Volunteering

Dogs for Good are looking for Puppy Volunteers

Puppy Socialisers offer puppies a home for a year, giving them all the experiences to start on the road to becoming life-transforming dogs.  The puppies will eventually become assistance or therapy dogs working with disabled people.

Visit www.dogsforgood.org or call on 01295 759827 

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PARBOLD BEAVERS, CUBS, SCOUTS AND EXPLORERS – YOUR HELP IS REQUIRED

We run Scouting based activities for the young people of Parbold and are very pleased that over 130 boys and girls between the ages of 6 and 18 attend regular meetings at the Hut on the Hill.

Great progress has been made since the building of the new hut, including the tarmacking of the carpark and lane!  The Hut is also shared with the Guides Groups and the U3A as regular users, taking our weekly users to well over 200.  We are looking for people who can give some of their time to helping to maintain and develop the opportunities for our young people through a number of roles.  Examples include supporting the leaders, administering memberships, the hut calendar, coordinating hut maintenance, fund raising……… and can be tailored to the time you might be able to offer.  If you are interested and want to know more, please contact Charles Bithell, Chairman on 464878 or cbithell@btinternet.com.  

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PRINCE’S TRUST TEAM ORMSKIRK

The Prince’s Trust Team Programme is designed to give young people aged 16-25 the chance to gain and improve their skills so they can move into employment, further education or training.  This is a 12 week development course which includes a fully paid, 4 day residential which happens in week 2 of the course.  This course does not cost anything and you will not lose your benefits.

Contact:  Team Leader – Jonathon Marlow on 07870 168529 or email: jonathon.marlow@westlancs.ac.uk

Courses to be held at: Ormskirk College, Hants Lane, Ormskirk, L39 1PX

Team 9 – Monday 21st September 2015 – Friday 11th December 2015

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Lancashire Volunteer Partnership

The Lancashire Volunteer Partnership was established in 2016 between public services who wanted to provide one gateway into public service volunteering.

Our aim is to make volunteering for public services rewarding and to provide opportunities for people to make a real difference in their local communities.

By bringing these opportunities into one place and by working together we believe we can look after our volunteers better and allow them to use their skills for the benefit of all.

We are passionate about supporting people in need of help and building stronger, more resilient communities that can flourish; and at the heart of this are our volunteers.

From visiting people who may be feeling lonely or supporting those who are struggling to get out and about independently, to giving a carer some respite, volunteering alongside the neighbourhood policing teams as a Special Constable, at a children’s centre or as a cadet group leader; the LVP volunteers are truly amazing.

Take a look at some of their stories and why they choose to volunteer with us.

For more information visit https://lancsvp.org.uk/


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West Lancs CVS

If you are interested in volunteering – for a few hours a month or full time – we can find something to suit you.  The Volunteer Centre recruits volunteers for over 200 hundred organisations and has a huge range of volunteering opportunities available.

Volunteers can do all sorts of things, from helping at a nursery, doing conservation work, to helping at a day centre.

Volunteering has many positive benefits such as gaining work experience, building confidence, developing communication skills, and improving job prospects.

Find the latest opportunities to volunteer by:

Phoning Jan or Nicci on 01695 733737 for a chat or to arrange an appointment

Visit www.do-it.org to register online and look at current volunteering opportunities

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New programme of Volunteer Opportunities now available at Beacon Park.

Bridleway Clearance, pond maintenance, fence reinstatement, oak bark peeling, green fayre preparations.  Commitment, willingness to learn and 'get stuck in' is essential.  Practical skills.


The Countryside Ranger Service is very keen to attract volunteers to take part in a wide variety of activities.

Becoming a volunteer Ranger is especially useful for anyone who is thinking of developing a career in countryside management as it gives the opportunity for real practical experience. Practical conservation is an obvious area to start, with training available in woodland and wetland management, access improvements, constructing countryside furniture, and much more.

If your career ambitions lie in countryside recreation and visitor services then becoming a volunteer can also give you valuable knowledge and experience and help you develop a full working knowledge of what Rangers do.

You'll also be welcome if you just want to get involved on an informal basis to do your bit for the environment - your support will be greatly appreciated. You can attend at any time, weekdays or weekends, and need no prior experience as training will be given. The latest task programme is now available from the Countryside Rangers.

If you're interested in becoming a volunteer ranger, get in touch.

