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Worcester Volunteer Centre and Council for Voluntary Service

Worcester Volunteer Centre and Council for Voluntary Service supports voluntary and community action in Worcester City and surrounding areas.

We will help you to:

  • find out about volunteering opportunities
  • recruit volunteers for your organisation
  • engage in local community projects with your business
  • develop your organisation’s capacity and sustainability
  • live independently at home through volunteer supported services

Established in 1989, Worcester Volunteer Centre has a sound track record and knowledge of the county’s voluntary and community sector. We provide a voice for Worcester City groups and the sector in general at strategic levels within Worcestershire. We were involved in the development of the county’s new Worcestershire Voices forum and marketplace.

School Library Association


  • Advisory and information services
  • Lively, practical publications
  • The School Librarian, our quarterly journal
  • Relevant and focused INSET
  • A network of branches for local support
  • Advocacy for school libraries and School Library Services
  • A significant voice at regional and national level
  • We believe that every pupil is entitled to effective school library provision. The SLA is committed to supporting everyone involved with school libraries, promoting high quality reading and learning opportunities for all.
  • School libraries and librarians are not currently a statutory requirement in the UK, meaning that not all schools have school libraries. SLA is working towards ensuring that every child has access to a good school library and librarian

Harrogate & Ripon Centres for Voluntary Service

We support charities, volunteers and community projects in the Harrogate district.

Our specialist advice service supports over 400 charities and community initiatives based in our area. Our Volunteer Centre matches up around 1,000 people each year with local volunteering opportunities. We also provide extra support for those who lack confidence or are struggling to get started in volunteering

'We can’t thank you enough for all you have helped us with. You will be as proud as us when the skate park is finished because without you I don’t think we would ever have got to the build'– Ripon Skate Park committee

'The Volunteer Centre provided friendly people who listened. This encouraged me that I was doing the right thing by volunteering – Volunteer

Gloucestershire Arthritis Trust

Gloucestershire Arthritis Trust was set up back in 1983 to support Surgeons and Physiotherapists across Gloucestershire in order that they could give the very best of care to people, suffering with the pain of Arthritis, who live in Gloucestershire.

Currently there are between 70,000 and 80,000 people struggling to cope with Arthritis in the County.

In total we have raised almost £2.5m since our formation and we know from NHS feedback that at least 2,000 people, every year, have an operation using equipment we have provided.

These people will begin to get their lives and their mobility back on track and with your help we can, in turn, help even more people. People of all ages can be hit with a diagnosis of Arthritis, even children as young as four can suffer with it.

Community Links

Our vision is for confident communities ready to create and seize opportunities. Every day we support people to overcome chronic poverty:

  • young people with rock-bottom confidence;
  • adults with long periods of unemployment;
  • families who are struggling.

During the long and deep economic recession we have seen people's lives get far harder. Through our programmes and services we are working side by side with the whole community to find new solutions to these problems. Through our national policy work and campaigning, we share the lessons and promote solutions with government and decision-makers.

Autism Plus

Autism Plus supports people with autism, learning disabilities and other complex needs across the north of England.

Our support includes:

  • Activity choices - We offer a range of activities from independent living training to creative such as drama Supported living- Individuals receive help with everyday tasks in and out of the home
  • Residential facilities
  • Employment services and social enterprises
  • Children's services and family support
  • Access Fitness - the UK's first specialist disability gym

The money raised will be used to develop and transform our service to ensure we are providing the best possible care, for example new furniture, equipment - I.T., sensory, trips out and developing social enterprises and employment opportunities.

Young Kent

Young Kent is a registered charity (No 1063975) that supports young people (aged 8-25 years) from across Kent & Medway, in particular disabled young people and those from disadvantaged backgrounds who suffer greater poverty of opportunity.

All the work we do aims to build confidence and skills to enable the young people supported to overcome their barriers and enjoy a brighter, more positive future.  We do this by providing direct help and opportunities so that young people can discover and realise their potential and translate their experiences in to lessons for every day life.

Your support today will help us to help children and young people do more, see more and achieve more now and for their futures.

YMCA Doncaster

We’re an independent charity, bringing together local people and organisations to support young lives in Doncaster.

Our work is led by our Board of Governors and carried out by a small team of staff and volunteers.

We focus on meeting the needs of the town’s most vulnerable young people, and the core of our work is in providing support with finding a home and leading a responsible adult life. Our main priorities are our Supported Accommodation for 30 young people and our Private Rented Sector service which assists young people to settle in a longer term home.

We’ve been working in Doncaster for over 150 years, always adapting to respond to young people and their changing needs.

Worcestershire Association of Carers

About Us

Worcestershire Association of Carers is a registered charity that was founded in 1997. We act as an independent source of information, advice and support for the 63,000 unpaid adult carers in Worcestershire.

We offer:
  • Representation for carers at all levels
  • Support for carers to represent themselves
  • Consultation events
  • Awareness raising across agencies and organisations
  • Links to national organisation such as the Carers Trust
  • Projects, including:
    • Information, Advice and Support which includes a Carers Helpline, Carer Groups, Caring News, Carer TalkTime and the Carers Emergency Card
    • Carer Support Advisers – one to one support for carers in Worcestershire, based in GP surgeries along with home visits
    • Free practical sessions