Below is our list of volunteer opportunities with agencies across Cardiff, each one helping people to create or maintain positive change in their lives. We match our volunteers to opportunities we think will work for them; the list below shows you the sort of work our volunteers become involved with.

To find out more about a particular opportunity, get in touch with us.

Age Connects

ageconnectscardiff.org.uk

Why we need you:

Age Connects Cardiff exists to change attitudes to ageing and thereby improve people’s lives. This is achieved by listening to the views of older people and using these to help shift society’s view of age, where older old is regarded as a stage in the life course as valuable as any other.

Through Age Connects Cardiff we are maintaining the tradition of our organisations to work together and we now intend to take a progressive step to work collaboratively with other organisations that share our priorities. This will help us to use all of the resources at our disposal to improve the wellbeing of the elderly in Wales.

Our Healthy and Active Partnership Project (Keeping people connected) provides both emotional and practical support. It aims to provide social contact through volunteers visiting people in their own homes.

Roles available

Volunteer to reduce isolation  

Ashcroft House

Why we need you

Ashcroft House is a 11 bed treatment facility offering abstinence-based treatment exclusively for women. Volunteers are needed to run activity groups with the residents on a weekly basis.

Roles available:

Workshop Volunteer

Volunteer Driver

Cardiff & Vale University Health Board Voluntary Services- Dispensing and Treatment Team

Why we need you

We need volunteers to support service delivery within the Dispensing and Treatment Team (DaTT).

The aim of the Dispensing and Treatment Service (DaTT) is to reduce harm associated with the misuse of substances by providing a number of services such as Opiate replacement medication, Needle Exchange, Opiate overdose training and supply of Naloxone, Blood Borne Virus testing, Harm Reduction advice and Detoxification.

Role available

Dispensing and Treatment Team Volunteer

Cardiff & Vale University Health Board Voluntary Services - Community Addictions Unit

Why we need you

Volunteers are needed to support service delivery within the Community Addictions Unit.

The Community Addictions Unit (CAU) is an NHS Substance Misuse treatment Agency for individuals with alcohol and/or drug problems (including prescription medication). The CAU runs a large range of services depending on the changes an individual wishes to make. Treatment alongside encouragement to look at various aspects of an individual’s life and support available to them, will give the best chance of lasting change. The CAU offers in-house specialist input from a multi disciplinary team.

Role available

Community Addictions Unit Volunteer

Caudwell Children

caudwellchildren.com

Why we need you

Caudwell Children offers a free and friendly service that offers flexible, practical and emotional support to families at a time of crisis.

We need volunteers to work with the Family Support Team to change the futures of families with disabled children. The role involves being placed with a family near you who needs support.

There is an opportunity for volunteers to organise and run a local event in their area to promote the work of Caudwell Children.

Volunteers can also provide telephone contact to all families who have received support from Caudwell to gain valuable feedback on the service and also identify any further support that is needed.

Roles available

Family Support Volunteers

Volunteer Interpreters

Change Grow Live (CGL) - Taith Project

changegrowlive.org/content/taith-cardiff-and-vale-of-glamorgan

Why we need you

Taith is an open access and engagement service who specialise in supporting individuals with their substance use issues.  We are a tier 2 service who provide free and confidential support for any individual who has concerns over their substance use.

Role available

Volunteer receptionist/ Volunteer administrator /Volunteer needle exchange worker/ Volunteer recovery worker

Change Grow Live (CGL) - Emotional Wellbeing Service

changegrowlive.org/content/emotional-wellbeing-service-cardiff-and-the-vale

Why we need you

Our service is in high demand and we are trying to create as many support opportunities for young people in Cardiff and the Vale as possible. We take part in outreach and home visits so need volunteers to come along and support us with this.

We also deliver group work programmes which we would love for you to co – facilitate and in time, if you want to, be able to deliver your own group programmes. We also have a high volume of traffic through our admin processes so help with that would be immensely appreciated. We may be embarking on delivering our services in youth club provisions and other after school programmes so out of hour’s volunteers will be a great addition for our team.

Role available

Emotional wellbeing support Volunteer

Diverse Cymru

diversecymru.org.uk

Why we need you

Diverse Cymru is a unique Welsh charity committed to supporting people faced with inequality and discrimination because of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation. We need volunteers to work with the Advice Team in our Cardiff office, supporting and empowering under-represented groups (particularly disabled people, older people and carers) to identify, apply for and obtain the appropriate disability benefits to which they are entitled.

