Information for volunteers

Volunteer
We believe that getting involved in volunteering should be as straightforward as possible. It's about giving some of your time to do something useful and be active in your community. In return you get the satisfaction of time and effort well spent. Also, volunteering can be a great way to meet new people, learn new skills and gain useful experience. It should also be fun! 

What do I need to do?
Call us on 01896 754 041 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and make an appointment so that we can register you. You can also drop in to our offices in Galashiels Monday – Thursday 11am-3pm if that is more convenient and one of our team will be available to see you. We will chat with you about your interests, hobbies and experience and what you would like to get from your volunteering and then suggest some opportunities you could try.

How long does it take before I start?
We will match you with the opportunity that best suits you as soon as we can. Some people choose the opportunity during our meeting – others prefer to take some opportunities away to consider and get back to us. Organisations that work with vulnerable groups or children may need to apply for a PVG (Police Check) or disclosure for you before you can start. This can sometimes slow down the process.

Does it cost anything to volunteer?
Registering with us is free and you can use our service as many times as you want to.

Is there anything that can prevent me from vounteering? We believe everyone has the right to volunteer in their community. However, some restrictions apply to volunteering in certain roles. There are no general age-limits on volunteering, but there may be some opportunities not available to you because of insurance or other reasons. There may also be other reasons why a particular opportunity may not be open e.g. unspent convictions, driving bans etc.