Volunteer Centre

Search The Volunteer Centre Dorset Website


Community Credit Scheme

If you have a Learning Disability and would like to volunteer, please register yourself on our online platform, Team Kinetic. You can register by following this link - https://www.volunteeringdorset.org.uk/i-want-to-volunteer. You only need to register the one time, afterwards you just need to login, Once you have logged into your new account you can find the Community Credit Volunteering Opportunity and Apply. If you need any assistance with using the platform, please give us a call on 01305 269214.

Once you have applied to the Community Credit Volunteering Opportunity, Siobhan will make an appointment with you to discuss the roles available. This appointment could be over the phone or face-to-face. The appointment will allow Siobhan to see what strengths you have and find an appropriate volunteering activity for you.

Sometimes it is difficult to know what you are interested in, we have Social/Action Groups in each area of Dorset. These should help you get involved with social events and activities before you start volunteering.

Volunteer Mentor

A Mentor is someone who will offer support to a Volunteer with Learning Disabilities, they can help during the Volunteering Role and for as long as needed.

Volunteer Centre Dorset offer full training to anyone wishing to become a Mentor, including Autism Awareness Training.

To the right is an example of the great work our Mentor's do. 

Volunteer Befriender 

A Befriender is someone who helps a Volunteer with Learning Disabilities socialise locally. This could be something as simple as going for a walk or having a coffee together. Befriender’s also attend different Volunteering roles with the Learning Disability Volunteer to give them a taste, until they feel confident enough to go alone.

Befrienders can also help plan ahead and set goals.

If you have a Learning Disability, you can also become a Befriender with the right knowledge, help and support.

Volunteer Facilitator

A Facilitator is required to organise and lead Social/Action Groups. They help signpost Volunteers with Learning Disabilities to find activities locally.

Volunteer Ambassador

An Ambassador is someone with a Learning Disability who is available to help Facilitator’s organise events, put up posters, inform the group and organise days.

Here are a few ideas of activities our current Facilitators and Ambassadors have set up:

  • Crazy Golf

  • Litter Picks on the beach

  • Arts and Crafts sessions

  • Picnics in the park

  • Bowling

  • High Teas and BBQ’s


Contact us

For more information please contact [email protected] or call us on 01305 269214.



Language of Autism Project - Short Film



Volunteer Centre Dorset are thankful for the support from:

Dorset County Council
National Lottery Fund