Volunteer in your community

Posted on Monday 11th December 2017

Do you want to do something worthwhile in your community? Do you have some time that you could spare? If so, then your local community centre needs you.

There is a total of nine community centres covering all areas of Bournemouth: Kinson, Moordown, Strouden, Muscliff, Ensbury Park, Townsend, Beaufort, Howe Croft and The Phoebe Centre. Each centre offers a range of activities, events, experiences and most importantly a place to meet and socialise with the rest of the community. Volunteers and trustees are essential to the running of each centre, helping to provide a beneficial meeting place for all.

Volunteer duties can involve a whole range of roles depending on the skills or aspirations of the individual. Job roles can be almost anything, including the organising and running of tea and coffee mornings, opening and closing the centres and working on events or engaging with the local community via social media.

Councillor Jane Kelly, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Public Health, said: “Volunteering is a fantastic way to help out your community, meet new people and find something you enjoy doing. You can benefit from learning new skills whilst giving something back to your local area and helping your possible future career prospects. Being a volunteer or trustee is a worthwhile experience for all involved and there are plenty of options that could suit you.”

The recruitment process involves an informal chat to best place you in the correct centre and position and from there it’s down to you. There is no limit to the volunteering you can do, whether it be an hour, a couple of days or a full-time commitment. No matter how many hours you can do, you will be making a difference. 

To talk about becoming a volunteer or trustee for a community centre then please contact Amanda Nicholls, Assistant Community Liaison Officer: amanda.nicholls@bournemouth.gov.uk or call 01202 451165.

To find out more about what it means to be a trustee or a volunteer then please visit: www.bournemouthcvs.org.uk

For more information on Bournemouth Community Centres please visit: www.bournemouth.gov.uk/communityliving/LivinginBournemouth/PlacesToMeet.aspx