I’m delighted to announce that Volunteer Centre Greenwich has launched Volunteer Connect, a fantastic new free online service that makes it even easier for people in Greenwich to get started with volunteering in the borough.

Over 6,000 people contact us about volunteering every year so we know that Greenwich is full of potential volunteers looking to make a difference in their local community. When you first register as an individual, Volunteer Connect asks you to complete a simple profile to allow you to search for roles that interest you at a time that suits you – whether that’s on the daily commute or after the kids have gone to bed.

If you are interested, you can also make your profile open so that charities can see if you are suitable for their role and approach you directly. This makes it even easier to find the volunteer role that will inspire you – whether you want to change career, make friends or try something new.

We have more than 600 volunteer roles available, so we know our members are keen on getting their opportunities filled and moving their project forward. Sometimes, potential volunteers don’t apply for a role as they don’t see how transferable their skills are. This is why we also offer face to face appointments, to enable people to get a broader idea of what they could do. Our appointment sites include Greenwich, Woolwich and Barnfield and can all be booked by calling our main number.

Volunteer Connect will also enable our members to manage their volunteer recruitment more easily, saving time and energy for organisations working hard to deliver great services for our local community. Our Membership Team will continue to provide support through moderating all posts and responses, so organisations looking for a volunteer will only have to respond to real expressions of interest.

With everything from baking and befriending to admin and arts available, there’s never been a better time to get involved. Register with Volunteer Connect and start making a difference!

Michelle Martin, CEO Volunteer Centre Greenwich