Volunteer Centre

Welcome to the PCVS Volunteer Centre

Peterborough Volunteer Centre acts as the hub for volunteering activity in the City, working with both organisations and volunteers. We provide training, referrals and comprehensive all-round support.

Why?

Gain experience
​Volunteering can help provide you with valuable experience, in lots of different areas.Develop new skills
Gain new skills such as IT or administration, through to working with people with special needs, DIY or first aid. You will get lots of training through Volunteer organisations.

Volunteering is fulfilling
​Volunteering is a great way of meeting new people and making friends whilst doing something you are interested in. Being a volunteer is a great way to build self-esteem and confidence and a feeling of achievement knowing you have.

Give something back
​Volunteering is a practical way of helping your own community to grow and develop. It gives you a chance to give back to your community by sharing your own skills and knowledge and also meet new people and build new friendships.

​Build your employability
Volunteering is a great way to bridge gaps in your CV and also gives you a recent reference for employers to contact. By having volunteering on your CV you are showing that you are proactive with gaining new experience and knowledge and this is beneficial when looking for employment. It also gives the chance to make new contacts with employment possibilities.

How?

Visit the Do-it web site
You will find volunteer opportunities in Peterborough. You can apply for these on the Do-it web site. Your completed applications are processed by us here in Peterborough!

Do-it is a national database of volunteering opportunities which can be viewed on the internet. Peterborough Volunteer Centre are connected to this database and act as a gateway to local opportunities.

Potential volunteers can then express an interest and their details will be sent to us. We will then refer that person to their chosen organisation.
Click here to visit the do-it website

Or, arrange an appointment at our Lincoln Road offices

Information for Organisations

Helping you recruit and work with volunteers
Many voluntary groups, statutory organisations and public bodies use volunteers to enhance their services. Peterborough Volunteer Centre helps to recruit and place volunteers and offers additional support, advice and information to organisations with their volunteer policies, procedures, and recruiting.

Volunteering comes in many forms

Regular volunteering
A couple of hours a week or days a month enabling a regular position within the organisation to take up a role such as administration.

One off volunteering
Attending community and fundraising events, seasonal – gift wrapping, fireworks stewards, environmental work – tree planting, litter picking

Micro volunteering
Micro volunteering is commitment free volunteering in short timeframes – usually less than 2 hours. It can be in your organisation or home based.

Tasks that can be given to micro volunteers are:
Describe images or reading for visually impaired
Write letters/emails
Typing
Holding collection tins
Attending a coffee morning
Walking a pet
Translating documents
Web Research

Employer volunteering
Very popular with organisations providing staff for a day’s volunteering or a regular time donation

Beneficiary volunteering
Service users giving back to the organisation

If your organisation would like to register your volunteer needs with the Volunteer Centre please contact us by email or telephone 01733 311016

Volunteer Centre comes to your door…
​The Volunteer Centre is keen to come out and visit your organisation to discuss current and future volunteering vacancies and any other volunteering queries you may have.
This is a great opportunity to spend a little time thinking about your volunteering needs, whether it’s to update and make current vacancies more attractive or create new volunteering roles, the Volunteer Centre can help with both.
A visit to your organisation is a really useful way for the Centre to get a feel for your work which is shared with potential volunteers.

Training For Groups and Organizations Using Volunteers
The Volunteer Centre runs training to organisations covering various aspects of volunteer management.

Contact Liz Telford on 01733 311016.

Volunteer Strategy

Peterborough Volunteer Centre working with other local volunteer involving groups has developed a Volunteer Strategy for Peterborough. The aim of the strategy is to provide quality to volunteering.

Volunteer Mentoring Project

Managed by the Peterborough Volunteer Centre the Volunteer Mentoring Project is a self-development project that helps to identify and address barriers people face on their journey to successful employment.
Working with the most disadvantaged unemployed people, by helping them to move their lives to become more positive, rewarding and self-fulfilling and in turn play a bigger part in their community, helping them to access local facilities which could include colleges, support agencies and volunteering.

Volunteering in Cambridgeshire & Peterborough

In October 2007, 6 Volunteer Centres in Cambridgeshire established a new network organisation to provide a recognised hub of volunteering expertise across the county. The 6 current organisations are all members of Volunteering England and have achieved their Quality Standards Accreditation. The members include Cambridge & District Volunteer Centre, Ely & District Volunteer Centre, Fenland Volunteer Centre, Peterborough Volunteer Centre, Huntingdonshire Volunteer Centre (offices at Huntingdon, Ramsey, St Ives and St Neots) and Royston & District Volunteer Centre.The network:
Encourages the provision and delivery of high quality, cohesive volunteering services to potential volunteers, existing volunteers and volunteers involving organisations across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough which meet the needs of the diverse population of the county.Some of our activities will include:

  • Being the first point of reference in the county on issues relating to volunteering
  • Developing a single registration process for county wide volunteering involving organisations
  • Increasing marketing opportunities throughout the county, which will in turn increase volunteering awareness.
  • Increasing the number and diversity of people volunteering
  • Improving communication with all stakeholders in the county
  • Helping to deliver quality volunteering experiences
  • Raising the standards of volunteer management
  • Providing a stronger, more inclusive voice on matters relating to volunteering.