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Volunteering

There are a variety of exciting volunteering opportunities in the council and local community. We offer different types of volunteering to suit your interests, skills, time and motivations.

There are many reasons to volunteer, including:

  • helping others in your local community
  • learning new skills
  • furthering a personal interest or passion
  • meeting new people and be part of a team
  • gaining great work experience for your CV

Volunteers are always needed to support services, people and projects in the borough. If you are self-motivated and caring, and enjoy working with people, you might consider applying become a volunteer.

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LBBD volunteering brochure (PDF, 463 KB)

Helping older people and vulnerable adults Toggle accordion

Working with older people or vulnerable adults is extremely rewarding and there’s a great need for this type of volunteering in the borough.

If you can give up regular time and you enjoy helping others or have skills that could help, volunteering could be for you.

Roles and responsibilities

  • administration
  • befriending and serving refreshments
  • driving and companion work
  • gardening
  • guiding those with physical disabilities
  • running clubs and activities

Programmes

  • Active Age centres and George Crouch Day Centre (older people)
  • Heathlands Day Centre (adults with disabilities) and Maples Day Centre (adults with learning disabilities)
  • Millicent Preston House (extra care building) and Kallar Lodge Care Home
  • Spartans Club (adults with disabilities) and Vipers Club (visual impairment)
  • volunteer drivers and companions

Promoting safety, health and wellbeing Toggle accordion

A number of our services need volunteers to promote safety, health and wellbeing in the community

If you have skills and an interest in safety, health and wellbeing and you’d like to get involved, volunteering could be for you.

Roles available

  • administration
  • assistance with clubs and education
  • event stewarding, promotions and officiating
  • mystery shopping
  • tour guiding and leading healthy walks

Programmes

  • Broadway Theatre and libraries
  • Children’s Centres
  • Community Volunteer Team and Community Health Champions
  • conservation volunteering and Walking for Health Programme
  • Eastbury Manor House and Valence House
  • Service User Representatives
  • Offender Management Service

Independent Visitor volunteering scheme - help some of the borough's most disadvantaged children Toggle accordion

A new volunteering scheme is being launched to enable suitable people the opportunity to support local children who may not have had the best start in life.

As an Independent Visitor you'll be matched with a child in local authority care who you'll meet six times a year (one day in each of the school holidays) and who you’ll support in undertaking a positive activity to help build their confidence and self-esteem.

Activities include:

  • befriending young people in care
  • accompanying them to activities they are interested in (e.g. bowling, cinema, a sport).
  • trying new activities together
  • sharing experiences
  • spending quality time together

The scheme offers thorough training and ongoing support, plus expenses are paid. Some trips will be outside the borough, so volunteers need to be willing to travel.

For further information or to register your interest for this rewarding scheme, contact:

Tracey Clarke

tracey.clarke@lbbd.gov.uk

07968 511822.

Supporting young people Toggle accordion

Volunteering with children, younger people and families is very popular and exciting.

There are many opportunities to help educate, guide and support young people while furthering your skills at the same time.

Programmes that specialise in volunteering with young people include:

You can also apply to be a volunteer youth support worker.

Volunteering with our partner organisations Toggle accordion

We work closely with partners in our borough that offer valuable volunteering opportunities, placements and projects.

You can choose to split your time between a number of these organisations. They're always looking for new volunteers and can support you in finding a volunteer opportunity that’s right for you.

Barking and Dagenham Volunteer Bureau (call 020 8532 7343)

Barking and Dagenham Council for Voluntary Services (CVS)

Carers of Barking and Dagenham

Community Resources (call 020 8597 2900, ext. 234)

DABD (UK)

Healthwatch Barking and Dagenham

Library volunteers Toggle accordion

We always need good volunteers to support our libraries.  Our library volunteers page has more details.

Heritage volunteers Toggle accordion

Our work with volunteers is structured, flexible and friendly. Volunteers must be over the age of 18.

Heritage Services covers:

Park volunteer days Toggle accordion

The Park Rangers need your help to look after Barking park

Current volunteer days are Mondays 10am to 2pm.

We start at the courtyard outside the Barking Park Centre.

All equipment is provided for the activities you’ll be taking part in.

Things to bring and wear:

  • something to eat and drink (refreshments are provided but it’s recommended that you bring your own too)
  • sturdy footwear
  • full length trousers and a long sleeved top suited to the weather

Activities

Recent activities include:

  • planting up a flower bed
  • weeding and maintaining borders
  • cutting back overgrown bushes

We regularly have lake litter picks, using the Capital Clean Up kit given to the Friends of Barking Park.

We normally start a session with a quick litter pick to ensure the park is kept tidy for everyone’s pleasure.

Opportunities

We are always happy to meet people who would like to volunteer in different ways.

If there is something you would like to help with then let us know.

Whether it be:

  • helping with school groups
  • maintenance tasks
  • leading your own guided walk
  • surveying wildlife
  • organising an event
  • making bird boxes for the park

we’d like to hear from you.

If you’d like to join us

Get in touch if you’d like to join us, so we can bring enough refreshments for the break.

Education and Outreach Manager

Barking Park Lodge, Longfield Road, Barking, IG11 8TA

020 8227 2332

Conservation volunteers Toggle accordion

If you:

  • have a passion for nature and the environment
  • are keen to spend more time in the great outdoors
  • would like to keep busy, keep fit and learn new skills

Then you are in luck! Come and join the Barking and Dagenham Conservation Volunteers.

The team is run by the Ranger Service and is a great opportunity to:

  • keep fit in the outdoors, nature’s gym
  • meet new people and be part of your community
  • carry out practical conservation tasks and learn new skills
  • visit the council’s nature reserves, country parks, and heritage sites.

We provide tools, equipment, onsite training, and refreshments, including a good selection of biscuits.

You’ll need:

  • sturdy footwear
  • appropriate outdoor clothing

When we meet

The group meets Monday to Friday and occasional Saturdays from 10am-2pm:

Ranger Service

The Millennium Centre, The Chase, Dagenham Road, Romford RM7 0SS

020 8227 2332 

rangers@lbbd.gov.uk