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Volunteer Opportunities in Norfolk: Voluntary Norfolk

Volunteer Opportunities in Suffolk: Community Action Suffolk

Featured Opportunities:


Brecks’ Fen Edge and Rivers Events Volunteers
Events Volunteers are needed to help the BFER team at a range of different events across the Brecks, including community events, children’s activities, outdoor swimming events and information stalls. They will be on hand to assist with setting up, greeting and talking to the public, running activities and generally advocating for the BFER scheme.

Location: Various (dependent on the event)
Required skills and abilities: No required skills but volunteers should enjoy engaging with the public. Reasonable out of pocket expenses will be offered.
Dates/times: Various (dates of events will be circulated to all events volunteers).
Contact Details: Ellie Collingwood – ellie.collingwood@suffolk.gov.uk

Tales From the River Research Volunteers
Would you like to join the team of volunteers gathering Brecks swimming and outdoor recreation history and stories? Training provided for volunteers; no previous experience needed.

Locations and Dates:

Training: Wednesday 22 September – possibly 12:30-16:30  Tales from the River: doing research and intro to Suffolk Record Office, Bury St Edmunds.
Research and story gathering: flexible locations in the Brecks project area.
Once trained volunteers can then work independently and flexibly (alone or in small teams), with direction and support from project lead.
Required skills and abilities: An interest in local history.
Contact Details: Imogen Radford – imogen36@googlemail.com
More info on the training sessions and the project: https://www.imogensriverswims.co.uk/blog/os-brecks-2/tales-from-the-river-training-begins-7-july-2021/

 

Bush Adventures UK Events Volunteers
Events Volunteers help to deliver a variety of different events for Bush Adventures UK from planning and preparation to setting up and running activities on the day, such as paddle hire or social events. It’s about offering something fun and memorable for customers and encouraging them to return and tell their friends about us.

Location: Various, depending on the event.
Required skills and abilities: Would suit someone who has a friendly and enthusiastic manner and enjoys working with people. This role can sometimes be physically demanding, and you may be on your feet all day. All training/resources and task specific training will be provided as you volunteer. Out-of-pocket travel expenses between home and volunteering place will be offered.
Dates/times: Various, depending on the event.
Contact Details: Karen Brazier – 07787 535888; team@bushadventuresuk.org
Further Information: Bush Adventures Events Volunteer Description

Bush Adventures UK Garden Volunteers
We are looking for volunteers to assist with the renovation, maintenance, and development of green space/garden areas within Thetford.

Location
: Memorial Garden at Riversdale (Tanner Court, Riversdale Centre/Tanner St, Tanner St, Thetford IP24 2BQ) and the Wild’s Place on St Giles Road, Thetford (Bush Adventures UK, Wilds Place, St Giles’ Ln, Thetford IP24 2AE).
Required skills and abilities: Would suit someone who has a friendly and enthusiastic manner and enjoys working with people. This role can sometimes be physically demanding, and you may be on your feet all day. All training/resources and task specific training will be provided as you volunteer. Out-of-pocket travel expenses between home and volunteering place will be offered.
Dates/times: Various, depending on the event.
Contact Details: Karen Brazier – 07787 535888; team@bushadventuresuk.org
Further Information: Bush Adventures Gardens Volunteer Description

 

 

Charles Burrell Museum Front of House Volunteer
In the role of Front of House Volunteer, you will be the person to give the first impression of the Museum to our visitors. In this role you would need to be welcoming, friendly and not mind talking to the public! Duties include collecting information on where our visitors have come from on a form, answering questions, making sales of merchandise, as well as keeping the Foyer clean and tidy.

Charles Burrell Museum Main Display Area Guide
A friendly demeanour and being willing to chat is essential to this role. You will be required to have information to hand to answer questions from the public about the objects on display, including the engines and the company history. Ideally an ability to ‘tell the story’ of Burrell’s works and offer a personal interpretation of it to visitors would be welcome. But these volunteers don’t just stand around waiting to talk though! There is always something else to do – polishing, dusting, making sure the display areas are tidy is also part of the job.

Charles Burrell Museum Café Staff
In this role you will be under the direct instruction and supervision of Café Manager, Gail Townsend. In this role hygiene and food safety are very important. All our volunteers are trained to Level 2 in Food Handling and if you complete the training period and wish to continue then you will also be given the opportunity to do so. Duties within the Café include taking orders and receiving payment, preparing food and drinks, carrying trays to customers, cleaning and washing up.

Charles Burrell Museum Engine Specific Volunteer
In this role you will be under the direct instruction and supervision of Engine Officer, Richard Stock. This role involves cleaning, polishing and maintenance work so you mustn’t mind getting dirty. When working with the engines, safety is key so you must be able to follow clear instructions and be relied upon to sometimes undertake tasks without direct supervision. Our existing volunteers know our engines inside out and will teach anyone willing to learn. No previous experience of working with traction engines or steam engines generally is necessary but it would be useful.  Any previous engineering experience would also be welcome.  Vacancies in this area are only available on an as required basis. [Please note – this role does not mean that you will automatically be working on the engines when they are in steam. Once you have gained experience however you may be invited to join the existing volunteers to help with the engines at events – however – this is at the Engine Officer’s discretion and his decision is final].

Location: Charles Burrell Museum, Minstergate, Thetford, Norfolk, IP24 1BN
Required skills and abilities: Front of House and Display Area Guide roles would suit someone who has a friendly and enthusiastic manner and enjoys working with people. Full training will be given for all roles, and you will get the chance to ‘shadow’ an existing volunteer for as long as you would like to.
Dates/Times: Tuesdays 10:00 am – 2:00 pm and Saturdays 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Contact Details: Helen Whitton-Rogers –  info@charlesburrellmuseum.org.uk and 01842 751166
Further Information: Charles Burrell Museum Volunteer Roles

 

 

Run Breckland Volunteer Marshals

Each Run Breckland event has a different requirement for volunteer marshals.  This will depend on the length of the course, the number of participants, and any location-specific issues such as terrain. Marshals’ main tasks are guiding, interacting with, and encouraging the participants around the course, including warning them of any obstacles or hazards, and alerting the Event Director of any incidents.  Some marshals may be invited to assist in the start/finish area with tasks such as registration, timekeeping and/or offering refreshments to our runners.  Depending on the length of the route marshals may also be asked to man checkpoints, which would entail offering drinks and snacks to participants, and taking a note of their running numbers as they pass.

Location:
Various (dependent on the event)
Required skills and abilities: Marshals are asked to be welcoming, enthusiastic and helpful. We will provide you with any equipment you will need, including signage and hivis vests.  We will also provide tables and gazebos for those manning checkpoints during our marathon/half marathon events.  In addition, hot and cold drinks are provided free of charge and there is often also cake or other baked products!
Dates/times: Various (dates of events will be circulated to all events volunteers).
Contact Details:  runbreckland@btinternet.com
Further Information: Run Breckland Marshals

 

Our Partners below are also recruiting volunteers for a variety of exciting projects in the Brecks:

River Lark Catchment Partnership

Breckland Society

West Stow Country Park

Thetford Town Council Conservation Group

Norfolk Wildlife Trust

Freshwater Habitats Trust

If you are recruiting volunteers in the Brecks area and would like to advertise your opportunities here, please email: bfer.admin@suffolk.gov.uk