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Voluntary Action Doncaster

Voluntary Action Doncaster is a Voluntary Community and Faith (VCF) Sector Cooperative which provides a strong voice and representation for the VCF Sector. It offers infrastructure support and a point of access for commissioning/partnership working. Voluntary Action Doncaster also support and match volunteers from both business and residents to opportunities across Doncaster.

Volunteering opportunities during the Coronavirus pandemic

To register your interest in volunteering to support the community and help respond to the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic please visit the Voluntary Action Doncaster website using the link below:


Covid-19 Vaccination - Volunteer Marshals Needed

The COVID-19 vaccination programme is the largest vaccination programme ever embarked on in Doncaster. We are asking for as much support as possible, from volunteers, to support marshalling the five vaccination sites across Doncaster. There will be an ongoing demand for support throughout the vaccination rollout.

The marshalling support will involve the following duties:
  • Greeting and directing those people being vaccinated to the correct place within the venue
  • Taking temperatures/asking questions re symptoms
  • Informing attendees about COVID safety measures
  • Maintaining flow and social distancing
  • Observing people for 15 minutes post vaccination
  • Support to anyone requiring additional assistance e.g. mobility issues
  • Provide general support to staff working at the site
  • Maintain confidentiality at all times
As a Vaccination Marshal Volunteer, you will not be asked to provide medical assistance, advice or personal care to patients. The role will be an active one and volunteers will need to be mobile/on their feet for the
duration of the session. This role is open to those aged 16 and over.

The rotas are subject to change according to the availability of the vaccine and this can be at short notice. Typically, a session will be from 8am to 2pm and 2pm to 8pm daily. Volunteers will be required to attend a briefing on arrival at site and therefore must arrive 15 minutes prior to the session start time. It may also be necessary to stay on-site for a debrief/handover at the end of each session. It is vital that you have photo ID with you. Please wear your own mask if you are able to, but personal protective equipment will be provided by the site.

Any volunteer who is already affiliated with any SIA organisation can volunteer by emailing toni.illman@dclt.co.uk to be added to the mailing.

New volunteers should complete the short form on the Voluntary Action Doncaster website (you can specify in the comment box that you would like to support the vaccination programme) and we will be in touch with further details and to facilitate your placement on the rota. Please send any queries to volunteering@voluntaryactiondoncaster.org.uk

Befriending Services - volunteers needed

Could you spare an hour a week?

The following befriending services available to Doncaster residents, are encouraging people to sign up and volunteer to support socially isolated and lonely people via telephone during the pandemic. There is a massive shortage of volunteers available and currently a large numbers of referrals coming into these services due to the current pandemic and shielding population. Please sign up and volunteer with them now:

Benefits of volunteering

As well as doing something positive for yourself and your community, volunteering can help you:

  • improve your self confidence
  • gain new skills and experiences
  • benefit from training opportunities
  • gain references for future employers
  • improve your employment prospects
  • make new friends 

'Giving' is one of the New Economics Foundation's Five Ways to Wellbeing, one of the cornerstones of mental wellbeing.  

Are you an individual looking to volunteer?

Opportunities within Doncaster Council and Doncaster Children's Services Trust include: 

Doncaster Libraries - community libraries are opened and maintained across the week by hundreds of volunteers.

Volunteer Walk Leaders
 - trained to a national standard and support the Get Doncaster Walking programme.
School Governors - the largest volunteer force in the country and play an integral role in shaping the future for Doncaster's children. 

- opportunities to conserve and enhance the plants, animals and wildlife habitats of Doncaster.

Independent Visitors Scheme
- matches volunteer befrienders with children and young people who have little or no contact with their parents. 

Trusted Mentor Scheme
 -  volunteer as a mentor and help inspire children and young people to achieve their potential. The scheme is focussed on helping young people to raise their aspirations and have a clear understanding as to how they will achieve their ambitions. 

EPIC Mentors
 - EPIC Mentors are volunteers who can offer support young people aged 10 to 17 years-old, through what can be a difficult stage in their life. Helping a young person to develop, grow and learn new things. Find out more about becoming an EPIC mentor.

Youth Offending Service Mentoring Scheme
 - be a mentor and support a young person who is on a court order to discover their potential.   

Community Panel Volunteer Scheme
- make a real difference to the lives of young people who have offended or are at risk of doing so.

For opportunities in the wider Voluntary, Community and Faith sector: 

Visit the Your Life Doncaster Community Directory - over 1500 local groups and activities listed which you can volunteer for or get involved with - from sports clubs to scout groups and community centres. There really is something for everyone! (Please note: the directory is open to any organisation and their inclusion does not not reflect any endorsement by us).

Do-it - search hundreds of national and local volunteer roles by area or keyword.  

Are you from an organisation looking to recruit volunteers?

Reach Volunteering - Reach Volunteering runs a free national self service online platform for charities to find people with skills and vice versa. Last year over 1,000 people found roles with us in a wide range of professional and business roles across the UK.

Are you a business looking for corporate volunteering opportunities?

Email your enquiry to Community@doncaster.gov.uk
Last updated: 28 May 2021 12:10:24