We value our volunteers. People volunteer in a number of roles, most notably as Grants Panel Members and Development Committee Members. These roles require certain attributes and our volunteers are given a full induction and any relevant training in order to fulfil them.


New Volunteer Opportunities 2017

Surviving Winter Volunteer - view this opportunity on Do-it.org

We are looking for a volunteer in the winter months (November to March) to administer our "Surviving Winter" grants scheme. Grants of £200 are made to elderly or disabled people and to young families in fuel poverty to help them keep warm. The main task of this vital, seasonal role is to assess and process applications for Surviving Winter Grants.  You will also help to liaise with our partner organisations (eg Wiltshire CAB)  who support people applying for grants.

This is an opportunity to use and develop your office and communication skills to bring real benefit to very vulnerable people during the winter months. For this role we are looking for someone with good IT skills and who can communicate sympathetically with all sorts of people.  You will receive thorough training in the role and you will be supported by Heidi Yorke, Programme Manager, who will meet regularly with you.

This is a seasonal role available between November to March for approximately 2 days per week,  on days to be agreed to suit - email heidi.yorke@wiltshirecf.org.uk for an application form or more details.

Database Volunteer - view this opportunity on Do-it.org

We are looking for a volunteer to maintain our online grants database of local and regional charity funders.  The WSFunding.org.uk database gives Swindon and Wiltshire voluntary and community groups free access to an easy-to-use and up-to-date source of funding information.

The main tasks of this role are to research information about relevant funders and to input clear and accurate information to the database.  We also hope you will be able to support the WCF staff team in promoting use of the database.  We are looking for someone with good IT and written skills able to research information and produce clear and easy to read summaries.  Experience of charity grant fundraising would be helpful, but not essential.

This is a very flexible computer-based role. It could be done at the our offices or from home. You will receive training in the role from the grants team and you will be supported by Jane Butler, Grants Manager, who will meet regularly with you.

The opportunity is available for up to one day a week, to be arranged at times to suit.  For more information or an application form please contact Jane.butler@wiltshirecf.org.uk.


Grants Panels Volunteers

As a Panel member, you will be responsible for deciding who recieves grants from the many applicants that apply each year.  Grant Panel members should be able to;

  • Contribute your local knowledge and specialist skills to the Committee/Panel to help identify local needs, and award grants to the projects meeting those needs most effectively
  • Keep up-to-date with the Community Foundation’s fund criteria and procedures
  • Help with signposting groups to the Community Foundation’s grant programmes
  • Attend as many of the meetings a year as possible
  • Keep Grants Staff informed about any item of news or information that comes your way that you think could help keep them up-to-date with local issues


Personal Specification

Essential criteria

  • A keen and active interest in ensuring that well-run projects reaching the people in most need in our community get the funding they deserve
  • An understanding of some of the issues facing excluded people in our community, and a willingness to learn more
  • Ability to use your judgement and knowledge to make objective and impartial assessments
  • Ability to take an active and supportive part in discussion and decision making


  • A specialist skill or area of knowledge
  • Participation in networks in your local area
  • Experience of the voluntary sector as a service user, volunteer, Trustee or paid worker

For more information about volunteering please contact Heidi Yorke heidi.yorke@wiltshirecf.org.uk