Roles available

Advice Team Volunteer

Direct Payments Team Volunteer

Befriender Volunteer

Funding Volunteer

Reception Volunteer

Dyfodol

Why we need you

Dyfodol provides support to people with drug and alcohol issue in the South Wales area. The service targets support to those in the criminal justice system ensuring there is support to those in prison as well as those who are in their communities but are been supported by criminal justice services such as probation.  These volunteer opportunities are for the Cardiff and Vale area.

Roles available

Volunteer Administrator/receptionist

Generic Project Support Volunteer

Why we need you

Itec was established 30 years ago and has grown to become one of Wales’s largest providers of skills and employment services.  We are currently looking for volunteers who can support our Cardiff centre during the day to day delivery of the programme to young people aged 16-19 years of age.

Role available:

Young Person Centre support

Families Together

Why we need you:

The Families Together Project provides support to families facing multiple and complex needs including those living with mental ill health and /or experiencing domestic abuse, with a particular focus on supporting families in the perinatal period (the period leading up to and following the birth of a baby)

The project supports families to overcome the challenges they face through tailored support for all family members, increasing their confidence, wellbeing and resilience, ensuring the safety of all family members and developing their capacity to plan for the future.

Role available

Perinatal Volunteer Befriender

Friends 4 U - Cardiff Council Children's Services

Visit the Friends 4 U information page >

Why we need you:

The Friends 4 u project runs out of Cardiff Council Children services; we work primarily with children who are classed as Children in need of care and support. This means that the child/ren will have an allocated social worker but they remain at home with a family member and services need to be put in place to ensure the child’s safety, development, and emotional and physical wellbeing. The ages of the children we work with are 7-18 and we are referred to by the child’s social worker.

We need you to befriend the children/young person, who is referred to the project on a one to one basis supporting them in developing their self-esteem, social skills, accessing different activities in the community, giving respite from family home whilst being a positive role model for them.

Roles available

Volunteer Befriender

GVS and CVS Cymru

gvs.wales

vcscymru.org.uk

Why we need you:

To support those with lived experience of mental health problems to successfully volunteer in a range of identified volunteering opportunities

The Pave the Way buddy will help develop a support plan alongside a volunteer, and provide face to face contact to increase social interaction and confidence to volunteer.

Role available

Pave the Way buddy

Global Gardens

Why we need you:

The vision of Global Gardens is to create a sustainable project that encourages the local community to work together and celebrate cultural and ecological diversity through gardening, cooking and food.

The project aims to bring together refugees, asylum seekers, local residents and their families through the shared activities of gardening, cooking and other creative activities.

Through links with the Trinity Centre and the local community the project aims to support over 30 regular users in a friendly and welcoming environment. The project aims to create a productive kitchen garden that will grow a diverse range of culinary crops. The produce cultivated will be used in the cooking of seasonal dishes as part of the project at community feasts, drawing upon the diverse cultures of project participants.

Role available

Global Gardens Volunteer

Repair Café Wales

saferwales.com

Why we need you:

Repair Café Wales is a new non-profit collective where volunteers work for 4 hours a month (1st Saturday of every month 1000-1400) to repair electrical items, toys, bikes & computers etc. that would otherwise end up in landfill.

Roles available

Volunteer repairer

Safer Wales

saferwales.com

Why we need you:

Safer Wales Volunteering Service supports Safer Wales projects in supporting victims of domestic abuse, sexual violence and sexual exploitation including Safer Wales Inclusive Service (SWIS). SWIS provides one-to-one and group work for young people from aged twelve years who are non-attendees at school with complex needs.   

The main purpose of the SWIS Volunteer Worker role is to provide group work session to young people aged between 12 years and sixteen years, working with them to build their skills, knowledge, aspirations to reduce risk of exploitation.

The main purpose for the volunteer outreach worker is to speak to women working in the red light district in Cardiff offering support, refreshments, panic alarms and condoms, and where appropriate, signposting on to other agencies.

Roles available

SWIS Volunteer Worker

Volunteer Outreach worker

Sova

sova.org.uk

Why we need you:

To support members of the local BME and Migrant Communities into employment, training/education or volunteering.

You will be working in public places around Cardiff and the Vale, local to the service user. This could be libraries/community centres or café shops. Full training will be provided

Roles available

Volunteer Mentor

The Huggard centre

huggard.org.uk

Why we need you:

We are a Cardiff-based charity tackling homelessness and seeking to overcome the problems and barriers that force individuals to sleep rough on our streets.

