It's something that everyone can do
Whatever your interests, wherever you live, whether you have a lot of time or a little – you will be giving your time to help charities and community groups improve lives.
Not only will you have the satisfaction and achievement of making a difference, volunteering can also provide you with many benefits including:
- the opportunity to make new friends and contacts
- the chance to have fun doing something you’ve never tried before
- a greater sense of well-being
- increased confidence
- a chance to develop your job and career prospects
- learning new skills
What volunteers are saying
“Meeting like-minded people who want to make a positive difference”
“Volunteering has kept me active, particularly by keeping my brain working when planning events. TVA’s support has been invaluable.”
“There’s definitely time for volunteering in retirement. I wake up feeling ‘let’s get cracking!’.”
“I would definitely recommend volunteering. I enjoyed being part of a team doing something worthwhile and it gave me back my confidence and I have made some new friends”
“It’s been great to volunteer, as I was losing my job and didn’t want to stay at home all day”.
I had just started volunteering as Listening partner when I and bumped into an old friend who is a TA in the classroom next door. ‘After all these years of saying on our Christmas cards that we would meet up for a coffee we eventually did! We will be meeting up again as its hard to fit in 40 years’ worth of news into an hour’s coffee’.
“I use my free time (having taken early retirement) to do something useful for the community”
“I have lots to chat about when my partner comes home from work!”
“I have been on two 3 day training courses and have been out a few times with experienced case workers.”
“Volunteering can fit in around your working life. For me, it can be as little as one day in two weeks. Start small with something achievable and commit to turning up. Just give it a go, it doesn’t matter about ability or mobility. Start small. Go and speak to your local Volunteer Centre”
Some of the ways you can help to make a difference...
- helping on local community projects
- spending time mentoring or befriending a vulnerable person
- joining an organisation as a chairman, treasurer, trustee or committee member
- working outdoors to improve the environment
- assisting with local sports initiatives
- caring for animals and wildlife
Volunteer Centres can help make it happen
Before you volunteer
Before you start to volunteer it is important to consider what you want to do, how much time you can commit and how often you can do it – there is usually a volunteer role to suit everyone.
We can assist you through this process by either meeting you for a chat, discussing it over the phone or you can contact us by email. Once we’ve helped you to narrow down your choices, we can then put you in touch with suitable organisations.
How to get started
Tandridge Voluntary Action supports volunteering across Tandridge district and operates two volunteer centres in Oxted and Caterham.
To volunteer –
- either access the easy-to-use search tool on this web page, to see what volunteering opportunities might be suitable for you;
- or, if you are not quite sure what you would like to do, contact one of the volunteer centres, and we can offer you advice and a confidential one-to-one interview in the centre or on the telephone, at a time to suit you.