Volunteer and support your community

Find local and national volunteering opportunities, set up a voluntary group or become a Community Champion. There are lots of ways you can get involved to help people in your own community.

What is Volunteering?

Volunteering is choosing to do something for the benefit others, or for your community or the environment without being paid to do so.

Volunteering helps build cohesive, safer and stronger communities. The importance of volunteering and the value of the voluntary and community sector has come to national attention since the initial community response to the  pandemic in March 2020.

Volunteering has many wellbeing benefits for individuals and can provide a platform to increase your social network, develop new skills, use your experience and make a difference in the community where you live.

Getting Started as a Volunteer

The North Lincolnshire Alliance Volunteer Hub:

  • enables the people of North Lincolnshire to take an active part in volunteering in their communities, through accessible support and information from experienced Volunteering Advisers
  • are the central volunteering information and support hub in North Lincolnshire, for individuals, voluntary and community groups and organisations
  • work in partnership with a wide range of voluntary and community groups and organisations to develop and grow diverse volunteering opportunities across North Lincolnshire
  • support grass roots groups to take voluntary action in their communities and remain sustainable
  • provide support, learning and development opportunities to the Voluntary Community and Social Enterprise sector of North Lincolnshire to successfully and safely involve volunteers.

Their Service – What they do and don’t

  • they promote voluntary and community organisations’ volunteering opportunities to potential volunteers face to face, at events and online
  • it is a free advertising service that enables organisations to reach a wide range of potential volunteers in a simple way
  • if someone is interested in your volunteering opportunities, they will signpost them to the volunteering contact within your organisation or notify you of their contact details and ask you to get in touch with them to take things further. (Whichever the potential volunteer prefers).
  • they do not “vet” potential volunteers on organisation’s behalf, so you still need to carry out your volunteer recruitment and selection processes
  • they can support you to develop a volunteer recruitment process to suit your organisation/group and the activities that volunteers do.

Please email alliancevolunteerhub@hwrcc.org.uk to:

  • register your organisation with the Volunteer Hub
  • register your volunteering opportunities with the Volunteer Hub
  • join their next Volunteer Managers Network Meeting (via Zoom): This is a network meeting for Volunteer Managers to come together to share challenges and insights into volunteer management, and receive peer support, and support from the Alliance Volunteer Hub team in all matters relating to involving volunteers.

They can provide learning and development opportunities in volunteer management and leadership, to act as a voice for those that work with volunteers and share best practice amongst everyone who involves volunteers

They can support communities to deal with emergencies or respond to individual needs by connecting you with our bank volunteers who have registered with the Volunteer Hub to act as responders to such events and circumstances.

If you are a group of people that would like to get involved in volunteering on a project or initiative together, they can put you in touch with organisations and groups who are looking for such support.

They can support young people in our communities to get involved in volunteering by working together with organisations, groups, schools, colleges to develop volunteering opportunities to meet the needs and motivations of younger people.

ESV is about employers encouraging their employees to make a difference in the local community through voluntary action. Some employers include volunteering days as part of their employees’ contracts to enable them to participate in volunteering.

They can support your company to connect with suitable volunteering activities and work with the voluntary and community sector to enable this type of volunteering to happen.

Please email alliancevolunteerhub@hwrcc.org.uk to:

  • arrange an informal meeting to speak to one of their Volunteering Advisers to find out more about volunteering in your community – currently provided over the telephone or face-to-face via Zoom
  • view a list of current volunteering opportunities registered with the Volunteer Hub
  • register as a volunteer with the Volunteer Hub

Community Champions

The Team NL Champions network is designed to empower thousands of residents to remain up to date with the latest information, advice and guidance about Covid-19 direct from public health experts. You will know what is happening and what you and your community can do to help. Sign up today using the link below.

Become a volunteer driver

North Lincolnshire Council children in care transport team are looking for experienced and reliable drivers to support local children and young people with transport to school, or to extra-curricular activities.

Volunteer drivers will receive a mileage allowance of 45 pence per mile to cover the cost of fuel.

