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‘Preparing to Volunteer’ course (starts Weds, 11th May)

“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 ‘Preparing to Volunteer’ 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 workbook to complete and can 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.

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

Upcoming course

The next ‘Preparing to Volunteer’ course will take place on Wednesday, 11th May 2022 (1 –3 pm) and will run for six, two-hour sessions each Wednesday. Venue: Gosport Voluntary Action, Martin Snape House, 96 Pavilion Way, Gosport PO12 1FG. To register your interest or to find out more, please contact Lucy Coates by email ( or phone: 02392 604 694


Download ‘Preparing to Volunteer’ Poster (May 2022)

Who can attend the course?

The course is open to people aged 18 years and over. Priority for places will be given to people with mental health and support needs.

Note: support can be given to participants who have difficulty with reading and writing.

How long is the course?

The course is spread over 6 weeks, each weekly session being 2 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 fully funded, and free of charge to course members.

Find out more

An informal chat is required prior to the course starting; this helps us to discuss the course in more detail and ensure we can support each applicant appropriately.

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

Phone 02392 588347 or email:

If you require this document in any other form, please call us on 02392 588347


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