Volunteering opportunity of the week: MK Gallery Assistant

Gallery Assistant Volunteers are a vital part of the team working to ensure the continuing success of MK Gallery, ensuring we deliver the best quality of visitor experience to all. Gallery Assistant Volunteers work pro-actively to ensure the safety and security of the art works at all times. 

What’s involved?

  • Provide a warm welcome to all visitors
  • Invigilate the galleries to ensure the safety and security of visitors and the works on display
  • In the event of an emergency support the Fire Wardens with evacuation of the building
  • If of interest it is also possible to work with the Exhibitions team to deliver exhibition tours, spotlight stories and introductory talks. Training would be provided.

Skills description

Ideally you will enjoy talking to and working with members of the public. You may have an interest in the visual arts, music, literature, film or other art form. You will be a conscientious and reliable individual who likes to a part of a diverse and socially active team.

Benefits from this role

  • Become a valued member of a team of volunteers and professionals who are passionate about delivering a world-class arts programme in the heart of Milton Keynes
  • Enjoy the exhibition and bring a friend! Receive two complementary tickets to MK Gallery’s annual paying show and a copy of the exhibition publication
  • Be invited to private exhibition tours with artists and curators prior to opening new exhibitions
  • Develop new skills or build upon existing customer service and communication skills
  • Gain experience volunteering in a gallery environment and learn about how we run our exhibitions and events
  • Enjoy a 30% discount off of food and beverages at the MK Gallery Café Bar

MK Gallery aims to have a workforce that represents a variety of backgrounds and cultures and can provide the relevant knowledge, abilities and skills for the organisation. Anyone who meets the requirements of this volunteer role is eligible to sign up for it irrespective of age, disability, employment status, gender, health, marital status, sexual preference, membership or non-membership of a trade union, nationality, race, religion, social class or other non-job-relevant personal characteristics.

Find out more: https://app.betterimpact.com/PublicOrganization/b881f42d-18f2-4e68-ad68-4a5f6f064659/1

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Volunteering opportunity of the week: Bricklayer for Buckingham Canal Society

Individuals with bricklaying skills are needed to help re-build a spill weir on the disused Buckingham Canal. 

Volunteers will also be expected to support the rest of the group. 

The Society organises regular social events for helpers which includes a festival in July. 

Volunteers need to wear a hard hat which is supplied. Experienced bricklayer required.

Find out more

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Volunteering opportunity of the week: Board members for The Stables Events Ltd

Come and join our award-winning team of volunteers!

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We are looking for Board members to join the Trustees of The Stables Events Ltd – the charity responsible for IF: Milton Keynes International Festival and other major cultural events.

The Festival was founded in 2010 and has gone on to become a much-loved and celebrated biennial event in the UK’s cultural calendar. Transforming Milton Keynes with a world-class, multi-arts programme of extraordinary events in unusual places and public spaces, the Festival has a growing reputation for commissioning new work and presenting UK premieres.

As we approach the 2020 Festival we are looking for Trustees with particular experience in developing, directing and supporting major Festivals and events.

More information: https://stables.org/about-us/job-vacancies

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Volunteering opportunity of the week: Alzheimers Society Side by Side Volunteer

Margaret, who lives with dementia, and Side by Side volunteer Alistair

Side by Side is our fun, friendly, super-flexible volunteering opportunity for someone like you to help someone with dementia. Just because a person is diagnosed with dementia, it doesn’t mean they stop wanting to take part in their favourite activities.

Our Side by Side service helps people with dementia to keep on doing the things they love and try new things – from going to the football to catching the latest movie – so they can continue to lead an independent life. 

As a Side by Side volunteer you will enable someone with dementia to be able to keep doing the things they love, to stay connected to their local community and to build the confidence to stay active and engaged in social and recreational activities. 

What is Side by Side?

A splash in the pool, a mooch around the shops, a catch-up over coffee or supporting a person with dementia to volunteer themselves. Whatever they’d like to do, together you decide where and when.

One thing you can be sure of is bringing a lot of joy into someone’s life. There are nearly 1,000 people waiting for volunteers right now, so whatever your interests we need people like you.

World of difference: The value of volunteer supportReal storiesWe speak to a Belfast man with dementia who has gained a new lease of life through our Side by Side service. 01 June 2018 0

Ways to volunteer

You can volunteer on weekdays, evenings, weekends and even over the phone. It’s a super-flexible way to give your time and it will make a difference to someone’s life.

You need to be 16 years-old or older to sign up, and we’ll provide you with all the training and support you need. Why not try one of the following?

