Community Volunteering Project (CVP)

Empowering People - Developing Communities

Community Volunteering Project (CVP)

Are you unemployed?
Do you have a skill which can help others in the community?
Would you like learn a new skill or gain work experience?
Are you looking for work or do you have a few hours each week to spare?

Come to CVP at Action for Community Development and see how we can help you to help others.

What is the Community Volunteering project?

CVP is a Volunteering and work placement project of AfCD. Community volunteering project is an opportunity to gain work experience, attend training courses and attain valuable skills in areas such as:

  • Information Technology
  • Office Administration
  • Health promotion
  • Financial management
  • Housing project management
  • Fund-raising techniques
  • Legal and Welfare Rights Advice

You can contact our Volunteer Coordinator who will assess your skills and suggest an area where you can be of use to the community. Don’t worry if you have few or no qualifications or if your English is not too good – we can give training to help you, and everyone has some skill which is of use to others.

Why Volunteer?

It’s common knowledge that volunteers do a world of good for charities and the communities they serve. But people are also discovering that helping out can also bring many benefits for the volunteers themselves.

Did you know that over 70% of employers would hire a candidate with volunteering experience over someone who has never volunteered? Just a couple of hours a week can enhance your job prospects, help plug any gaps in your work experience and give you a range of new skills.

Volunteering also offers the chance to have amazing experiences and make friends with people from all walks of life.

It can help individuals develop the confidence to try out different things, while knowing that your skills are valued and contributing to your community can be a tremendous confidence boost.

And there are health benefits associated with volunteering. Medics say that ‘doing good in the community’ can give you, a heightened sense of well being, a stronger immune system and a speedier recovery from surgery.

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Volunteer receiving award for international volunteer of the year
Volunteer receiving award for international volunteer of the year

Youth Volunteering Project

Our project focuses on developing a future for young people aged 16-24 years, by building motivation and confidence. Young people will take part in volunteering, training in different areas such as Business Improvement Techniques (BIT), basic IT, customer service and administration. This will create a pathway for young peoples’ careers and experience for future careers.

View our application video for funding!

The Community Volunteering Project is set up to work alongside other partners to extend opportunities to people from the disadvantaged communities in the UK and help improve their chances for employment. Volunteers already recruited have a wide range of life experiences. We ask that volunteers be of age 18+, be able to commit 2-8 hours a week and have a willingness to learn.

We coordinate a range of activities in plain English, to help provide references and secure job placements.

Just call our centre and one of our dedicated staff members will assist on Tel: 0208 692 2277

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Active citizenship

The UK Government wants to encourage migrants to integrate fully into society if they want to stay here permanently – so those who choose to take an active part in the community will be able to obtain citizenship two years earlier than those who do not.

To demonstrate active citizenship, a migrant might volunteer with a recognised organisation such as a charity, serve on a community body or take part in an activity that:

  • Advances education or health
  • Advances social and community welfare
  • Advances heritage, arts, culture or sport
  • Benefits the natural environment
  • Benefits children, young people, elderly people, disabled people or other vulnerable groups; and/or involves mentoring or befriending

Some other reasons include:

  • Learn new skills
  • Share life experiences and skills
  • Contribute to society by helping people who may be disadvantaged
  • Meet new people
  • Make new friends
  • Give back to the community
  • Make a difference
  • Gain experience and contacts to help find paid employment
  • Build self confidence
  • Have fun
  • Socialise
  • Stay active and engaged with the community
  • Do something they’ve always wanted to do

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Celebration of volunteering achievement at end of year party   
Celebration of volunteering achievement at end of year party

Becoming a volunteer is easy! Volunteering gives you the chance to enjoy a variety of challenging and rewarding experiences.

It also enables you to meet new friends and gain life and work experiences in settings you may be unfamiliar with.

We have a range of volunteering opportunities which included:

  • Information Technology
  • Administration
  • Health Care
  • Public Relations
  • Accounting
  • Legal and Welfare Advice
  • Graphic Design
  • Fundraising
  • Marketing
Volunteer receiving certification on completion of a course  
Volunteer receiving certification on completion of a course

Testimonials

  • Warda

    "I heard about AFCD through a friend who used their training service. I was at crossroads as I had left my full-time job as a speech and language therapist. I came to AFCD with a dream to start my business and they supported me through the process. Joseph and Kenneth provided me with specialist advice that helped me started my business. Six weeks after attending AFCD my business gained its first customers. The courses they provide are so accessible, above that the tailored advice and support they provide young people is so special. Not many organisations can offer such a personalised service with such limited funds and manpower. Even now I make sure I pop into the office regularly to update and gain more training and support. I would advise anybody who wants to change their lives to come in and work with the team. A big thank you to Ken Thomas who helped me access other services that helped me elevate my business success."

  • Joshua

    "Hello my name is Joshua and I'm 22. I heard about AfDC through my personal online research of the best organisation to get in contact with. After reading the vision and the history of AFDC, I sent them an email that lead to my first visit in SE Lewisham.

    I first came in for assistance in regards to my personal projects and for job search also to learn more things I never knew before, such as the system and how it operates in the UK, the best places to go for particular help, the urgency that our community has and the demands it needs. Above all to perfect general skills such as communication, writing and working skills and for my professional career.

    I found the sessions amazing the atmosphere that reigns at the main head office, the warmth of the people from the door to when I leave is is very good, and above all the support I receive each time I come in is always enriching.

    If I was to add anything its that everyone should come there, and participate and be a student to learn more, its definitely a place of opportunity, that every Londoner should come visit, and receive assistance in no matter they they might need. Its definitely my second home and a place i'm looking forward to spend more time in as much as possible."

For getting involved, please send your enquires by filling in the form below.

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