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How to volunteer

Volunteers play an important part in the life of Nottingham Mencap. The range of opportunities is considerable and includes, helping organise recreational activities, accompanying adults and children on outings, fundraising or becoming a Hate Crime Champion.

Our volunteers tell us that the rewards more than match the effort and we strive to ensure that we provide the training and opportunities to meet the expectations of new volunteers. We are committed to the personal development of our volunteers through appropriate training and supervision.

If you wish to become a Volunteer please look at our opportunities below. Our application form can be found at the bottom of the page.

There are many different ways to get involved:


Using Your Skills

You may be thinking you possess particular skills that would help us run our charity. You may be an avid DIY’er who could help us with our building repairs and maintenance. You may have experience in an Administration role and could help our busy admin team. There are so many opportunities to make a valuable contribution to the running of the charity.


Harpenden House Day Opportunities

Volunteers are always needed to help support various day time activities including arts and crafts, drama and gardening, or to support the trainees on a one to one basis with their basic skills in literacy and numeracy.


M8's Weekend Group(5 - 18 years)

Our volunteers help and support our children and young people access arts and crafts, singing, music, dancing, cooking, computers and trips out including Stonebridge Farm and the Lost City amongst many others.

These sessions run every Saturday of each month from 10.45am to 4.30pm.


Gener8 Weekend club (14 - 24 years)

Our days are filled with fun, with some in-house activity days and a variety of days out in the community.  As a volunteer you will help with developing independent travel skills, money and cooking skills and help develop self confidence and self-esteem. More than anything you will help these children and young people to get the most out of the session.

The sessions run on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month from 10.45am to 4.30pm


Smile! Stop Hate Crime Volunteers

Do you think you could be a Hate Crime Champion for people with learning disabilities?

We need volunteers for our Smile! Stop Hate Crime project.

Full training given, ongoing support and travel expenses paid and most importantly you could be making a difference to the lives of people with a learning disability.

If you are interested click on the Smile! Stop Hate Crime link hate-crime-and-bullying-support


Gettaway Evening Social Club 

Our Gettaway Club is a social club for adults with learning difficulties and autism providing an array of activities for its members. The club is totally run by Volunteers and provides a fantastic evening out for its members.

From art classes to pool tournaments, Wii games and board games as well as the main activity team game based on popular TV shows such as "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire", "Family Fortunes"' "Blockbusters" as well as many, many more.  Every Gettaway Club evening ends with a members disco.

The club also arrange regular day trips to theme parks, shows and pantomines as well as regular evening such as Karaoke night and themed Discos and parties for annual events such as Christmas, Valentines day and Halloween.

Gettaway Club is held on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings from 6.45pm till 9pm  


Fundraising Volunteers

We are looking for enthusiastic people who would like to help raise money for Nottingham Mencap.  You might want to take part in one of our events or organise an event of your own, distribute leaflets where you live, look after our collection boxes or come to our Fundraising Group.  For more information visit our Fundraising page.



Trustees perform a vital role in the governance of the charity on a voluntary basis and skills are needed from every area of life and communities. If you would like more information about becoming a Trustee for Nottingham Mencap please contact Mike Caston on 0115 9209524.


Please complete our Application Pack






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