you would like to give something back to your community and bring a smile to someone’s face, tick the befriending support box on the form below!
Community Events Volunteer: Come and work alongside our Communities team to deliver fun and informative events all over the areas we work in. This is a great opportunity to meet new people, learn new skills and even gain experience that will look great on your CV!
Get work experience through volunteering: If you are looking for gain new skills and get some amazing work experience to help your job hunting, come and volunteer with CKH - you’ll also be giving back to your community. We can provide you with a wealth of validated work experience and a reference to help you on your journey into further training or employment. You can also get inspiration for a community based career move. This is a great opportunity to meet new people, learn new skills and even gain experience that will look great on your CV!
Litter picking: Litter picking is a great way to get out of the house, get some fresh air and exercise, and meet new people – as well as making a difference to your community. We are holding weekly litter picks every Thursday:
- Westwood: meet at 12.30pm outside the Westwood Community Hub, Hampton Court.
We can also support you to carry out litter picks in your community.
If you would like to find out more about joining our band of volunteers making a real difference, pop your details in the form below and we be in touch.