Volunteering in Buckinghamshire

Buckinghamshire offers a wide variety of volunteering opportunities. You can volunteer for all types of work, including maintaining footpaths, being a sports coach or helping organise activities for children.

It doesn't matter how much time you can spare, we would love to hear from you.

Volunteering can give you the skills and experience you need to further your career.

You can find out more about the range of volunteering opportunities below. Also, Community Impact Bucks provides a free and confidential service to help match your skills and interests to local opportunities. Read about how volunteering has had a positive effect on the lives of volunteers in Buckinghamshire by visiting Community Impact Bucks Case Studies.

Adult learning

Volunteers are needed to support our learners in English, Maths, ESOL (English for speakers of other languages), ALDD (Adults with learning difficulties and disabilities). You will always work under the direction and support of a tutor. You would be helping our learners improve their chances in life.

We need volunteers who can give 2 hours a week for at least one term. No experience is required but you need to be calm and encouraging.

email: [email protected]
telephone: 01296 383470

Buckinghamshire Archives

Buckinghamshire Archives is home to the memory of Buckinghamshire. We collect, care for and present the written and photographic history of the county. We need volunteers for a wide range of tasks, including working with our historic collections. Volunteers need to be able to give at least 3 hours a week.

visit: current opportunities at Buckinghamshire Archives
email: [email protected]

Community transport

The Buckinghamshire Community Transport Hub is a countywide community transport information and advice line. It provides information on Dial-A-Rides, community car schemes, minibus hire and wheelchair accessible taxis.

visit: Community Transport Hub

Conservation

Country parks

Help to manage and restore the county's country parks and manage vital habitats. We run regular practical sessions each week and are often looking for people to help with events such as open air theatre and cinema during the summer season. Practical tasks vary with the seasons and we provide all the tools and instruction you need. You just need to wear suitable clothing.

visit:  Country Parks
email: [email protected]

Ponds

Become a pond detective and do a pond survey. It's very quick and easy. You could do the survey next time you are out walking.

visit: Take part in a pond survey

The environment

If you have a keen interest in wildlife, your observations could contribute to county records. Alternatively, we need volunteers to help at the records centre.

visit: Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes Environmental Records Centre
telephone: 01296 382431
email: [email protected]

Conservation volunteer groups

Volunteers are essential to conservation management in Bucks.

Working with the Conservation Volunteers, we have established a number of Community Conservation Groups:

  • Friends of Bourton and Heartlands Park
  • Friends of Buckingham Cemetery
  • Friends of Maids Moreton Avenue and Holloway Spinney
  • Friends of Railway Walk

The group carries out clearing and conservation work at the site, which runs along Station Road.

It meets the first Saturday in the month in the University of Buckingham car park at the top of Station Road.

email [email protected]

Vale countryside volunteers

The Vale Countryside Volunteers group (VCV) was launched in 2003 with a £40,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

VCV’s aim is to care for and protect the wildlife and countryside of the Vale by carrying out practical conservation work using traditional crafts and skills.

The group meets most Wednesdays from 9.30am to 4.30pm.

visit: Vale Countryside Volunteers website
email [email protected]

Consumer rights

Buckinghamshire and Surrey Trading Standards are looking for volunteers to assist us with our consumer protection work. There are various volunteering opportunities from Scams Marshal to Food Sample Test Purchaser. For some of the roles, volunteers work from home.

visit:  Buckinghamshire and Surrey Trading Standards volunteer opportunities

Family Support

Children's centres provide fun activities and services for all young children. They give extra support to children who may be at a disadvantage for a variety of reasons. Volunteers are needed to help support their activities. Please contact your local centre directly to volunteer, you can find details on the Family Information Centre website.

visit: Family Information Service

Heritage

Help us record information for the vital Sites and Monuments Records.

email: [email protected]
telephone: 01296 382072

Libraries

Buckinghamshire Libraries are fortunate to have the support of many volunteers across all our libraries. We value our volunteers for the additional services they help us to provide, the experience and skills they bring to their roles, and for their enthusiasm and commitment.

visit: DoIt to view volunteering opportunities in the Library Service

Home Library Service

The Home Library Service helps to keep Buckinghamshire residents connected to reading and to their local community. Many residents find it difficult to visit a library due to age, illness or disability. Volunteers are matched to clients in their local area. They will choose books for clients, based on their preferences, and deliver these to their homes once a month. 

visit: Home Library Service
email: [email protected]
telephone:  01494 475573

Community libraries

If you would like to get involved with your local community library, you can make contact directly.

visit: libraries and opening hours

Schools

School governance

If you want to make a real difference in your community, you could become a school governor. Anyone over the age of 18 can be a governor and you do not need to be a parent.

School governors set the school's strategic vision and direction and make sure the budget is being properly managed. Typically, school governors attend at least 6 meetings each year and give 5 to 8 hours each month. They do not get involved in day-to-day running of the school, but they do hold the senior leadership team to account. Please get in touch to find out more.

telephone:01296 383030
email: [email protected]
visit: Become a school or college governor

Help out at your local school

Schools often appreciate help from the local community. You do not have to be the parent of a student to help out. Contact your local school if you can listen to children read, join the Parent Teacher Association or share your expertise.

Sport

If you enjoy sports and want to pass your enthusiasm on to others, there are plenty of volunteering opportunities. You could be a coach, official or a committee member in a local club.

telephone: 01296 585215
email: [email protected]
visit: Leapwithus

Walking, cycling, and horse riding

Help others to be more active and enjoy gentle walks throughout beautiful Buckinghamshire.  Full training and support provided. Visit the Simply Walk pages

Survey paths, help in practical tasks or become an Area Secretary, Path Representative or Walk Leader.
Visit the Chiltern Society website

The Rights of Way team organises two route surveys each year. We need volunteers to go out with a map, check that the paths are easy to use and report back. You will need a car to reach the walk area and walking boots. To help with annual route surveys, contact: 01296 387695

Join the Local Access Forum to ensure community views are taken into account when we are managing and developing the county's public access routes and land. Find out more about the Access Forum.

Young people

We need volunteers to work with young people at local youth centres across Buckinghamshire. You could pass on a skill, for example craft, cookery, art or drama. Alternatively, you could help run a coffee bar, organise an outing or event, or assist with a project or activity.

telephone: 01296 382583
email: [email protected]
visit: Buckinghamshire Family Information Service

Offer volunteering opportunities

Community Impact Bucks offers a range of services, including training, to support organisations who need to recruit volunteers. We can assist with advertising and promoting existing roles, or help you develop new volunteer opportunities.

Find out how to recruit volunteers for your organisation