Southampton's Communities

Does this count as volunteering?
Your community needs blood donors. To give blood call now on 0300 123 23 23 or for more information visit

COMMUNITY LITTER PICK Thornhill Tidy Titans Group invite you to join them to clear litter from the Hannay Rise area between 11am-1pm on Saturday 25th August. Meet 10.45am outside Costa Coffee, Antelope Park, Bursledon Road, contact for more info.

Weston Big Beach Clean Up is on Sunday 19th August 10am to 1pm! Go along and help keep it a beautiful spot.

Time Banking is an exciting way for local people to come together and help each other and themselves and a new Time Bank will be opening in Freemantle! 11th August, 11 – 2pm at Freemantle Community Centre, Randolph Street SO15 3HE or email

League of Friends of the Royal South Hants Hospital - supporting the hospital through volunteering by raising funds to provide equipment and services for staff, patients and visitors

Volunteers are being sought to raise awareness of the pitfalls of loan sharks in Southampton

Good Grub Buddies

A free course for community volunteers that is informal and easy! Develop skills around healthy eating and be a mentor…

An opportunity to develop social groups around food and the joys of eating a healthier diet, make new friends and have some fun. At its core this project has health and wellbeing for all. 7 week course starts in September…

As a volunteer you will be provided with training to:

           Cook healthy meals for you and your group.

           Give you tips on healthy eating and budgeting so you can eat healthily at home.

           Develop lunch groups that are social, interactive and fun.

If you would like to take part contact Bev Weir on 07775220097 or Chris Bowman 07775220081.

Instead of complaining about problems,


We should actually try to do something to fix it.


how about volunteering? There are loads of ways you can get involved, what ever takes your fancy, you’ll probably find something to suit. See the link below for a list of groups you can volunteer for and in what way.


i’m moving to southampton in september to go to university but i literally have the whole summer ahead of me and i have nothing to do. i doubt i will be able to get a job ..i want to do something productive ! ideas?

Sometimes the Littlest Things Can Make the Biggest Difference
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Volunteer Speed Dating Event - Monday 25th June
Volunteer organisations and opportunities



Contact details

Age Concern Southampton

Information and Advice advisors for the office, Visiting Friends, Telephone Friends, Computer Tutor, Information and advice outreach advisors, Health and Wellbeing visiting friends

Books for Free

Manning the shop, stocking, taking delivery of collection

Careers Development Group

Jobseeker support, Careers development

CLEAR (City Life Education and Action for Refugees)

ESOL tutors, ESOL learning support assistants, Receptionists, Catering assistants, Mentors, Adult learning courses learning support assistants.

Community Playlink

Librarian, Fundraiser, PR, Website, Cleaner

Community Services Volunteers

Health Champions, Health Messengers, Sharing of skills volunteers

Creative Options

To run in drop centres, Treasurer

DEBRA Southampton Supporters Group

Fundraisers, Collection Box Organisers, Computer based activities, People willing to help at collections and events

Friends of PICH (Paediatric Intensive Care Unit at Southampton General Hospital)

Stall helpers, Events helpers, Newsletter coordinator

Friends of St James’ Park

Gardening, Research, Events planning

Groundwork Southampton

Volunteering on the ‘Make A Difference’ Project

Hampshire Search & Rescue

Operational members, Support members

No Limits

Youth Information and Advice Workers, Independent Visitors, Advocates, Trustees, Community Fundraisers, Counsellors

RNIB (Royal National Institute of Blind People) and Action for Blind People

Technology Support Service volunteers, Fundraising volunteers (Public Speakers and local fundraising group roles)

Ropewalk Community Garden

Gardeners, Administrators, Events organisers

Rose Road Association

Fundraising committee member, Classroom helper, Playscheme helpers, Admin, Maintenance

SCA Group

Day care support workers, Mini – bus drivers, Project task volunteers

Sheltered Housing Volunteer Group

Making tea, Kitchen duties, Escorting individuals to events, Cook, IT mentors, Fundraiser

Simon Says Child Bereavement Charity

Young people support groups, Fundraising, Presentation giving, Telephone helpline

Southampton City Libraries

IT helper, Community Library helpers, Home Visitor, general Library work

Southampton Person Centred Planning

Person Centred Planning

Southampton Sight

Drivers, Fundraiser, Admin

Southampton Voluntary Services

Variety of volunteering opportunities, with advice on good practice for groups and volunteers

Southampton Youth Offending Service

Reparation Activity / Referral Order Panel

Sport Hampshire & IOW’s Sport Makers team

Sport Makers

St Denys Area Community Association

Secretary, Treasurer, Events coordinator, Event support, Junior youth club helpers, Fundraiser, Handyman/ woman, Key holder, Marketing & communications, Photographer

The Princes Trust

Progression mentor, 121 supervision,  Enterprise mentors, Admin support

Together Reducing Isolation Project (TRIP)

Day trip helpers

Transition Southampton Food Group

Marketing, Gardener street rep, Walk leaders, Energy events, Project management, Community garden project

Two Saints Ltd

Kitchen, Reception, Workshop, Gardener, Cleaner, IT Tutor, Arts & Crafts Volunteer, Musicians, Sport

University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust

Shop volunteers, Patient survey

Who Made Your Pants?

Fundraiser, Press assistant, Administration

Activities at Southampton’s Community Centres

Across the city SCC owns 15 community centres; each one is managed by a Community Association made up entirely of volunteers.  They work to provide a community space for social, educational and recreational activities for residents in their community.  All centres want community minded, enthusiastic people to help whatever their level of involvement.  Most volunteers find it only takes a couple of hours a month – are you interested in volunteering?  Without volunteers the activities below wouldn’t happen.
A recent survey of activities that take place in the community centres* has revealed that in an average week they host (approx):-
34 parent & toddler or pre-school sessions
15 learning sessions from computer clubs to English courses
12 exercise sessions from upbeat Zumba to more sedate Yoga
12 dance sessions including ballet, Street and Morris Men
10 sessions for people with disabilities, from wheelchair dance groups to support for adults with learning disabilities
8 sports sessions including boxing and netball
8 martial arts sessions including Karate and Judo
8 sessions relating to various religions
Between them they host approx 173 different activities a week catering for people of all ages and with lots of different interests – quite an impressive number!
*11 of our 15 centres responded to the questionnaire

To see which centres run which activities please see the web pages

Does your community group, project or organisation need more volunteers?

Last September the Communities team, Southampton City Council held a hugely popular Volunteer Speed Dating evening.  It was so successful we were asked to hold another.  Many people in Southampton are looking for a way to positively affect their community and get involved, and your volunteer vacancies could be the perfect fit for them. 

This is a great opportunity, and we are offering free stands for you to recruit volunteers for your organisation.  There will also be advice on hand for you and your community group from Southampton Voluntary Services and other local support agencies. 

The event:

Volunteer Speed Dating event

on 25th June

at the Sir James Matthews Building (Solent University),

Above Bar Street

from 6.30pm to 8.30pm

(6pm to 9pm including set up and take down time)

For an application form for a stand please email or see  We will confirm with you if you have a space shortly after the application closing date of Friday 25th May.