Our services focus around our day centre open 365 days of the year, a 22 bed hostel with additional (8 Pods and floorspace for 20+ clients) emergency spaces, 14 shared houses with tenant support that accommodate 53 clients.

In extreme weather conditions we also open our day centre at night to 20+ homeless and vulnerable, to provide shelter for people who would otherwise be forced to sleep rough.
This is all underpinned by personal and tenant support, development, advocacy, training and many volunteering and work-focused opportunities

Roles available

Day Centre Advocate

Volunteer Volunteer Kitchen Assistant

Substance Misuse Volunteer 

Inroads Wellbeing Institute

inroadswales.org/

Why we need you

Inroads is a charity which provides a free and confidential service offering information, advice and support to drug and alcohol users, ex-users, their families and friends.

We need you to provide a warm welcome for service users and visitors to the Inroads Wellbeing Institute. The community room at Inroads is open for individuals who are accessing a range of group activities at the institute. We would like you to be part of creating a warm and welcoming environment for service users.  Maintaining professional boundaries is a key role for volunteers working in this area.

Roles available

Inroads Wellbeing Institute Hospitality Volunteer

MIND Cymru

mind.org.uk

Why we need you

MIND Cymru provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. We campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding. We won't give up until everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets support and respect.

Roles available

Mind Cymru Volunteer

POPS – People offering Parents Support

Why we need you

The Integrated Family Support Team (IFST) works with families where there are child care concerns regarding parental substance use. We are looking for volunteers to support families around positive parenting after they have received an intensive from the IFST. 

Roles available

Family Support Volunteer

Rainbow Bridge

reporthate.victimsupport.org.uk/rainbow-bridge

Why we need you:

Rainbow Bridge are a victim support run service that work with victims of domestic abuse who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and /or Transgender, or anywhere else on the spectrum.

Part of our objective is to raise awareness of domestic abuse within the LGBT+ relationships and to raise confidence levels within the LGBT+ community to build strong relationships to enable us to promote our services and provide effective emotional and practical support.

Role available

Rainbow Bridge Community Engagement Volunteer

Recovery Cymru

recoverycymru.org.uk

Why we need you

Recovery Cymru (RC) is a self-help and support community for people in or seeking recovery from alcohol and drug problems with 2 centres in Cardiff and Barry, Vale of Glamorgan. We are also networked into the wider recovery community in Wales and the UK.

Roles available

Recovery Support Group Faciliator/SMART Recovery facilitator/Cookery Social Chef/ General Volunteer  -Sundays/ Aftercare & Recovery Volunteer/Recovery Champion based at E-DAS/Telephone Recovery Support Volunteer/Breaking Free online support volunteer/Garden craft group facilitator (Barry centre)/ Minibus driver

Solas (Dyfrig House)

www.solas-cymru.co.uk

Why we need you

Dyfrig House provides supported accommodation for individuals who have been homeless, and who are in recovery from addiction to alcohol and/or other substances. We are looking for volunteers to support the staff in the delivery of workshops and groups to provide service users with opportunities to engage in structured recovery programmes, and to encourage them to access community services.

Roles available

Volunteer Group Co-ordinator

The Salvation Army - Bus project

salvationarmy.org.uk/bus

Why we need you

The Bus project brings vital services to rough sleepers in Cardiff. The bus offers a warm meal, friendly and safe support, medical advice, assistance in finding overnight accommodation and signposting into relevant housing support and advice.

Roles available:

Volunteer Group Facilitator

The Salvation Army – Gateway Project

salvationarmy.org.uk/mo-gateway

Why we need you

The Gateway is a partnership between Cardiff Council, housing providers and direct access hostels.

The objective of the Gateway is to provide a clear route out of homelessness for single homeless people.  This service is designed to provide a streamlined assessment experience for all clients. On presenting as homeless, a person will have an initial homeless assessment with a Housing Options Officer. The client will then have a needs assessment with a Gateway Assistant, in order to determine appropriate accommodation and move on options.

We need a Volunteer Gateway Worker to support the Gateway Co-ordinator and Gateway Assistant to complete need and risk assessments for clients to manage the day to day administrative tasks the project.

