Our volunteers enable us to do the great work that we do and we’re always looking for enthusiastic new people to join our team. To become a volunteer, you’ll need to be over the age of 18 (or 16 with a parent or guardian’s permission), have an open mind and a willingness to treat everyone equally and fairly.
It doesn’t cost you anything to volunteer, and any authorised out-of-pocket expenses will be fully reimbursed. We’ll supply you with a full induction and free training, all we ask if for a satisfactory DBS check and two independent references.
It’s up to you how much time you give; maybe a few hours here and there, or we can set you up with a regular weekly routine.
Everyone’s skill sets are different, so we’ve got a number of areas in which you can volunteer. Of course, you’re able to volunteer in more than one area; we’ve broken our volunteering roles down below so you can choose the best fit for you.
If you’re interested in volunteering, please contact Katie Tuynman on 01263 515230 or KatieTuynman@AboutWithFriends.co.uk
Norman Lamb, MP for North Norfolk discusses volunteering with About with friends:
Community Café Volunteering
Our Community Café opened in 2014 and sits on Tucker Street in Cromer. It’s run by our members who are supported by staff and volunteers.
We provide meals, snacks and drinks to members of the public and volunteers will be assisting members in various aspects of café work (till work, serving and food preparation).
The café opens 7 days a week during high season and 5 days a week in low season.
Our catering team form part of our Work Skills service. Volunteers will need to be patient and understand basic catering tasks.
Our catering team carry out varying tasks including catering for our lunch clubs, buffets, weddings, our café in Cromer and much more.
A lot of our members are keen gardeners, so it makes sense to incorporate it into our Work Skills service.
Our Gardening Team Volunteers will assist members in various garden tasks: mowing, weeding, pruning and laying paving slabs to name a few.
Work Skills Volunteering
Our Work Skills programme offers our members the chance to learn in real working environments. Work Skills runs from 9-4, Monday – Friday and each member must be accompanied while they work.
Volunteers will need to be willing to help in different working environments within the community.
In order to give our members the most diverse experience possible, we aim to travel as often as possible. This means driving our members to and from activities, lunches and work during term times and holidays.
We have two large minibuses and driver volunteers should be over 21 , having held a full UK driving license for two years. We’ll give you training on how to drive the bus and how to operate the wheelchair lift and security fastenings.
We couldn’t be the organisation that we are today without the fantastic fundraising efforts of the local community. We are always grateful for your kind offers and contributions; visit our fundraising page to see who’s helped!
Social Activities Volunteering
Our Social Activities run weeknights and weekends and include a number of holidays throughout the year. From bowling to swimming, meals out to discos and holidays in England and abroad, our social activities calendar is always full and in need of volunteers.
Our volunteers work to support and offer supervision to our members during these social activities and trips.