About Us

What does the Volunteer Centre provide?

  • It recruits and places anyone interested in volunteering.
  • It supports organisations that work with volunteers.

Who can use the service?

  • Anyone who is interested in volunteering.
  • Organisations who work or would like to work with volunteers.

What is volunteering?

Volunteering is anything you do that helps other people or the general community beyond your own family, so long as you do it because you choose to, and not for financial gain. Volunteers make an essential contribution to all aspects of community life.

Why Volunteer

There are many good reasons to volunteer – the most important one is because you want to. You may want to:

  • To make a difference
  • To develop or learn new skills
  • To gain new experience
  • To meet a new challenge
  • To explore new ideas and areas of life
  • To help someone
  • To make new friends
  • To keep busy
  • For fun!!!!!!

Who can Volunteer?
Anyone! – Volunteers come in all shapes and sizes, from all backgrounds and from all age groups. Everyone has something to offer.

What can I do?
Volunteers can do almost anything! You could work with:

  • Older people
  • Younger people
  • Children
  • People with disabilities
  • People with health problems
  • People who need a friend
  • Animals


  • In the environment
  • On a committee or as a trustee
  • In a museum, theatre, or with an organisation like the National Trust
  • In a charity shop

And you can use or develop skills in:

  • Befriending
  • Administration
  • Finance
  • Listening
  • Mediating
  • Counselling
  • DIY
  • Gardening
  • Conservation
  • Arts and Crafts

…………..and more besides!

When does it run?
Opening times are Monday to Friday 9:00am – 2:30pm. Confidential interviews are held on a one-to-one basis. Individual appointments will be arranged.

How much will it cost?
Nothing, all Volunteer Centre services are free.

How much time must I give?
It’s up to you –

  • An hour or so every now and again
  • A few hours regularly each week
  • One weekend a month
  • Full time
  • Day or night

You can volunteer to suit you.

Dave Thomas, Volunteer Centre Manager, Email: davet@sdcvs.org.uk

Richard House, Unique Care Befriending Project Co-ordinator, Email: richardh@sdcvs.org.uk

Chris Wagstaff, Administration Co-ordinator Email: chrisw@sdcvs.org.uk

Telephone: 01283 219761


9 Responses to About Us

  1. Ali Mansfield says:

    Fantastic, brilliant, so much information. All the best I hope you get loads of responses.

  2. charlotte banks says:

    Hi i am a law student studying at sheffield hallam university but living in chesterfield. I am looking to do some volunteer work so that i can gain some valuable experience and help other people who need it. Can you contact me by e mail or on 07870912592. Thank you

    • Hi Charlotte,

      Thanks for your email enquiring about volunteering with us, here at the Swadlincote Volunteer Centre. On reflection it would probably be easier for you if contacted the Volunteer Centres near where you live and are studying at the moment as we are based some distance away from you.

      I am enclosing the contact details of Chesterfield and Sheffield Volunteer Centres in order for you to contact them, as they are nearer to you. Did you know that Sheffield Hallam University also has its own volunteering opportunities as well. I will enclose contact details for them as well.

      Hallam Volunteering Tel: 0114 225 5005 or email : hallamvolunteering@shu.ac.uk

      Volunteer Centre Sheffield
      The Circle
      Rockingham Lane
      South Yorkshire
      SI 4FW

      Tel: 0114 253 6649
      Email: vc@vas.org.uk

      Volunteer Centre Chesterfield
      35 Rose Hill
      S40 1TT

      Tel: 01246 276777

      I hope this is OK for you, if you need any other help please do not hesitate to contact us.

      Ann Woodall
      Volunteering Advisor
      Volunteer Centre South Derbyshire

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