What do Love4Life members say about volunteers?

The volunteers are so helpful and amazing, listen to us, so caring for us, they’re the best people ever. We are so grateful for that.

The volunteers are so lovely and caring, they’re the best, Love4Life would not be the same without them.

Without volunteers we wouldn’t be able to do half the things we do! They work exceptionally hard and are kind enough to give up their time to work for Love4Life.

 

Do you have a love of life?

Then Love4Life needs you! Love4Life is a friendship and dating project in Hampshire for people with learning disabilities and autism. Without volunteers, Love4Life would struggle to reach out to people who could otherwise be facing isolation and loneliness. Now, Love4Life members are able to build more friendships, make more memories and maybe even find love.

As a volunteer, you can get involved with as many events as you want to. You could be chaperoning someone on their first date, taking a group of friends bowling or out for a meal, or helping out at a sports session or one of our independent living workshops.

If you have a love of life and bags of positive energy, Love4Life has a volunteering opportunity for you.

Read about our current Love4Life volunteers

Volunteer

Frequently asked questions

How much time do I need to give as a Love4Life volunteer?

You can give as much or as little time as you want volunteering for Love4Life. However, we would prefer for you to commit to one social event a month. Currently, volunteers give between five hours a month to a couple days a week!

How long does a social event last?

Our social events can last from one hour up to three hours, so volunteering is very easy to fit around your life, whenever you have free time.

How old do I need to be to volunteer?

There are no age limits for volunteers. However, if you are under 18, we will need the written consent of your parent or guardian.

Where will I be volunteering?

We currently have offices in Fareham and Basingstoke, and our social events take place across Hampshire.

What kind of things will I be doing?

When you volunteer for Love4Life you could be required to set up an event, support members to socialise with one another whilst doing activities, you could help to chaperone trips out such as bowling, cinema, karaoke, dinners out, sports activities. You could be helping Love4Life members prepare for their drama performances or chaperoning their first date. The list is endless and we are always open to new ideas and opportunities!

Can I only chaperone dates?

If that’s all you want to do, then yes. Love4Life is about friendship, making memories and having fun, but volunteering also includes chaperoning dates…and it is pretty amazing!

Do I need specialist skills to volunteer for Love4Life?

No. We just want lovely people with some time to spare. Most of our volunteering roles don’t require specialist skills, but we’re also happy to hear from you if you have specific skills you’d like to use when volunteering. Just let us know what you can do, and we’ll discuss how we can best use your talents and experience.

What support and training would I get?

All our volunteers have an induction when they start and initial training to carry out their role. There may be opportunities for further training. You’ll also receive ongoing support through our support network and regular information updates.

Do you pay volunteers?

While we don’t pay volunteers a salary, we do pay reasonable expenses, which might include travel or meals when you’re volunteering.

What if I have a criminal record?

You may still be able to volunteer if you have a criminal record. We’ll ask you to complete a DBS check, and make a decision on a case-by case basis.