Shropshire RCC, through the Building Better Opportunities (BBO) project, is providing a programme to assist people in Central and South Shropshire to move into supported volunteering as a step towards employment. BBO is funded by the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund. Funding will support projects in England that tackle poverty and promote social inclusion.
Our project officers can meet you for a friendly one-to-one discussion, then help you to find a suitable volunteering opportunity in your local area.
The project officers will identify potential host organisations, helping them to understand the needs of the volunteer to achieve a positive and rewarding match for volunteer and host organisation. Examples of volunteer opportunities include helping in a pre-loved book shop, learning new skills in a community garden, helping with catering in community centres or being a trustee for a local charity. New opportunities are added on a regular basis.
Potential volunteers will be introduced to selected placements, and supported in taking the first steps into volunteering, with the officer available to offer a helping hand to resolve any issues that may arise. As the single point of contact for the volunteers, the project officers will offer support for the volunteer during the volunteer placement, to achieve a successful outcome for both volunteer and host. If the placement doesn't work out, Shropshire RCC will seek to find an alternative opportunity.
What are the rules?
To qualify for help, you need to be 19+ years of age. There is no upper age limit. You will need to provide ID (full birth certificate or passport) and prove that you are not employed (eg, letter from Department of Work and Pensions).
Benefits of Volunteering:
· Learn new skills
· The possibility to take part in training
· Increase your confidence
· Volunteering can in some cases lead to employment
· Gives you a sense of belonging
· Helps you to make new friends
· Looks good on your CV
Who do I need to speak to?
Shrewsbury Area: Sam Woodall
T: 07973 283773
For further information regarding the support we provide, please take a look or print this leaflet.
For help in other parts of the county please contact:
T: 01691 656 882
Telford and Wrekin:
T: Rebecca Dove T: 01952 262066