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WARMER days mean it’s time to spring into action with our range of exciting volunteering opportunities!

Below is just a taster of what we have on offer but you can get in touch with Nicola Shaw on 01327 358264 or email nicola@snvb.org.uk for more details of all volunteering roles in South Northants.

Alternatively, you can browse through the opportunities on the national volunteering website which can be found at www.do-it.org.uk

Please note that some of these roles will require a Criminal Records Bureau check .

Most organisations will reimburse out of pocket expenses.

Mending Broken Hearts Appeal (Collection Volunteers) – British Heart Foundation (BHF)

Could you give a couple of hours to help this charity continue their pioneering research and excellent patient care?

The British Heart Foundation is organising a collection day at Tesco in Oxford Road, Brackley, on Thursday, March 31 between 10am and 4pm.

They are looking for collection volunteers to help them raise funds and help them celebrate their 50th anniversary!

Volunteers will generally work in two hour shifts but are welcome to do as much or as little as they can.

If you can help, get in touch.

Choir Members – Leonard Cheshire Disability

It is often said that singing and volunteering are two of the most effective ways of making other people happy.

So why not take an opportunity to combine them with this volunteering role?

Leonard Cheshire is looking for new choir members to join the Agnes Court Choir – The Polka Dots.

Rehearsals are on Wednesday evenings from 6.15pm to 7.30pm.

There are also occasional performances at Agnes Court and other small venues.

Dig To Make A Difference! – The Tudor Rose Garden Club

Volunteers are needed to help bring an area of unloved land back to its former glory by reinstating the flowerbeds and tidying up the surrounding area.

This friendly group meets on every last Sunday of the month in the afternoon.

A good knowledge of gardening would be helpful as well as being able to dig, prune etc.

Some woodworking skills would also be helpful as this group is hoping to refurbish benches.

If you live in the Brackley area and have time on your hands why not get in touch?

Retired people are particularly welcome.

Keen Cookery Volunteer – SWAN CIC

This organisation is looking for volunteers to work alongside their kitchen team, helping and supporting young people in a busy professional chef’s kitchen.

Swan CIC host regular sessions with secondary school students studying a young apprenticeship in catering and hospitality.

Other students from local schools also come to cook and prepare food for businesses that use their conference facilities.

If you are interested in cooking and happy to help young people learn cookery skills, then please do get in touch.

No specific qualifications are necessary, but an interest in cooking and working with either primary or secondary school students would be an advantage.

A good, outgoing friendly manner and an interest in passing on your culinary skills to the next generation is key.

Swan CIC is based just off A5 near Alderton, Towcester.

Visitor Assistant – Stowe House Preservation Trust

Come and enjoy this magnificent neo-classical ducal palace as a Visitor Assistant.

As a volunteer you will be part of the team responsible for the day to day opening and running of Stowe House.

You will have an important role to play in helping visitors have a safe and enjoyable visit.

Your role includes welcoming visitors, taking admission charges and disseminating information regarding the visitor route.

You will also be key in imparting a welcome presence and enhancing security, as well being able to act as a friendly and informative information point.

You will work alongside the wider Visitor Services team to ensure the visitor experience meets the Trust’s high standards.

You will also be on hand to assist visitors throughout their visit, dividing your time between serving customers at the till point and engaging visitors more broadly.

This role would suit someone who has an outgoing personality and who enjoys talking and spending time with the public as you will be the initial point of contact.

You need to be able to work as part of a team, as well as having the ability to work alone.

Get your organisation involved with the ‘Big Society’

Have you thought about how your organisation could use volunteers and get involved with the ‘Big Society’?

Every year, snvb matches hundreds of volunteers with roles in a variety of organisations.

We also offer ongoing support and training in recruiting, retaining and managing volunteers.

If you would like to explore how volunteers could fit in with your group contact Nicola Shaw, on 01327 358264 or email nicola@snvb.org.uk