  • Face-to-face: As a face-to-face volunteer you can go wherever your shared interests take you – whether it’s a local garden centre, museum or café! It’s up to the both of you. Meeting in-person helps build familiarity, while people with dementia can still do the things they love.
  • Telephone: You can also volunteer over the phone, either from your home or your local Alzheimer’s Society office. A friendly chat with a familiar voice can be a great source of comfort so is a great option if you’re not able to travel and meet face-to-face.
  • Hospital: By volunteering at your local hospital you will provide invaluable face-to-face support to patients with dementia during their hospital stay. Get involved Become a Side by Side volunteer today – a couple of hours a week is all it takes.

You will visit someone with dementia on a weekly or fortnightly basis and take part in activities you share an interest with them to help them to keep doing the things they love – or pick up new ones!
Find out more here or call Jane on 01296 331 722.

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Volunteering opportunity of the week: St Johns Ambulance

As a volunteer you can be part of the team that saves lives, whether it’s helping people in the community, providing first aid at events, or supporting the NHS.

Youth Helpers work flexibly as part of our volunteer youth teams and are advised to liaise directly with their Unit Manager/Unit Youth Lead to design the scope of their role and allocate their responsibilities within the unit. For instance, Youth Helpers may be involved in helping to facilitate and run games, activities, and sessions within our Badger Setts and Cadet Units. This may include supporting our young people directly or participating in administration and support tasks to ensure the efficient running of the unit.

Find out more about this role here

How volunteering can help you

There are so many good reasons for volunteering with St John Ambulance. Here are just a few:

  • learn valuable new skills
  • meet interesting people and make new friends
  • make a positive impact on your local community
  • attend fabulous events (football games, concerts, parades, etc)
  • increase your confidence and self-esteem
  • build up an impressive CV
  • have massive amount of fun!

Whatever your reason for getting involved, we have the volunteer role to suit you and all the support you need.

Unfortunately we are unable to support work experience placements at this time.

How we’ll support you

Our volunteers take on a lot of responsibility. That’s why we’ll support you every step of the way.

We do this in a number of ways, such as:

  • providing you with all the training you need to excel in your role
  • opportunities to progress and develop as a volunteer
  • make sure you have local support and a point of contact
  • access to our intranet (Connect) which has plenty of resources to help you in your role and help you connect with a network of volunteers across the country
  • reimburse any reasonable out-of-pocket expenses
  • the opportunity to express your views and contribute your ideas about how St John Ambulance can improve
  • and much more!

Search for other volunteering opportunities with St Johns Ambulance

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Volunteering opportunity of the week: Brook Clinic Support Volunteer

Brook Milton Keynes offers a wide range of sexual health and advice services to anyone up to the age of 25. 

We are currently recruiting for a clinic support volunteer. Go to the volunteer clinic support page for further information on the role, the specification and to discover the benefits.

The next volunteer open day at Brook Milton Keynes will be on Wednesday 12 June 2019 between 10am – 4pm. Contact jennifer.bywater@brook.org.uk for further information.

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#VolunteersWeek: Grandmentors


Grandmentors is an innovative volunteering project where older volunteers use their lifetime of skills and experience to support and mentor vulnerable young people leaving the care system. It is a flagship national programme that has won multiple national awards.

The programme is run by Volunteering Matters, a national charity working to fulfill their vision of a society where everyone can participate in their local community through volunteering and social action.

These young people who are out of employment, education or training (NEET) often need a guiding hand and role model to support them to find work, continue their education or begin training – ultimately giving them the skills and self-belief to lead successful and independent lives.


Volunteers meet with a young person each week to boost their confidence and work towards goals which are unique to each young person. Volunteers support where they can to help these young care leavers find their feet and reach their full potential. All volunteers are given full support and training throughout their time on the project.


  • Be aged 50+
  • Good people and communication skills, patience
  • DBS (criminal record) check will be performed
  • Long-term commitment (min. one year)
  • Based in Milton Keynes


As a volunteer you’ll receive:

  • Full training
  • Ongoing support including monthly mentor support meetings
  • Reimbursement of your expenses Expenses


Through using my wisdom, experience, patience and creative mindset my mentee and I were able to focus on their new direction in life


The Grandmentors project appealed to me as it gives me the opportunity to work with young people who both need and want support.  In a role where I would be able to share my knowledge and experience. I also hope that in doing so I will inspire others to volunteer.


I decided to become a Grandmentor in order to give myself a feeling of renewed pride as well as giving me the opportunity to have an involvement in the local community where I live



Our Grandmentors give their mentee the pen and let them write their future



You can access the role through our Simply Connect volunteering platform – please follow this link to apply.

You can find out more about this innovative volunteering programme on: volunteeringmatters.org.uk/opportunity/grandmentors-mk or follow Volunteering Matters, including Kelly Israel, Volunteer Manager of the programme in MK, on  social media.

Facebook: facebook.com/volunteeringmatters
Twitter:   @volunteering_uk

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