Supported Volunteering

Preparation for Volunteering Course

“Everyone has the right to volunteer and should have equal access to positive volunteering opportunities without experiencing unfair discrimination.”

About the course

Gosport Voluntary Action’s Supported Volunteering Team regularly run the Preparation for Volunteering course. The course is open to people who wish to gain confidence generally and hopefully go on to volunteer.

Topics such as communication, assertiveness, and course members’ strengths, needs and aspirations are discussed. Various teaching strategies are used including role play. Course members have a work-book to complete and may receive a certificate of attendance.

At the end of the course, help and advice is offered to course members who feel that they are ready to volunteer. There are many opportunities locally and our volunteering team, Go Volunteer, can help course members find a suitable volunteer role.

Past clients have benefited enormously from the course, have enjoyed volunteering – and some have progressed to paid work.

Who can attend the course?

The course is open to people aged 16 years and over. Priority for places will be given to people with mental health and support needs.

Note: help may be given to persons who have limited literacy skills.

How long is the course?

The course is spread over 8 weeks, each weekly session being 2 ½ hours long, with appropriate breaks.

All future courses will be announced once funding has been confirmed.

Is there a cost for the course?

No, the course is free.

Find out more

Please contact the Supported Volunteering Team if you would like further information, or would like to make an appointment:

Peter d’Agostino, phone 02392 604686  or email:

If you require this document in any other form, please call us on 02392 604686.


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