IDEAS FOR THE VOLUNTEERING SECTION
The Volunteering section of the DofE is basically about you giving up your time to help people, animals or the environment. Full details about the volunteering section and a list of things you can do can be found on the volunteering page of the DofE website.
A range of local organisations that can offer service opportunities can be found on www.youthoria.org
Here some opportunities from local service providers.
Brook House Care Home
Brook House provides care for the elderly with residential and dementia needs. They are looking for volunteers to interact with their residents, including playing games, gardening with them, etc.
The care home is based near Mill Road, Cambridge. For further information please contact Caroline Stevens or Stephanie Wright on 01223 247864.
Cambridge Joint Playschemes
CJP is a charity for children with moderate/severe learning disabilities aged 4-19 years. The organisation feels they can offer valuable placements for young people over 17 years to volunteer at the Saturday morning club.
Further details can be found on the CJP website.
Cambridge Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Cambridge Sustainable Food works with individuals and organisations to make food in Cambridge more sustainable. One of their projects is 'Thyme to Cook', a free cookery club for families living in low-income areas of North Cambridge. The workshops run on Tuesday afternoons from 4-6pm at the Arbury Community Centre.
They are looking for volunteers who can help out at the sessions by setting up, looking after young children, helping participants with cooking, and clearing away. No experience with either childcare or cooking is necessary. Please get in touch with Ann Mitchell for more information: .
Cambs Fire and Rescue Service - Community Champion Scheme
Community Champions speak to local communities about home fire safety and escape plans. They may also provide support for the scheme at community events. Previous experience is not needed and training will be provided.The scheme is run by charity Groundwork and for more information contact Katie Dean on 01480 587140 or email
Language Futures is managed by the Association for Language Learning and funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation. This initiative is running in secondary schools nationally including schools in the Cambridge area. Students choose the language they wish to study (as an after school or enrichment opportunity) and are supported in their work by a mentor.
· Those who are learning a language must commit at least 1 hour per week to the learning and this can count as a skill.
· For the mentors this can count as a skill but the mentor must show personal progress as a mentor and teacher.
At leading disability charity Papworth Trust volunteers help create a world where disabled people are seen for what they can do. As a member of their diverse and growing team, you will be appreciated, not just by the Trust, but by the very individuals your invaluable work helps to support. Whatever your interests, availability and skill-set, they have a role waiting for you. Join and make a difference.
Further information and opportunities can be found on their website or call 01480 357292.
Royal Voluntary Service (RVS)
RVS is a national charity which helps older people stay independent at home and active in their local community. It can offer a wide range of volunteering opportunities and further details can be found on the RVS website.
St John Ambulance
St John Ambulance need members and helpers with both their Badgers and their Cadets groups. The Badgers are aged between 5 and 10 and take part in a lively programme of events. The Cadets are aged between 10 and 17. Groups meet regularly in
Support for people with learning difficulties
An opportunity to work with people between the ages of 19 and 23 in a residential centre in Willingham. Duties that the participant could help with in are: supporting a tenant out for a walk, playing board games, cooking, household chores, supporting some one to eat/drink, and general befriending. The organisation is Adepta and the office is based at Swavesey. Anyone interested should contact Caron Males the Manager of the service at Willingham on 01954 260495.
YMCA Cambridgeshire and Peterborough
YMCA Cambridgeshire & Peterborough are looking for local young people, aged 17 and up, to step forward and help inspire other young people in the county by volunteering with them.
You could do a number of things to help raise money such as organising your own event ( bake or games sale) with the support from the YMCA. You could volunteer beside the fundraising team and attend events and fundraising days to explain what it is the YMCA Cambridgeshire & Peterborough do.
If you would like more information or wish to apply for a volunteering role please contact YMCA Cambridgeshire & Peterborough's Marketing and Fundraising Team at or call 01733 373181.
Animals and the Environment
Burwell Museum and Windmill
Burwell Museum's 'Action Stations' project aims to recruit young volunteers aged 14 - 20 who will gain useful skills, boost their career prospects and become part of an award-winning volunteer team.
They promise a warm welcome, volunteer buddies and lots of valuable training opportunities, including:
- Basic first aid
- Giving tours of the windmill
- 'Welcome host' customer service
- Working with children and families in a museum
- Food and hygiene certificate
To find out more call 01638 605544 or email
Cambridge Preservation Society
The Cambridge Preservation Society aims to protect the character, amenities, historic buildings and setting of the City and its surroundings. Further information can be found on their Cambridge Preservation Society website.
Local Nature Reserves
Local Nature Reserves (LNR) are places with wildlife or geological features that are of local special interest. Melwood LNR, Meldreth, is managed by the Melwood Conservation Group. Ring's End LNR, Elm, is managed by the March Wildlife Group. Local Nature Reserves website.
You Can Bike Too is an award winning, all ability cycling project run by Cambridge Sports Lake Trust, the charity who manage Milton Country Park.
At the park these sessions run every Sunday from 11 am - 1 pm (April to December) and are a chance for people of all ages and abilities to try cycling with a broad range of fun, adapted bikes. There are also occasional holiday sessions and events too.
Sessions are run by a lead instructor and supported by volunteers. Jobs for volunteers include setting up and packing down the bikes and equipment, signing in new riders, finding helmets and checking bikes fit the rider.
No experience is necessary and any training will be given. This is a great opportunity to help people access cycling and experience the benefits of getting outdoors and active.
More information can be found at www.miltoncountrypark.org/youcanbiketoo or to regsiter your interest please email or call the park on 01223 420060.
The Rabbit Residence Rescue
The rescue centre is a registered charity based in Great Chishill, near Royston which rescues, rehomes and rehabilitates rabbits. The centre can offer a variety of volunteering opportunities including direct involvement with the rabbits (feeding, cleaning etc), DIY and gardening at the rescue site plus fundraising and promotion of the work the rescue does.
For further information please contact the Rabbit Residence Rescue:
Contact: Caroline Collings
Phone: 07904 397378
The Athletics Club are looking for volunteers to support coaches looking after people aged 6 - 17 years. If you are interested, contact Neil Costello on
Neale-Wade Gymnastics Club
The Neale-Wade Gymnastics Club have opportunities for DofE participants to work as assistant helpers. They are a community based club, training at
Neale-Wade Gymnastics Club
For further information please contact Sarah Eastol, Coach, on 01354 688245 or
Cambridgeshire Ramblers Association
The Ramblers' Association is an environmental organisation whose aims are to encourage walking, to protect rights of way, to defend the beauty of the countryside and for freedom to roam over uncultivated open country.