If you would be interested in being part of a friendly committed team please contact Michelle Oliver for further information. Email Michelle.oliver1@northlincs.gov.uk or call 01724 296939.

Healthwatch Telephone Buddy Service

Healthwatch North Lincolnshire have set up a Telephone Buddy Service aimed at reducing social isolation. The role involves pairing a telephone buddy volunteer with someone who is socially isolated and experiencing little or no social interaction.

If you would like to volunteer, please register your interest with Healthwatch North Lincolnshire.

Youth Offending – volunteer as an appropriate adult

Youth Justice – volunteer as an appropriate adult – join the Youth Justice Partnership as a volunteer and learn new skills or develop those you already have.

Home library service

Home Library Service – the Home Library Service is delivered by volunteers. This service is for people who can’t get to the library themselves through ill health, disability or infirmity.

Voluntary Action North Lincolnshire (VANL)

Voluntary Action North Lincolnshire (VANL) support, promote and develop the voluntary and community sector

Humbercare Volunteer Befriending Service

The Humbercare Volunteer Befriending Service delivers short-term befriending support for people living in North Lincolnshire.

Citizens Advice North Lincolnshire

Citizens Advice North Lincolnshire offers practical, up-to-date information and advice on a wide range of topics, including debt, benefits, housing, legal, discrimination, employment, immigration, consumer and other problems.

The Carers Support Centre

The Carers’ Support Centre provides emotional and practical support for carers in North Lincolnshire, including counselling, training and personal budget management.

The Isle of Axholme and Hatfield Chase Landscape Partnership

The Isle of Axholme and Hatfield Chase Landscape Partnership needs the help of volunteers to help achieve their aims and outcomes. Volunteers will get to the opportunity to learn new heritage skills and attend training sessions and workshops. Volunteers will be able to participate in a variety of activities, some of which include: archaeological investigations, conducting wildlife surveys and assisting with events. For more information about volunteering opportunities, contact landscapepartnership@northlincs.gov.uk.

Crosby Community Association (CCA)

Crosby Community Association provide free, confidential and impartial advice and support for personal or family problems, debt or welfare benefits, pensions, housing and disability rights. You can contact Crosby Community Association on reception@crosbycom.org.uk or call 01724 330022, Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.

Voluntary litter picks

We work hard to keep the area clean and free of litter. We actively encourage communities to arrange voluntary litter picks. Contact highway.maintenance@northlincs.gov.uk for more information and registration forms.

National Volunteer Responder

The Royal Voluntary Service has partnered with the NHS to provide this community support service. It offers support to people in England who are self-isolating because of specific health conditions or because they’re in a vulnerable group.

You will carry out simple, non-medical tasks. For instance, delivering groceries or medication to your home and wellbeing check-ins and phone calls, among others. Please note: recruitment to this scheme has been temporarily paused.

For updates visit the NHS website.

British Red Cross

You can sign up to become a Community Reserve Volunteer through the British Red Cross. Anyone can become a community reserve volunteer. No specialist skills are required, and quick training is provided at the scene.

For more information visit the Red Cross website.

You can contact your local town or parish council to offer your support. Find your local town or parish council.

If you are interested in alternative volunteering roles or supporting a specific charity, visit the Do-it website. You can search for a role that fits your interests.

If you have a specific skill-set, visit Reach Volunteering. The organisation can help match your skill-set with a volunteering opportunity.

The Royal Voluntary Service is one of the UK’s largest charities and volunteering organisations. It aims to give older people the opportunity and choice to get more out of life.

Get involved with social media

We are encouraging people to get involved on social media and share their voluntary work with the council and Scunthorpe Telegraph. Take a photograph and use the hashtag #DoOneThingNL to demonstrate how you are volunteering and supporting your local community.

How to help if you can’t volunteer

There are plenty of ways you can support the community, even if you can’t commit to a voluntary role.

Donate food

You can donate food to your local food bank.  You can also donate items at collection points in your local supermarket.