Role available

Volunteer Gateway Worker

The Salvation Army  - Tŷ Gobaith

salvationarmy.org.uk/t%C5%B7-gobaith-lifehouse

Why we need you

We are a vibrant substance misuse programme based within a 66 bed homeless hostel. We offer therapeutic one to one and group support to 20 residents on a daily basis. This can mean we are often very busy and no two days are the same. We need volunteers to join our team to offer additional support to our residents and gain great experience while they are here.

Role available

Skills development volunteer/ Substance Misuse worker support volunteer /Resettlement Volunteer/ Volunteer Interpreter

The Salvation Army – Northlands

salvationarmy.org.uk/northlands-lifehouse

Why we need you

Northlands is a 26 bed Centre for young homeless people aged 16-25 – for both males and females. Northlands embodies the concept of “Lifehouse” by providing a positive supportive environment that is relevant to the needs of young people aged 16-25 years old, and where residents are motivated to address their support needs.  Northlands provides weekly key work session, a resettlement course a Education, Training and Employment Programme

Roles available

Volunteer receptionist/administrator

Volunteer activity worker

Switched On Team

newlinkwales.org.uk/switched-on

Why we need you

Switched On is a multi-agency substance misuse service which provides education and support to young people and those who work with young people across Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan. We support schools, youth and community settings and work in partnership with key agencies such as Cardiff and Vale Healthy Schools Teams, NewLink Wales, Cardiff Youth Service and many others.

Role available

Volunteer Social Media / Marketing Assistance

Terrence Higgins Trust

tht.org.uk

Why we need you

The Terrence Higgins Trust is the largest voluntary sector provider of HIV and sexual health services in the UK, running services out of local centres across Great Britain.

Role available

General Volunteer Support

Volunteer Interpreter

Tŷ Greenfarm

Why we need you:

Tŷ Greenfarm is a homeless hostel that supports homeless families to regain accommodation and reintegrate into the community after an unsettled period. We help our service users enter and sustain education, employment and training. We attempt to build confidence and skills by engaging them in activities and projects whereby they can make positive relationships and support networks. 

We are looking for volunteers to support our organisation in providing opportunities and positive experiences to our diverse client group.

Roles available

Volunteer Hostel Officer

Tŷ Tresillian

Why we need you:

Tŷ Tresillian is a direct access homeless hostel that specialises in providing support to single adults who may be dependant on alcohol and or other drugs, and may also be excluded from other mainstream services. We provide Temporary Accommodation to 24 residents and also provide emergency overnight accommodation to those without access to accommodation. We offer holistic support to our service users 24 hours a day.

We are looking for volunteers to support our organisation in providing opportunities and positive experiences to our diverse client group.

Role available

Volunteer Hostel Officer

The Wallich

thewallich.com

Why we need you

The Wallich has been providing accommodation and support services for homeless people for over 35 years, starting with a 20-bed Hostel in Cardiff and expanding to a multi-agency agency working in seventeen local authorities in Wales. We specialise in providing services for people with multiple, complex needs; people who, because of their high support needs are often banned or excluded from other services and have difficulty in accessing any other accommodation. Service users will normally be supported for up to 2 years and will work towards achieving independent living.

We need volunteers to be the ‘face’ of the charity locally and to be able to tell people about our work and how they can support us. Also we need you to help recruit potential fundraisers, build community and fundraising networks and support members who wish to raise money for the Wallich.

Roles available

Community Ambassador Volunteer

Rough Sleepers Intervention Team Volunteer

Volunteer Support Worker – Cardiff Shoreline

YMCA

ymcacardiff.wales

Why we need you

Cardiff YMCA aims to empower and motivate people in our society, including those who are disadvantaged through social, economic emotional deprivation by their participation in recreational, educational, physical and social programmes throughout the Cardiff area. We have a busy multi serviced community centre in the heart of Cardiff. We need enthusiastic, friendly people who can spare a few hours a week to help us run the centre and prepare it for each session and different activities.

Role available

Centre Assistant at YMCA

Childcare Support Volunteer

Yoga Mobility

yogamobility.org

Why we need you:

Yoga Mobility is a charity which provides specialist yoga practice for people with all forms of physical and mental disability.  We offer a powerful and dynamic approach that focuses on and encourages ability rather than disability.

We need you to support the specialist tutors with the management of yoga classes by offering 1-1 support to individuals within the group, preparing for classes, carrying out administration tasks and potentially becoming a yoga facilitator.

Role available

Yoga Mobility Support Worker