Volunteer Centre Dorset
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About Volunteer Centre Dorset

The Dorset Volunteer Centre is part of a national network of volunteer centres that help voluntary and community organisations recruit and manage their volunteers, and help people interested in volunteering to find interesting and enjoyable opportunities.

Our Mission Statement:

"Volunteer Centre Dorset commits to promote and develop volunteering for all within Dorset."

Volunteer Centre DorsetOur core functions are to:

  • Promote Volunteering
  • Provide Brokerage
  • Enable participation in Volunteering
  • Provide Training & Information Research
  • Comment & Campaign on Volunteering
  • Develop Volunteering

Our centre covers the whole of Dorset (except Bournemouth and Poole which have their own centre).

  • We have an office in Acland Road in  Dorchester.
  • We attend local events, shows and public meetings to publicise volunteering and recruit new volunteers.
  • We maintain a comprehensive database of volunteering opportunities.

We encourage and support volunteering by everyone, irrespective of age, education, background, health or wealth. Volunteering is a way for all residents to get involved in their community.

NCVOThe Centre is accredited by Volunteering England, the national body that sets standards of service and confidentiality for volunteer centres and is also a member of N.C.V.O. (National Council for Voluntary Organisations)

Volunteer Centre Library Drop - ins 2018

Some of the dates may vary only slightly this will depend on what activities are happening at Portland library

WEYMOUTH 1ST Tuesday of the month

5th January, 6th February, 6th March, 3rd April, 1st May, 5th June, 3rd July, 7th August, 4th September, 9th October, 6th November, 4th December. 

BRIDPORT last Tuesday of the month

30th January, 27th February, 27th March, 24th April, 26th June, 31st July, 28th August, 25th September,30th October, 27th November, 18th December

WIMBORNE 3rd Monday of the month

16th April, 21st May, 18th June, 16th July, 20th August, 17th September, 15th October, 19th November, 17th December

CHRISTCHURCH 3rd Thursday of the month

18th January,15th February, 15th March, 19th April, 17th May, 21st June, 19th July, 16th August, 23rd September, 18th October, 15th November, 20th December.

SHAFTSBURY 2nd Tuesday of the month

10th January,13th February, 13th March, 10th April, 8th May, 12th June, 10th July, 14th August, 11th September, 9th October, 13th November, 11th December. 

PORTLAND Last Thursday of the month

25th January, 22nd February, 29th March, 26th April, 24th May, 28th June, 26th July, 30th August, 27th September, 25th October, 29th November, 20th December. 


Meet The Team

Meet the team that help run the Volunteer Centre Dorset and also their contact details should you wish to get in touch with anyone.

Meet The Trustees

Governance - Board of Trustees. Meet the Trustees who support Dorset Volunteer Centre. See below for a bit of background on each trustee.


Services We Provide

As well as volunteering we offer a range of other services such as free DBS checks for volunteers and printing ID badges

Links & Partners

See this page for links and partners that the Volunteer Centre Dorset work closely with.


Volunteer Centre Dorset are thankful for the support from:

Dorset County Council
Dorset Community Foundation
Volunteering Fund