To apply to volunteer, please complete the following web form HERE

Volunteering Opportunities

All services and projects are run by volunteers, the project groups are then supported by paid workers. Volunteers are therefore crucial to the running of the Centre. We welcome people from all backgrounds and abilities to get involved and volunteer with us. Regular Volunteers get free refreshments and lunch, use of the playroom and travel expenses. Volunteering is a great way to get involved, meet new people, learn new skills to gain experience and confidence or simply to help others. We usually have around 70 volunteers at a time and need new volunteers continuously.


Here’s an introduction to the different work areas where you can volunteer at BUCFP:

Tea Bar

Serving low cost drinks and run by our team of tea bar volunteers (although sometimes it is self service). It is open from 10am - 4pm each day, with a break at 1pm whilst we serve lunch. Volunteers on the tear bar need to be available for one session a week, morning or afternoon.

As a volunteer you will need:

» To be aware of good hygiene practices

» Good numeracy skills

» Be welcoming

Computer Support

We need volunteers to support users in the computer room and in the main area, giving one-to one support with internet use, email, job search, form filling, CV writing and scanning etc.

As a volunteer you will need:

» Good computer skills

» To be a good listener

» To be patient with people

The Kitchen

The kitchen volunteers cook a daily vegan meal to be ready for 1:00pm. There are places for head cooks and for assistants.

As a volunteer you will need:

» To be aware of food hygiene practices

» To enjoy cooking

The Office

Our busy reception is the first place people come to in the Centre. It is a friendly and welcoming place dealing with enquiries, petty cash, bookings and admin.

As a volunteer you will need:

» Good communication and organisation skills

» Good numeracy and literacy

» To be able to work under stress in a small busy office environment

Participation

Participation volunteers support other centre users in becoming involved in the Centre. This could be through the Arts and Crafts projects, Creative Writing or through helping to organise an event.

As a volunteer you will need:

» Good communication skills and able to get others involved

» Commitment to one session per week

» Creative skills and passion

Education

We currently have a small team of language teachers who teach ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) and Japanese. However, we are always interested to hear from anyone wanting to provide a new class or activity at the centre.

As a volunteer you will need:

» Good communication skills

» Commitment to one session per week

» Skills and experience in teaching

» Able to organise and plan a class or course in your area of expertise

» To be patient with people

Allotment

This is a beautiful outdoor space where you can learn to grow food. This is a flexible position and is only open on Mondays.

As a volunteer you will need:

» To be a good team worker

» To be physically fit (ish!)

» Able to work outside

Playroom

The Playroom can take 12 children in each session. It is open Tues - Friday mornings between 10am and 1pm. Volunteers in the playroom have one or two regular slots, they work as part of a team with the co-ordinator and other volunteers. Volunteers arrive between 9:30 - 9:45am to discuss and prepare for the session; and stay for a short while after the children have gone, to help clear up and take part in a feedback session.

As a volunteer you will need:

» To commit to a regular session each week

» To agree to a health and DBS check

» Be willing to work as part of a team

» Attend monthly Playroom meetings

Donations/ Centre Helpers

Our Centre Helpers are volunteers that generally make themselves useful! They welcome new people to the centre and give them general advice and support. They also assist with keeping the main area tidy, helping with deliveries or sorting donated items, keep the free clothes rail tidy and assist with morning set up, lunch time clear up and end of the day clear up.

As a volunteer you will need:

» To be a good organiser

» To be happy to support in all capacities

» To be a good listener and problem solver

» To be prepared to get stuck in with a variety of tasks involved in running the centre


We do occasionally take volunteers in the Welfare Rights group and our Wholefood Coop.

Please read our blog post on Welfare Rights volunteering HERE