Rainbow Services has many different options for volunteers which range from office based and administrative work through to practical ‘hands on’ roles.

We rely on volunteers to deliver all of our services at a local level and encourage their input into how the organisation develops and responds to new challenges. We are an accredited Investor in Volunteers and as such provide robust support, training, and progression opportunities to our volunteers.  Rainbow Services is committed to developing and ‘growing’ people – staff, volunteers, trustees and clients.  Individuals are encouraged to engage in as many opportunities as possible to learn new skills and make the most of their volunteering experience. For many the very nature of volunteering involves learning from others and learning new skills and is essentially a form of ‘learning’.  We aim to offer training opportunities which are interesting and related to what volunteers want to learn about, as well as topics relevant to their volunteering role.

Rainbow Services is signed up to the Tempo Time Credits programme and as such offers our volunteers the opportunity to join this scheme and earn one Time Credit for every hour of volunteering completed with us.  See Time Credits for more information (hyperlink to Time Credits page).

1. Voluntary Roles at The Rainbow Centre

  • Assisting with basic office administration duties and greeting visitors on reception
  • Keeping Resource Library up to date and categorised
  • Website and promotional duties.
  • Supporting the My Weight Matters weigh-ins
  • Supporting people to learn online skills via the Learn My Way programme

Contact Wendy Letch 01279 210406 wendy@rainbowservices.org.uk

2. Voluntary Roles in The Workshop

  • Assisting offenders with the use of woodworking tools and machinery, painting or finishing of items ready for sale to the general public.
  • Mentoring young people at risk of gangs, crime, violence and anti-social behaviour through positive activities within a workshop environment.

Contact Wendy Letch 01279 210406 wendy@rainbowservices.org.uk

3. Voluntary Roles with the Harlow Community Builder Project

  • Becoming a Community Connector for older residents of Harlow –
    Community Connectors are local people with a passion for making change within their local communities through volunteering their time to make a difference.
  • Specialising in supporting older residents to ‘Get Online’ – using programmes such as Skype, Facebook etc.

Contact Kelly Tarling kelly@rainbowservices.org.uk or go to our Community Builder pages (hyperlink here)

4. Employee Volunteering

  • Group volunteering opportunities for businesses, co-ordinated by our dedicated and experienced Business Engagement Officer.
  • Individual volunteering opportunities for employees – one off or regular – with local charities and voluntary organisations seeking support.  Includes delivering workshops, one off consultancy, and trustee roles.

For more information contact Kate Greer kate@rainbowservices.org.uk or go to our Business Engagement Project pages .