Contact us

Countryside Rangers, Beacon Country Park, Beacon Lane, Up Holland, Lancashire WN8 7RU
Tel:01695 622794

Email: beacon.park@westlancs.gov.uk

Come along to this picturesque countryside site and help to keep it in tip top condition for the wildlife that lives there. It is likely to be muddy in places so wear suitable footwear and clothing. All children under 16 require adult supervision. Booking is required.

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Books, Balls, and Bicycles (for charity, please)

Do you have any books, bicycles, or balls (especially footballs) that you are willing to donate for use in schools in the Nairobi slums supported by the charity Porridge and Rice? With over 2000 children in Porridge and Rice schools, they will go a good home.

* Books for children of all ages, both fiction and non-fiction

* Bicycles for all ages including cycling clothing and equipment

* Balls, especially footballs are wanted, as well as bats and rackets

So far, over 50 footballs and around 25 bicycles have been donated. Thank you for the generosity and kindness.

Jude Hanlon is an Ormskirk-based trustee of this small charity, which is based in Twickenham. She is happy to collect from in or near Ormskirk, evenings after 5pm, to contact Jude email her at jude@hanlon.co.uk

Website: www.porridgeandrice.co.uk

Facebook: www.facebook.com/Porridgeandrice. Twitter: PaRfeeding. Instagram: porridge_and_rice

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THE HUT-ON-THE-HILL

We need to raise more than £35,000.00 to pay for what we have already and to fund some additional equipment.  If any of you can help in any way, please call Sandy Smith 01257 463407.  Every penny counts towards finishing our project.   Perhaps your Company could offer to match-fund one of our upcoming fund raising events?

We are still collecting unwanted old and foreign notes and coins, jewellery, watches and mobile phones.  The Do-It-Yourself Centre in Parbold have a collecting box in their shop.  If however you are unable to get to the shop you can always call Sandy or Nadine Downhill on the numbers above to organise personal collection. Thank you again for all your help with our lovely new Hut-on-the-Hill. 

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PARBOLD'S RAINBOW AND BROWNIE UNITS

Need additional leaders.  If you can offer help and would like to find out more, please ring

Sandy Smith (District Adviser) on 01257 463407.

What are Rainbows?   Can you spare an hour a week to help at Rainbows?

Rainbows are the youngest members of the Girl-guiding family - girls aged 5 to 7 years. They move on to Brownies at 7 and to Guides between 10 and 11. Rainbows have a lot of fun - they play games, make things, sing and do all sorts of activities. They wear uniform and make a simple form of Promise. Parbold is lucky enough to have 2 Rainbow Units. One meets from 4.45pm - 5.45pm on Tuesdays and the other meets on Wednesdays 5pm - 6pm. Both Units meet at the new Hut-on-the Hill which is just below Christ Church, Parbold Hill. To put your daughter's name down for Rainbows or to get more information, please ring Sandy Smith for Tuesday Rainbows 01257 463407 or Julie Munro for Wednesday Rainbows 01257 462532

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COMMUNITY FIRST RESPONDERS

First Responders are volunteers who give some of their time to helping save lives in emergency situations. The scheme is supported by the North West Ambulance service. Full trainining  and equipment is provided.
For more information, please contact

Adam on 07723406139  or Alan on 01257462167 Email: westlancscfr@gmail.com

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LANCASHIRE COMMUNITY CAR SCHEME (Wet Lancs Dial a Ride) 
Operated by Preston Community Transport Ltd. Charity No. 1114100

  Community Cars operate with a team of local volunteer drivers who provide the service using their own fully insured cars. You can travel within a twenty mile radius from your home.  This service is for those who find using public transport difficult and is free after 9:30am with a NOW card.  New volunteer drivers are needed too; all mileage is paid by Lancashire County Council.

Community Cars: There is a new contact number for Community Cars: 01704 893373, call Monday – Friday 8.30 – 2.30.   Book at least 48 hours before needed.  

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Could you make a stranger welcome?


International students at UK universities,
far from their families, would love to spend a homely
weekend with you.
Volunteer hosts always needed.
www.hostuk.org
01254 247836
07747 690669
For more information from a local host contact
Gabrielle Hardman on 01257 462153
HOST reg charity 327592

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West Lancashire Carers’ Centre

Certacs House • 10/12 Westgate • Skelmersdale • Lancashire • WN8 8AZ

Tel: 01695 711243      Email: enquiries@prtwlcarers.org.uk

If you are able to volunteer for a couple of hours a week to support carers, either at the centre or in people’s own homes, (sitting-in service) then call us. Training and expenses provided.


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