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Time to Plan your Summer Volunteering

03 April 2018

It won't be long before the Summer is on its way and we thought you would like a heads up on all the lovely volunteering opportunities that await you.  If you have time on your hands in the summer months, then whether you like to be outdoors and active, have fun on children's summer schemes, or get into planning with festivals, there will be an opportunity for you.

View our selection of opportunities and look out for more on our Volunteer Connect  system. To find out how to register as a volunteer and apply for roles, read the Become a Volunteer pages of our website.

If you have Summer volunteering opportunities in Bedfordshire that you would like to promote through our system, the service is free, and you can find out more about registering with us on our Find Volunteers page.


Click on the headings below to find more information about each opportunity:


Autism Bedfordshire Summer Activity Scheme

Autism Bedfordshire summer schemes are fast paced, fun filled action packed days where you will get to see first-hand, the difference we are able to make for families. There are opportunities for over 16s to get involved. Volunteers are given the opportunity to develop and increase their skills and experience, supporting their future career pathways.

Airfield Volunteer Fire Service

Help protect the world’s aviation heritage with AVFS. There are volunteer roles for radio control operators, fire fighters and first aiders within the Airfield Volunteer Fire Service’s award winning team.  All roles will provide training for you to be part of the team services at public events.

Garden Events Volunteer

The Swiss Garden is looking for volunteers to help with developing and running special events held throughout the year. During school holidays, workshops and activity trails for children are available, and events such as outdoor theatre and music take place. Volunteers will provide support including making visiting performers/demonstrators/speakers welcome. 

Festival Assistant

Greensand Country Landscape Partnership are planning a Country Festival to run 26 May – 3 June this year to showcase what people love about the Greensand Country.  They are looking for someone to help support in delivering the festival by encouraging participation, visiting potential sites and undertaking a whole range of administration tasks.

Skools Out Playworker

Bedford and District Cerebral Palsy Society run ‘extraordinary activities for extraordinary young people’ during the summer with full days of fun, inclusive, creative and empowering activities.  These are supported by fully trained volunteers – a role suitable for over 14s with enthusiasm, patience, empathy and listening skills. Experience with disabled children is useful but not essential.

Chellington Centre Maintenance Role

Chellington Centre is a converted 12th century church that works with youth groups, schools and organisations to offer a unique experience away from the school or working environment. They are looking for volunteer support with maintenance related tasks such as fence fixing, furniture repair and preparing log pile for campfire use.

Steppingly Cricket Club

The club is looking for ground assistants to learn about and participate in the preparation of the cricket pitch.  Working with an experienced team you will learn to use a variety of equipment, understand the cycle and use of fertilisers and assist in the final production of cricket wickets.  An outdoor role for a relatively fit person.

Ampthill Town Cricket Club

The club is looking for cricket coaches, an umpire and a scorer, for weekend volunteering. Coaches will assist with the youth section and the scorer/umpire vacancies are for both youth and senior games.  Volunteers aged 16 and over are welcomed.

The Conservation Volunteers in Bedfordshire

Practical environmental conservation work throughout Bedfordshire and occasionally North Hertfordshire, Milton Keynes and Cambridgeshire. Anything from building fences, stiles and kissing gates to cleaning out ponds, hedge laying, coppicing and scrub clearance. Come along for as many or as few sessions as you like.

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Cheering Volunteering Nominations - Urgent Request
Due to a technical hitch with the nomination process, Central Bedfordshire are calling for all who have made nominations to resubmit their entries.


Luton: Community Activity Network Meetings
Community Activity Network (CAN) is led by Luton Council and aims to support the town's communities to get active by connecting people iwth resources, information or signposting to providers who can assist them. Next meeting will be 25 April at Farley Community Centre.


Related Events

Volunteer Session Central Beds (Ampthill)

  • Friday 27 April 2018

To find out about volunteering locally, come along to Waitrose in Ampthill, at any time between 10:00 am and 1:00 pm and speak to our advisor about the opportunities in your area. 



  • CPRE Living Countryside Awards: for people and projects making a positive impact in #Bedfordshire.