Gap Year Volunteering Opportunities
Thinking of taking a year out after graduation? Want to develop your employability skills, improve your CV and make a difference to people’s lives?
If so you may be interested in our full-time volunteering programme. Volunteering Matters have hundreds of opportunities available for 6-12 months across the UK. There are a wide variety of opportunities but typically it might include:
- Supporting adults or children that have a disability in their own home
- Helping disabled students at a university e.g. by note taking or helping with day-to-day living
- Providing respite care for full time carers
- Volunteering in special needs school
- Providing support or help in a homeless shelter
- Mentoring and befriending young people at risk
Volunteers receive free accommodation and subsistence which includes food (or up to £40 per week to buy food) plus £35 per week towards day to day expenses. Volunteers move away from home and could be placed anywhere in the UK. Start dates available throughout the year and no previous experience is required. Open to 18-35 year olds who are UK or EEA nationals (or are eligible to volunteer full time in the UK)
More information about our gap year opportunities can be found at www.volunteeringmatters.org.uk/gapyear
Want to gain leadership skills, improve your CV and have fun while making a difference this summer?
Volunteering Matters have some fantastic opportunities for young people aged 18-25 to become volunteer leaders and help in the running of our Summer Heritage Camps for 16-25 year olds. Heritage Camps Volunteers come from all round Europe and the UK helping to preserve Britain’s beautiful historic buildings. Each camp lasts for a week and runs throughout July and August at cathedrals, churches or other buildings of historical interest across the country.
Together with a co-leader you’ll play a vital part in the running of a camp. You’ll be gaining some great leadership and team building skills and taking on a responsible role which would include overseeing the timetabling of work schedules, managing a budget, providing pastoral support, carrying out risk assessments, organising social activities and managing accommodation including the preparation of meals.
The volunteers and leaders are accommodated by the venue and the leaders ‘live in’ with the volunteers and assist the team to bond and help with team building and social activities in the evening. Leaders are responsible for all aspects of the volunteer welfare, with support from venue and Heritage Camps staff. The camp includes a budget for the camper’s food and it is the leader’s role to budget for the camps and record expenditure etc. The teams vary in size from 6 to 20.
The volunteers would be maintaining, cleaning and helping to conserve the buildings and grounds of the cathedral or historic building where they are based. They might be restoring monuments and statues, re-laying stone pathways, maintaining ornamental woodwork and brass features, clearing crypts and cellars, painting, gardening or restoring graveyards. Although you will be involved in doing these practical activities too, your main role will be to lead the team and oversee everything, making sure everything runs smoothly.
For more information and to apply please visit www.volunteeringmatters.org.uk/heritagecamps