Donate to charities

Charities need your support more than ever to ensure they can continue to deliver essential services. Fundraising is particularly difficult for charities right now, as lots of fundraising events have been cancelled and many people who volunteer may be staying at home. Any financial donations you can give to charities are incredibly valuable.

Play Lincs Lotto

There are over 130 local good causes you can support by playing Lincs Lotto. Lincs Lotto works like any other lottery – players buy tickets from just £1 a week and go in a weekly draw to win cash prizes of up to £25,000.

Players can choose for their ticket to support a local good cause. The cause they choose to support gets to keep 50p of every £1 ticket sale. It is free for local good causes to sign up at www.lincslotto.co.uk

Playing Lincs Lotto is an excellent way to safely support your local community and possibly win £25,000.

For more information please visit the Lincs Lotto website

Share trusted information

It’s easy to become worried by online information, some of which may be deliberately designed to mislead people. Help your community by sharing trusted information from the NHS, Public Health England or the Department of Health and Social Care.

Follow national advice and guidance

Coronavirus remains a serious health risk. You should stay cautious to help protect yourself and others. See the latest advice on Gov.UK

If you are thinking of setting up a voluntary group, the following information may be helpful:


Finding volunteers

Starting a group

  • Community Matters – Information, advice and​ model documents for starting and developing a community or voluntary organisation.

Commissioning and tendering advice

Advice for new communities

  • Information for refugees – information to help all asylum seekers, refugees and migrants get used to British life as quickly as possible.
  • Clarity English- Road to IELTS – an online preparation and practice resource for IELTS, which stands for ‘International English Language Testing System’. If your first language is not English, taking an IELTS qualification will help you gain further qualifications and employment in many countries, including the United Kingdom.

To access these free resources, you will need membership of North Lincolnshire Library Service. You will just need to visit your local library in order to register as a member.  This is also free of charge.

Policies and procedures

Your local community centre is available for private functions and bookings. The majority of centres have a hall (usually with a stage and meeting rooms). Contact your local community centre for further details on facilities and room charges.

We can provide advice and guidance to community organisations and management committees of community buildings. Contact us on 01724 297000.

Ashby Community Association

Everest Road
DN16 2ND

01724 848808

Brumby Community Association

East Common Lane
DN16 1HL

01724 840843

Central Community Association

Lindum Street
DN15 6QU

01724 862639

Frodingham Community Association

Rowland Road
DN16 1TE

Grange Farm Community Centre

Wesley Road
DN16 1SA

01724 848644

Lincoln Gardens Community Centre

Stow Road
DN16 2DY

07717 236384

Lodge Moors Community Association

Moors Road
DN15 7EL

01724 357281

Park Community Centre

Avenue Vivian
DN15 8LG

01724 271186

Priory Lane Community Centre

Priory Lane
DN17 1HE

Riddings Community Association

Willoughby Road
DN17 2NN

01724 840727

Sunshine Hall

Ashby High Street
DN16 2ND

Westcliff Community Association

Newbolt Avenue
DN17 1PE

01724 845936

The charter sets out the relationship between public sector organisations and the voluntary and community sector in North Lincolnshire. It explains how they will work together by sharing information and resources.

Representatives from the following organisations have signed the charter:

  • North Lincolnshire Council
  • Humberside Fire and Rescue
  • Humberside Police
  • Ongo
  • Voluntary Action North Lincolnshire
  • The North Lincolnshire Voluntary and Community Sector Alliance
  • Rotherham, Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust
  • North Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust
  • DN Colleges Group
  • Healthwatch North Lincs

If you would like to see a copy of the charter, please contact us on 01724 297000

Live Well North Lincolnshire

Live Well North Lincolnshire is a digital directory to help everyone find a wide range of organisations, support groups, community groups, events and activities to support them to manage and improve their health and wellbeing and take positive steps to look after themselves.

We invite all voluntary and community groups and organisations who provides a service or activity to join our directory. It is very easy to join and you need to create an account and enter your information so that you can then add you services and activities so that we can promote them for you on Live Well North Lincolnshire.


01724 297000