What is Volunteering?

“Volunteering is the commitment of time and energy for the benefit of society and the community and can take many forms. It is undertaken freely and by choice, without concern for financial gain.”

Volunteering for The Arches

We have many volunteers working for us at The Arches 

  • Community Car drivers
  • Office help
  • Passenger assistants on minibus 
  • Cooking Club helper
  • Memory Circle support
  • Nursery assistant
  • Good Neighbours befriender
  • Community Shop – sales and stock sorting
  • Trustees
  • Friends of Rhayader Nursery  group 

Young Volunteers

Volunteering helps young people take responsibility, make new friends and be part of their community.

If you are aged 14 and over you can join the thousands of young people across Wales who are taking action to make a huge impact by volunteering.

Take the challenge to volunteer in our community shop, at events or we will find something to suit your specific interests. If you are already volunteering, you can sign up at The Arches and receive training and support and certificates. 

You can do your hours in any voluntary activity in Wales that is for a genuine community benefit.  Volunteering is a useful addition to your CV, UCAS or job application that is valued by major employers and by Universities and colleges.

Good Neighbours

Good Neighbours community befriending service was set up to help people within the community who may have become isolated or lonely because of ill health, disability, life changes or social disadvantage.  We provide a volunteer to help with some household tasks such as paperwork (benefits, bills etc.), dog walking, and nutrition or with childcare support.  The Good Neighbour volunteer offers support to get out and about in the community and improve self-confidence.  Volunteers are all recruited, interviewed and DBS checked.  The volunteers will have a range of skills and the volunteering co-ordinator will be responsible for assessing and matching the right volunteer for each friendship match. 

Community Volunteering

We recruit, train, place and support volunteers within our community for local organisations as well as for The Arches.  Organisations contact us if they need a volunteer and we try and match a volunteer to their needs. There are varied opportunities to suit all ages and abilities – a selection includes

  • Helpers at lunch club 
  • Charity shops 
  • Clubs such as guides, cubs, rainbows, rangers, St Johns ambulance 
  • Arts and culture such as  pantomime, carnival, museum, Tourist information centre; 
  • Athletic events such as Round the Lakes races, annual Reservoir Roundabout walk.

If you are interested get in touch with Lynda or Natalie on 01597 810921 or call in at The Arches.

Volunteering can change your life!